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February 2010

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.

Tamaqua domestic

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, following a domestic incident in the borough.

Officers were dispatched to 302 Orwigsburg St. at 3:45 a.m. Thursday for a reported domestic in progress. When they arrived they could hear a male yelling inside the home. The male was identified as Levi Warren, 26, of that address.

Carbon reapplying for $200,000 grant

Friday, February 26, 2010

Carbon County is reapplying for a $200,000 grant to help fund the Packerton Business Park Project.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to submit an application to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), for the project. This is a re-submission of last year's application.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that the re-submission includes changes and additions of information, which was requested by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

On this date

Friday, February 26, 2010

February 26, 1942

It was reported today that the only survivor on the torpedoed tanker W. D. Anderson is Frank L. Terry of Lansford, a former lifeguard who went to sea only two months ago. The tanker was sunk on Feb. 23 by enemy submarines off the Atlantic Coast, about 12 miles from Florida. Thirty-five members of the crew died in the flaming wreckage or were drowned. Terry, 23, was on the deck when the attack occurred. He managed to dive into the ocean just as the tanker exploded into flames.

Clearing church walk

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

Pictured are Tamaqua residents shoveling snow outside the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua.

Suspended Andreas firefighters work to regain active duty

Friday, February 26, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Answering questions about the Andreas Fire Company's three-month suspension by the West Penn Township board of supervisors are, from left, Assistant Chief Jeff Bradford; Fire Chief Rob Nunemacher, Jr.; and Assistant Chief Rob Nunemacher, Sr.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Answering questions about the Andreas Fire Company's three-month suspension by the West Penn Township board of supervisors are, from left, Assistant Chief Jeff Bradford; Fire Chief Rob Nunemacher, Jr.; and Assistant Chief Rob Nunemacher, Sr.

On Feb. 1, the West Penn Township board of supervisors suspended the Andreas Fire Company from active duty for three months.

The supervisors cited financial, safety and training concerns with the fire company for taking the action.

Since then, the volunteers of the Andreas company say they have been working to address those concerns to the board's satisfaction.

"We need the community to know that we are complying," said Rob Nunemacher Jr., the company's fire chief.

Weather conditions close Schuylkill courthouse

Friday, February 26, 2010

For the third time during the month of February the Schuylkill County courthouse was closed today because of the amount of snow dumped in the county.

However, county employees at the county prison and 9-1-1 Communication Center located in Pottsville and at Rest Haven Home and Hospital in Schuylkill Haven, struggled to reach their workplace to keep them functional.

Bach Choir of Northeastern Pennsylvania forming

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 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

Membership will be open to all interested singers from anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania who wish to audition.

Strange formations

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

These strange snow formations occurred on the ground throughout our area last night. These spots are the result of rapid freezing, snowfall, and blowing winds.