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October 2013

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.

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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.

Lois Holman celebrates 100th birthday

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Lois Holman
Lois Holman

Lois Evelyn (Sands) Holman, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 100th birthday on Nov. 1. Born in Hazleton in 1913, Lois was married to Allan Williams for 47 years until his passing in 1979, and to David Holman Sr. for 10 years until his passing in 2000.

Lois is a member of the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross and received recognition for more than 50 years of service. She was instrumental in starting the Red Cross Bloodmobile in Weatherly and was also a volunteer worker in the Hazleton Red Cross office during World War II.

Kresgeville Pumpkin patch

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

This pumpkin patch in Kresgeville is the work of Judy Kresge. It could be Charlie Brown's pumpkin patch because at night, the Great Pumpkin rises up and glows for all to see. Judy decorates for every holiday and her displays are always crowd pleasers. "People actually stop and ask if they can take pictures. I do it because I like bringing pleasure to other people," she says.

Man heads to court in meth lab case

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Lansford man who police say operated a methamphetamine lab in Lansford had a preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday, but waived the charges to Carbon County Court.

Anthony William Hill, 25, remains free on bail.

The hearing was scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Ready for the big night

Thursday, October 31, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Adam Berk works on his 7-year-old daughter Harmony's makeup before trick-or-treat night in Jim Thorpe. Harmony went as Frankie, one of the dolls from Monster High. Most Carbon municipalities held trick-or-treat Wednesday night. Monroe municipalities will host the little ghouls and goblins tonight.

First offenders get ARD program

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ten first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program this week.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program the record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Judge Steven R. Serfass placed then all for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Crashes probed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on several crashes probed by troopers.

A one-vehicle crash occurred about 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, along Old Stage Road, in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. Troopers said Robert F. Riche, 37, of Effort, was driving a 2003 Hyundai Sonata, when the vehicle left the road and landed in a ditch. Riche was injured and taken to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, for treatment.

Riche was cited for driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed.

Saying 'Yes to the Dress'

Thursday, October 31, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Dana Stellar Holmes, with her father, Tony Stellar, chose a perfect wedding dress at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City.  BELOW: Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Holmes.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Dana Stellar Holmes, with her father, Tony Stellar, chose a perfect wedding dress at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. BELOW: Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Holmes.

Former area woman appears in episode to air on TLC tomorrow at 9 p.m.

An area bride's search for the perfect dress will be aired at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, on the TLC show "Say Yes to the Dress."

Dana Stellar Holmes, 25, a graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, will be featured in the episode "A Mother's Touch." The show tells how she traveled last November to New York City to shop at Kleinfeld Bridal after being invited to the show.

Most school board races decided in May

Thursday, October 31, 2013

School board races for districts in the TIMES NEWS coverage area were mostly decided in the May primary where candidates secured both nominations.

Here is a list of who will be on the ballot for next Tuesday's general election.

Tamaqua Area

Tamaqua Area School District, elect four, the four candidates are unopposed as they won both nominations in the primary election

They are Thomas A. Rottet, Aaron R. Frantz, Bryan W. Miller, and Mark Rother.

Panther Valley

Voters in Coaldale cast ballots for the Panther Valley Area School District.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31, 1993

A petition was filed Friday afternoon in the Schuylkill County Courts on behalf of the Tamaqua Area Education Association to hold the Tamaqua Area School District and its nine board members in contempt for failing to comply with a court order to fulfill the terms of a bargaining agreement reached in court during the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 11.

Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin fixed the date for hearing the petition for 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16 in Court Room One in Pottsville.

Schuylkill crashes

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on several crashes investigated by troopers on Schuylkill County roads over the past weekend.

A crash was reported at 5:50 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, along Helfenstein Road in Eldred Township. Troopers said Sandras L. Buffington, 50, of Valley View, was driving a 2005 Ford Mustang westbound when, for unknown reasons, she left her lane of travel, crossed into the eastbound lane and drove off the road. The car entered a wooded area off the berm and collided head-on into a tree.

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
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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.