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October 2013

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
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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.

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
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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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
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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
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Kathy Henderson, a member of the Carbon County Assocation of Realtors, puts a coat of bright red paint on a door as part of the National Realtors Assocation request for local realtors to do a community service project during October.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Kathy Henderson, a member of the Carbon County Assocation of Realtors, puts a coat of bright red paint on a door as part of the National Realtors Assocation request for local realtors to do a community service project during October.

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
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

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.

Tribe's Clements making an impact

Thursday, October 31, 2013

If you pull out your Webster's Dictionary or in today's more modern age go to www.dictionary.com and look up the word riot, you will find an array of different definitions.

One explanation of the word is to cause wild disorder or confusion. In the right context a riot is also described as a brilliant display. Either way, the word riot is a perfect way to define the play of Lehighton sophomore Wyatt Clements this season.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sorority news

The Preceptor Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met at the home of Cathy Santee, where a program was presented by Eric Yutko. His topic was "Local Legends, Haunts and Spooks of Schuylkill County.

Members also attended a Preferential Tea at Chef Allen's in West Reading on Oct. 20, sponsored by the Reading sorority chapters.

New rating system not kind to Thorpe

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It seems like only yesterday that the high school football season was kicking off. Nine area teams entered the season with high hopes and playoff dreams.

But the warm Friday night's of early September have given way to the brisk autumn evenings as the calendar prepares to turn to November.

Six area teams still have their playoff dreams intact as we brace for the final weekend of the regular season. This week, OVERTIME will examine how the year-old District 11 power rating system is impacting one area team's bid for a district playoff berth.

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.