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January 2010

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 Mike Bailey, left and Patrick Hughes, right, use a two-man saw to saw through a log, trying to cut as many one-inch thick pieces off in 10 minutes as they could at the Klondike Derby held at Camp Trexler in Jonas.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mike Bailey, left and Patrick Hughes, right, use a two-man saw to saw through a log, trying to cut as many one-inch thick pieces off in 10 minutes as they could at the Klondike Derby held at Camp Trexler in Jonas.

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.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, January 30, 2010

January 30, 1963 Jim Menconi scores half of his team's points to lead Marian to a 68-64 victory over Shenandoah Catholic. Menconi hits on 14 shots from the floor and goes 6-of-7 at the foul line to account for his 34 points. Teammate Bill Donovan contributes 14 points as the Colts rally from a halftime deficit with a 22-10 third-quarter spread. The winners, coach by "Wink" Gallagher, also receive seven points from Gene Dillon.

Theft incidents probed in Tamaqua

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tamaqua police are investigating two thefts reported this week.

Casey Williams, of Lansford, reported that someone pried open the rear trunk lid of his red BMW, which was parked near 427 E. Broad St.

The incident was reported to police at 8:20 on Jan. 25. According to the report the car was left in the area after it had broken down earlier this month.

The second incident was reported on Jan. 26, although it was discovered on Jan. 20. Someone entered a garage at 334 Hazle St. and removed various hand tools and circular saws owned by Donald Nunemacher.

Hit/run accident in Schuylkill

Saturday, January 30, 2010

State police at Frackville reported investigating a hit and run accident.

Troopers said Stephanie Coreia, 23, of Girardville, reported her 2008 Ford Fusion was damaged while parked near Ogden and Second streets, Girardville. Damage was to the passenger side of the vehicle. The incident occurred sometime between 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and 1:55 p.m. on Thursday.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Zehner grand is latest Raider milestone

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Amy Zehner, third from left, is congratulated by family members after she scored her 1,000th point in varsity basketball, Thursday. From left are her parents, Mel and Judy Zehner; her sister, Lori; nephew, Judge Gusick, who is being held by another sister, Kelly Gusick, and niece Alina Gusick.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Amy Zehner, third from left, is congratulated by family members after she scored her 1,000th point in varsity basketball, Thursday. From left are her parents, Mel and Judy Zehner; her sister, Lori; nephew, Judge Gusick, who is being held by another sister, Kelly Gusick, and niece Alina Gusick.

It has been a month of milestones for Tamaqua Lady Raider basketball.

First, on Jan. 18, the Raiders beat North Schuylkill to give coach Joe Berezwick his 200th career victory.

A few days later, on Jan. 21, Tamaqua earned the 500th triumph in the history of its program with a win at Jim Thorpe.

The latest achievement came from Amy Zehner, Tamaqua's 5-11 All-State standout, who reached a personal goal in surpassing the 1,000 point mark Thursday night.

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
Amanda Sandlin

(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

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

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."