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January 2010

Canceling the pity-party

Saturday, January 30, 2010

So I'm on my way to work and feeling sorry for myself.

Since we last talked, I turned another year older, my back is killing me again and I'm feeling every bit my age and more.

But then I heard something on the radio and I received a couple emails that made me feel ashamed of my self-pity party I was indulging in.

The gist is "Feeling unappreciated? World got you down? Things got ya down? Well then, consider these..."

An article in The New York Times with the headline: "Worker dead at desk for five days."

How times have changed

Saturday, January 30, 2010

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

How times change.

Back when I was in high school, during the late 1950s and early 60s, there was an English Lit teacher at Coaldale High School by the name of Sam Pascoe.

Sam was a life-long educator and an avid outdoorsman. He lived on the same block as me, on Howard Avenue. And it wasn't unusual to see Sam, decked out in his hunting gear, walking with his shotgun and trusty Beagle past my house.

A week in the news

Saturday, January 30, 2010

This isn't a good week for Sandusky, Ohio folks as two bizarre stories made the Associated Press wire.

n the "Meteor Falling on Head" file, a 47 year old woman named Deborah McDonald left a bar where she was with a group who was celebrating her winning an $8,000 prize in an Ohio lottery game show and was struck and killed by a car while she was walking on the side of a road.

Slippery road causes crash

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A slippery road surface was blamed for a two vehicle crash in Schuylkill County that was reported about 7:50 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, along Mill Creek Ave., in Norwegian Township.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Tamara J. Dragna, 34, of Pottsville, was driving a 2000 Toyota 4Runner eastbound and Julianne Kupchinsky, 56, of New Philadelphia, was operating a 2006 Mercury Montego Preimer westbound.

Dragna was traveling up hill when her vehicle began to slid on the slippery surface and entered the westbound lane where it struck the Montego.

Pedestrian struck in Monroe accident

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck in a Monroe County accident.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred about 7:14 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, along Industrial Drive in Mt. Pocono. Police said Ronald Barzydlo, 53, of Cresco, was driving a 2009 Toyota Tacoma toward SR940 while Luz Rivera, 42, of Tobyhanna, was walking in the same direction. Police said it is not known if Rivera tripped or stepped out into the lane of travel but she was struck by the truck.

Casting Kids event at Show

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A chance to advance to the statewide Casting Kids Championship and win cash and prizes will be at stake when the Capital City Bassmasters conducts its 16th annual Casting Kids Event, Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg.

Competition will be held for age groups 7-10, 11-13 and 14-17 in the seminar area located off of the Main Exhibition Hall next to the Chevrolet truck display. This year's event is sponsored by the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, and the age groups have been modified to allow more youth to participate.

Reader's Turn

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Zacary Reif, Palmerton - "I would like to be a police officer because I want to be just like my Uncle Mikey."

What would you like to be when you grow up? And why?

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.

The grand marshal

Friday, January 29, 2010
@$:USE PERSON ON RIGHT ONLY Hugh Donald Dugan
@$:USE PERSON ON RIGHT ONLY Hugh Donald Dugan

Hugh D. Dugan to lead Carbon St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Carbon County Division 1 and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hiberians, Mollie Maguire Division 1, Carbon County, has announced that Hugh Donald Dugan, financial secretary of the A.O.H., has been selected to serve as the grand marshal of the 13th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, to be held on Sunday, March 14, at 1 p.m. in the historic section of Jim Thorpe.

"It's an honor," Dugan said of the announcement. "I am really happy and thrilled. I'm excited about it and can't wait for parade day.

Lehighton attorney announces candidacy for McCall's seat

Friday, January 29, 2010
@$:Atty. Robert Frycklund
@$:Atty. Robert Frycklund

Lehighton attorney Robert Frycklund, 39, announced his candidacy for the 122nd District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives at this week's meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change.

Frycklund and his wife, Shannon, have made their home in her hometown of Lehighton since 2000. They have three children, Cole, 10, Cobe, 8, and Olivia, 4.

Raiders' Zehner tops 1,000

Friday, January 29, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Amy Zehner goes in for a layup to make her first two points of the night against Minersville. She ended the evening with 34 points, which bring's the junior's career total to 1,018 points.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Amy Zehner goes in for a layup to make her first two points of the night against Minersville. She ended the evening with 34 points, which bring's the junior's career total to 1,018 points.

Tamaqua's Amy Zehner topped the 1,000 career point mark in a victory over Minersville on Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Minersville-Tamaqua

With 5:45 remaining in the second quarter, Zehner scored her 1,000th career point on a drive and lay-up, propelling Tamaqua to a 68-48 victory non-league triumph over visiting Minersville.

Zehner went on to score a career-high 34 points on the night. She is now ninth on Tamaqua's all-time scoring list and the third to hit the 1,000 point plateau as a junior. Zehner also pulled down 14 rebounds.

On this date

Friday, January 29, 2010

January 29, 1942

Thomas Dougherty received the unanimous endorsement of the Mauch Chunk Fire Department for the position of fire chief at the annual meeting held in the Marion Hose Company. Presented at that time was the report of retiring chief Fred Kemmerle. Other officers are Roland Edwards, assistant chief; Joseph Hilferty, president; Robert D. Tobias, first vice president, and George B. Hall, second vice president.

Schuylkill court news

Friday, January 29, 2010

Divorces granted

Donna Lee Hartranft, 502 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Joseph D. Hartranft, Newkirk R.1. They were married April 10, 1992.

Amy Zimmerman, 35 Swatara St., Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Jeffrey Zimmerman, Pottsville. They were married Aug. 4, 2006.

Tammie Lee Durham, Orwigsburg, was granted a divorce from Brent Lynn Laubenstine, Schuylkill Haven. They were married Jan. 1, 2004.

Sentenced

Power of the printed word

Friday, January 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mrs. Jacqueline Ludka's senior honors English class read Michael J. Fox's book, "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist." They were so moved by its message that they organized a fund-raising event to benefit Follow Me Foundation, a food pantry in Monroe County. They are: Bottom row, left to right: Tracey Smith, Angela Rodriguez, Meagan Fitzgerald, Mrs. Ludka, Sasha Faust, Amber Lee Wojtkowski, Shannen McGinley; Top row, left to right: Ben Desotelle, Johno Martin, Jonathan Gab, Daniel Walsh, Matt Libretti, Katie Peavely, Maya Adamczyk, Ben Parhan.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mrs. Jacqueline Ludka's senior honors English class read Michael J. Fox's book, "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist." They were so moved by its message that they organized a fund-raising event to benefit Follow Me Foundation, a food pantry in Monroe County. They are: Bottom row, left to right: Tracey Smith, Angela Rodriguez, Meagan Fitzgerald, Mrs. Ludka, Sasha Faust, Amber Lee Wojtkowski, Shannen McGinley; Top row, left to right: Ben Desotelle, Johno Martin, Jonathan Gab, Daniel Walsh, Matt Libretti, Katie Peavely, Maya Adamczyk, Ben Parhan.

Pleasant Valley High School seniors inspired by Michael J. Fox book

Mrs. Jacqueline Ludka assigned three books for this past summer's reading to her senior honors English class at Pleasant Valley High School: "Frankenstein," "The Bonesetter's Daughter" and "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist."

Never did she or her 15 students imagine that one of those books would have a life-changing impact on them.

But one book did.

It was Michael J. Fox's "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist," released in the spring of 2009.

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.