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October 2013

Bears take on Stroudsburg

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The stakes can't get much higher than they are for Pleasant Valley heading into this week's showdown with Mountain Valley Conference rival Stroudsburg, the second TIMES NEWS Game of the Week.

With a win, the Bears (7-2, 6-1) will likely clinch a District 11 Class AAAA subregional playoff berth.

If Pleasant Valley can do that and East Stroudsburg South slips against East Stroudsburg North on Friday night, the Bears will share the MVC title with the Cavaliers.

Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corp. shows 2013 profit

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Board of Directors of Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corporation has released the earnings results for the corporation for the period ended Sept. 30, 2013.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $2.7 million in both 2013 and 2012. On a per share basis, net income was $ .89 in both years. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013 net income was $1.1 million, $613 thousand higher than the third quarter of 2012.

Mahoning Lions hosts Appreciation Night

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Mahoning Township Lions Club held a Lions Appreciation Night honoring businesses and individuals who strive to make a difference in the community. The dinner was held Wednesday at the Normal Square Inn in Lehighton. Among the honorees were, from left: Gene Durigan; Tom Zimmerman Jr., Zimmerman's Dairy; Tom Zimmerman IV; Lions President Robert Miller Jr. of the Mahoning Valley Ambulance; Dr. Mary Lombardo of the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital; Commissioner Tom Gerhard; and Commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein.

Tamaqua bridge work leads to voting change

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tamaqua voters who normally cast their ballots at the Tamaqua ABC High Rise will have a polling place change for the Nov. 5 election. The change is due to the reconstruction of the US 209 bridge in the 200 block of East Broad Street. The voting station will be located at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. The bridge reconstruction project is estimated to be completed in November of 2014. According to Sean Brown, Pennsylvania Department of Tranportation Safety Press Officer, the project is on schedule.

Scattering rubbish incident probed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a scattering of rubbish incident at a Schuylkill County location.

Troopers said several unknown actors were observed illegally dumping and burning miscellaneous items on private land east of the Burma Road, in East Norwegian Township. The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

One of the actors fled in a red Dodge Ram truck from behind Matto's Cycle's. Troopers said witnesses provided leads on identifying the individuals and the investigation is ongoing.

Monroe driver facing DUI charge

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence following an incident that occurred about 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, along SR209 near Frable Road, in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Fern Ridge said Kevin O'Shea, 45, of Sciota, was stopped driving a 2005 Buick Century for an equipment violation. He was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance, troopers said, and was placed under arrest. Charges will be filed, troopers added.

McCann Career Day

Thursday, October 31, 2013

McCann School of Business held its Fourth Annual High School Career Day on Oct. 4, hosting almost 200 students from local schools, including Blue Mountain, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, North Schuylkill, Schuylkill Technology Center and Tamaqua.

Memorial fund set up for Midas family

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A memorial fund has been established at the Jim Thorpe National Bank for the Midas family, who lost their son, husband and father, David Midas, last weekend.

Donations can be made by visiting the Jim Thorpe National Bank, Jim Thorpe branch; or by stopping in the Carbon County sheriff's office, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Rehearsals begin for concert in park

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's time to tune up the band in Palmerton.

That would be the "Holiday Homecoming Chorus," which plans to provide a Christmas concert and caroling for the Christmas in the Park Festival to be held Saturday, Dec. 7, in the borough park.

The group's first rehearsal will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Ave.

Richard Nothstein, church member, said there will be four rehearsals held in preparation for the festival.

Rehearsals usually last about one-and-a-half hours, Nothstein said.

'Food Frenzy' to serve 20,000 needy

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A local organization's goal to raise funds for 20,000 meals for needy Carbon County children, seniors and adults is nearly halfway complete.

Members of the Thrivent Financial board of directors are leading the charge, working with area businesses, churches and residents to finance a "food packing frenzy" that will take place on Nov. 24. The frenzy will be hosted by End Hunger NE, a subsidiary of Outreach, Inc.

"To meet our goal, we need to raise around $5,900," said Al Sellers, president of the Thrivent Financial board in Carbon County.

The pinch is on to feed families

Thursday, October 31, 2013
File photo Food stamps won't go as far with cuts to the program.
File photo Food stamps won't go as far with cuts to the program.

Area food pantries brace for impact as food stamp allocations drop

Local food pantries, already struggling to keep up with increasing need, are bracing for more requests for help as monthly food stamp allocations drop Friday.

The reduction comes about as the 2009 federal economic stimulus package that increased food stamp allocations ends, dropping SNAP allocations by a total of $5 billion next year.

The package, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, had increased monthly allotments for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, or SNAP, by an average of 13.6 percent about $80 a month for a family of four.

Bears advance to title game

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Bears advance to title game
Copyright 2013

Pleasant Valley came into Wednesday's District 11 Class AAA field hockey semifinal riding a smothering defense and the outstanding goalie play of Rachel Wild.

The Bears, who had posted 11 shutouts on the season, got another outstanding defensive performance to defeat Northampton, 2-1.

"Our game plan tonight was to play solid defense because defense wins games," said Pleasant Valley coach Jess Frantz.

Actually both defenses dominated the opening half which was very even in terms of momentum and statistics.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company to Service Construction Co., Inc., 701 Bridge St., Lehighton, property at 118 Franklin Road, $30,000.

Jim Thorpe

Stephen S. Davis to Gregory L. Cain, Garnet Valley, Pa., property on West Broadway, $109,000.

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Louis Rorrer, 3424 Main St., Slatington, property at 89 E. Third St., $13,000.

Jacob B. Arner to Jake Arner Farms, LLC, P.O. Box 600, Lehighton, parcel No. 83A1-19-E2, $1.

Kidder Township

Woman facing trespass charges

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Schuylkill County woman is facing a charge of criminal trespass following an incident that occurred on Aug. 13, about 6:15 p.m., and reported this week by state police at Frackville.

Troopers said at the time and date stated the husband of Sheri Boyer, 41, of Ringtown, went to farm property they own at 103 Aristes Road, in Union Township, to tend to farm animals.

Upon arrival he discovered an adult female and a juvenile female well inside the gated boundary of the property, rooting through items in a tool shed.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Panther Valley

Preschool story hour

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, offers a free, preschool story hour from 9:30-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday.

Stories, snacks and activities are provided for the children.

Summit Hill

Clean-up at St. Paul's

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 123 W. White St., Summit Hill, will hold a church clean-up day beginning at 9 a.m Saturday. Help is needed raking leaves, cleaning gutters and cleaning the interior of the church. Volunteers are greatly appreciated.

SHCIO to meet

Local realtors help spruce up homes to help local community

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Chad Fritzinger installs a towel rack for a client of Peaceful Knights during National Assocation of Realtors in the Community program.
Chad Fritzinger installs a towel rack for a client of Peaceful Knights during National Assocation of Realtors in the Community program.

During October, the National Association of Realtors and the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors encourages local realtors to step out into their community to support a worthwhile cause.

They found their calling by helping clients of Peaceful Knights spruce up their apartments.

Peaceful Knights is a non profit corporation that helps adult men and women who are from Carbon County or live in Carbon who need temporary safe shelter and access to local organizations that provide assistance.

Carving pumpkins at Polk

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Neal family, Saylorsburg enjoyed their time at the Polk

Elementary Family Night carving pumpkins. From left, Aaron,

Brandon, Heather and Evan work on creating an Iron Man face and a Jack O' Lantern face, as baby Chase sleeps through the event.

Chamber hosts update on former NJZ property

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Want to learn more about the status of the new development of the former New Jersey Zinc Company's West Plant?

George Petrole, chief operating officer for Northface Development LLC, Lehighton will present an update at a mixer sponsored by the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the West End Saloon in Palmerton.

Based on plans shared with the public over three years ago, Petrole plans to develop the site at 1120 Mauch Chunk Road into a 100-acre-plus sustainable high tech office park that could create thousands of jobs.

Drug sweep nets seven alleged drug dealers

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A drug sweep early Tuesday morning by the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force and assisted by local police and the county's sheriff and probation offices netted seven street level drug dealers in the Pottsville and two neaerby boroughs, it was revealed by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon with oversaw the action.

The officers left the district attorney's office around 6 a.m. and moved into the three communities and apprehended the drug dealers and had them arraigned before Magisterial District Judge James R. Ferrier of Orwigsburg.

LCRC to meet

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lehighton Library.

'Redneck Birthday Party' is coming to Summit Hill

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show will be held at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill on Nov. 2.
The "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show will be held at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill on Nov. 2.

The Parkview Inn, 204 W. Ludlow St., Summit ill will host a "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The show is a White Rose Production.

This is the last in the series of White Rose Productions.

The show and party has some great down home "fixings", hilarity and some mystery.

The Melonjuice twins, Bobby Jo Bobby and Jo Bobby Jo are throwing a surprise birthday party that will be charged with excitement. When a past redneck lover returns, the party gets hectic.

Carbon veterans service Saturday

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Details finalized for Lehighton parade Nov. 10, wills available for veterans

Perhaps there's no greater way to express our love of our country then to display our public spirit.

To that end, the Carbon County Veterans Council will hold a "Show of Patriotism" rally from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Palmerton Veterans Memorial, Palmerton Town Green, Delaware Avenue.

All veterans are welcome to attend. Those who do are urged to wear their uniform, hat, and bring a flag.

Henry Desrosiers, director of Carbon County Veterans Affairs, said the purpose behind the rally is two-fold.

Walnutport man gets jail time in JT shooting

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Walnutport man, who previously pleaded guilty to a count of simple assault in a shooting incident in Jim Thorpe, was sentenced Tuesday in Carbon County court to a prison term.

Thomas Henry Smith, 55, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve four to eight months in the county prison.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 30, 1992 Lamont Hibbler catches a pair of touchdown passes and also runs for a score to help Lehighton gain a 30-6 Centennial League win over Pocono Mountain. Hibbler snares 31 and 38-yard tosses from Carl Wolter and also reaches the end zone on a 29-yard run. The Indians, coached by Dave Parsons, also receive 185 yards rushing and a touchdown from Terry Blair. The score comes on a 77-yard scamper. Dave Hartranft contributes to the victory with 92 yards rushing.

Council discusses issues with ordinance enforcement

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Some sentiments expressed at this month's Bowmanstown Borough Council meeting on Oct. 1 were mentioned again last night at its Planning Commission meeting.

The discussion began during the portion of the meeting when members review the most-recent borough council meeting minutes. Vice Chairman Rob Moyer pointed out that they should further discuss some comments under point two of the law section.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Masses announced

Our Lady Queen of Peace has announced the upcoming Mass schedule for All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation, for 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 and at 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, All Souls' Day (Memorial Mass). On Saturday, Nov. 2, Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m.

Celebrating Halloween

Effort United Methodist Church Pre-School will host a Halloween parade and party Thursday.

Special visitor

Lehighton news

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lehighton Bible Church news

Lehighton Bible Church, Jamestown and Center streets will hold game night at the church at 6 p.m. Saturday Nov. 9. There will be fun and fellowship for adults and youth.

There will be a special guest speaker Cowboy Lee Homoki at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.

Thanksgiving Eve services with fellowship and refreshments will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Ladies Night Out will be held on Friday Dec. 6. at the Old Time Christmas in Jim Thorpe.

Need mule sighting

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Someone with a sense of humor who is willing to wear a mule costume at the marathon finish line on Sunday is needed. Hours are approximately 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location of duties is at Lehigh Gap in Slatington.

For additional information, contact Elissa M. Garofalo, president of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc., 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton, at or call 610-923-3548.

Man sentenced in Walmart robbery

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DA says man used displayed paint ball gun made living being a thief

A Philadelphia man, who was found guilty by a Carbon County jury in a paint ball incident during a robbery at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township, was sentenced to a long state prison term Tuesday.

Jamal Mitchell, 32, was sentenced to a total term of 48 to 96 months in a state correctional institution on charges of retail theft, criiminal conspiracy-to commit robbery in the third degree, and recklessly endangering another person.

Lehighton arrest

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lehighton police reported the arrest of Shawn P. Horn, 40, of 259 N. Third St., Lehighton, for harassment.

He was cited for an incident on Oct. 11, about 7:30 a.m. at his residence. It is alleged that he was involved in a physical incident with a 12-year-old male, police said.

Teen cited for harassment

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A 17-year-old male teen has been cited for harassment for an incident at the Pleasant Valley High School in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said the teen, from Albrightsville, kicked a 14-year-old male in the stomach, and elbowed a 15-year-old male in the face. Both victims are from Effort.

The incident occurred on Oct. 26 about 9:50 p.m.