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August 2010

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

New technology almost ready for Carbon Prison

Friday, August 27, 2010

The days of rolling a suspect's fingers in ink and then on a card to record fingerprints at the neighborhood police station is going the way of striped prison suits in Carbon County – and the change just may begin within days.

The first steps toward implementation of the Live Scan Booking Station and Commonwealth Photo Imaging Network, which involves electronic fingerprinting and "mug shots," may be taken as early as Sept. 1, according to Acting Carbon County Correctional Facility Warden Timothy Fritz.

On this date

Friday, August 27, 2010

August 27, 1975

A pig scramble at the Carbon County Fair in Lehighton by 4-H members proved to be a lot of fun for the youngsters. The pigs are no longer greased and only five youths at a time can participate. Boys who caught pigs were Roy Bollinger, Scott Seltzer, Jeffrey Bauchspies, John Berger, Jerry Donati, and Gary Turek. Girls who caught the oinkers were Denise Leininger, Leah Dietrich, Mary Ebling, Robbi Kuehner, Julia Knappenberger, and Diane Turek.

Solar power initiative continued

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Summit Hill Water Authority continued in its initiative to bring solar power to the community.

Officials are exploring a system to power its physical plant and possibly the borough hall with a 345kw system engineered by Reading Electric in partnership with Borrego Solar. Last night the authority unanimously adopted a resolution of its intention to borrow up to $1.403 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Bomb scare incident probed

Friday, August 27, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a bomb scare incident at a Schuylkill County residence.

Troopers said the owner of an unoccupied structure at 159 W. Grande Ave. (SR209), in Porter Township, entered the premises about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, to check it. On the second floor a device, resembling a bomb, was discovered.

Tremont borough police were called to the scene who then summoned troopers. The state police Hazardous Device and Explosive Section was called and determined the device was a facsimile.

Spinning and splashing

Friday, August 27, 2010
Kathy Augustine holds a knee sock dyed and knitted by her daughter Stephanie.
Kathy Augustine holds a knee sock dyed and knitted by her daughter Stephanie.

Kathy Augustine makes 'colors to dye for'

When introducing Kathy Augustine at the July 29 program at the Kibler School, Towamensing Township, Kay Gilbert, president of Friends of Kibler, said Augustine had been there before to make a presentation. That time it was a program about spinning. Her mother-in-law, Connie Bieling, said Augustine spun wool to have something to dye.

"Tonight is all about color," said Augustine. "Color is defined by how the brain responds to light. Everyone perceives color in a slightly different way."

It was Sir Isaac Newton who saw how a prism broke color into the rainbow colors.

Luzerne driver dies in I80 crash

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Luzerne County driver was killed in a one-vehicle crash along Interstate 80 in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said Abdul Charles, 25, of Wilkes-Barre, was driving a 1996 Saturn sedan westbound about 4 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, in the left lane when he lost control for unknown reasons. The vehicle spun clockwise about 180 degrees and traveled off the road and onto the north berm.

The car then struck a tree, folding the vehicle in half around the tree, troopers said. Charles was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stimulus funds

Friday, August 27, 2010

Federal money to help 2 major local projects

Federal stimulus funds aimed at helping to lift the United States out of its dollar doldrums will help float two major local projects.

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday announced they would funnel federal economic recovery money in the form of bonds to help offset the costs of a $10 million sewer project in Palmerton and a proposed water park at Blue Mountain Ski Area.

There are two types of bonds, said Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek.

Service projects will benefit from annual Lions tournament

Friday, August 27, 2010

Service projects supported by the Summit Hill Lions Club received a financial boost on Sunday, Aug. 8, when the club held its Ninth Annual Golf Tournament at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, Mahoning Township.

Emergency Service Day

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Mahoning Township Lions Club is sponsoring an "Emergency Services Day" on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Normal Square Chapel Pavilion on Fritz Valley Rd in Lehighton.

Participating will be the Carbon County Sheriff Dwight Nothstein, Mahoning Township Police Department, Mahoning Valley Ambulance, Mahoning Township Fire Company, Blue Mountain Health System offering blood pressure screening, the Penn Starr helicopter will be landing on-site at 11 a.m., and there will be activities for the kids.

Striking a pose for fashion

Friday, August 27, 2010
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Brother and sister, Dylan, 9, and Madeline, 4, Millard of Jim Thorpe were runway models for the Lord & Taylor School-La-La Fashion Show at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, N.J. They walked the runway with 20 other models ranging in age from 3-12. The runway was to flaunt the latest fall/winter fashion statements for school and play. Dylan and Madeline were picked through a modeling contest by Lord & Taylor Stores in New York and New Jersey. They are the children of Stephanie Millard of Jim Thorpe and Bob Millard of Nesquehoning.

Marian golfers pull off sweep

Friday, August 27, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Lauren Androkitis returns the ball to her opponent during Thursday's girls tennis match against Moravian Academy at Tamaqua.
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Lauren Androkitis returns the ball to her opponent during Thursday's girls tennis match against Moravian Academy at Tamaqua.

Marian's golf team came away with three wins, while Panther Valley and Palmerton also both scored victories on Thursday.

GOLF

Northwestern-Saucon Valley-Bangor

Bangor, Saucon Valley and Northwestern each had a golfer shoot in the 70s, however the Slaters had two and went on to win both matches.

James Lobb and Stani Schiavone each fired a five-over 77 en route to the victory.

The Tigers were led by Nick Vebellio's 79. Teammate Cole Miller chipped in with an 83.

BANGOR (405)

James Lobb 77, Stani Schiavone 77, Kyle Kosman 81, Alex Colton 85

4 hurt when car strikes Hometown building

Friday, August 27, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Paramedics and emergency responders prepare to lift crash victim Susan Lesniak, Tamaqua, into an awaiting ambulance after a car struck a Hometown building where Lesniak works. Four were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Paramedics and emergency responders prepare to lift crash victim Susan Lesniak, Tamaqua, into an awaiting ambulance after a car struck a Hometown building where Lesniak works. Four were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Four people were taken to area hospitals early Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into the rear of a Hometown business.

According to Cpl. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, a car driven by Jean Bubernak, 76, Coaldale, struck the rear of a building at 219 Claremont Ave., SR309, about 1:04 p.m. The building houses Physical Therapy Specialists. Frederick said it appeared that Bubernak mistakenly stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

"She went to turn into the parking lot," said Frederick.

Panther Valley meets AYP goals

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Panther Valley School District got some very good news at last night's regular monthly meeting. Superintendent Rosemary Porembo announced that the district has met AYP (adequate yearly progress) in all three of the schools for the 2009-2010 school year, based on the scores from the PSSA exams. Last year, for the 2008-2009 school year, the District made 16 out of the 17 categories, however, the elementary school was still placed in School Improvement I and the high school was placed in Corrective Action. "This year, everything is green," said Porembo, referring to the results.

Summit Hill audience enjoys magic, comedy and mystery

Friday, August 27, 2010
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Comedy magician Joe Keppel of Bethlehem performed his program "Explore the World and Read" at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday afternoon which was a mixture of magic and geographical facts from around the world.
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Comedy magician Joe Keppel of Bethlehem performed his program "Explore the World and Read" at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday afternoon which was a mixture of magic and geographical facts from around the world.

Do you know where the longest river in the world is located or what the fourth most populous country is? Families who attended magician Joe Keppel's "Explore the World and Read" magic show learned the answers to those questions and much more while enjoying an afternoon of magic, humor and fun at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday.

"Reading can open wonderful new doors and help you travel around the world," said Keppel who has been performing for thirty years and the last twenty years specializing in school shows that deal with reading.

Pets pay visit to Mrs. Bush's

Friday, August 27, 2010
It was the 4th Annual Pet Show at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home and several dogs and their owners paid a delightful visit with the residents.
It was the 4th Annual Pet Show at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home and several dogs and their owners paid a delightful visit with the residents.

One of the highlights of the year at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown is the annual Pet Show.

"Our residents enjoy having visitors from the community, especially the four-legged kind," said Carrie Shafer, activities coordinator.

The invitation went out to the community to bring in animals with current updated shot records for the 4th Annual Pet show.

Mary Jane Sterling of Summit Hill brought her 2 1/2 year old Scottish Terrier, Dougal, dressed in a kilt and a Tam o' Shanter.

SUPPORT GROUP

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fibromyalgia

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, located off the Airport Beltway behind Independence Toyota, Hazleton.

The guest speaker will be Betty Beltrami of The Sleep Center of Greater Hazleton, who will discuss "Sleep disorders."

For more information or directions, call Carol at (570) 788-6363 or Debbie at (570) 454-2821.

Family members and caregivers are also welcome to attend.

Carbon approves software to help dispatchers

Friday, August 27, 2010

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved a $43,773 agreement with New World Systems to provide software to be integrated onto computer-aided dispatch for emergency medical dispatching.

"This will help dispatchers in their daily duties, primarily for emergency responses," said commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek.

He explained that instead of thumbing through flip cards to determine how to dispatch aid to a person having chest pains, for example, "this provides a computerized, online version to provide responses to callers, depending on the types of emergencies."

Lansford/Summit Hill news

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lansford

St. Ann Society

The Frances C. Jakabcin District of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Auxiliary will hold its fall meeting on Sunday, Sept. 19.

The event will be hosted by the Hazleton branches 45 and 105 and will be held in the Lobitz Catering Hall, Rt. 940, Hazleton, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Members of the St. Ann Society of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, and other local branch members who are planning to attend should call President Veronica Bazik, (570) 645-5253, to make reservations. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 3.

Fall program

Jenyne Scarpati weds Robert Podlinski Jr.

Friday, August 27, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Podlinski Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Podlinski Jr.

Jenyne Scarpati, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome P. Scarpati of Jim Thorpe, became the bride of Robert Paul Podlinski Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Podlinski Sr., of Cherry Hill, N.J. on Sept. 26, 2009 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe.

Monsignor John Chizmar and the Rev. James Ward concelebrated the double ring ceremony.

Kristine Betz was the organist, while Darryl Seiwell played the trumpet and Debra Reilly played the violin. Jeanette Richards was the soloist.

PV student joins school board

Friday, August 27, 2010
John Owens
John Owens

The Panther Valley School Board welcomed a new member last night – student body representative and high school senior John Owens.

The student representative is new this year, and a move that Superintendent Rosemary Porembo hopes will provide an important communication link between the board and the students.

"We hope to gain awareness of views regarding issues which affect students and work constructively with the student rep to ensure a quality education is being provided," she said.

Veronica Tripaldi and Jerome Scarpati wed

Friday, August 27, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Scarpati
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Scarpati

Veronica Tripaldi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tripaldi, Jr. of Walnutport; and Jerome F. Scarpati, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome P. Scarpati of Jim Thorpe, were united in marriage on June 19, 2010 at Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe.

The Rev. James Ward, Msgr. John Chizmar and the Rev. Terry Devino officiated the double ring ceremony.

Kristine Betz was the organist, while Penn Strings provided violin and cello accompaniment. Jeanette Richards and Daniel Marx were the soloists.

Man flipped car five times in Mahoning

Friday, August 27, 2010

A car involved in a two-vehicle accident on Route 443 in Mahoning Township Wednesday night flipped about five times before mounting a guiderail and standing vertical in a ditch, police said.

A photo of the crash appeared on the front page of the TIMES NEWS yesterday.

Chief of Police Kenneth Barnes said the car which flipped was driven by Charles Alvin Zimmerman 44, of Main Road, Lehighton. He was driving a 2006 KIA Sportage and traveling east on Route 443.

Navy Club to meet

Friday, August 27, 2010

U.S.S. Carbon County Navy Club of the United States will hold a meeting at the Summit Hill American Legion on Monday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania's squadron commander will be there. New members are welcome to attend.

Schuylkill court news

Friday, August 27, 2010

File for divorce

David T. Vangieson, 341 Hemlock Drive, Sheppton, filed against Mary Jo Vangieson, 48 W. Market St., Sheppton. They were married Apirl 20, 1984.

Andrew Lopata filed suit for divorce from Frances R. Lopata, both of 33 Ash Lane, Andreas. They were married June 25, 1996.

Brian R.Wirth, 7329 Saint Pete's Road, Macungie, filed suit for divorce from Rachel Jean Bales-Wirth, 11 Lower Road, Tamaqua R.D. They were married Nov. 7, 2009.

Minor injury in Schuylkill crash

Friday, August 27, 2010

One driver was slightly injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 7:33 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, along SR125 in Tremont Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Allen T. Wolff, 34, of Tremont, was stopped within an active work zone by a flag man holding a stop sign behind several other vehicles, all southbound. Larry L. Smallwood, 77, also of Tremont, failed to stop with the front of his 1998 Plymouth Voyager striking the rear of Wolff's 2000 Chevrolet Silverado truck.

Tamaqua news

Friday, August 27, 2010

First Steps

First Steps, a support group for mothers, will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Primitive Methodist Church, 55 Hunter St., Tamaqua. The meeting will be held in the church social room from 6-8 p.m.

Participants will share a hot meal. Guest speaker will be Judy Hoppes of the Carbon-Tamauqa Unit of the American Cancer Society. Her topics will include cancer risks and prevention.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Child care for all ages will be provided free of charge. New members and volunteers are welcome.

Debate continues over curfew siren

Friday, August 27, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Resident Liz Perschy informs Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday that she has a petition with over 200 signatures from residents who want to keep the 10 p.m. siren going.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Resident Liz Perschy informs Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday that she has a petition with over 200 signatures from residents who want to keep the 10 p.m. siren going.

Palmerton may consider an amendment to its curfew ordinance that could silence its nighttime siren.

The matter continued to be a hotly contested issue as residents spoke out both for and against the evening siren before Borough Council on Thursday.

A staple in the borough for decades, the siren sounds off twice a day: at noon for lunchtime, and at 10 p.m. to signify curfew for children.

Resident Liz Perschy presented council with a petition with over 200 signatures from residents who want to keep the 10 p.m. siren going.

Pa. poll

Friday, August 27, 2010

Economic pessimism

For 19 years, Franklin & Marshall College has been conducting a statewide poll in conjunction with various news agencies throughout the state, to determine how the people of Pennsylvania feel about events and decisions that are directly affecting their lives.

We felt that the results of that poll are worth sharing with our readers. They are:

1) The percentage of Pennsylvanians who say the state is headed in the right direction now stands at 30 percent – a 15 year low – while 58 percent believe it is off on the wrong track.