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August 2010

Panthers, Colts sweep

Saturday, August 28, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Dean DiBonifazio follows through after a tee shot. during Friday's match.
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Dean DiBonifazio follows through after a tee shot. during Friday's match.

Panther Valley and Marian both recored a pair of victories in scholastic golf action on Friday.

GOLF

Millersburg-Williams Vy.-Panther Vy.

Panther Valley posted a pair of wins, including a Schuylkill League decision over Williams Valley.

The Panthers, who improved to 8-1, downed the Vikings 331-354 and also Millersburg, 331-385.

PV's Matt Tucker fired a 78 while teammate Scott Nevenglosky finished close behind with an 80. Kory Lopata also chipped in with an 83.

PANTHER VALLEY (331)

Full speed ahead for Segway tours Personal transports help visitors plan their visits to the area

Saturday, August 28, 2010
There's more than one way to see Jim Thorpe. Dante Mariano of Pocono Segway Tours has begun offering tours of the Historic District and the Lehigh Gorge Trail by segway.
There's more than one way to see Jim Thorpe. Dante Mariano of Pocono Segway Tours has begun offering tours of the Historic District and the Lehigh Gorge Trail by segway.

Is that a Segway on Broadway?

If you'd expect a contingent of segways meandering along Broadway in Jim Thorpe to stop people in their tracks, you'd be surprised.

It turns out to be the other way around.

Appreciating freedom of religion clause

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dear Editor:

Mr. Wargo, perhaps being confrontational is a way to sell newspapers, but it isn't a very responsible way for a columnist to behave. Your article on treating atheism as a religion fails to appreciate both parts of the freedom of religion clause.

Puzzled

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dear Editor:

* I always check my horror-scope the day after the prediction is made to see how true it was. It never works they lie!

* I understand why our country comes to the financial aid of other nations when a tragedy prevails upon those folks. But why do we borrow money from China to finance our own trillion-dollar debt. Are we robbing Peter (us) to pay Paul (everyone else)?

The protocol of meetings

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our government is based on being open and representative from the Federal government down to and including the smallest municipality. All of the business with some exceptions is conducted in public and it can be good, bad or ugly but it is debated and decisions are or should be reached publicly. People normally have the ability at a local level to also offer their input if they desire at appropriate times in a meeting.

Relay for Life

Saturday, August 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Relay For Life of the Tamaqua-Carbon chapter of the American Cancer Society held a post event fundraiser event recently at the Hometown Fire Company called "Let's Relay and Play Some More". Relay For Life dancers doing the twist and leading the locomotion dance train are Casey Stephens and Barry Lutz from McAdoo.

Fantasy football

Saturday, August 28, 2010

If you are any kind of NFL fanatic, you are probably locked in to a Fantasy Football League somewhere, whether it be with a group of friends or on a few online sites that offer you free league status this time of year.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been meddling through some of the tabloids I subscribe to and other sites along the way and have come up with a list of top prospects that I'll carry with me when draft day rolls around.

Military sense

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our military is a no nonsense organization, no matter what branch you serve. Some of the most logical wisdom comes from training manuals.

A case in point was recently sent to me by a reader. See if you agree with the intelligence of the following advice that came from various manuals.

'If the enemy is in range, so are you.'

– Infantry Journal

'It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.'

– US. Air Force Manual

'Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered automatic weapons.'

Benefits outlined for membership in the ambulance association

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Any monetary contribution that can save a life is money well spent.

Which is why it's important for residents to fill out and return their annual subscription fund drive to the Palmerton Community Ambulance Association Inc.

The 2010-11 subscription fund drive is now being mailed out, and the forms are simple to fill out, according to Jeanie Solarczyk, president of the PCAA.

"The rates are the same," Solarczyk said. "We kept it simple."

Solarczyk said many residents don't realize the benefits associated with their membership.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 28, 1995 Jim Murphy and Greg Kruczek both register scores of 79 to earn co-medalist honors and lead Tamaqua to wins over Weatherly and Panther Valley in golf action. Jason Benner cards an 81 for the Raiders, who defeat the Wreckers by 33 strokes and the Panthers by 49. Karl Searing completes the Tamaqua scoring with an 89.

Stop stealing my Social Security

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tuesday, David Asman of Fox Business Network talked about the diversion of our 401Ks and IRAs by the government. I heard rumors of this before but did not think it would actually happen. We are a nation of savers and our elected representatives, while not always truthful, would not so blatantly steal our money. I thought about the possibility that our government might confiscate our retirement assets after Argentina nationalized private pension plans in 2008. Now Senators Jeff Benjamin and John Kerry have introduced a bill called the Automatic IRA Act of 2010.

Breakfast with Jack LaLanne

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I've been on a walking kick to lose weight.

It seems to be working. It'd work much better if I'd stay away from fruit pies, but treats are important. Walking is good for the health, but too much of a good thing becomes bad. When I tried walking 10 miles, I developed blisters on my feet. So I came to the conclusion that too much exercise isn't a good thing. Or course, too much pie isn't a good thing either.

And so I've learned to balance walking with eating pie. I've developed my own system of rewards. Each person needs to figure out what works best.

Saving us from ourselves

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to the parties involved with the "Save Us from Ourselves" political structure:

Allow me to begin with, I loathe watching so called "Reality Television" primarily due to the fact that the local people in the surrounding communities to me provide all that I could ever want for entertainment and delight.

Mr. Eckhart, I implore you to take a look at some existing regulations in your community's rule book. I am sure that there was something in there that regulates certified heating systems of some sort.

Life journey changed with a stroke

Saturday, August 28, 2010

By GAIL MAHOLICK

gmaholick@tnonline.com

Sometime your journey in life changes within seconds.

Our grandbaby's arrival brought a whole new life into our family. That kind of change is a good change to happen, but when your spouse becomes seriously ill, your journey changes in a way that is frightening.

Both of those scenarios happened to me this past year.

Preserving Carbon's history

Saturday, August 28, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Archivist/Records Coordinator Nancy Davidovich places documents on microfilm.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Archivist/Records Coordinator Nancy Davidovich places documents on microfilm.

State Historical and Museum Commission commends county archives department

In 1843, when Carbon County was newly carved from the lush forests of northeastern Pennsylvania, paper records were scant. Fast-foward to 2010, and the county archives department is drowning in documents.

DNA tests help get conviction in illegal bear killing

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Test results from the Northeast Wildlife DNA Lab at East Stroudsburg University helped the Pennsylvania Game Commission get a conviction in its case of Raymond Carl Kresge Sr., 66, Gouldsboro, who was found guilty of for unlawfully possessing a 600-pound male black bear.

Youth recognized by Legion Post 314

Saturday, August 28, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Three youths were presented certificates for participating in American Legion youth programs by Shoemaker-Haydt Post 314, Lehighton. From left are, Kirk Arner, Keystone Boys State participant; Rachel Garrison, center, attended State Police Youth Week; and William Moran, also a participant in Keystone Boys State. Arner is a senior at Lehighton Area High School. Garrison is a junior at Lehighton Area High School and Moran is a senior at Pocono Mountain East High School.

More proof on the importance of diet

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Migratory birds, it seems, instinctively understand the link between food, health, and physical performance.

During other times of the year, migratory birds eat primarily insects and seeds. During migration, however, they eat deeply colored berries.

Why the change? Deeply colored berries are loaded with antioxidants, which have been shown in animals and humans to negate the oxidation exacerbated by bad diet, environmental pollution, and physical exertion.

Oxidation creates the inflammation that can lead to aging and disease.

Teacher Evolution

Saturday, August 28, 2010

If you believe in Darwin's Theory of Evolution, you believe that mankind evolved from basic organic elements. Today's human being, then, is the product of millions of years of change and growth. However, if you believe in the religious theory of Creation, then God's miraculous invention of Adam and Eve took place instantaneously. No evolution involved at all.

WP students receive Argall Award

Saturday, August 28, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two fifth grade students at West Penn Elementary School were the recipients of the Senator David Argall Good Citizenship Awards. The award winners were, from left, Alissa Hollenbach (Mrs. Bittner's Class) and Chance Szabo (Ms. Fulmer's Class).

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Living a rich life

Saturday, August 28, 2010

When a longtime friend from my old hometown contacts me after a lapse of a few years, he wants to know how I am enjoying life in southwest Florida.

The telephone conversation is going well until I mention I'm lucky I heard the phone ring because I was outside cleaning my swimming pool.

"Swimming pool?" he queries in astonishment." You have your own swimming pool? You must be rich," he asserts.

I remind him I am living in hot and humid Florida where backyard swimming pools are as common as rain spouting in Pennsylvania.

Four area residents given probation sentences

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Four area people who pleaded guilty Thursday in the Schuylkill County Court to criminal charges drew probation sentences from Judge John E. Domalakes.

Work of art for local EMS CCTI students' mural benefits Palmerton ambulance group

Saturday, August 28, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Carbon Career and Technical Institute students Jake Rocco and Therese Merkel of Palmerton stand beside the mural they painted on the wall in the Palmerton Community Ambulance Association's crew room of EMS. The students did the work as part of their senior projects at CCTI.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute students Jake Rocco and Therese Merkel of Palmerton stand beside the mural they painted on the wall in the Palmerton Community Ambulance Association's crew room of EMS. The students did the work as part of their senior projects at CCTI.

The Palmerton Community Ambulance Association Inc. has experienced a rejuvenation of sorts.

Thanks to the artistic flair of a pair of graphic arts students at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute, the association's crew room of emergency management services now sports a new look.

Junior Therese Merkel and senior Jake Rocco, both of Palmerton, worked on their senior project at the station. In the process, Merkel and Rocco created a mural on the wall in the association's crew room of EMS.

Merkel said the mural was tweaked over the course of several months.

All aboard!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The HO train display of the Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display in Jim Thorpe measures 47 x 22 feet with 13 separate mainlines measuring 1,087 feet of track with some engines pulling as many as 50 railroad cars.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The HO train display of the Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display in Jim Thorpe measures 47 x 22 feet with 13 separate mainlines measuring 1,087 feet of track with some engines pulling as many as 50 railroad cars.

Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display celebrates 25 years

The sights and sounds of railroading history still ring out every day at the Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display in Jim Thorpe which just marked a landmark 25th Anniversary this past weekend.

Owned and operated by the Heery Family and one of Carbon County's premier family-friendly attractions, the model train display officially opened its doors to the public on August 22, 1985.

"We are proud of the fact that we have been a source of joy and inspiration to guests of all ages throughout the past 25 years", said Michael Heery, spokesman for the family.

Twenty-minute stoppages planned next week near Lehigh River Bridge

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Pennsylvania Turnpike reports that motorists traveling northbound and southbound on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be stopped a maximum of 20 minutes between 1 and 2 p.m. Monday, August 30 to Wednesday, September 1. The stoppages will occur south of the Lehigh Tunnel and north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit #74).

The daytime stoppages are scheduled to occur at 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1) but may be conducted anytime within the allowable window of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reader's Turn

Saturday, August 28, 2010
Bryan Puskas,Slatington: "I don't think we should pay because sports in high school should be all in good fun."
Bryan Puskas,Slatington: "I don't think we should pay because sports in high school should be all in good fun."

"Because of escalating costs and tighter budgets, do you think school students should be required to "pay to play" if they participate in sports?"

The dread of the first day of kindergarten

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Labor Day is a traditional line of demarcation - the end of summer and the start of the new school year. While classes already have started in some parts of the area, there are schools which don't gear up until after Labor Day.

Each year at this time, as thousands of 5-year-olds get ready for their first day of kindergarten, I sympathize with them and know the mix of joy and dread they are feeling.

Local hills were hard on vehicles – motorized and animal-powered

Saturday, August 28, 2010

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

Considering the amount of hills and mountains that drivers must navigate, brake malfunctions are never a good thing. August 1910 proved to be a wild month for out-of-control vehicles in the area with a horse-drawn carriage, a motorized automobile and a railroad car all involved in separate accidents.

To unwind from the rigors of hard work, nothing could be more appealing to folks living in the early 1900s than to soak in the beauty of nature with a carriage ride followed by a country picnic.

10 area persons among 14 entering guilty pleas

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ten area residents were among 14 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges Wednesday at the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge D. Michael L Stine.

Kelly Marie Dalessio, 33, of 607 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, on two counts of delivery of marijuana, was sentenced to serve six to 23 months in the county prison. She reports to the prison Monday at 9 a.m. Dalessio also must pay a fine of $500, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund and make restitution of $226 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $60 to Tamaqua Drug Task Force.

President lying is a lot more important

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dear Editor:

I'm a little confused about what is going on with Roger Clemens and HIS Grand Jury.

It is being said that because he alledgedly lied to the Grand Jury about taking steriods (none of our business) that he is facing like a million years in jail and a gazillion dollars in fines...I was just wondering if this is the same Grand Jury that Slick Willy Clinton lied to about having sex in the White House, which he later admitted to having done, therefore making him a liar to a Grand Jury.

Muzzleloader seminars aim to prevent problems

Saturday, August 28, 2010

KEMPTON – Preventing problems before they have to be solved in the field is important for all types of hunting, but it is especially so when using a primitive firearms like a traditional muzzleloader.

In Pennsylvania, which is the only state to have a special season for flintlock ignitions, many hunters like to give their flintlock rifles a "trial run" during the October antlerless-only season. This year, the early season will be held from Saturday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Oct. 23, and both percussion and flintlock ignitions are legal.