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February 2010

Tamaqua Relay for Life event rescheduled

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Due to this week's storm, the Relay for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities' indoor yard sale has been rescheduled for March 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Tamaqua Community Center, located behind Boyer's Market, Tamaqua.

The event will also include a food and bake sale. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.

For further information, call 1-888-227-5445, option 3, or visit the website at www.relayforlife .org/patamaquaarea

Faithful to the end, Scamper touched many lives

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Late on the snowy afternoon of January 25, 2001 in Somerset County, while driving through the park at Somerset Lake and rounding a corner, there appeared in the twilight beams of my van, two bright, sharply lit eyes peering above a high pile of snow.

The temperature was Arctic, the conditions were severe, and here was an animal, crouched behind a wall of snow. When I stopped to investigate, the terrified Beagle peered higher and retreated in fear. The dog was obviously in distress.

Champion dogs each have their own wall of ribbons

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Sandra Wingert holds Pixie Dust, a toy American Eskimo dog, and Todd holds Jewels, the first dog of the breed that they owned.
Sandra Wingert holds Pixie Dust, a toy American Eskimo dog, and Todd holds Jewels, the first dog of the breed that they owned.

Can anything be whiter than snow?

Todd and Sandra Wingert's dogs are. Their American Eskimo dogs trace their history to Pomeranian and Spitz dogs. Known as German Spitz, they were brought to this country during the war and renamed American Eskimo dogs. They come in three sizes – toy up to 12 inches, miniature up to 15 inches and standard size.

Sandra says they are low maintenance dogs because their hair naturally sheds dirt. They can be outside and get muddy, and when they dry the mud slides off without staining the fine, soft hair.

Red Ball Military Club Swap Meet March 6

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Red Ball Military Transport Club, an organization of historians, vehicle preservationists and collectors interested in collecting, restoring, displaying and enjoying antique historic military transport equipment and vehicles, will be holding its annual Winter Swap Meet at Memorial Park Hall in Jim Thorpe from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 6.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

February 27, 1993 Six TIMES NEWS area athletes, three of them from Pleasant Valley, earn gold medals at the Centennial League wrestling championships. The Bears' Jim Christy earns a 12-4 major decision in the finals at 140 pounds while teammate Chris Iandoli gains a 6-5 decision at 145 to earn first place. PV's Allen Lange also cops gold with a 10-5 decision at 160. Lehighton crowns two champs with Nic Lorenzo registering a major win at 103 and Steve Hawk getting a decision at heavyweight. Northern Lehigh accounts for the other champ, with Mike Altif gaining gold at 130 with a 5-2 win.

Palmerton taking action against eyesore

Saturday, February 27, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton has agreed to file legal proceedings against the owner of this home at 910 Edgemont Avenue.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton has agreed to file legal proceedings against the owner of this home at 910 Edgemont Avenue.

Palmerton has agreed to take action against a home that's become an eyesore in the borough.

Borough Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to file legal proceedings against the owner of the home at 910 Edgemont Avenue.

As part of that measure, council authorized borough Manager Rodger Danielson and borough solicitor Michael Ozalas to take the action.

Danielson said the property has been abandoned for many years, and has been cited various times. Council was vehemently in favor of the action.

Schuylkill court news

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Granted divorce

Cathryn L. Brackman was granted a divorce from John M. Brackman, both of Pottsville. They were married April 14, 2007.



Saturday, February 27, 2010

Nathan Marlatt, at 14 months, is practicing for the time when he will be ready to bridge from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. He was at the Blue and Gold banquet of Cub Scout Pack 209 where the older Cubs moved into Boy Scouting.

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


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.


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.