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October 2010

Trick, treat and election day

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The way the calendar falls this year is somewhat fitting. Tomorrow is Halloween or All Hallows' Eve which is traditionally the time when the veil between our world and spirit world grows thin and allows communication with the dead or so it is popularly believed.

Those towns which don't view it as a disposable holiday will celebrate trick or treat tomorrow night and everyone will have a good time dressing up in costumes and scaring each other.

Can't stand negativity

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

I am wondering why a candidate would go to using one's family crisis to try to further their own campaign.

A candidate who says he is for "family values" and is a Christian should not in my opinion do this. Perhaps it is just a sign of desperation on their part or for whatever other reason I don't know.

Than to receive a mailer today saying "Justin Yaich has disqualified himself from earning our trust." Let's not dig up trash on someone's youth but focus on what they have done and keep doing for our community.

People and families are hurting

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

Jobs are at a minimum these days. You look through the "want ads" in the paper and there just isn't a lot there. I just heard that someone from Washington said the recession ended in June of 2009. I would like to know if this person or group lives in reality.

Riverwalck parking permit revoked

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Commission says restaurant failed to comply with scope of permit when lot was extended

A permit to allow employees of Riverwalck Saloon in Parryville to park in the Lehigh Canal parking lot was revoked Thursday night by the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission.

The parking lot is along busy Route 248 and across the street from the restaurant. Entrance to the parking lot also has active railroad tracks and is also used by Rockhill, a cement manufacturing business.

Masks

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Those of you who have been reading my column for years know how much I dislike Halloween. For some reason, I have never enjoyed that holiday. I know how much the little ones love getting dressed up, traipsing through the neighborhood, and coming home with a Jack O'Lantern full of candy. I, on the other hand, can't wait for November 1st to come.

Andreas United Methodist hosts singers

Saturday, October 30, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Miller Family Southern Gospel Singers were a treat to church members and visitors recently at the United Methodist Church in Andreas. Erma Warne from New Ringgold organized the event and hopes to have them back again in the future. The Miller family, Pottsville, has been singing for over 30 years. Pictured from left are Erma Warne, Arthur "Artie" Miller Jr, Shirley Miller, Brenda Miller, Kevin Miller, and Denise Miller. For more information about the Miller family and their music, visit www.enjoythemillerfamily.com

Romantic video of Jim Thorpe made

Saturday, October 30, 2010
The romance of the Brigadoon-like mountainous Victorian town of Jim Thorpe has been captured on video in a new DVD entitled "Jim Thorpe 101." The video begins with a tour of the Old Mauch Chunk Historic District from the viewpoint of a passenger in a horse-drawn carriage.
The romance of the Brigadoon-like mountainous Victorian town of Jim Thorpe has been captured on video in a new DVD entitled "Jim Thorpe 101." The video begins with a tour of the Old Mauch Chunk Historic District from the viewpoint of a passenger in a horse-drawn carriage.

The romance of the Brigadoon-like mountainous Victorian town of Jim Thorpe has been captured on video in a new DVD entitled "Jim Thorpe 101."

While the video aptly serves as an introduction to the mountains and the Historic District, it does so with elegance and simplicity.

"It reinforces my appreciation for the town," said Jerry Hoare of the Gandy Dancer, a co-producer. "I run it all day on my computer monitor and I never tire of it. Every time I watch it, I see something that I missed that he captured."

Quiet legacies

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's a sunny spring morning in the late 1950s. I'm 8 years old, and, arms outstretched to keep my balance, I'm jumping from tie to tie along the rails of the tracks that run through my small home town. Inky, a black Labrador Retriever, ambles along beside me.

A few feet behind me, Harriet strolls along, twirling Inky's leash and keeping an ear out for the thrumming warning of an oncoming train. Harriet is middle-aged; she and her husband have no children of their own, but Harriet is a magnet for neighborhood kids.

Tamaqua Lions to replace smoke detector batteries for the seniors

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Tamaqua Lions Club, in conjunction with Lions International, invites any senior resident of the Tamaqua Area to participate in a smoke detector battery replacement program, sponsored by the Tamaqua Lions.

Interested individuals must be 65 or older, own their own home and have at least one smoke detector installed in their home presently.

This time they got it right

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

I was surprised and disappointed with Rep. Knowles' recent vote against House Bill 400, which targets illegal workers. Fortunately for Pennsylvania workers, House Bill 400 passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by the Governor.

This bill targeting illegal workers was introduced in the House by a Democrat and also passed by the Republican controlled Senate. It doesn't get anymore bipartisan than that.

Carbon Senior Fair broke all records

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

It looks like we saved the very best for last! I want to thank the nearly 1,000 Carbon County seniors who joined me at Memorial Hall on Thursday, October 21 for my final Senior Fair as State Representative.

This year's fair broke all the records thanks to the outstanding job getting the word out from the Times-News and Blue Ridge TV – our community is very fortunate to have such dedicated media outlets focusing on the news and events that matter in Carbon County.

Common sense solutions for America

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Last week, my article on unintended consequences resulted in several responses asking what I would do to fix government. I have a list of items that can be implemented to correct many of the issues facing our nation. Let me start with the balance of trade. A favorable balance of trade means that a country is exporting more than it imports. This is necessary for a healthy and vibrant economy. We have an unfavorable trade balance that means we import more than we export. Over the last 10 years, these trade imbalances caused part of the dire financial straits our country is in.

Church charity status

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Diocese appeals action of Schuylkill assessment board

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown has filed appeals in the Schuylkill County Court from the recent action by the Schuylkill County Assessment Board which removed, on request of the school districts of Panther Valley and Mahanoy Area, seven religous properties owned by the diocese and located in Coaldale and Mahanoy City.

Good people reach out

Saturday, October 30, 2010

You must never lose faith in mankind because there will always be people out there willing to go the extra mile for you.

My wife watches our 14-month-old grandson, Sean James, during the week while my son and daughter-in-law are off at work.

Recently she was returning home early in the morning with Sean in his car seat when she experienced car trouble. What she thought was smoke filled the interior of the car. She quickly pulled over and got the little guy out of his seat as she feared the car might be on fire.

American political system a zoo

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

Welcome to our real national zoo. The world of politics is filled with uncivilized, snarling, rapacious beasts that devour everything we hold dear.

Aristotle said, "Man is a political animal." He was right. In ways he could never have imagined. What's more, today's political man is the most bestial of the herd. Just look around. Like untrained mutts raise their legs and urinate on everything we hold dear.

Building 'brain fitness' possible at any age

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's time for "Dancing with the Stars," my favorite TV show.

I sit with the television remote control in my hand, punching in the channel. Nothing happens. No matter how many times I try, the TV won't respond.

After a little bit of frustration, I see what the problem is. I'm trying to use the mobile phone to control the TV.

"Oh, Lord, is this the start of Alzheimer's disease?" I ask myself. When I see that the remote control and telephone are next to each other on the stand, I realize it's just an easy mistake.

The local area was well represented at the 1910 World Series

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A century ago Philadelphia sports fans followed their beloved Athletics as rabidly as the fans of today support their Phillies.

The Athletics christened a new baseball stadium, Shibe Park, in 1910. Constructed at a cost of $315,249, the American League franchise shared the field with the National League Phillies. The park, with its distinctive French Renaissance style facade, ornate tower and arched windows, was the envy of the baseball world.

Tamaqua woman sentenced to prison for drug incident

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Nicole D. Ferryman, 42, of 121 Owl Creek Road, Tamaqua, who was found guilty by a jury Sept. 7 of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance in Tamaqua Borough, was sentenced Friday by Judge Charles M. Miller in Schuylkill County Court to serve 30 days to 23 months in the county Prison.

Ferryman is eligible to be included in the work release program as she has a job a a telecommunicator. She will report to the prison at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 to begin her sentence.

Lake Harmony responders honored at the state level

Saturday, October 30, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Scott Wuttke, left, of the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad, was the recipient of the Emergency Medical Services Award for the state at the Pa. State Firemen's Association, recently. Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph Lennon, right, was given the James A. Miller Memorial Service Award by the state convention, which essentially honors him as the top firefighter in the state. Lake Harmony Fire Company and the Albrightsville Fire Company will co-host the 2011 state convention in September in Lake Harmony.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Scott Wuttke, left, of the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad, was the recipient of the Emergency Medical Services Award for the state at the Pa. State Firemen's Association, recently. Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph Lennon, right, was given the James A. Miller Memorial Service Award by the state convention, which essentially honors him as the top firefighter in the state. Lake Harmony Fire Company and the Albrightsville Fire Company will co-host the 2011 state convention in September in Lake Harmony.

Fire chief and EMT recognized at state convention

This past spring, Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph Lennon was named "Emergency Services Person of the Year" by the township. At the recent Pa. State Firemen's Association convention in Luzerne County, Lennon was the recipient of the James A. Miller Award, which recognizes him as "Fireman of the Year" for the entire state.

He was one of two emergency responders from Lake Harmony to receive statewide recognition at the convention. Scott Wuttke, an Emergency Medical Technician with the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad, also received the "EMT Leadership Award."

'Bad Girls of the Bible' featured in Palmerton

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton will feature a new series for adults between the two worship services beginning the first Sunday in November.

Titled "Bad Girls of the Bible and what we can learn from them," the sessions will begin with Eve - the original bad girl - and continue for 10 weeks through Jezebel.

The sessions, free and open to the public, will be at 9:30 a.m. in the adult education room (please use the 5th Street entrance) beginning Nov. 7.

All materials will be supplied. For information, call the church at (610) 826-2524.

Let there be ghosts

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I was singing, "A haunting we will go, A haunting we will go, Heigh ho the dairy-o, a haunting we will go."

I was excited about a night of ghost hunting with the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society at Broney's Hotel in Lehighton, which has a reputation of being haunted. BMPS invites the public to take part in their investigations, using their equipment, just like on the hit show, "Ghost Hunters."

Divide and conquer

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to Mr. Glaush's article last week in Saturday's op/ed and I can't help but want to state the obvious. Mr. Glaush, how many people do you think you offended by saying it was the democrats fault that we are in the current mess we are in? Since we are talking about Carbon County, I am going to guess that roughly over half of the readers, if they even finished what you had to say at all were enraged by the end of your article.

No field of dreams

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

The field in Jim Thorpe is a mess. Why is this? I don't have any papers that deem me educated, but at least I have enough brains not to build over a stream. We have what we have because of some BOZO's with these so called papers.

But let's back track some! Does anyone remember the old fields both football and baseball? They were the best fields in the county! All that they needed were lights and new grandstands to make them better. Puddles were unheard of because a thing called a drainage system was applied when they were built!

Carbon County tourism trend on the rebound

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau announced that operations are looking up.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of PMVB, presented the board with the bureau's annual report for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

He said that he was happy with the statistics and showed that 2010 has been a positive year to date.

"Let's reflect on last year, which ran from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010," he said. "It was a tale of two halves."

Reader's Turn

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Alara Kalar, Sciota, age 4 - "I would be a cat because I love cats. My favorite is a tail cat."
Alara Kalar, Sciota, age 4 - "I would be a cat because I love cats. My favorite is a tail cat."

If you had your choice of any Halloween costume in the world, what would it be?

Why wasn't Corbett included?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

One month ago, Sept. 18, 2010, an article appeared in your OP-ED section titled "Strong opposition to sludge dumping." The article was composed by Rep. Jerry Knowles, 124th legislative district.

In the article, Rep. Knowles expressed dismay and disappointment with a letter by a Mr. John Schickram, who questioned his lack of expedient response to this environmental threat to the citizens of Schuylkill Township.

Costume treat by PV students

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Costume treat by PV students
Copyright 2010

pleasant weather, Panther Valley Elementary School did not hold its annual Halloween parade through town. Instead, students showed off their costumes in the multi purpose room. Here, left to right, Tory Kerschner, Christina Dacey, Grace Williams, Cassie Vachon, Kylie Herlihy, and Sydney Clouser, model their Halloween garb.

Wathching a Velcro president

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

It has become apparent to me that watching and listening to this Velcro presidential in preparation for your vote in November, that he is throwing everything at the wall hoping that something will stink (OOP's I mean stick.)

What really stinks is that we will not see an increase in our social security payments next year. But, rest assured that he will raise the cost of medicine part "D" as he did this year as well increase the deductible.

The scariest Halloween

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Although my scariest Halloween ever was 64 years ago, I remember it as if it were today.

I was 7-years old at the time and incredibly excited about Halloween. Each year, scores of kids would parade into our grocery store in Summit Hill, say a brief rhyme or sing a silly song after which they would collect a nickel from my mother or father.

Until I was a few years older, I preferred staying at the store rather than go out Halloweening because I enjoyed seeing the parade of costumes.

PennDOT issues reminder regarding Puerto Rican ids

Friday, October 29, 2010

PennDOT today issued a reminder that as of Nov. 1, it can no longer accept birth certificates issued by the Puerto Rican government prior to July 1, 2010, as acceptable proof of identity when applying for a driver's license or photo identification card.

Palmerton unlikely to have tax hike

Friday, October 29, 2010

Palmerton residents aren't likely to see an increase in their property tax rates next year.

Borough Council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to advertise for adoption the 2011 budget at its Dec. 16 meeting. Councilman Randolph Gursky was absent.

If approved, the budget would leave the property tax rate unchanged at 8.27 mills. That would mean the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, would again pay $413.50.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson noted that the borough is about to embark on a $10 million wastewater treatment plant.