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February 2010

Winter memories

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I love winter.

Well ok, let me define that a little more.

I love the winter memories I have of growing up in the Midwest.

The first seasonal South Dakota snowfall could happen as early at Halloween.

My homemade Halloween costumes were usually larger than need be just in case I had to wear a parka underneath.

It would be unlikely that this snow would stick around for long but it was always a reminder that lots more would soon be on the way.

Thanksgiving was always cold and by December the farm dams and ponds were already frozen over.

PV students learn personal details about cerebral palsy

Saturday, February 27, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bobby O'Gurek of Summit Hill graduated from Panther Valley High School and came back to PV Elementary School to speak to the fifth graders. They recently studied a story about cerebral palsy and learned first hand from Bobby what it's like to have CP. Greeting Bobby after the program were Taylor Kondash, Raelynn Mahoney, Corey Goss, David Gieniec ( with Thank You card), O'Gurek, Kelsey Rimsky, McKenzie Lazur, and Danielle Hudicka.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bobby O'Gurek of Summit Hill graduated from Panther Valley High School and came back to PV Elementary School to speak to the fifth graders. They recently studied a story about cerebral palsy and learned first hand from Bobby what it's like to have CP. Greeting Bobby after the program were Taylor Kondash, Raelynn Mahoney, Corey Goss, David Gieniec ( with Thank You card), O'Gurek, Kelsey Rimsky, McKenzie Lazur, and Danielle Hudicka.

When the fifth grade students at Panther Valley Elementary School read a story entitled " Stretching Ourselves", the special education teacher Nicole Hajcak contacted Bobby O'Gurek who suffers from cerebral palsy. The story is about children who have CP and how they cope with it.

Bobby was invited to the school to give a personal account of his affliction. He presented a power point program of his school days and answered questionsasked by some of the students.

Fire levels home near Tannersville

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Larry Neff/TIMES NEWS Four persons escaped this home near Tannersville which was detroyed by fire early Thursday.
Larry Neff/TIMES NEWS Four persons escaped this home near Tannersville which was detroyed by fire early Thursday.

A Monroe county dwelling was leveled by a devastating fire early Thursday morning near Tannersville.

Neighbors reported flames were through the roof of the home located along Marcelle Terrace, just off Fish Hill Road, and the fire was first reported just after 5 a.m.

By the time fire fighters from numerous Monroe county fire companies arrived, the $300,000 single family dwelling was fully involved in flames. Kristen Mussi, Edward Dudas and Mussi's two brothers managed to escape the flames.

Due to the remote location of the site water had to be tanked into the scene.

Appreciating 'home', wherever it is

Saturday, February 27, 2010

There is no place like home.

We hear that said so often. I bet you've probably said it a few times yourself.

Sometimes we come home from a trip or vacation and we see our home through new eyes when we haven't been there for while. During our brief reentry to our home, we stop seeing the flaws. Instead, we simply appreciate the comfort of coming home to our familiar place.

My mother, who grew up with so little and consequentially appreciated everything, was fond of saying, "It doesn't matter if it's only a broom closet. If it's your home, it's comforting."

LCCC's Waylen joins 1,000 point club

Saturday, February 27, 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.

PGC board okays grant

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Approval of a $100,000 federal State Wildlife Grant to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in support of the "Second Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas" analysis project has been given by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners.

East Penn Youth Wrestling League champs

Saturday, February 27, 2010
East Penn Youth Wrestling League champs
Copyright Times News 2009

Youth wrestlers from Lehighton and Northern Lehigh captured first place finishes at the end of the season East Penn Youth Wrestling League (EPYWL) varsity tournament held at Souderton High School on Jan. 21. The EPWYL consists of elementary teams from schools throughout Monroe, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks county. Pictured from left to right are, Matt Schmall (85 pounds) and CJ Young (92 pounds) from Northern Lehigh and Connor Frey (115 pounds) and Tegan Durishin (76 pounds) from Lehighton. The wrestlers were coached by Dave Schmall, Rob Marlatt and Mike Gornick.

Voters will remember

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

It's clear you (the administration) are not doing the will of the American people and throwing another bone to the fat cat insurance companies.

This White House is as shameful as the last one. You are obviously all bought and paid for.

History will record your (mis)deeds and we will remember on election day.

Phil Forchielli

859 S. Cottonwood Road

Walnutport

Snowy thoughts

Saturday, February 27, 2010

As I'm writing this, it is snowing outside. The prediction is for another 8-12 inches on top of the last 12 inches we had in Effort.

I get a kick out of listening to people when there is a prediction of snow. It seems to send everyone into a tizzy.

Here are some of my skewered musings on human behavior when it begins to snow.

*Snowstormitis

I'm not one of those people who panics, races to the grocery store and buys enough to see me through until the spring thaw.

On this date

Saturday, February 27, 2010

February 27, 1942

Stephen R. Radocha, treasurer of the Coaldale School Board and mining employee of the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company at its No. 8 colliery, was killed instantly at 10 a.m. today by a delayed explosion of dynamite which he and his mine buddy, Raymond Hoffman, also of Coaldale, had placed a few minutes earlier. A native of Czecho Slovakia, he immigrated to this country in 1906. Surviving are his widow and four children.

Lehighton 912 Project sets town hall meeting

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A town hall meeting will be hosted by the Lehighton 912 Project at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

At the meeting will be primary candidates who will be presenting their platforms.

Among them will be Sam Rohrer, gubernatorial candidate; Lou Barletta, a candidate for congress, and Doyle Heffley, who is a candidate for state representative.

For more information, visit the Lehighton 912 Project Web site.

Pair of teams perfect

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Service Electric stayed undefeated on the season with a 20-point victory, while Two King's Pizzeria needed a last second shot to keep its perfect record intact.

The two teams square off this Wednesday night (6:15 p.m.) with first-place on the line, as the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's winter basketball heads into the month of March.

Also, starting this Wednesday, and continuing for the reason of the season, all ESRC winter basketball league games will be held at the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center (at the Tamaqua Middle School).

Be yourself, sort of

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My favorite television show of the new season is "The Middle" on Wednesday nights.

It focuses on the Hecks, an average, if a bit quirky, family, living average lives, trying to get by just like everyone else. In a recent episode, the father, Mike, loses his job as a quarry foreman. He'd worked there for quite a few years, and was shell shocked when he found himself out of work. To make matters worse, he's hopelessly out of touch with how to find a job.

Tamaqua lifts snow emergency; removal work begins Monday

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mayor Christian Morrison lifted the Snow Emergency Declaration for the Borough of Tamaqua on Friday at 5 p.m.

There are no travel restrictions in Tamaqua, but motorists are advised to use caution when driving.

Just when borough officials were finishing up their snow removal process after the major storm two weeks ago, the big weathermaker that hit on Thursday set the stage for another round of clean up operations.

Snow removal will begin on Monday at 12:01 a.m.

Three houses

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My loyal readers have followed my life journey these past years. You all know how excited I was to move from Pennsylvania to Pawleys Island, SC, even though it meant leaving my childhood home in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Moving from that large brick historic home on West Broadway in the Pocono Mountains was a trauma. Moving into our smaller home near the beach was quite a change.

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
Graphic by Dave Rowe of the TIMES NEWS Source: County Health Rankings, University of Wisconsin, Population Health Institute.

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
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.

Walking on the tree tops

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Amanda Sandlin, a former TIMES NEWS intern and journalism student at Rider University, is teaching in Accra, Ghana, located in western Africa, for a semester.
Amanda Sandlin, a former TIMES NEWS intern and journalism student at Rider University, is teaching in Accra, Ghana, located in western Africa, for a semester.

(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.)

Wyatt Earp - An American legend

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp is buried at the Hills of Eternity, a Jewish cemetery in Colma, California alongside his common law wife Josephine "Josie' Sarah Marcus. Surprising? Perhaps, but the more one learns about Earp, the more it seems that the Wyatt Earp that is popularly known is a Hollywood legend, promulgated to tell a romantic story of heroes and villains, with Wyatt Earp emerging as the Forest Gump of the wild west-having been everywhere and changing things for the better.
Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp is buried at the Hills of Eternity, a Jewish cemetery in Colma, California alongside his common law wife Josephine "Josie' Sarah Marcus. Surprising? Perhaps, but the more one learns about Earp, the more it seems that the Wyatt Earp that is popularly known is a Hollywood legend, promulgated to tell a romantic story of heroes and villains, with Wyatt Earp emerging as the Forest Gump of the wild west-having been everywhere and changing things for the better.

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.