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