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February 2010

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.

Time approaching to begin wildlife, seedling projects

Saturday, February 27, 2010

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.

Transform this year's trends to aid your workouts

Saturday, February 27, 2010

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.

ACL injury ends Miller's career

Saturday, February 27, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern graduate Caitlin Miller was honored recently during the DeSales women's basketball Senior Day ceremony. Miller leaves DeSales as the fifth-leading rebounder in school history. She is accompanied by her parents, Jane and Dave.
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern graduate Caitlin Miller was honored recently during the DeSales women's basketball Senior Day ceremony. Miller leaves DeSales as the fifth-leading rebounder in school history. She is accompanied by her parents, Jane and Dave.

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.

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.

ON THIS DATE

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.

Sentenced

Practice

Saturday, February 27, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

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

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.