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January 2010

Mischief incidents probed in Monroe

Saturday, January 30, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating two acts of criminal mischief, both occurring at locations in Monroe County.

James Pecora, 24, of Albrightsville, reported someone entered his unlocked 1998 Chrysler Sebring and damaged wiring inside. The incident occurred at the Mount Effort Plaza parking lot in Effort, Chestnuthill Township, sometime between 4 a.m. and 5:15 p.m on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

N'western cruises

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Northwestern needs every win it can to climb back over .500 and secure a district playoff spot. That's why the Tigers had to avoid a trap game against a one-win Pen Argyl team Friday night in New Tripoli.

The best way to do it was to jump out to an early lead and take away any hope the Knights might have had to pull off an upset.

Northwestern used a 20-point run through the first quarter and the beginning of the second en route to a 65-40 win.

Hit and run accident probed

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mahoning Township police are investigating a two-vehicle crash Wednesday along SR209 and Center Street.

The accident happened at 3:21 p.m. in the area of East Coast Medical Service, said Chief Kenneth J. Barnes.

Sparse attendance for planning hearing

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Rod Mann, chairman of the Central Carbon County Comprehensive Plan board, left, and Allen Heist of Stell Environmental Enterprises, project manager and consultant, discuss the study area that will update comprehensive plans for Franklin, Mahoning and East Penn townships and the boroughs of Weissport and Lehighton.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Rod Mann, chairman of the Central Carbon County Comprehensive Plan board, left, and Allen Heist of Stell Environmental Enterprises, project manager and consultant, discuss the study area that will update comprehensive plans for Franklin, Mahoning and East Penn townships and the boroughs of Weissport and Lehighton.

Only 4 people show up at meeting to discuss comprehensive plan for Carbon communities

Local residents lost an opportunity to have their say Thursday night on the Central Carbon County Comprehensive Plan.

Only four people attended the public hearing, which was set up to give people living in Franklin, East Penn or Mahoning townships, or in the boroughs of Weissport or Lehighton, an opportunity to discuss the comprehensive plan.

Tamaqua break-in

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tamaqua police are investigating a reported burglary that allegedly took place at 239 Cedar St.

Carol Kelly, who lives in apartment 2, contacted police at 11:27 a.m. Tuesday to report that someone had been in her apartment. Items reported to be missing were old cell phones, compact discs, a book and tea lights. There were no signs of forced entry.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at 668-6100.

Rear-end type crash in Tamaqua

Saturday, January 30, 2010

No one was injured in a two vehicle accident in Tamaqua on Monday.

Brian Wirth, of Lower Rd., Tamaqua, was driving a 2008 Saturn north on Railroad Street when he stopped for a red light at the intersection with Elm Street. A 2002 Dodge Neon, driven by Liang Geng, of East Broad St., Tamaqua, was unable to stop before striking the rear of the Saturn.

Damage was minimal to both vehicles and no charges were filed.

CC Vietnam Veterans Organization meets

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Carbon County Vietnam Veterans Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Nesquehoning V.F.W. Post 8008, Nesquehoning. The agenda will include nomination of officers for 2010-11.

The pain of RSD

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

I want to thank The TIMES NEWS for making people more aware of RSD. Our daughter died in 2003 and she suffered for 12 years from this disease with excruciating pain. She saw many doctors. It started in her ankle when she twisted her legs to stop a med cart from hitting her.

A patient at Gracedale. She had surgery on both legs. A foot doctor in Walnutport discovered it six weeks after her accident. She had seen ortho's before that and said her ankle was sprained. She had surgery several years later at Temple Univ. Hospital by a foot doctor.

Your genes may hold the 'carb' answer

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The pendulum, it seems, has swung again.

Research released in December again cautions against the use of high-fat low-carb diets.

The European study using obese, pre-diabetic adults found the use of high-fat low-carb diets as effective as low-fat high-carb diets for losing weight, a matter already established in earlier research.

Extra years spent wisely

Saturday, January 30, 2010

By GAIL MAHOLICK

gmaholick@tnonline.com

When Paul Goodhile's heart stopped 21 years ago, he was at the right place and time for a jump-start.

Lehighton ALS had just formed and Paul was the first "official save" the organization claimed. His extra 21 years can be directly attributed to the EMT's prompt emergency medical care right when he needed it.

I was the reporter who wrote the story about Paul getting a second chance at life. It was one of the first major feature stories I ever wrote.

One vehicle crash probed in Carbon

Saturday, January 30, 2010

State police ate Lehighton reported investigating a one vehicle crash about 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, along SR248 at Club Road in Bowmanstown, Carbon County.

Troopers said Gwen Gallagher, 47, of Palmerton, was driving a 1995 Ford Explorer westbound when she lost control and the vehicle struck a concrete barrier. Gallagher sustained a minor injury in the crash and damages were disabling to the front end of the vehicle, troopers said.

Theft from vehicle incident probed

Saturday, January 30, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft from a vehicle incident in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said the vehicle of Carl Denchy, 4605 Brookside Court, Orwigsburg, West Brunswick Township, was entered while parked near his home. Removed was about $10 in assorted change. The incident occurred sometime overnight of Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday.

To the children of the 1930s-70s

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The following comments are priceless.

They were sent to me from my brother, who received them in an email. Check them out and see if they apply to you. Above all, take time to think and appreciate:

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored, lead-based paints.

Marian boys notch 10th straight victory

Saturday, January 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's D.J. Rossino moves in front of Kwamaine Blake of East Stroudsburg North to keep the ball away from him.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's D.J. Rossino moves in front of Kwamaine Blake of East Stroudsburg North to keep the ball away from him.

The Marian Colts picked up their 10th win in a row and the Palmerton girls qualified for the District 11 playoffs with a victory in local action on Friday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

East Stroudsburg North

-Lehighton

East Stroudsburg North doubled-up Lehighton for an 82-41 Mountain Valley Conference victory. The loss drops the Indians to 0-17 on the season (0-9 MVC).

Mike John scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the first half, including four three-pointers, to lead the Timberwolves. Anthony Baker also tallied 15 points for North.

Meters should take extra quarters

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

A friend recently was fined $20 for parking at a meter about 15- 20 minutes past the 2 hour limit. Immediately upon discovering the ticket, we went to the Lehighton Municipal building to attend to this matter. My friend explained, with ticket in hand, she tried to extend the 2 hour limit by inserting more quarters.

A 2 hour limit doesn't handle every parking ( at a meter) situation.

I think this person, being a good law abiding citizen, should have received a warning. This being her very first offense.

Getting the shaft again

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

While watching the news once again, I see the little guy gets the shaft again.

First : We give millions & billions to other countries, (Afghanistan and Iraq). But we can't give our seniors a cost of living increase.

But big executives can get million dollar bonuses.

What about the poor of this country, unemployed - homeless - and Native Americans.

Second : The highest court in the land just made it easy for the rich to control this country and gave other governments the right to put their nose in our affairs and control how our country is run.

Wilderness experience

Saturday, January 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Dreaded Majestic Mooseman (Kramer Christensen) and the Bandits, left to right, Blue Bandit (Erin Kloss,) Fuzzy Bandit (Alyssa Schoenberger) and Eskimo Bandit (Kelsey Stinner), members of Venturing Crew 120, approached unsuspecting Boy Scouts at the Klondike Derby at Camp Trexler, asking trivia questions pertaining to Scouting or Canada and rewarded or deducted gold coins for right or wrong answers.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Dreaded Majestic Mooseman (Kramer Christensen) and the Bandits, left to right, Blue Bandit (Erin Kloss,) Fuzzy Bandit (Alyssa Schoenberger) and Eskimo Bandit (Kelsey Stinner), members of Venturing Crew 120, approached unsuspecting Boy Scouts at the Klondike Derby at Camp Trexler, asking trivia questions pertaining to Scouting or Canada and rewarded or deducted gold coins for right or wrong answers.

Klondike Derby held at Camp Trexler in Jonas

What would it be like to be out in the wilderness of Alaska and dependent on yours and teammates' knowledge of how to survive?

Several Boy Scouts from the Minsi Trails Council got a chance to test their mettle at the Klondike Derby held at Camp Trexler in Jonas last weekend.

The Klondike Derby is an annual event held during the winter months and is based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush. BSA units have been running Klondike Derbies since 1949.

Tumble with Denise hosts PPLM at Lehighton facility

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Tumble With Denise, Inc. recently hosted the Pennsylvania Progressive League Meet, "Gymnastics Resolutions" at their new facility on Oak Grove Drive, Lehighton. There were 114 gymnasts participating in the event and well over 250 spectators. From left are the All Around Winners, front row, Sierra Canburn and Raegan Axt; and back row, Olivia Hine, Rui Na Gentile and Brooke Enslin.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Tumble With Denise, Inc. recently hosted the Pennsylvania Progressive League Meet, "Gymnastics Resolutions" at their new facility on Oak Grove Drive, Lehighton. There were 114 gymnasts participating in the event and well over 250 spectators. From left are the All Around Winners, front row, Sierra Canburn and Raegan Axt; and back row, Olivia Hine, Rui Na Gentile and Brooke Enslin.

Tumble With Denise, Inc. recently hosted the Pennsylvania Progressive League Meet, "Gymnastics Resolutions" at their new facility on Oak Grove Drive, Lehighton. There were 114 gymnasts participating in the event and well over 250 spectators. From left are the All Around Winners, front row, Sierra Canburn and Raegan Axt; and back row, Olivia Hine, Rui Na Gentile and Brooke Enslin.

New CSIDC officers

Saturday, January 30, 2010
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS

The Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corp. installed officers for the 2010-2012 term at Parkview Inn on Thursday. William Gardiner, past president, second from left, welcomes Lawrence J. Marek, second from right, to his new position as president; while Peter J. Radocha Jr., vice president, left; and Richard E. Forgay, executive director, look on. Missing from photo are Francis X. Koomar, treasurer; and Joseph J. Velitsky, Esq., solicitor. The CSIDC is one of the oldest industrial groups in the state.

Talking to strangers can be rewarding

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sometimes, something I write touches a button in readers and motivates them to respond. And I never know which thought will bring that response.

That was the case with a past column where I wrote:

"The thought comes to me that 'by myself' is not the same as 'alone.' Somehow, alone sounds lonely, but 'by myself' is just the beginning of exploration."

It was a column about enjoying a dreary day, not about being alone. But that sentence struck a chord with four readers who sent e-mails to share their experiences of being alone.

Dear Dr. Smith

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I often get letters from readers of this column who have questions about Education and Family issues. It's nice reading those letters, because I recognize that there is actually someone out there who is reading what I write. That makes the time and energy worthwhile.

After the holidays, I got the following email:

Dear Dr. Smith,

I am having a problem in my family. I love them a lot, but everyone is fighting. I want to get along with everybody, but if I am nice to one person, someone else gets mad at me. All of my family members are important to me. What should I do?

Alcohol at the party?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Lehighton officials consider allowing booze in rec center

Lehighton Borough Council has no plans to sell alcohol at the town's Recreation Center, but it is considering allowing individuals to bring it on the premises for private parties and other special events.

Scott Rehrig, vice president of the council, remarked that requests have been made to hold large parties at the center whereby people could bring their own "booze."

Not all council members are ready to accept such a concept.

"I don't think that's a good idea," remarked Bessie Bauchspies.

Reaching out, coming together

Saturday, January 30, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Jim Tkach of the Bo Tkach Memorial Foundation, addressing Palmerton Area High School students and faculty members on Friday, one week after sophomore Nick Bickowski took his life.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Jim Tkach of the Bo Tkach Memorial Foundation, addressing Palmerton Area High School students and faculty members on Friday, one week after sophomore Nick Bickowski took his life.

Jim Tkach talks to Palmerton students about moving forward after tragic death

Palmerton Area students continue to mourn in the aftermath of the death of a high school student who took his life.

Jim Tkach of the Bo Tkach Memorial Foundation, spoke to high school students on Friday one week after PAHS sophomore Nick Bickowski was found dead in his home on Jan. 22. He was 16.

Earlier in the day, Tkach spoke with junior high students about Bickowski. Tkach also visited the high school auditorium on Thursday, at which time he spoke with students and community members.

Palmerton parish raises $4,090 for Haiti relief

Friday, January 29, 2010

Relief efforts are on the rise amid the devastation faced by the victims of the recent Haiti earthquake.

With that very thought in mind, the Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton has raised its game a notch to the tune of $4,090.

Pastor William Campion announced last weekend's second collection for relief efforts for the victims will be sent onto the diocese to provide direct service for the poor.

Campion lauded the parish for their goodwill, and added this was one of the largest second collections in recent times for his parish.

Six guns reported stolen in Monroe

Friday, January 29, 2010

Six guns were reported stolen from a Monroe County residence.

State police at Lehighton said a home at 1745 Mountain Rd., in Ross Township, was entered sometime between Dec. 23, 2009, and Jan. 23. Taken were the following guns: SIG-Saurer-Equinox, 45-caliber automatic; SIG-Sauer-Elite, 40-caliber automatic; Kimber ProCarry, 45-caliber automatic; Kimber TLE RL2, 45-caliber automatic; Jennings MDL-9, 9mm; and a Jennings 22-caliber. Total value of the missing guns was set at $4,200.

The listed victims are Sean McGuire, 39, of Hellertown, and John Pugh, 70, of Saylorsburg.

Drosdak-Bartholomew

Friday, January 29, 2010
Aaron F. Bartholomew and Denise A. Drosdak
Aaron F. Bartholomew and Denise A. Drosdak

The engagement of Denise Ann Drosdak of Camp Hill, Pa., to Aaron F. Bartholomew, also of Camp Hill, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Joseph and Joanne Drosdak of Nesquehoning. She is a 2001 graduate of Panther Valley High School, and a 2005 graduate of Lycoming College, Williamsport, where she earned a bachelor of arts in business administration.

She is employed as real estate manager for Lamar Advertising in Harrisburg.

Driver abandons crashed vehicle

Friday, January 29, 2010

A driver abandoned a crashed vehicle and is now being sought by state police.

Troopers out of the Frackville barracks said a 1998 Ford Windstar was driven southbound on SR924, in East Union Township, Schuylkill County, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, about 10:10 p.m. when it left the roadway. The vehicle traveled into the woods and over a tree stump. The vehicle sustained damage to the coolant system due to the crash.

The driver fled the scene leaving the vehicle and failing to report the accident.

The World's Richest Man

Friday, January 29, 2010

When Jerry Wolman wanted to announce the upcoming publication of his book, he went back home to do so.

Home in Wolman's case is Shenandoah, and the Schuylkill County community welcomed back one of its native sons.

Wolman was the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League from 1963-1969 and his story is told in the book, titled The World's Richest Man.

Tamaqua Middle School announces honor rolls

Friday, January 29, 2010

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2009-2010 school year. To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Schuylkill arbitration awards made

Friday, January 29, 2010

Arbitration boards ruled in favor of financing firms and against holders of credit cards who have defaulted on payments after hearings held in Schuylkill County court.

HSBC Bank-Nevada, of Las Vegas, Nev., obtained a judgment against Bruce Edmunds, of 546 E. Elm St., Tamaqua, in amount of $15,213.52 plus costs and a judgment against Dohn L. Drumheller, of 16 Smoking Lane, Tower City, in the amount of $3,245.17 plus costs.

Be wary of phony telephone charges, commissioner warns

Friday, January 29, 2010

Check your phone bill for any fraudulent charges, one Carbon County official says.

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein warns residents that there has been scams happening that place extra charges on your phone bill.

He explained that he noticed a charge for $14.95 for an MP3 download on his land line number.