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February 2010

The PURR-fect snowcat

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Special to the Times News
Special to the Times News

Anne and Tom Jenkins and Katelyn Winters like cats, so it was a natural decision for them to make a snowcat rather than a snowman. Jenkins and Winters, who reside in Towamensing, were visiting in New Jersey after the storm hit, allowing them to create their snowcat.

State police had 'won their spurs' by early 1910

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Undermanned, under budgeted and overworked local police departments were facing hard challenges during the first few months of 1910.

One man who was stretched to his limit was George Hahn, Tamaqua's police chief, who dealt with everything from street punks to hard-drinking miners to gun-slinging criminals. During one incident, Hahn went searching for a visitor from New Philadelphia who had been drinking heavily and was reportedly insulting women on the street.

Riverwalck gets extension to apply for variance

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Parryville restaurant owner was given an extension of 90 days to prepare for an appearance before the Parryville Zoning Hearing Board.

Parryville Council granted the extension to Mark Stemler, owner of Riverwalck, after his attorney, Carole Walbert, said that more time was needed for the engineer to prepare the appeal application based on the findings of Parryville's Zoning Officer Dick Fedor.

How old is grandpa?

Saturday, February 27, 2010

If you think the world has changed in a short amount of time, you'll feel that way even more after eavesdropping on this conversation. It was sent to me by friend Aletha in Vermont.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandpa about current events.

The grandson asked his grandpa what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

Grandpa replied, "Well, let me think a minute. I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill.

It's good to be home

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

October 3, 2006 will stand out in the minds of Jim and Jan Everett. Their beloved store, some 20 years in the making, was burning before them. Some five million dollars in inventory was lost as well as their store.

It was then and there that Jim Everett vowed to rebuild, and after 3 long years, on February 13, to the delight of everyone of their customers, the store has finally re-opened.

Reconsider the ASH closure

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

Create and keep jobs in U.S.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

President Obama is promoting a new $300 billion economic stimulus program.

When he took office in January 2009 he said the $787 billion stimulus program will create 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010 and unemployment will remain below 8.0 percent. Unemployment is hovering around 10.0 percent, and the jobs promised by Obama might hit 1.5 million by the end of 2010, but during the last 13 months we lost 5 million jobs.

Readers Turn: Feb. 27

Saturday, February 27, 2010
David Carter, Kresgeville "Fishing. It gets me away from the house and keeps me out of trouble."

February is almost history. Spring is only three weeks away. What do you look forward to most when the season changes?

Spending our tax dollars

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The last time I checked many of us were struggling to keep our financial heads above water and many of us are looking for full-time jobs and praying the economy turns around and we get solid jobs increasing in our country again.

The last thing that I'm sure many of us want to know is how well our bureaucrats and leaders can spend our tax dollars so forgive me in advance for sharing this little tidbit that made the news this week.

An oldies quiz

Saturday, February 27, 2010

They say when you get older, the memory is the first to go. But that's not true in a lot of cases. Many senior citizens are walking, talking history books. They remember chapters in their lives and in the history they have lived through better than many educators.

Carbon County Band Festival to celebrate 50 years of music

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The music continues to live on in Carbon County a half century since its formation.

Further proof of that assertion can be observed during the 50th annual Carbon County Band Festival.

The festival will be held March 16-18 at Palmerton Area High School. The event will culminate with a concert at 7 p.m., March 18.

High school music teacher Thomas Heinick, who with 22 years of experience is the longest tenured band director in the county, said he feels "honored and privileged" that the district gets to host this year's concert.

Vietnam Veterans of CC to meet Thursday

Friday, February 26, 2010

Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 294, Holiday Pocono Civic Center, Route 534, Albrightsville.

Get writing, get published

Friday, February 26, 2010

A roundtable discussion for people who love to write, or think they can write and would like to get started. Hosted by Kathy Ruff of the Black Diamond Writer's Network.

The discussion takes place from 6:30-7:30 tonight, Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library.

Join them to get inspired, learn about the industry, and find out how you can achieve your writing and publishing dreams.

Contact the library (610) 377-2750 for more details.

Pennsylvania Women's Press Assoc. offering $1,500 scholarship

Friday, February 26, 2010

Pennsylvania Women's Press Association is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a journalism major.

Both men and women may apply. Eligibility requirements are that the student be a Pennsylvania resident, a journalism major in a four-year or graduate level program in a Pennsylvania college or university, and be classified as a junior, senior or graduate level student for the fall of 2010..

The winner will be selected on the basis of proven journalistic ability, dedication to journalism, and general merit.

LCCC's Waylen joins 1,000 point club

Friday, February 26, 2010

Jake Waylen joined an exclusive club at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) when he reached the 1,000 career point mark on Jan. 7 in a loss to Sussex County Community College. Waylen had 37 points that night.

Waylen, a Northern Lehigh High School graduate, became just the eighth player in LCCC history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. One of those players was Waylen's father, Brian, who scored 1,171 points in his two years at LCCC from 1982-84.

Panther Valley news

Friday, February 26, 2010

2010 PV All night party

A meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the high school library for the Panther Valley All Night Party.

Topics of discussion will be the current pierogie sale and a schedule will be set for the decorating committee to begin meeting at the Coaldale Complex.

All ideas and suggestions for the party to benefit all graduating seniors are welcome.

Lansford

Council appointments

With the recent reorganization of the Lansford Borough Council, President Bob Gaughan has made the following committee appointments for 2010:

Tamaqua snow emergency

Friday, February 26, 2010

At 10 a.m. Friday, Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison issued a snow emergency declaration for the borough. The declaration means all non-essential travel has been prohibited. The emergency will continue until further notice. Motorists may be fined and have their vehicles impounded.

Clearing parking lot

Friday, February 26, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A borough worker uses a large front-end loader to clear snow from the parking lot in front of the Tamaqua Railroad Station Friday morning after eight inches of snow fell overnight.

Getting school ready

Friday, February 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A worker shovels snow at the St. Jerome Elementary School in Tamaqua.

Rex birth

Friday, February 26, 2010
Karley Joy Rex
Karley Joy Rex

REX A daughter, Karley Joy Rex, was born at 10:02 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2010 at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, to David and Kristen (Matukonis) Rex of New Ringgold.

She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Debbie and Gary Kunkel of Andreas, and Michael and Teri Matukonis of Las Vegas, Nev.

Paternal grandparents are Brenda and David Rex Sr. of Lehighton.

Making a spot for their cars

Friday, February 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured are Tamaqua residents Rob Hartranft, left, and D.J. Fredericks shoveling a spot for their car in Tamaqua.

Correction from Tuesday's Eldred Twp. supervisor meeting article

Friday, February 26, 2010

In the article "Eldred Township supervisors voice opposition of proposed closing of elementary school" by Linda Koehler that appeared in Tuesday, Feb. 23 issue, there is a correction of a statement made by Eldred Township Supervisor Sharon Solt. Instead of, "Supervisor Solt said that the district receives over $3 million of the township's taxes and should use that to keep the school open" as reported, Solt said, "We contribute $3 million to PV, and that should be a consideration."

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Ida Totani celebrates 100th birthday

Friday, February 26, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ida Totani, seated center, celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family. With her here are some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Front row, from left, Lauren Cavanagh, Ida, Sara DiGrazia and Luke Cavanagh. Second row, Alexandria DiGrazia, Elizabeth Clewell, Allison Cavanagh, Theresa Totani, Kristan Campanaro and Emily Cavanagh. Standing, Maria Cavanagh. In the background is part of a timeline the family created to document her life.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ida Totani, seated center, celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family. With her here are some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Front row, from left, Lauren Cavanagh, Ida, Sara DiGrazia and Luke Cavanagh. Second row, Alexandria DiGrazia, Elizabeth Clewell, Allison Cavanagh, Theresa Totani, Kristan Campanaro and Emily Cavanagh. Standing, Maria Cavanagh. In the background is part of a timeline the family created to document her life.

Ida (Fortunato) Totani celebrated her 100th birthday last Saturday.

She was born Feb. 20, 1910 in Fontanelle, Italy, to Sofia and Nicola Fortunato.

At the age of 2, six months after the tragic sinking of the Titanic, Ida along with her parents and two sisters, ages 5 and 10 months, boarded an ocean liner bound for America.

They arrived at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, in October of 1912, where a sponsor led her family via train and trolley, to the small anthracite mining towns of Jim Thorpe (Mauch Chunk) and Lansford in Carbon County.

Move those cars!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Lansford Borough will be plowing north and east sides of all streets (odd-numbered addresses) beginning 8 a.m. Saturday. Then, the south and west sides (even-numbered addresses) on Sunday.

If you fail to move your vehicle from those areas, you face a $25 ticket.

Winter beauty

Friday, February 26, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In a more peaceful setting Thursday afternoon prior to the heavy, windswept blizzard like conditions that prevailed during the overnight hours into Friday morning, the Mahoning Creek winds it's way through the pastoral landscape near St. Peter's Road in West Penn Township.

No two are alike

Friday, February 26, 2010
ROGER SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ROGER SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

It's a fact. No two snowflakes are exactly alike when examined up close as shown in this photo taken on a Palmerton tree branch. But it's doubtful that many area residents are thinking about that aspect of snow as the region continues to shovel out from the latest winter storm that socked the area Thursday and continued into today. High winds contributed to the problems causing drifting as area schools were closed for the second straight day, along with many businesses.

A track and field of white

Friday, February 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua's beautiful blue track can't be seen with the layers of snow covering it. Tamaqua Area Schools were closed Thursday and today.

JT's Lienhard places in wrestling tourney

Friday, February 26, 2010

Gunnar Lienhard of Jim Thorpe captured a fourth place finish in the Valley Elementary Wrestling League Novice Tournament on Feb. 7 at Catasaqua High School. He wrestled in the 58-60 pound weight class.

Lienhard was the only Jim Thorpe wrestler to place in the 34-team tournament.

A 'stinky' situation

Friday, February 26, 2010

Carbon County declares disaster to fix raw sewage leak

Carbon County has a "stinky" problem.

That's why, on Thursday, during the county commissioners' meeting, the board took action to proclaim a disaster emergency for the courthouse basement, which has had a problem with raw sewage leaking into the lowest level of the century-old structure for quite some time.

Winter starkness

Friday, February 26, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A solitary tree, on top of a windswept hill in West Penn Township, stands in defiance to the fury of the oncoming winter storm late Thursday afternoon.

Sorting out the next Olympic Dream Team

Friday, February 26, 2010

By SHAWN MCFARLAND

Earlier this month, the 2010-12 USA Men's Basketball National Team released its 27 candidates for the upcoming FIBA and Olympic games.

The list consists of nine members of the gold medalist 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and a total of 11 Olympians who have captured a combined 15 Olympic medals (nine golds and six bronzes).

Now I know picking 12 players from a group of 27 all of whom for the most part are pretty outstanding basketball players won't be easy for USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.