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January 2010

Saving hospital a tribute to Rep. Keith McCall

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

One of the many, and maybe one of the most significant, accomplishments of Rep. Keith McCall's tenure in Harrisburg was the preservation of an area asset that we in the Panther Valley and Tamaqua areas have almost always taken for granted - a community hospital and skilled nursing facility in Coaldale. That fact seems to have been somewhat overlooked by the press in recent weeks news accounts relating to Keith's resignation announcement.

Big challenge, huge rewards

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Newfoundland moose put the 'big' in 'big game' hunting

RIVER OF PONDS, Newfoundland When it comes to hunting, few animals put the "big" in "big game" like the moose, the biggest member of the deer family and the second largest land animal in North America. The animal, which can weigh well over 1,200 pounds, is sought after not only for its antlers, which can grow to 50 inches or more, but also for the challenges associated with hunting it and the incredible beauty of the regions it calls home.

Carbon County property transfers

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Kyle A. Hartman to Franklin Township, 900 Fairyland Road, Lehighton, parcel No. 70E-11-70.04, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Joseph Misson to Jennifer A. Schelkopf, Malvern, Pa., Lot 10, Maple Shade Drive, $70,000.

Blue Ridge Real Estate to Switchback Gravity Railroad Foundation, Inc., 173 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, reserved rights on Switchback, $1

Kidder Township

Scott Lignore to Qing Yang, Malvern, Pa., Lot 44, Section II, Hemlock Forest, Indian Mountain Lakes, $175,000.

Are cyber town meetings the future of politics?

Saturday, January 30, 2010
House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans discusses the state's budget with Internet users at the second Cyber Town Hall meeting held on March 24, 2009.
House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans discusses the state's budget with Internet users at the second Cyber Town Hall meeting held on March 24, 2009.

Nearly a year ago, when it became no secret that the Pennsylvania state budget was on life support, the citizens of the Commonwealth wanted answers.

House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans became the point man. His difficult mission was to discuss it, as quickly as possible, with the millions of Pennsylvanians spread across the cities and towns.

The culture and people of Ghana

Saturday, January 30, 2010
AMANDA SANDLIN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A boy and his dog share a moment in a Ghana orphanage
AMANDA SANDLIN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A boy and his dog share a moment in a Ghana orphanage

(Editor's Note: Amanda Sandlin is a 20-year-old junior journalism major at Rider University, and a previous Times News intern. A Tamaqua resident, she is studying and volunteering in Accra, Ghana, located in western Africa, for one semester. Ghana gained independence from British rule in 1957, and now is a constitutional democracy. It is classified as a third world country and a developing nation. Amanda's columns will appear periodically on Saturdays in The TIMES NEWS during her stay in Ghana.)

Steps to recovery

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

In these dire economic times I think it is about time for our legislators to take the first steps in some type of recovery. I recommend the following.

First, the elimination of per diem for all meals during a normal workday. Let their wives pack them a brown bag lunch or pay the tab at a local restaurant. Just like we do.

Second, the elimination of all automobile allowances. Except for the recovery of mileage costs, let them buy their automobiles just like we do.

No. Lehigh girls earn CL playoff berth

Saturday, January 30, 2010

As the regular season winds down on the Northern Lehigh girls basketball season, head coach Dave Oertner seems to get more intense.

With four games remaining, the Bulldogs' mentor seems to know when to push the right buttons to get his team to do what it needs to get a win.

That held true again on Friday night as Northern Lehigh pulled away from a stubborn Bangor team for a 39-27 Colonial League win, to run its record to 18-0 on the season.

The victory also clinched a spot in the Colonial League playoffs for the Bulldogs who are 12-0 with four games remaining.

Less safe on Obama's watch

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

As a former naval intelligence officer on a high level staff (Top Secret Cryptographic clearance), I agree with President Obama that the breach of security associated with the Detroit-bound airliner is "totally unacceptable". The warning signs were there, but the intelligence community failed to recognize, analyze and disseminate the information. This is the same type of failure which led to the 9/11 attacks and the Ft. Hood massacre.

State leaders have failed to protect us from the electricity deregulation fiasco

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

Pennsylvania decision-makers' poor understanding of the electricity industry led them into a big mistake 13 years ago: giving up the state's authority to control electricity-generation prices. Consumers were promised a competitive retail electricity market that would restrain prices. The warnings that such a market would not develop went unheeded, but they turned out to be correct.

Three vehicle crash in Schuylkill

Saturday, January 30, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a three vehicle crash about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, along Molleystown Road in Tremont Township, Schuylkill County.

Tamaqua Area School District to conduct kindergarten registration

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Kindergarten registration in the Tamaqua Area School District will be held on March 15, 16 and 17 at the Tamaqua Elementary School and March 18 at the West Penn Elementary School. Students residing in Walker and Schuylkill Townships will register on March 15, students within the Borough of Tamaqua will register on March 16 and students residing in Rush Township will register on March 17.

Blue Mt. Health System lists new partnership

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Blue Mountain Health System is pleased to announce a partnership with Foundation Radiology Group (FRG), a premier provider of diagnostic imaging professional services located in Pittsburgh.

Foundation Radiology Group provides full-service radiology solutions for hospitals and imaging centers through a mix of on-site and tele-radiology services.

FRG features a world-class physician group, state-of-the-art technology solutions and subspecialty services including pediatric, neurologic, mammography and interventional practice specialties.

Two teens cited in Monroe

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Two 17-year-old males from Blakeslee have been cited for an incident in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said they were notified on Jan. 25 by the Monroe County Litter Control of a scattering of rubbish incident that occurred on Dec. 26, 2009, in Stone Crest development in Tunkhannock Township. The large area of rubbish was located in the lake area of the development.

Through an investigation the two teens were found to be responsible for the incident, police said. Both were cited for scattering rubbish.

Teen facing threats charge

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Monroe County teen is facing a charge of terroristic threats.

State police at Fern Ridge said Justin Marcus Campbell, 19, of Effort, will be charged following an incident about 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, at Kinsley Market, located along SR209, in Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township.

Troopers allege that Campbell entered into an altercation with a 48-year-old male from Palmerton during which he pulled a firearm and held it at his side. Troopers declined to name the victim.

Weird stories

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Maybe it was the cold winter that numbed the senses, or the pressures of work and putting food on the table that drove some to desperation, but some weird news stories surfaced in the early weeks of 1910.

When I grow up

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

How many times were we asked that question as kids? It's kind of funny to remember some of our answers. I bet most of us haven't followed through on those childhood ambitions.

Of course, kids think big and have some pretty sophisticated career plans. We all had friends who had dreams of being a princess, or a cowboy, or a professional wrestler. As we get older, we have to get serious. There aren't too many degree programs out there for pro wrestlers. So with that hope dashed, it's time to move on to Plan B.

On this date

Saturday, January 30, 2010

January 30, 1969

It's quiet now at Pennsylvania Power & Light Company's Hauto Steam Electric Station near Hometown. As of today, the generating units of the Hauto power plant, totaling 78,000 kilowatts, were stilled, terminating 56 years of electric power generation at the site. "It was an old an inefficient plant," said John Chaplinsky, PP&L's Community Service Manager-Northeast Division. "Like an old car, it had become costly to operate."

Boy Scouts recognized as tree farmers

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation, near Summit Station, is recognized as a certified tree farmer in the American Tree Farm System. The Boy Scout's 670-acre tree farm is managed for recreation, wood, water and wildlife.

The American Tree Farm System is an industry-sponsored program that promotes and encourages the wise use and management of large and small forests for a multitude of benefits, including wood, water, wildlife and recreation.

Bereavement group

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Jim Thorpe

The Bereavement Group of St. Joseph Church, Jim Thorpe, will meet on Monday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the church rectory at 526 North St.

For more information, call the rectory at (570) 325-3731.

JT 'spurts' to victory

Saturday, January 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe’s Rashid Epps (21) pump fakes to get Panther Valley’s Kyle Picht into the air.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe’s Rashid Epps (21) pump fakes to get Panther Valley’s Kyle Picht into the air.

Jim Thorpe's relentless style of play and its offensive firepower make it a ticking time bomb.

The Olympians are an explosion ready to happen. Their myriad of weapons and frenetic pace can produce game-changing runs in the blink of an eye.

Thorpe has what CBS' basketball analyst Clark Kellogg calls "spurtability."

One of those spurts was the difference on Friday night as Jim Thorpe beat Panther Valley, 65-51, in a critical Schuylkill League Division I showdown.

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


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.

Arrests made in Schuylkill incident

Friday, January 29, 2010

Two women were arrested on Thursday and charged with the attempted break-in of a home in Girardville, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Rochelle Hauze, 22, of 8 Ogden St., and Amber McCracken, 21, of 136 B St., both of Girardville, were charged with attempting to enter the home of Margaret Hennessy, 58, of 207 A St., on Jan. 20, between 1-1:10 a.m.

Our money

Friday, January 29, 2010

U.S. delegation ran up a hefty tab in Denmark trip

There was nothing unusual about Wednesday night's State of the Union Address.

Lehighton area couple wed 40 years

Friday, January 29, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. William Phelps
Mr. and Mrs. William Phelps

William and Esther (Seifert) Phelps of Towamensing Township, Lehighton, will soon be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

They were married on Jan. 31, 1970 in St. Paul's U.C.C. in Easton, by the Rev. Fred Shafer.

Their reception was held at the Twin Lakes Country Club in Allentown.

William's parents are the late Mansfield and Anne Phelps of Jetson, Ky.

Esther's parents are the late Earl K. and Bessie A. Seifert of Easton.

William attended schools in Kentucky. He is retired from Kraft, Inc. in Fogelsville.

Carbon court news

Friday, January 29, 2010

Divorce decrees

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Alan Berndt, Box 647, Whitehall, from Amanda K. Berndt, 12 Audry Lane, Jim Thorpe.

Margaret B. Stiely, 3376 Jackson Rd., Bethlehem, from James R. Stiely, 825 E. Patterson St., Lansford.

Tammy L. Bowman, 417 White St., Weissport, from Wesley H. Bowman III, same address.

Nicole S. Shuck, 454 N. First St., Lehighton, from Charles J. Shuck Jr., 146 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton.

Polk Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. has good turnout for awards presentations

Friday, January 29, 2010
Dottie Kreger, Vicky Serfass, Sue Shoemaker, Melody Schessler, Edna Schoenberger and Alice Harner are officers of the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary.
Dottie Kreger, Vicky Serfass, Sue Shoemaker, Melody Schessler, Edna Schoenberger and Alice Harner are officers of the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary.

Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company invited two special guests to its appreciation banquet and awards night held Jan. 23.

They were Nate Sawyer who fixes the fire trucks and Alan Eckhart who takes care of refrigeration problems, said Matt Schessler, vice president of the company. "Nate is here at the drop of a hat. They both go above and beyond."

Glenn Simmons gave the blessing thanking God for the opportunity to come together, for all the volunteers and for the support from the community. He asked for a special blessing for those suffering from disaster.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Friday, January 29, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

State police at Frackville said Michael Shane Matrishion, 33, of McAdoo, was stopped for traffic violations about 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, along Interstate 81 southbound in Kline Township.

Matrishion was found to be under the influence was taken to the barracks for a breath test, which he refused, troopers said. He will be charged with DUI and other offenses, troopers added.

PennDOT plans work on two bridges along Penn Forest Road

Friday, January 29, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS PennDOT's Todd Smeltz talks about the bridge plan for Penn Forest Township.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS PennDOT's Todd Smeltz talks about the bridge plan for Penn Forest Township.

PennDOT held an informational meeting on Wednesday in the Towamensing municipal building to talk to residents about the two bridges that will be worked on. They are both along Penn Forest Road with one, the southern bridge, in Towamensing Township and the northern one in Penn Forest Township.

The southern bridge, the larger one at 53 feet, is between the Penn Forest and Wild Creek reservoirs. This bridge is scheduled for complete replacement.

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tryouts for the Jim Thorpe Drama Club production of "West Side Story" will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at the high school. The production is open to anyone 13 years of age and older. The production will be held on April 30, and May 1. For more information contact Natalie Kmetz, (570) 325-4923.

Bereavement Group

The bereavement group of St. Joseph's Church, will meet on Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. in the rectory, 526 North Street. The group is open to anyone and if you have questions you may call the rectory office at (570) 325-3731.