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March 2010

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.

Jeddo man jailed after SH incident

Friday, March 26, 2010

William Marsh, 38, of Jeddo, was committed to the Carbon County Prison, Nesquehoning, on March 25 after an incident in Summit Hill.

Police Chief Joseph Fittos Jr. said Marsh was arraigned before District Justice Edward Lewis and comitted to jail in lieu of bail. He is charged with one count each of escape, trespass by motor vehicle and driving while operating privileges are suspended and two counts of persistent disorderly conduct.

Schmoyer-Ohlsen

Friday, March 26, 2010
Matthew Ohlsen and Becca Schmoyer
Matthew Ohlsen and Becca Schmoyer

The engagement of Becca Schmoyer of Hoboken, N.J. to Matthew Ohlsen, also of Hoboken, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Karen Schmoyer of Wyomissing, Pa. She is a graduate of Penn State University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in hotel and restaurant management. She is currently employed by Starwood Hotels as the director of revenue management at the W Hoboken hotel in Hoboken.

Enlists in delayed entry program

Friday, March 26, 2010

Civilian Justin O'Gorman, son of Kathryn M. and Charles S. O'Gorman of Nesquehoning recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District,Pittsburgh.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

O'Gorman will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

New DVDs at the Palmerton Area Library

Friday, March 26, 2010

The following DVDs are now available at the Palmerton Area Library: Astro Boy, The Princess and the Frog, Where the Wild Things Are, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Precious, Old Dogs. Whip It, Planet 51, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Men Who Stare at Goats, The Blind Side, New Moon, Halo Legends, Love Happens, 2012, Amelia, Capitalism: A Love Story, Up in the Air, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, and Barbie in a Mermaid Tale.

Tamaqua Elementary holds Science Fair

Friday, March 26, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area School District's three elementary schools (Rush, Tamaqua and West Penn) held science fairs on Wednesday evening, March 23. Students displayed their science projects for their families and the public to view. Here, Desiree Morley and Anastasia Schank, kindergarten students of teachers Carolyn Fisher and Diane Michalik at Tamaqua Elementary School, show off their project, which featured weaving, sanding and recycled paper.

Northern Lehigh senior to attend the Naval Academy

Friday, March 26, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School senior Christian Freudenberger has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School senior Christian Freudenberger has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Many applied, but only the most highly qualified made the grade.

Count Christian Freudenberger among those who are in select company.

A senior at Northern Lehigh High School, Freudenberger has accepted his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

The Hurt Locker and The Green Zone

Friday, March 26, 2010

We had to wait quite a while, after the last chopper lifted off the roof of the American embassy in Saigon, before the first great Vietnam War film appeared. That was "The Deer Hunter" in 1978, fully five years after the war's end. That epic was followed by Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" a year later and Stone's "Platoon" in 1986.

All three films predate the Internet age, and perhaps it's a sign of our fast-paced times that we already have two outstanding films about the war in Iraq, while American troops remain in large numbers on the ground there.

Three placed in probation program

Friday, March 26, 2010

Three first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked, then the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Those placed were:

Girls track capsules

Friday, March 26, 2010

JIM THORPE

Head coach - Frank Miller (fourth year)

Assistant coaches - Jason Jacobs, Eric Moore, Patty Rehrig, Christine Rosenberger, Matt Taylor, Jamie Tatusko, Mike Tatusko

Last year's record - 5-2 overall (3-2 SL)

League - Schuylkill League, Division I

District 11 classification - AA

Key losses - Lashanda Jackson, Gretchen Moore, Hannah Foster, Alisa Cadugan

On this date

Friday, March 26, 2010

March 26, 1991

If you're running for a political office, there are limitations in Lehighton regarding where you can hang your campaign signs. During a meeting of Lehighton Borough Council, it was agreed that signs will be prohibited on any borough property. Borough Manager Miles Haberman said he had received numerous requests to place signs at various locations. The council agreed that the signs can be placed only on private property.

Panther Valley news

Friday, March 26, 2010

Summit Hill

Offering scholarship

The Summit Hill Lions Club is offering a $250 award to a graduating senior from Marian Catholic and Panther Valley High School for community service.

For more information on this award, contact the guidance counselor at your respective high school.

The deadline for applicants is March 31.

Annual campaign

Spring Expo

Friday, March 26, 2010
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on Greenwood Street held its Spring Expo over the weekend. Over 20 vendors participated in the event. Pictured is Shirley Szabo, Andreas, and her decorative silicone trivets stand.

PVSD plans to close playground at 4 p.m. because of vandalism

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Panther Valley School District will close its Panther Valley Elementary School campus and playground at 4 p.m. daily due to the recent incidents of vandalism.

Only the Board approved Youth Groups are permitted on the Panther Valley Elementary School campus after hours.

Any violators of trespassing between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. daily or from Friday 4 p.m. to Monday at 8 a.m. will be subject to prosecution.

Garzio-Thompson

Friday, March 26, 2010
Christopher Thompson and Nina Garzio
Christopher Thompson and Nina Garzio

The engagement of Nina Garzio, Tamaqua, to Christopher Thompson, also of Tamaqua, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mark and Mary Garzio of Tresckow. She is a 2003 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and a 2009 graduate of Kutztown University. She is employed as a remarketing coordinator by the Empire Education Group.