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February 2010

Must be a better way

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

I would like to weigh in on the recent talk of a new school to be built in the Jim Thorpe district. I would like to point out there are online charter schools that local folks are currently succesfully teaching children at home.

I say Bravo! to those who are enrolled. These brave and resourseful parent/teachers deserve praise they are helping alleviate burdens to taxpayers while performing a valuable service.

Fit as a fiddle?

Saturday, February 27, 2010
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Mary Jo Garman, left, instructs a workout class at Health Works Health and Fitness Center in Lehighton.

Sadly, that's not how Carbon and Schuylkill counties stack up

Carbon County may be a great place to live, with strong families and neighbors who pitch in to help one another, but a snapshot of the county's well-being reveals it's not the healthiest place to live in Pennsylvania, according to a study recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In fact, according to a foundation-sponsored study done by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Insititute, Carbon County ranks among the 17 unhealthiest of Pennsylvania's 67 counties in terms of quality and length of life.

Ss. Peter and Paul School name February students of the month

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sherry Ambrose, principal of Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton announces February Students of the Month: early childhood: Guadalupe Gonzalez; preschool: Nicholas Zeigenfuss; kindergarten: Olivia Erickson and Brynn Hanley; first grade, Destiny Lobos; second grade, Hannah Christman; third grade, Grace Lorenz and Robert Kuznicki; fourth grade, Emily Roberti and Alexis Rohlfing; fifth grade, Joseph Curran; sixth grade, Tyler Ritter; seventh grade, Tamra Haupt; and eighth grade, Kyle Higgins.

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
Christian Carrier, Gilbert "It's one step closer to being rid of Pleasant Valley's dress code for a while."

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

Receives basic infantry training

Friday, February 26, 2010

Army National Guard Pvt. Paul F. Katona III has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training.

Tamaqua news

Friday, February 26, 2010

Taboo subjects

Schuylkill County VISION will sponsor a free event for parents, grandparents and guardians of children 10-21 years of age. Billed as "Talking With Your Children - No Subject is Taboo," the session will be held April 18 at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, Maple Avenue Campus in Marlin. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. and the session will be held from 2-4:30 p.m.

Tamaqua man one of eight to plead guilty

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Tamaqua man was one of eight who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges this week in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Larry Lon Wagner, 30, of 300 1/2 Arlington St., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to assault and drug charges.

Schuylkill crash

Friday, February 26, 2010

A snow-covered Schuylkill County roadway was the site of a one vehicle crash that occurred about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.

State police at Frackville said David James Davis, 55, of Pottsville, was driving a 1997 Jeep Wrangler southbound on SR924 in East Union Township when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve. The vehicle crossed the northbound lane and went onto the berm where it struck a concrete bridge head-on.

Davis was not injured but damages were disabling to the vehicle. Troopers said Davis will be cited for driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.