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October 2013

DA and sheriff races top ballot

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The spotlight for the Municipal General Election to be held next Tuesday in Schuylkill County centers on the contests for sheriff and district attorney. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Sheriff Joseph M. Groody, Democrat, is seeking re-election to his second full term and is opposed by Patrick M. Reynolds, Republican, a former military police officer with the U.S. Army, who is making his first political bid for an elected office.

Ex-Lehighton man pleads to child porn

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 32-year-old former Lehighton resident pleaded guilty Wednesday to receiving and distributing child pornography before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Stephen Puza III admitted to using a computer to download and share numerous images of child pornography during July 2011 through September 2013.

Puza was living in Bethlehem at the time of his arrest.

Schuylkill court news

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Divorces granted

Jessica A.Blase was granted a divorce from John C. Blase, both of Shenandoah. They were married Dec. 27, 2007.

Irvin H. Snyder III, was granted a divorce from Carole T. Snyder, both of Tower City. They were married July 27, 2001.

Chantel Quinn, Reading, was granted a divorce from Michael Quinn, Minersville. They were married Nov. 11, 2011.

Helen F. Brennan, Saint Clair, was granted a divorce from Francis J. Brennan, Minersville. They were married March 21,1998.

Polk column

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Crime Watch meeting

The regular Polk Township Crime Watch meeting will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Polk Township municipal building, located on Polk Township Road.

Historical society

Polk Township Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4 at the Polk Township municipal building. All are invited to attend.

Lehighton news

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold First Saturday worship with holy communion at 5 p.m. The Rev. Michael Frost, pastor of Zions, Stone Church, New Ringgold, will preside.

All Saints Sunday worship service with holy communion begins at 9 a.m. The service will include a remembrance of the members from the congregation who have died in the past year. Interim pastor, the Rev. Donald Hayn, will preside. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Sunday School classes will meet at 10:15 a.m. for ages 3 through grade 12.

A high price to pay

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Handicapped signs costly in Weissport

Weissport Borough Council is considering adopting an ordinance that would impose a fee of $250 per handicapped parking request.

The council said the amount is to cover the cost of the materials and labor to establish the parking spaces.

Such a fee is ridiculous.

First of all, in general handicapped individuals have limited earning power. Many are senior citizens on a fixed income. For them, $250 is a lot of money; funds they might need for their medicines or heat.

BMHS offers 'A Taste of Chocolate' at breast cancer program

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Presenters at the "A Taste of Chocolate" Breast Cancer Awareness program were, from left, Susan Generose, Tricia Schaefer, Richard Graham and facilitator, Elisa Condon.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Presenters at the "A Taste of Chocolate" Breast Cancer Awareness program were, from left, Susan Generose, Tricia Schaefer, Richard Graham and facilitator, Elisa Condon.

Women attending "A Taste of Chocolate" Breast Cancer Awareness program Tuesday at the Jim Thorpe Yoga Center heard inspiring words of healing, nutrition and meditation from program presenters.

Susan Generose, a breast cancer survivor, spoke of how her life evolved from the time she attended Marywood University to study nutrition. It was that knowledge that helped her battle breast cancer.

She said when her potassium levels were low during her treatments, she knew to eat the right foods to increase the levels and help her heal.

Free oral cancer screening offered

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pocono Medical Center will be offering free oral cancer screening at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Valerie M. Hodge Memorial Dental Center at 175 East Brown St., Building #2, Suite 114, East Stroudsburg.

Pre-registration is required; call 570-476-3750.

Charged with assault in Mahoning Township

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Anthony Bodine, 50, of Beaver Run Drive, Mahoning Township, has been charged with simple assault and harassment.

Mahoning police said that on Sept. 4, they were dispatched to Bridge Street and Bankway in Lehighton. On arrival they met with Lehighton Police and a female who had visible physical injuries.

The female told police she was assaulted by Bodine, with whom she resided. She was transported to a hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Kitchen fire in Tamaqua

Thursday, October 31, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

A kitchen fire in Tamaqua on Wednesday afternoon left one woman temporarily homeless. All four fire companies responded to the 1:25 p.m. alarm, quickly knocking down the fire, containing damage to the kitchen area in an apartment at the Jewells building, 132 E. Broad St. Traffic was tied up for about 45 minutes along the busy highway, adding to the usual Wednesday traffic nightmares. The tenant, Jenny Yowre, was aided by the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Voters will make choices on ballots in Jim Thorpe area

Thursday, October 31, 2013

All three municipalities that comprise the Jim Thorpe area Jim Thorpe Borough and Penn Forest and Kidder townships will have contested races in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Likewise, voters in those areas will have choices to make among Jim Thorpe Area and Weatherly Area school districts candidates.

In Jim Thorpe, voters will be asked to make their choice known for the mayor's position, as well as who they wish to represent them on the borough council.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31, 2003 Northwestern secures a berth in the district playoffs by shutting out Catasauqua, 33-0, in a Colonial League contest. Pete McCauley carries 15 times for 112 yards to lead the Tigers' offense. Ryan Oxley runs for one score and also tosses a 10-yard touchdown pass to Reid Schellhamer. The winners, coached by Bob Mitchell, also receive a 25-yard scoring run from Chris Schmoyer while Jordan Grube and Jon Rex both recover offensive fumbles in the end zone for TDs.

Tribe hosts JT in huge game

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Exactly six miles separate Jim Thorpe Area High School from Lehighton's football stadium and on Friday night there might be a six mile long line of cars on Route 209 between the two towns

That's because Friday night's game between the Indians and Olympians certainly has the most on the line since the two renewed their rivalry in 2002.

First on the agenda is the District 11 AAA playoffs.

Schuylkill property transfers

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, recorded in the Schuylkill County courthouse 66 lots sold in its Eagle Rock subdivisions in East Union Township.

Thirty five lots in HF3 (Hidden Forestry) Subdivision, Eagle Rock Retreat, were purchased by the following:

Free Thanksgiving dinner planned

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, Bowmanstown, will serve a Thanksgiving dinner from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Doors will open at 12:30.

All are welcome to share this meal. There will be no takeouts. Transportation may be available, if necessary. Homebound meals may be available, and will be offered only by previous arrangement.

For more information call 610-852-3833 or 570-386-5586.

Races for township supervisor listed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A few contests for township supervisor are featured in the Tuesday's general election. Other offices to be filled are tax collector, auditors, and polling officers. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Following is a rundown for townships in the TIMES NEWS coverage area.

West Penn Supervisor Ted Bogosh, Republican, unopposed. Tax Collector Helene Zeigler, is unopposed having won both Republican and Democratic nominations in the primary. Auditor, six year term, no candidate.

Schuylkill incident being probed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating an incident at a Schuylkill County site.

Troopers said an unknown person arrived at a storage shed located at 2 E. Darkwater Road, Pottsville, on an all-terrain vehicle, and kicked open a door on the shed causing damages to the door frame. Nothing was taken.

The incident occurred sometime between Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. and Monday at 8 a.m. The shed is owned by Pottsville Materials.

Mayor, council races in Coaldale highlight Tuesday's election

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Contests for mayor and council are featured in a number of borough contests in next Tuesday's Municipal General Election. Other offices to be filled are tax collector, auditor, and polling officers. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Here is a rundown for the TIMES NEWS coverage area:

Tamaqua

Mayor Christian P. Morrison, Democrat/Republican, is unopposed as he won both nominations in the primary election for another term as mayor.

Zion's blanket ministry keeping busy

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Zion Lutheran Church's blanket ministry finish packing 25 of their creations after the coverings had been blessed by Saturday worship leader Cindy White, left. With White are Judy Brennan, Gail and Bob Jones and Carol Dietrich. Other members of the blanket ministry include Beverly Batman, Shirley Becker, Jean Derr, Velma Mantz, Marion Klein and Mary Jane Turton. The group made 60 blankets this year from material donated by members of the community.

Tax volunteers wanted to help seniors

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) has challenged AARP to open a Tax-Aide site at the Vigilant Fire Company in Slatington and volunteers are needed.

Are you interested in supporting a rewarding activity that will make a significant contribution to your community? Are you interested in assisting senior citizens and low income taxpayers prepare their federal and state returns?

Program gives warm hug for needy

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The numbers of applicants for cash grants for heating to low-income households has increased since 2007-08. The number of applicants for crisis grants has decreased, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
The numbers of applicants for cash grants for heating to low-income households has increased since 2007-08. The number of applicants for crisis grants has decreased, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

LIHEAP keeps pace to help low-income families with heating bills

Pennsylvania expects to receive $163.93 million in federal dollars to help keep poor families warm this winter.

The amount, minus $22.73 million for administration, leaves $141.20 million to be distributed in cash and crisis grants through the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

That's almost 28 percent more than last winter.

Council considers handicapped parking ordinance; eligibility rules

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Weissport Council is considering adopting an ordinance that will regulate on street handicapped parking and will also make provisions to maintain eligibility for existing handicapped parking spaces beyond Dec. 31.

The new ordinance would put Weissport Mayor Jonathan Troutman in charge of reviewing applications and make recommendations to council. Council will have the authority to approve or reject applications based on criteria in the ordinance.

Rush man guilty in four burglaries

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A jury found a Rush Township man guilty of four burglaries of vacant homes located within a mile radius of his home on Fairview Street in the township with two accomplices.

The verdict was returned Tuesday afternoon in the Schuylkill County court after deliberating two hours. Judge John E. Domalakes fixed Friday, Dec. 6, as date of sentencing.

Challenge

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Our national motto banned from schools?

Any reference to God is a lightning rod these days.

A recent challenge involves the Australian War Memorial which had considered removing the phrase "known unto God" from the Tomb of the Australian Unknown Soldier, a war memorial which opened in 1941 to commemorate Australians killed in World War I. Memorial director Brendan Nelson had proposed replacing the phrase, attributed to British writer Rudyard Kipling, with the inscription: "We do not know this Australian's name, we never will."

Palmerton Community News

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Newspaper drive

The monthly newspaper drive by members of St. John's Lutheran Church will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery size brown paper bags.

Easton's free kick sinks Bears

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Emma Sabovic (11) moves on the offensive against Easton.
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Emma Sabovic (11) moves on the offensive against Easton.

NAZARETH With Easton's last win being a high scoring affair with Bangor, Pleasant Valley was hoping to be able to find some holes in the Red Rovers defense.

Unfortunately for the Bears, Easton patched those holes and the two teams played almost an hour of soccer before Caitlyn Lucas scored for Easton on a free kick to give her team a 1-0 victory and a ticket to the District 11 Class AAA finals against Parkland.

Spartans oust Pleasant Valley

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
don herb/times news Pleasant Valley's Kiersten Griesback sest the ball.
don herb/times news Pleasant Valley's Kiersten Griesback sest the ball.

WHITEHALL – Time and time again this season, the Pleasant Valley volleyball team has flexed its collective muscles and overpowered the opposition at the net.

On Tuesday in the District 11 Class AAA semifinals, the Bears got a taste of their own medicine.

Powerful Southern Lehigh, ranked 10th in the state and featuring a Division I recruit on its front line, blitzed the Bears, 25-15, 25-16, 25-14.

Beltzville Lions Club offering Medicare information seminar

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

For those wondering how Medicare Reform will change health care requirements for hospital, doctor, prescriptions, home health care and long-term care needs, a free "Financial Preservation" workshop will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Ss. Peter and Paul School Hall, 307 Coal St., Lehighton. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The program will conclude with a question and answer period. Free refreshments will be served.

The program will be presented by Bankes Life and Casualty Company and is sponsored by the Beltzville Lions Club

Deadline nears for Christmas program

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Friday is the deadline to adopt a tree to decorate as part of Palmerton's Christmas in the Park program.

That's also the cutoff point for those who would like to set up a vendor, where the cost is $25 for a space.

Anyone who would like to adopt a tree, or set up a vendor, may call 610-737-4503.

There is no set price for those who wish to 'adopt' a tree to decorate as part of the program. Donations will go toward the new holiday lights in the borough.

Carbon break-in

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported the home of Cindy Brandt, 37 Penn Forest Trail, Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, was entered.

Entry was gained through a rear window sometime between Oct. 2 and 23. Troopers did not indicate if anything was taken.

Troopers also reported that Leona Kates, 69, of 133 Danner Road, Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest Township, reported someone smashed a window on her home. The incident occurred sometime between Oct. 22-24.

Veteran seeks military flags to fly throughout community

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The American flag that flies over Flagstaff Ballroom, on top of Flagstaff Mountain in Jim Thorpe, is in honor of Edward J. Plesnarski, who served in the Korean War. Francis C. O'Donnell hopes to give veterans' families another option for the flag they receive at their loved one's funeral.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The American flag that flies over Flagstaff Ballroom, on top of Flagstaff Mountain in Jim Thorpe, is in honor of Edward J. Plesnarski, who served in the Korean War. Francis C. O'Donnell hopes to give veterans' families another option for the flag they receive at their loved one's funeral.

When a veteran dies, his or her casket is draped with an American flag.

That flag, upon interment, is folded and presented to the family as a symbol and thank you for the sacrifices their loved one made.

Many times, those flags are either packed away in a case and displayed or forgotten about.

One Jim Thorpe veteran is hoping to use those flags.