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February 2010

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Gateway to winter

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

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.

How is Italian bread made?

Friday, February 26, 2010
3. Once shaped, the raw dough is packed in bread boxes, each loaf separated by canvas, where it's allowed to rise before being placed inside the oven.
3. Once shaped, the raw dough is packed in bread boxes, each loaf separated by canvas, where it's allowed to rise before being placed inside the oven.

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.

Bach Choir of Northeastern Pennsylvania being formed

Friday, February 26, 2010

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.

Did someone call for a repairman?

Friday, February 26, 2010
Did someone call for a repairman?
Copyright Times News 2009

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.

Clearing an alley in Tamaqua

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

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.

CLASS REUNION

Friday, February 26, 2010

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.

Living for the '80s

Friday, February 26, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ann Marie Calabrese does some recording work in her home studio. Calabrese, The 80's Guru, is celebrating her 20th anniversary as a radio and mobile disc jockey.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ann Marie Calabrese does some recording work in her home studio. Calabrese, The 80's Guru, is celebrating her 20th anniversary as a radio and mobile disc jockey.

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.

Locals named to MVC First Team

Friday, February 26, 2010

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.

Italian Bakery gains national recognition

Friday, February 26, 2010
The Tamaqua Italian Bakery is a modest building located at 122 North Railroad Street. The one-lane, dead-end street is better known locally as Pleasant Row.
The Tamaqua Italian Bakery is a modest building located at 122 North Railroad Street. The one-lane, dead-end street is better known locally as Pleasant Row.

Mickey and Larry Padora are becoming media celebrities and the humble building at 122 North Railroad Street is a tourist attraction.

The Tamaqua Italian Bakery and its two bread bakers were featured recently on a special television segment produced by Fox 41 in Louisville, Ky.

Baked to perfection

Friday, February 26, 2010
"I crawled in the oven but you could never do it if you were claustrophobic," says Larry Padora, 36, as he explains recent repairs to the bricks.
"I crawled in the oven but you could never do it if you were claustrophobic," says Larry Padora, 36, as he explains recent repairs to the bricks.

Tamaqua Italian Bakery may be only one of its kind in the country

Lawrence "Mickey" Padora, 83, is a master baker who specializes in only one product - Italian bread.

Born Lorenzo Guiseppe Padora, Mickey has spent over 50 years making fresh, hard-crusted Italian bread in Tamaqua's Italian Bakery. The small, white wood-frame structure clings to the hillside unannounced at 122 Railroad Street. Locals call the area Pleasant Row.

Consumers say Padora's bread is without equal.

Stonehedge beauty

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

Before yesterday's second wave of snow, warmer temperatures had already begun to melt earlier snowfall. Pictured is Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua.

LALLC plans regular meeting

Friday, February 26, 2010

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions will meet at 6 p.m. March 4 in the community room at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton. Members are also busy planning for their annual Bunny Lunch being held at 11 a.m. March 20 at the Lehighton Recreation Center. Anyone interested in more information about the club may contact Linda Benner at (610) 377 3685.

Eight area residents among 17 to enter guilty pleas

Friday, February 26, 2010

Eight area residents were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges recently in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Pension crisis Poor planning led to shortfalls

Friday, February 26, 2010

Pennsylvania's state pension fund is in crisis. Thanks to a down stock market and poor planning on the part of state legislators, taxpayers may be on the hook for billions of dollars in tax increases.

The state's retirement fund will soon face a severe shortage. To fund this gap, school districts may be asked to contribute $1.9 billion in 2012-2013. This increase will place a hardship on local homeowners, who can't afford the extra tax burden.

Friday trash pick-up

Friday, February 26, 2010

Kline, Rush, Tamaqua, Lansford

Tamaqua Transfer and Recycling has announced a weather related change for its customers in Kline Township, Rush Township, Tamaqua and Lansford. Due to the heavy, drifting snow, trash collections for today have been postponed until tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 27.