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March 2010

VIA Basketball Classic Sunday at NCACC

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Annual VIA Basketball Classic will be held this Sunday at Northampton Community College's Spartan Center Gymnasium with four games on tap.

In the first game, Lehigh Valley West takes on the Colonial League in a girls game at 10:30 a.m., while the Lehigh Valley West vs. Colonial League boys square off at 12 p.m.

A special Via All-Star and Special Olympics Shoot Out will be held at 1:30 p.m. prior to the second set of doubleheaders.

Showing the signs of age

Saturday, March 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Showing the tales of time are an old McCormick & Deering Farmall tractor and 1948 Jeep Willy located in the yard of a home located on Owl Creek Road in Tamaqua.

Students in Lehighton school hold fund raiser

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Sara Martz, right, president of the Girl Talk club at Lehighton Area Middle School, and club member Marissa Freeby examine pink ribbons on a tree in the school hallway. The two girls organized a "Pajama Day" at the school, which raised over $500 for breast cancer awareness.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Sara Martz, right, president of the Girl Talk club at Lehighton Area Middle School, and club member Marissa Freeby examine pink ribbons on a tree in the school hallway. The two girls organized a "Pajama Day" at the school, which raised over $500 for breast cancer awareness.

Club stages "Pajama Day' which raised over $500

Over $500 was raised by students in the Lehighton Area Middle School and will be used to raise awareness of breast cancer.

A "Pajama Day" was organized by the school's Girl Talk club, during which students were permitted to wear pajamas to school for a fee.

Club advisor Peggy Lampman said, "Lehighton Area Middle School students and most recently student clubs have always been proactive when it comes to helping others. The Girl Talk club is no exception."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Sexual assault incident probed

Saturday, March 27, 2010

State police at Lehighton are investigating a statutory sexual assault incident in Monroe County.

Troopers said a 13-year-old female from Polk Township, was assaulted at a residence along Weir Lake Road, in Chestnuthill Township, during the period of Nov. 1 and 30, 2009. Troopers said a suspect had sex with the girl during that period.

Troopers said the suspect is known to them and the investigation is continuing.

Walnutport crash

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Larry Neff/Times News
Larry Neff/Times News

At least one person was injured Friday morning in a crash along Route 145 in Walnutport. The crash occurred just before 10:30 a.m. in the driveway of the post office. One female was trapped in a mini van for about a half hour before being freed by members of the Walnutport Fire Company. Walnutport police are investigating the incident.

Cressona woman cited for store theft

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Schuylkill County woman was cited for retail theft at a county store.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Andrea M. Long, 45, of Cressona, was arrested for an incident on Feb. 7 and 9 at the Giant Market in the Cressona Mall in North Manheim Township. Troopers allege that Long took one 4GB flash drive and three 4GB memory cards that have a total value of $94.56.

Monument to honor Palmerton veterans may soon grace park

Saturday, March 27, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Richard Nothstein of Palmerton (second from right) proudly accepts a certificate of appreciation presented to he and his wife, Darlene, for their support to the veterans of Carbon County, from all the veterans organizations in the county. Pictured with Nothstein are Palmerton VFW members Joe Uhnak (first from left), Ed Moyer (second from left) and Bruce Reiner (first from right).
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Richard Nothstein of Palmerton (second from right) proudly accepts a certificate of appreciation presented to he and his wife, Darlene, for their support to the veterans of Carbon County, from all the veterans organizations in the county. Pictured with Nothstein are Palmerton VFW members Joe Uhnak (first from left), Ed Moyer (second from left) and Bruce Reiner (first from right).

A granite monument, in memory of veterans from the Palmerton area, may soon grace its borough park.

Members of the Palmerton Veterans of Foreign Wars committee earlier this week discussed plans to design and construct the memorial, which would honor veterans from the Palmerton area who served in wartime.

The memorial may consist of vertical slabs of granite with the names of all the veterans engraved. A separate granite slab may also be included for "Those That Gave All."

Flying the flag in Haiti

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The many nations helping Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that struck there have set up their own military compounds and fly their flags at the entrances. President Obama's directive to the U.S. Army: Don't Fly American Flags in Haiti.

Is Barack Obama an American? He is a complete disgrace as a Commander in Chief!

These First Amendment-protected comments are made by someone who proudly served under that flag and HONORED and RESPECTED his Oath to Support and Defend OUR CONSTITUTION!

Ron Fegley

Yelm, WA

Monroe man sentenced to prison for assault

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Monroe County man, convicted by a Carbon County jury of seven counts of sexual assault on a teenage girl in 2007, was sentenced to a state prison term on Friday afternoon.

Merrick Douglas, 32, of Tobyhanna, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve six to 12 years on charges of criminal attempt-aggravated indecent assault, criminal attempt-sexual assault, criminal attempt-aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and rape by forcible compulsion.

Absorbing the music

Saturday, March 27, 2010

By KAREN CIMMS

kcimms@tnonline.com

A couple weeks ago my daughter was visiting and I said to her, "Guess who I got an e-mail from? Bion Tsang."

Her friend looked at her and said, "Your mother knows Beyoncé?"

Not quite.

We had a bit of a chuckle over that, but no, as a lot of local lovers of classical and chamber music know, Bion Tsang is an incredibly talented cellist and former artistic director of the sadly now defunct Laurel Festival of the Arts.

Penn Forest Township break-in investigated

Saturday, March 27, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Carbon County residence.

Troopers said the home of Page Garner and Anthony Formisano, located at 10 Ute Trail, Mt. Pocahontas, Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, was entered sometime between 2 and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. Entry was gained by opening a bedroom window.

Removed from the home was about $160 in U.S. currency from two bedrooms. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.

Spring is in the air

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spring is in the air!

Ahhhhhhchoo!

We had some glorious days lately. Beautiful sunny days that beckon me outside to wander around the flower beds.

I have pink and purple crocuses blooming. The daffodils and tulips are pushing up out of their sleepy hibernation.

Cough cough.

Nursing center workers honored

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honored 22 dedicated employees at a "pinning" ceremony. From left are employees with 30 years of service, Denise Klotz, Nancy Muthard, Pearl Klotz, Michael Mickey, administrator and CEO; and Carol Weston.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honored 22 dedicated employees at a "pinning" ceremony. From left are employees with 30 years of service, Denise Klotz, Nancy Muthard, Pearl Klotz, Michael Mickey, administrator and CEO; and Carol Weston.

Twenty-two dedicated employees of Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were recognized by Michael Mickey, administrator and CEO, during a "pinning" ceremony on Friday.

During the ceremony, Mickey stressed just how important their dedication was to the residents of the center.

"I'm here to thank you for all of your years of service," said Mickey.

Some employees came in on their day off to take part in the program.

"I meet a lot of people from all over," said Mickey. "Most of them say how hard it is to keep good employees."

Take your power back

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

How bad are things going to have to get until people in this area stop yelling at their tv's, or their children for that matter, and start standing up for themselves?

The state of Pennsylvania just came up with 74 new ways to tax us which include everything from sporting events to textbooks to fish feed to bubble gum. In Jim Thorpe, where I live, the school board recently announced they want to raise taxes 10 percent on property and that is before any new buildings go up.

New police cruiser in Palmerton

Saturday, March 27, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Chris Olivia (middle), Palmerton Borough Council vice president, hands over the keys for a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser to Randy Smith (left), police chief, as council president Terry Costenbader watches. The new vehicle, purchased from Kovatch Motors in Nesquehoning, now gives the department four cruisers.

Bears open with softball victory

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Pleasant Valley softball team worked overtime in its season opener and came away with a victory over Freedom.

BASEBALL

Pius X-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh dropped a 7-3 non-league decision to Pius X in its season opener.

George Delesandro, Justin Mazza and Scott Douglas had two hits for the Royals.

For Northern Lehigh, Brody Minnich had a triple and an RBI, Matt Gill singled home a run, and Kirk Bender added a double.

Pius X 102 200 2 7 6 2

No. Lehigh 100 0202 0 3 4 2

Interview with the Speaker of the House

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

Reporter: Will there be a public option in the health care legislation?

Speaker Pelosi: Well lets er ah ah er see with er er a a er having said that er a a ha r er ma er a that should er a ha answer your question. Do you know what I mean er a ah in a some what unequivocal direction for all Americans. If not just ask the president or my fellow man er a ah a JOE the Plumber. I forget what's in the bill I never read it. Oh! Is my lip stick O.K. I don't want to look like a pig.

From the pen of

K Treger

Lehighton, Pa.

Luzerne man pleads in five pending cases

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Luzerne County man pleaded guilty on Thursday in Carbon County court in five pending criminal cases involving break-ins of vehicles in Jim Thorpe. He was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter guilty pleas before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Receiving counts

Shayne D. Balliet, 21, of Freeland, pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of theft from a motor vehicle and firearms not to be carried without a license.

'Ahhh' moments enrich life

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I was cold and wet on a recent kayak trip because I didn't dress right. That's because I didn't guess right.

I expected warmth and sunshine. Instead, the day was chilly with a dampness that went through my thin kayaking outfit.

Rain compounded the cold and my feet felt like they were encased in a tub of ice.