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November 2010

Immigrant labor in 1910

Saturday, November 27, 2010

In 1910 the immigrants were primarily male, with about 131 men per 100 female immigrants. almost 6 percent of them that year were under the age of 15 while only 9 percent were over 65. About 87 percent of all immigrants entering the U.S. in 1910 came from Europe.

America's developing economy presented job opportunities for the foreigners, many of whom had hoped to later return to their native countries. Mining also lured large numbers of unskilled immigrants to Pennsylvania's large coalfields.

Santa is one busy guy

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Arriving via fire truck, helicopter and train, he'll be greeting children in a number of local municipalities

Santa's coming and he's not waiting 'til Christmas Eve.

He arrived this weekend on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, riding on the train every weekend through Dec. 19. Rides are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday except on Dec. 11 when the train won't be running.

He's coming next weekend to Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, and Summit Hill.

In Jim Thorpe, a Christmas parade kicks-off the holiday festivities at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a tree lighting ceremony in Josiah White Park.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27, 1965 Dean Schott tallies a game-high 27 points to help Palmerton record an 80-69 win over Salisbury in the Bombers' first game at their new basketball gym. Schott and Mike Samok each score 10 points in the third quarter to turn a close game into a double-digit lead. Samok finishes with 19 points. Palmerton, coached by Don Holland, also receives 12 points from both Chris Olivia and Pete Steigerwalt.

A great respect for the nation's colors

Saturday, November 27, 2010
 Panther Valley JROTC cadets fold the American flag. CHRIS PARKER/ TIMES NEWS
Panther Valley JROTC cadets fold the American flag. CHRIS PARKER/ TIMES NEWS

Old Glory takes a winter hiatus at the Coaldale Complex

Panther Valley JROTC Platoon Leader Joseph Bevins slowly lowered the 10-foot-by-16-foot American flag from its pole at the Coaldale Complex this week.

As the flag approached the end of its tether, Bevins and several other cadets deftly caught it, making sure it did not touch the ground.

With crisp, sure movements, the cadets folded the flag, which will be kept by Coaldale World War II Committee member William Gaddes until it is once again raised in May.

"We take it down after Veterans Day," he said.

Faithful fire dog

Saturday, November 27, 2010
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times news
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times news

No, Shilo doesn't drive, but he never misses a fire call with his owner, Coaldale Fire Company Chief Richie Marek. Here, Shilo obediantly waits on scene at an automatic-alarm call at the Colonial Square Apartments in Coaldale.

What happened to driving rules?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Stores and shopping centers spend thousands of dollars to paint lines on their lots in order to attempt to guide people into parking spaces in an orderly fashion especially when the spaces are slanted and not at right angles to the driving lanes. Yet, even with the visual aids it amazes me when people think they know better and do what they want to do in their cars.

Stuffed like a turkey

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ready or not, the mad holiday rush is in full effect.

If you're like me, chances are you're stuffed like a turkey right about now.

With yet another delicious Thanksgiving meal firmly tucked away in my stomach, I feel as though I'm about ready to deliver a bird.

For those of you who crave a good old-fashioned Turkey Day dinner, the good news is there may still be plenty of leftovers to be had.

Raise your hand if you were among those who ate, watched football and fell asleep in that exact sequence of events.

Thorpe readies for Olde Time Christmas

Saturday, November 27, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bill Eckert, chairman of the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas, and Parade coordinator Karen Freese hold sign announcing the event which will run on the three weekends of December 3-5, 11-12, and 18-19.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bill Eckert, chairman of the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas, and Parade coordinator Karen Freese hold sign announcing the event which will run on the three weekends of December 3-5, 11-12, and 18-19.

Jim Thorpe's three-week-long Olde Time Christmas will begin with a parade passing the brightly lit seasonly-decorated shops along Broadway next Friday.

The parade kicks off the festival at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 from Immaculate Conception Church on West Broadway and, at 6 p.m., arrives at the festivities at Josiah White Park. Olde Time Christmas continues through December 20, with many events on the three weekends of December 3-5, 11-12, and 18-19.

Control

Saturday, November 27, 2010

If you look carefully at the word "control," you will see the same root as is in the word "contrary." In other words, when we attempt to control a situation or a person, we usually have to place ourselves in opposition to something.

Parents know how hard it is to control their children at times. We call it "discipline" because we would like to think we are assisting the kid in becoming a disciple of our way of thought. If discipline doesn't work, we are faced with a control issue of the highest order, and sometimes it can get physical.

Carbon's gift to Washington

Saturday, November 27, 2010
President Barack Obama, with an ice pack over his mouth from a skirmish on the basketball court earlier in the day, looks out the second floor window of the White House during the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree from Carbon County.
President Barack Obama, with an ice pack over his mouth from a skirmish on the basketball court earlier in the day, looks out the second floor window of the White House during the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree from Carbon County.

Douglas fir from Lehighton tree farm delivered to the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) – 'Tis now the season at the White House.

A day after celebrating Thanksgiving, the White House shifted into Christmas mode on Friday as Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha accepted the gift of an 18 1/2-foot Douglas fir from Carbon County as the official White House Christmas Tree.

The tree was hauled through the White House gates by horse-drawn carriage and presented to the Obamas by Christopher Botek. It was grown on his family's Christmas tree farm in Lehighton – the second time the farm has supplied the White House with its official tree.

It's the Readers' Turn

Saturday, November 27, 2010
Angelica Heisler, Tamaqua - "I hope so. We are going to my sister's house in Savannah, Georgia for Black Friday."
Angelica Heisler, Tamaqua - "I hope so. We are going to my sister's house in Savannah, Georgia for Black Friday."

"Do you expect to get your Christmas shopping completed early this year? "

Can PSU derail Spartan title run?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Penn State coach Joe Paterno took care of any speculation as to his future plans early in this week's press conference, when he announced he plans to return next year for his 46th season at the helm of the Nittany Lions.

Paterno is in the final year of his current contract extension.

"I am looking forward to it," said Paterno, who turns 84 next month. "I think we've struggled a little bit this year, with the youth and with the injuries and the whole bit.

Penn Forest systems engineer shares patent

Saturday, November 27, 2010
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A Penn Forest systems engineer and two co-workers received a patent for their solution to a software problem.

U.S. Patent No. 7,814,420 was issued to co-inventors Christopher A. Lunemann, Jim Thorpe; Mark W. Trush, Elkins Park; and G. Brent Gerhart, Plymouth Meeting. The recipients applied for the patent as employees of Honeywell, Inc. in Fort Washington.

Chris Lunemann has been commuting to Honeywell for 16 years, most of which have been from Penn Forest where he bought land in 1994 and built a home in 1996.

Carbon County property transfers

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Theresa M. Glennon to Joseph P. Glennon Jr., Sussex, N.J., property at 131 Broad St., $1.

Paul C. Marusak to Paul C. Marusak, 159 Berwick St., P.O. Box 342, Beaver Meadows, property at 159 Berwick St., $1.

Franklin Township

John T. Haupt to Brian L. Hunsicker, 48 Maple Road, Lehighton, property at 48 Maple Road, $129,000.

Angela M. Wychulis to Nicholas R. Perkowski, 4221 Cedar St., Walnutport, property at 50, 52 and 54 Fairyuland Road, $56,180.

On this date

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27, 1987

Trina Marie McGovern, daughter of Mrs. Mary McGovern, Tamaqua R. 3, and the late John McGovern, is representing the Carbon-Tamaqua Area in the 1988 Pennsylvania Junior Miss State Finals. Twenty-five outstanding high school senior girls drawn from local and at-large programs across the commonwealth are participating. Currently attending Tamaqua High School, Trina hopes for a career in business. She will perform a novelty tap dance for he Creative and Performing Arts presentation.

A history quiz and leftovers

Saturday, November 27, 2010

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

While you're munching down on those Thanksgiving leftovers, how about taking a history exam?

No cheating now, don't look at the answers until you take the test.

Everyone over 40 should have a pretty easy time at this exam. If you are under 40 you can claim a handicap.

Here goes:

1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?

A. On the floor shift knob.

B. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch....

C. Next to the horn.

It's almost 'game time' for hunters

Saturday, November 27, 2010

While the following account is true, no names will be used for obvious reasons.

Many years ago, a school district in northeastern Pennsylvania hired a superintendent who was a native of another state. When reviewing the school calendar for the upcoming year and seeing the Monday following Thanksgiving Day had the notation "School Closed: Big Game" asked what opponent was such a rival that no classes were held.

Government interference perpetuates unemployment

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Unemployment statistics are in for last week and the news in not good. There were 439,000 new victims added to the unemployment insurance rolls. Economists say that this was slightly better than expected and is cause for joy. I look at the families affected by these job losses and I am concerned for them and for our nation. Americans want to work. They want to support their families by their own labor and their own efforts. This morning, I heard the Secretary of Labor suggest that we need to again extend unemployment insurance benefits or 2 million people will be kicked off the dole.

No. Dame faces USC in annual battle

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Notre Dame solved the triple option offense last week and in doing so completely dominated Army, 27-3. The win makes the Irish bowl eligible.

Today the Irish face their number one rival, Southern California, in Los Angeles, and a win would give coach Brian Kelly three straight wins and move the Irish to 7-5, which would mean their pick of a bowl game would increase substantially.

As I mentioned, the Irish solved the Army version of the triple option attack with a few defensive changes.

Copping an attitude

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Last Sunday, we had a guest preacher. His name is the Rev. H. Robert Samuels. His sermon title was "The Fine Art of Thanks Giving."

He used the phrase "Thanks giving is an attitude of gratitude."

I really liked that thought and quickly wrote it down, knowing if I didn't I'd probably forget it before the last coin was tossed in the offering plate.

He gave examples of how growing up, his parents stressed the importance of saying "Thank you" when he received gifts, in the form of a "Thank you" letter or note.

Lehighton student 1 of 5 in Pa. selected for national ensemble

Saturday, November 27, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS David Perkins, right, choral director of Lehighton Area High School, chats with Kirk Arner, a senior who has been selected to the Pa. Music Association's District 10 Chorus, and Michael Perkins, a freshman, who is one of five Pennsylvania students named to the American Choral Directors Association's National Junior High Choir. Michael is the son of David Perkins.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS David Perkins, right, choral director of Lehighton Area High School, chats with Kirk Arner, a senior who has been selected to the Pa. Music Association's District 10 Chorus, and Michael Perkins, a freshman, who is one of five Pennsylvania students named to the American Choral Directors Association's National Junior High Choir. Michael is the son of David Perkins.

Michael Perkins seleted to participate in Chicago next March; Kirk Arner named to District 10 chorus which meets in Easton

Two students in the Lehighton Area School District have attained special honors – a freshman who will be part of a national chorus and a senior who is selected to participate in a district chorus.

Michael Perkins, the son of David and Beth Perkins and a student at Lehighton Area Middle School, was selected from over 1,200 applications to the American Choral Directors Association's National Junior High Honor Choir in Chicago.

Gratefulness makes life good

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It was only a short phone call and a few weeks ago but it still has me thinking.

During most Saturday mornings during the bicycle racing off-season, I will ride from my father's house near Reading to meet anywhere from two to 20 cyclists who gather about nine miles away in Oley for a training ride that's usually 60 to 65 miles. We call the leader of the ride Big Jim, and if the wind chill is in the single digits or rain or snow is in the forecast, I'll call him on the phone that morning to find out if he's riding outside that day.

Albrightsville man facing charges

Friday, November 26, 2010

Anthony DeFeo, 47, of Albrightsville, was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, on Wednesday after he was caught stealing earlier in the day.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks charged the man with retail theft and took him to the prison to await arraignment.

Police said he was caught stealing $164.31 worth of merchandise at the Shop Rite store at Kingsley's Plaza in Monroe County. The incident happened at 2:15 p.m.

PSU Blue Band

Friday, November 26, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/COURTESY JIM LAWRENCE  The 310-member Blue Band is known nationally and is now in its 111th year.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/COURTESY JIM LAWRENCE The 310-member Blue Band is known nationally and is now in its 111th year.

The roar of the Nittany Lions

The PSU Marching Blue Band numbers 310 members, including 260 instrumentalists, 34 silks, 14 Touch of Blue (majorettes), a feature twirler, and a drum major. Members come from virtually all curricula and colleges represented at the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University.

Toys for Tots at West Penn Fire Co. No. 1

Friday, November 26, 2010

The West Penn Fire Co. No. 1 invites people to bring new, unwrapped toys to its Dec. 12 breakfast to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys for Tots campaign. Please do not bring stuffed animals.

The breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call the fire company at (570)386-8866.

Stiolen vehicle driven into pond

Friday, November 26, 2010

The theft of a motor vehicle that happened between Nov. 20-21 in Eldred Township, Monroe County, is under investigation by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is Megan Cameron, 29, of Kunkletown.

She told police someone stole her 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer from Lobach Lane in the township and drove it into a pond off Princess Run Road.

Area woman celebrates 98 years

Friday, November 26, 2010
Anna T. Trudich
Anna T. Trudich

Anna T. Trudich is celebrating her 98th birthday on Nov. 27.

She was born in Lansford in 1912, lived in Summit Hill, West Virginia and White Bear, but most of her life she lived in the Tamaqua area.

Anna was married to John Trudich Sr. until his passing. She is a member of St. Peter and Paul's Church in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua man facing drug counts

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Tamaqua man has been charged with drug related offenses following a Nov. 3 incident in the area of Schickram's Car Wash, Washington and Rose streets, Tamaqua.

2 applicants for vacant Palmerton council seat

Friday, November 26, 2010

Moderate interest has been expressed to occupy a vacant seat on Palmerton Borough Council.

Only two candidates submitted their letters of intent to the borough to fill the slot as of Wednesday afternoon's deadline, said secretary Kim Rodrigues.

Council is in search of a replacement for former Councilwoman Sherri Malik, who resigned earlier this month after five years on council.

Whomever is chosen to replace Malik must fill the remainder of her term, which expires Dec. 31, 2011.

Marian alumni basketball doubleheader is tonight

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Marian basketball programs will be sponsoring the seventh Annual Alumni Basketball game to be held on Friday, Nov. 26. The girls' game will start at 6 p.m. Following the game the programs will honor the members of the 1970-71 PCIAA State Championship team and members of the 1980-81 Anthracite League Championship Team. The boys' game will be approximately start around 7:30. The public is invited to attend.

Police probing Carbon damages

Friday, November 26, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between midnight and 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in Towamensing Township.

The victim is Patrick Adam Gremling, 43, of 2900 Forest St., Lehighton.

He told police someone damaged a black metal mailbox and post at his residence before fleeing the scene in an unknown direction.

Damages are estimated at $50.

In another report, police said someone damaged a second mailbox on the same day between 5-9 a.m. along Church Drive in the township.