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.
February is almost history. Spring is only three weeks away. What do you look forward to most when the season changes?
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.
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.
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.
(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. To read more about her adventures, visit her blog at http://amandasanda.wordpress.com.)
The legend of Wyatt Earp helped define America's era of the Wild West. Not only did Earp live through the entire cowboy era, by the time he died at the age of 80, he had written a memoir and served as a technical advisor for the early western silent films.
In this role, Earp's reminiscences of the old west helped create early Hollywood cowboy heros: actors Tom MIx, Hoot Gibson, and John Wayne, and director John Ford. Having lived from 1848 to 1929, Earp was a boy at the time of the Civil War, and following the war, headed west to seek his fortune.
HARRISBURG – According to some almanacs, there is at least one more major winter storm in our future, but for those who chose to take a more optimistic outlook, the "muddy month of March" usually brings the first extended days of spring-like weather.
Although I rarely go to movies in theaters (last time was 1989 to see "Rainman") or even rent them, I find myself reading every best-of-the-year movie list I find. The same is true for best-of-the-year lists of music CDs (which I rarely buy) and theater productions (which I rarely attend).
Call it vicarious living if you will, but for some reason I'm drawn to best-of lists.
The same is true for articles that predict the trends for the upcoming year, especially the ones about health and fitness. I've probably read a dozen or so for 2010, and I feel the need to respond.
Former Northwestern standout was key member of DeSales basketball team
In some ways, the end of Caitlin Miller's DeSales University basketball career resembles her departure from Northwestern.
Just like high school, Miller leaves the Lady Bulldog program as one of the top rebounders and overall players the school has seen.
Just like her high school team, she leaves a program in goood shape as DeSales has won two straight conference titles, their first since 2000, and is heading into this year's Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament on a 10-game winning streak.
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.
Pictured are Tamaqua residents Rob Hartranft, left, and D.J. Fredericks shoveling a spot for their car in Tamaqua.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Tamaqua's beautiful blue track can't be seen with the layers of snow covering it. Tamaqua Area Schools were closed Thursday and today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before yesterday's second wave of snow, warmer temperatures had already begun to melt earlier snowfall. Pictured is the Owl Creek Reservoir gate in Tamaqua.
Mickey Padora uses a simple and basic bread baking technique that dates back to the time of the Egyptians in the 20th century BC.
He uses four simple ingredients: flour, water, yeast and a bit of salt. Each begins around 5 a.m. Padora begins by carefully pouring a high gluten flour - 100 lb. bags of ConAgra Mills flour - and other measured ingredients into the mixer. When finished mixing, the dough is shaped and molded by hand into loaves. The loaves are placed in long wooden racks to proof, or rise. Tails, or sheets of canvas, separate the loaves as they rise.
A new singing group known as The Bach Choir of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will be auditioning voices for membership on Sunday, March 7, 2010, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Avenue in Jim Thorpe. Membership will be open to all interested singers for anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania who wish to audition.
Ashlynn Anthony, 2 1/2, and Mason George, 2 1/2 are ready to answer that call. They always help Pappy George on the farm with all the chores, using their own tools. They are the Grandest Kids of Rodney and Dolores George, Lehighton and the Great-Grandest Kids of Clair and Margaret George of Lehighton and Alverta Serfass and the late Lloyd Serfass of Kunkletown. Ashlynn is the daughter of Melissa George of Forest Inn and Mason is the son of Matt and Kristie George of Forest Inn.
Tamaqua Borough workers have been working hard over the past weeks. Here, a Tamaqua plow truck plows through a small alley on rear Mauch Chunk Street.
JTAHS Class of 1990
Jim Thorpe Area High School Class of 1990 will hold a 20-year class reunion meeting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Roadies Restaurant in Penn Forest Township.
Class members wishing to help plan the reunion are invited to attend.
DJ Ann Marie Calabrese celebrates 20 years
Ann Marie Calabrese grew up watching American Bandstand.
While others would tune in for the musical acts or to watch the dancers, Calabrese was more focused on the show's host, Dick Clark.
"I'd watch Bandstand, listen to Dick Clark, and with his material, I'd go back and practice," recalled Calabrese. "I thought it was cool that he was a household name and involved in the music industry."
From those days as a novice announcer, the Tamaqua native has created a 20-year career as a radio and mobile disc jockey.
Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak and Pleasant Valley's Kasey Meckes were both named to the First Team of the 2009-10 Mountain Valley Conference Girls All-Star Team.
Homyak, a junior, averaged 15.4 points per game for the Indians while Meckes, also a junior, topped the Bears in scoring with 12.6 ppg.
No TIMES NEWS area boys players were named to the First Team although PV's Mike Sharpe was selected to the Second Team. Sharpe finished the season averaging 11.5 points per game.