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March 2010

Carbon crash

Monday, March 29, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one-vehicle crash on Friday, March 27.

The mishap occurred about 6:43 a.m. along SR903 in Penn Forest Township. Troopers said Kayla B. Green, 21, of Jim Thorpe, was driving a 2009 Toyota Yaris northbound when she lost control after driving over an icy patch. The car continued northbound with the front end striking the guide rail on the shoulder. After impact the car went onto the southbound shoulder for about 50 yards from the initial point of impact. Green was not injured, troopers said.

Thorpe seeks borough manager

Monday, March 29, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Borough Council President Justin Yaich leads the search for a borough manager. The borough manager will administer a $4 million operating budget plus capital projects such as the $1.2 million project to replace 1,700 water meters on its municipal water supply.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Borough Council President Justin Yaich leads the search for a borough manager. The borough manager will administer a $4 million operating budget plus capital projects such as the $1.2 million project to replace 1,700 water meters on its municipal water supply.

If you have what it takes to manage a borough, the Jim Thorpe Borough Council may be your friend in Pennsylvania.

"The best trait the ideal candidate would have would be their public relations skills and how well they can manage individuals," explained Jim Thorpe Borough Council President Justin Yaich. "The manager will be a liaison between the borough council, the administration team, the police department, the water department, and the public sewer department. He or she will have to bring all these together and will have to be the go-to guy."

Gathering

Monday, March 29, 2010

Two groups meet at Arlington

Arlington, Virginia was the site of an inspirational gathering of American heroes last week.

It was a fitting place to meet since 400 or so recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, are buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Palmerton Area High School announces honor roll

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the first marking period of the second semester of the 2009-10 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

High Honors (3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects)

SENIORS: Danielle Bissell, Brianna Caterino, Michael Coscio, Sarah Dreyer, Jessica Fegley, Frank Hall, Daniel Haney, Tyler Holland, Elizabeth Keck, Ryan Kleintop, Madeline Koller, Sarah McGuigon, Keith Meyers, Gabrielle Raditz, Jesse Reis, Katelynn Ring, Natalie Savage, Kimberly Varano, Kaitlyn Westermann

Eldred column

Monday, March 29, 2010

Maundy Thursday

There will be a covered dish supper on Maundy, Thursday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown, sponsored by the Laymen's Fellowship. The worship service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday

There will be two services at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown on Easter Sunday, April 4.

The Sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. followed by Easter breakfast, sponsored by the Laymen's Fellowship.

During the 9 a.m. Easter morning service, the Sunday School children's program will be presented.

All are welcome.

Driver attempts to flee; facing DUI

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Monroe County driver attempted to flee police but then crashed his vehicle and is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

State police at Fern Ridge said Donald R. Bryant II, 35, of Effort, was fleeing police on SR115 northbound about 9:13 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, on when he attempted to make a left turn onto Russell Court (TR845), and lost control of his 2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 and struck the guide rail on the north side with the passenger side front.

Bryant was not injured but found to be under the influence and is facing a DUI charge, troopers said.

Sunny skies, great prizes make Lansford egg hunt a success

Monday, March 29, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Two-year-old Veronica Wildrick of Lansford gives the Easter bunny a meaningful hug when the rabbit arrived for an Easter egg hunt in Lansford on Saturday. The egg hunt was sponsored by the Lansford Alive Improvement Committee.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Two-year-old Veronica Wildrick of Lansford gives the Easter bunny a meaningful hug when the rabbit arrived for an Easter egg hunt in Lansford on Saturday. The egg hunt was sponsored by the Lansford Alive Improvement Committee.

Chilly, but sunny.

The combination made for ideal conditions for the annual community Easter egg hunt in Lansford on Saturday.

Literally hundreds of youngster ages 10 and under took part in the event, staged at the Lansford Pool park.

The egg hunt is sponsored by the Lansford Alive Improvement Committee.

The Easter bunny arrived at the event on a firetruck, thanks to the Lansford Fire Department. Immediately upon his exiting the cab the bunny was mobbed by youngsters hugging him, while parents stood to the side snapping photos.

On this date

Monday, March 29, 2010

March 29, 1945

State House Republicans and Democrats joined in passing unanimously a bill requiring complete medical and dental health examinations of all Pennsylvania school children. The measure carred a $4,700,000 appropriation. "I have always felt," Governor Martin said regarding the legislation, "that if Pennsylvania...can spend millions to eradicate bang's disease and bovine tuberculosis from our cattle, then Pennsylvania can well afford to spend money to build sound minds and healthy bodies for the youth.

Raiders edge Tribe in opener

Monday, March 29, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Derek Linkhorst juggles the ball as Lehighton's Tyler Hill steals second base during Saturday's game at Tamaqua. The Raiders' Adam Smarr (12) backs up the play.
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Derek Linkhorst juggles the ball as Lehighton's Tyler Hill steals second base during Saturday's game at Tamaqua. The Raiders' Adam Smarr (12) backs up the play.

Tamaqua graduated a good portion of its line-up from last year's 18-5 Schuylkill League championship team.

The Blue Raiders still know how to win games, however.

Good pitching, smart baserunning and a timely RBI single by Mike Toth lifted the Raiders to a 3-2 non-league victory over visiting Lehighton Saturday afternoon in the season opener for both squads.

Music rings out at MapleShade

Monday, March 29, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Both Irish and Scottish tunes and songs rang out for the guests at MapleShade Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning. Entertainers Don McNeil and his daughter Lauren McNeil played tunes on their guitar and concertina and fiddle respectively. They are related to guest Andy Lapos and delighted everyone with their music.

Girl rescued from overturned kayak

Monday, March 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just before noon on Sunday, a call came out of an overturned kayak floating in the middle of the Tuscarora lake in the Tuscarora State Park. Many emergency services quickly converged on the scene. Although there was a kayak visible in the center of the Tuscarora Lake, no one was seen around the kayak. Emergency crews quickly determined that a 15-year-old girl accidentally flipped her kayak while trying to see how deep the lake was. After she flipped and landed in the water, other youngsters, also part of the same camping group, started screaming.

Tamaqua elementary science fair

Monday, March 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS During the Tamaqua Elementary School Science Fair held Wednesday, students show off "blubber gloves" they made from Crisco to teach people more about whale and seal blubber, while also learning more about sea life via a live feed from the Alaskan Sea Life Center sea lion tank located in Alaska. Pictured from left are Alaskan Sea Life Center Education Readiness Coordinator Laurie Stuart (on live TV with swimming sea lion behind her); exhibit presenter Riley McHugh, 10, grade 5; Carley Skinner, 10, 4th grade, wearing blubber gloves; and Shanna Brinkworth, 10, 4th grade, wearing blubber gloves.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS During the Tamaqua Elementary School Science Fair held Wednesday, students show off "blubber gloves" they made from Crisco to teach people more about whale and seal blubber, while also learning more about sea life via a live feed from the Alaskan Sea Life Center sea lion tank located in Alaska. Pictured from left are Alaskan Sea Life Center Education Readiness Coordinator Laurie Stuart (on live TV with swimming sea lion behind her); exhibit presenter Riley McHugh, 10, grade 5; Carley Skinner, 10, 4th grade, wearing blubber gloves; and Shanna Brinkworth, 10, 4th grade, wearing blubber gloves.

Carbon County property transfers

Monday, March 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Arthur Smith Davidson to Arthur Smith Davidson, 35 E. Maple St., P.O. Box 306, Tresckow, property at 35 E. Maple St., $1.

East Penn Township

G.A. and F.C. Wagman, Inc., to Walsh Investors No. 34, L.P., property at 73 Dieters Hill Road, $1,061,000.

Jim Thorpe

Kyle W. George to Alfonso A. Lalumia, 429 Lehigh St., Jim Thorpe, property at 429 Lehigh St., $135,000.

Justin V. Yaich to Laurence B. Hurlburt, Bensalem, Pa., Lot 1, Justin V. Yaich Subdivision, $41,750.

Kidder Township

Panther Vy. baseball, JT softball get wins

Monday, March 29, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua catcher Emily Zancofsky waits for the ball as Southern Lehigh's Cory Ozanne slides home safely during Saturday's softball game at Tamaqua.
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua catcher Emily Zancofsky waits for the ball as Southern Lehigh's Cory Ozanne slides home safely during Saturday's softball game at Tamaqua.

Panther Valley picked up a baseball win, while Jim Thorpe notched a victory in girls softball over the weekend as the scholastic spring sports schedule got into full swing.

BASEBALL

Mahanoy Area

-Panther Valley

Panther Valley scored runs early and picked up a 10-0 win in five innings.

Jeff Corby led the Panther attack, finishing three-for-three with a run and two RBIs. Ryan Porambo had a two-run double in the third, while Brandon Gurka added a two-run single in the same inning.

Gregory Pecha picked up the mound win striking out five.

CCTI students compete in DECA competition

Monday, March 29, 2010
RICK GRANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dog Town, a project to benefit a local nonprofit organization by Maggie Haywood, a marketing sophomore from Jim Thorpe.
RICK GRANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dog Town, a project to benefit a local nonprofit organization by Maggie Haywood, a marketing sophomore from Jim Thorpe.

A group of 40 students from the Carbon Career and Technical Institute traveled to Hershey recently to experience two days of intense competition at the annual DECA state competition. Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA) is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service.

Two candidates for Pa. governor to speak at local Town Hall Forum

Monday, March 29, 2010
Tom Corbett
Tom Corbett

Event will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday in Penn's Peak

Two candidates who are seeking to occupy the office of Governor Ed Rendell will be in town tomorrow night.

Attorney General Tom Corbett and State Representative Sam Rohrer will be participants in a Town Hall Forum, open to the public, at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Penn's Peak. Both are Republican candidates for governor in the Pa. Primary Election on May 18.

Numerous other candidates will be in attendance. A donation will be collected at the door. Individuals attending are asked to arrive in time to be seated by 6:45 p.m.

Agricultural use changes could be coming to township

Monday, March 29, 2010

Agricultural use changes could be in store for a Lower Towamensing Township zoning ordinance.

The township's board of superiors will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. April 13, at which time they'll consider amendments to their zoning ordinance.

If approved, the words "intensive agricultural activities are prohibited" that appear in several sections of the ordinance would be deleted, and the words "intensive agricultural activities are prohibited except to the extent that this prohibition is preempted by state law" would be added.

Palmerton police log

Monday, March 29, 2010

Palmerton street sweeping

Palmerton Borough will implement its street sweeping program on Thursday, April 1.

Signs are posted on streets indicating the parking restrictions, and so remember to check your sign and remember the date when your street is to be cleaned.

Citizens are also reminded that the time change for street cleaning is the same as snow removal. Cars should be moved between 7 and 8 p. m. the evening before your scheduled sweeping day.

This will allow an early start for our street sweeping crew.

Speeding

Tamaqua news

Monday, March 29, 2010

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met March 23 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 38 members in attendance.

President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business meeting. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. Reports were presented by Secretary Florina Martin and Treasurer Shirley Becker, who reported sending get well cards to Jim Valentine, Dorothy Schmerfeld, Sene Horan, Jane Springer and Gail Wall. A discussion was held concerning the annual banquet, scheduled for May 11, noon, at the Ryan Township Fire Company.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 27, 1973 Slatington scores all five of its runs in the first inning and then holds off Salisbury for a 5-4 victory in its season opener. Billy Snyder delivers the big hit for the Bullodgs, knocking home three runs with a bases-loaded double. Yogi Edwards and Keith Handwerk also come through with RBI singles for the winners, coached by Marv Kester. Dave Buhay goes the distance on the mound to pick up the pitching win.

Weekend egg hunts set in Panther Valley

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Two community Easter egg hunts will be held in the Panther Valley this weekend.

Today at 1 p.m., an egg hunt will be held by the Improvement Committee of Lansford Alive on the Lansford swimming pool grounds. All children up to age 10 from Lansford borough may participate.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., an Easter egg hunt will be staged by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission at Ludlow Park and Bill Black Park.

In Lansford, the Easter bunny will arrive by fire truck courtesy of Lansford American Fire Company No. 1 at 1 p.m.

Convenience food

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Have you seen the ads on television for the packaged cereal product? A small box of cereal comes with a container of milk and a spoon. Parents are instructed to keep these packages in the refrigerator so that their child won't be deprived of breakfast when the parent sleeps late.

Never informed of policy

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

Has the recently enacted banking regulations taken the service out of that institution? For years I have had a senior checking and savings account with a Perfectly Normal Company bank doing business in the Carbon Plaza area. These senior plans offered FREE checking and savings.

Talk is cheap but a cell phone isn't

Saturday, March 27, 2010

You probably own a cell phone and, if so, you probably have a contract.

And if you're like most people, you're probably paying way too much.

With services such as unlimited calling, text messaging, plus taxes and other add-ons, a monthly cell phone bill can run from $80 to well over $100.

People are overpaying to talk on a cell phone. Many believe the high price is a rip-off. Worse yet, early contract termination penalties can run up to a few hundred dollars. Cell phone service shouldn't be so costly and that's one reason why Wal-Mart jumped into the cell business.

It's where you live

Saturday, March 27, 2010

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

I'm a big Jeff Foxworthy fan. His red neck humor is some of the best around. And the best part about it is that most of his humor can be shared in mixed company.

And while I have been aware of his red neck humor for some years, I wasn't aware that he also had a collection of coal region humor. Either that, or someone has stolen his stuff and reshaped into local humor.

Here's a collection of noteworthy Foxworthy one liners that most of you readers will relate to. To fill up the column I added a few of my own suggestions.

Destroying the fabric of this country

Saturday, March 27, 2010

This week so far has been one that has been quite interesting and to some degrees frustrating for me. It amazes me how little some remember about government and its basic forms. Indulge me as I relate some definitions from the Random House Dictionary.

A republic is "a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them."

Mischief incident investigated in Effort

Saturday, March 27, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a criminal mischief incident in Monroe County.

Troopers said Nathaniels K. Kodjovi, 49, of Dogwood Rd., Effort, Chestnuthill Township, reported a front glass window, two front window screens, water sprout on the side of the house, and two areas of siding on the front of the house were damaged by unknown persons during the period of 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.

Trucks' photo is corrected

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A photo of a line of trucks that appeared on the front page of Thursday's edition meant to illustrate a story about Lehigh Coal & Navigation instead depicts equipment owned by K.A. Ash Ltd. K.A. Ash Ltd. is not affiliated with Lehigh Coal & Navigation.

The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Superman the reporter

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Superman the reporter
Copyright Times News 2009

Stereotypes are frustrating, yet every profession has them.

Teachers today wonder why respect for them has diminished compared to the way it was a generation or two ago. As they gained new-found rights, salary parity and benefits, they lost some of their mystique. Now the public and their students stereotype them as being more concerned about money, benefits and retirement than the education of their students.

The big bad wolf

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

Health Care is like Little Red Riding Hood. Remember the big bad wolf dressed up like kind old grandmother?

Looking at a kind old grandmother is good but the big bad wolf underneath wants to eat you.

Health Care is dressed up like the good coverage for all where no one is denied coverage.

Yet higher premiums, government decision panels, taxes and the IRS ability to take your car, house, assets if you do not comply are all in the health care bill.

If you have coverage, but are denied treatment, is that care or just false coverage?

It's all about the meaning

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

Many of my letters have been edited for the use of the following word. I guess it's good enough for the Bible but not for the newspaper. All animals have one. I've been called a horses' many times!

Jesus rode on an ass through the streets on Palm Sunday. There's also the mention of the jawbone of an ass in the same book. How horrible, that such a word is used. Now days I guess the Bible would get an "R" rating for using such profanity.