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March 2010

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."

Bishop brings appeal to Carbon

Friday, March 26, 2010
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Bishop John D. Barres, third from left, helped Carbon County kick off its Bishop's Annual Appeal program Thursday night in Summit Hill. With him are, from left, Msgr. John Chizmar, dean of the county, Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Church, which hosted the kickoff, Pamela and Patrick Reilly, co-chairpersons of the county drive, and James Friend, director of the appeal and director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the diocese.
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Bishop John D. Barres, third from left, helped Carbon County kick off its Bishop's Annual Appeal program Thursday night in Summit Hill. With him are, from left, Msgr. John Chizmar, dean of the county, Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Church, which hosted the kickoff, Pamela and Patrick Reilly, co-chairpersons of the county drive, and James Friend, director of the appeal and director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the diocese.

The final of five receptions kicking off the Bishop's Annual Appeal of the Catholic Diocese of Allentown was held Thursday night in St. Joseph Catholic Church hall, Summit Hill, during which time His Excellency, the Most Rev. John D. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, stressed the "needs are intense" to help the less fortunate during difficult economic times.

The event was designed for the Catholic community of Carbon County. Previously, the diocese held kickoff receptions in Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill and Berks counties.

Carbon County Association of Realtors to hold nationwide open house

Friday, March 26, 2010

Members of the Carbon County Association of Realtors are participating in the REALTORĀ® Nationwide Open House Weekend from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 11.

The Carbon County Association of Realtors is opening the doors of approximately 30 local homes. It's a great time for buyers to physically come out and sample the variety of homes that are available on the market in Carbon County.

The weekend is an opportunity for consumers to shop for a new home while affordability is good, mortgage interest rates are low and there is a good supply of homes on the market.

Pinewood Derby winners names

Friday, March 26, 2010
Pinewood Derby winners names
Copyright Times News 2009

Winners of the annual Pinewood Derby of Summit Hill Scout Troop 743 included, front, from left, Austin Miller, first place and most original, Michael Milkowich II, second place and judge's favorite, Maxwell Vermillion, third place, and Matthew Milkowich, fourth place; and back, same order, Brian Doutt, best paint job, Mike Witczak, most creative, and David Gieniec, most unique.

Young scientists at Rush Elementary

Friday, March 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rush Elementary students learn how to hatch chicks during the Rush Elementary School Science Showcase held in Hometown Wednesday evening. Pictured holding chicks from lower left are Kendra Kunkel, 6, and Layla Kunkel, 3. Project creators pictured at top right, from left, are 4th grade students Megan Ruch, 9, and Katie Goetz, 9.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rush Elementary students learn how to hatch chicks during the Rush Elementary School Science Showcase held in Hometown Wednesday evening. Pictured holding chicks from lower left are Kendra Kunkel, 6, and Layla Kunkel, 3. Project creators pictured at top right, from left, are 4th grade students Megan Ruch, 9, and Katie Goetz, 9.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rush Elementary students learn how to hatch chicks during the Rush Elementary School Science Showcase held in Hometown Wednesday evening. Pictured holding chicks from lower left are Kendra Kunkel, 6, and Layla Kunkel, 3. Project creators pictured at top right, from left, are 4th grade students Megan Ruch, 9, and Katie Goetz, 9.

Parks

Friday, March 26, 2010

Promoting preservation

It is an oft-disseminated myth that government has to be the sole guardian of our historic sites, museums, and parks. For instance, during the 2009 state budget impasse, Gov. Rendell stoked fears that, without taxpayer dollars, up to 400 state parks might be closed, and museums wouldn't be able to survive. But the success of philanthropy and entrepreneurship in preserving our historic sites and natural resources has been overlooked.

Police officers are our friends

Friday, March 26, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Police Officer Matthew Houser recently paid a visit to Wendy Lesniak's day care on Orwigsburg Street in Tamaqua. Houser is Lesniak's nephew. She asked him to visit in uniform on his day off for a "play date" with the children in her care. The purpose of the visit was to reinforce the idea that police officers are children's friends, and not someone to be feared. With Officer Houser are Matthew Matukonis, Kassidy Kuhn and Ethan Bennett.

Tamaqua man sentenced to jail term for assault on boy

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Tamaqua man was sentenced to a county jail term on Thursday afternoon in Carbon County court for sexually assaulting a young boy.

Ricky Lee Propst, 42, of 125 W. Spruce St., was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve five months to one day less two years on a single count of indecent assault. Propst previously pleaded guilty to the charge. A more serious count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse was dropped in a plea bargain.

Spring is planting season

Friday, March 26, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Tammy Graeber, center, of Saylorsburg's Garden of Giving, accepts a check donation in the amount of $1,166.60 from Stroudsburg's Fraternal Order of Eagles' Ladies Auxiliary's head of the finance committee, Jackie Nevil, left and Kathy Shaffer, president, right, to be used for nesting boxes for chickens.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Tammy Graeber, center, of Saylorsburg's Garden of Giving, accepts a check donation in the amount of $1,166.60 from Stroudsburg's Fraternal Order of Eagles' Ladies Auxiliary's head of the finance committee, Jackie Nevil, left and Kathy Shaffer, president, right, to be used for nesting boxes for chickens.

Tammy Graeber of Saylorsburg says, "Hunger is a hidden epidemic."

As the Garden of Giving president and founder, Tammy knows many people that make too much money to qualify for federal food assistance.

"Sometimes folks find it difficult to buy enough food for themselves and their families. Buying food often takes second place to paying for rent, utility bills and medical expenses," she says.

Many people turn to local food banks for government surplus items (canned goods, applesauce, peanut butter, dried milk and beans) and a small selection of donated food.

A buyer for Weatherwood

Friday, March 26, 2010
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS Representatives from Guardian Elder Care of Brockway described the upcoming sale of Weatherwood. Carbon County has signed a letter of intent with Guardian.
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS Representatives from Guardian Elder Care of Brockway described the upcoming sale of Weatherwood. Carbon County has signed a letter of intent with Guardian.

Commissioners sign letter of intent with western Pa. company

It's like giving a daughter away on her wedding day.

That's how one Carbon County Commissioner felt when the county made the formal announcement Thursday, that they had signed a letter of intent with a company in western Pennsylvania to sell Weatherwood, the Carbon County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Weatherly.

Woman flees store without paying

Friday, March 26, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said a woman fled a Monroe County store on Monday at 9:51 p.m. without paying for items she stole.

The victim is Maxi Cigars, Midtown Plaza, Brodheadsville.

Police said the woman took a Rave Menthol Lite (bag tobacco) and Menthol Tubes valued at $12.89 before leaving the store and fleeing in a yellow Mitsubishi car that had a white piece of paper covering the license plate to avoid identity.

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.