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November 2010

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.

Nolehi rolls in state playoffs

Saturday, November 27, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley breaks loose for one of his first half touchdowns as Wilkes-Barre GAR's Shaliek Powell looks on. The Bulldogs rolled to a 50-14 victory in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley breaks loose for one of his first half touchdowns as Wilkes-Barre GAR's Shaliek Powell looks on. The Bulldogs rolled to a 50-14 victory in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

ALLENTOWN It really was a Black Friday for Wilkes-Barre GAR.

That's because Northern Lehigh accumulated yards like they were on sale and piled up points like they were a bargain.

The result was a door-busting 50-14 blowout victory for the Bulldogs in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA state football playoffs.

"I'm surprised. I really didn't see this coming," said Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout. "I had seen GAR play and I was impressed with them. I never expected this to be a mercy rule game."

JTAHS students attend Rotary Leadership Conference

Saturday, November 27, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe Rotary Club recognized the three students that were chosen to go to the RYLA Conference (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) which was held on the campus of Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY. RYLA is a program for high school sophomores who have shown leadership potential in their home, school, and community. The conference is designed to introduce participants to thoughts and ideas, which if utilized, will strengthen and develop their leadership skills.

Hunters reminded to wear life jackets

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hunters may not think of themselves as boaters, but with hunting season underway, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission reminds them to wear their life jackets when they are on the water.

"Hunters using boats, canoes and kayaks must remember to wear the most important piece of equipment while on the water – a lifejacket," PFBC boating and watercraft safety manager Ryan Walt said. "People drown needlessly every year because they fail to wear their life jacket.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It is almost dawn as I paddle out to my kitchen. Before I even reach the coffeepot, I am singing a silent prayer of thanksgiving.

It is a simple prayer, just three words words I seem to say all day long: Thank you God.

Thank you, God, for the peace of morning.

Thank you for the sun that climbs over the horizon and begins to flood my house with light.

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.

Amy Zubek weds Robert Miller Jr.

Friday, November 26, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Miller Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Miller Jr.

Amy Tristan Zubek, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Zubek of Summit Hill, became the bride of Robert Joseph Miller Jr., the son of Robert and Bonnie Miller of Tamaqua, on Aug. 21, 2010, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Summit Hill. The Rev. James Burdess officiated the double ring ceremony. Thomas McCall was the vocalist and Sally Ann Derby was the organist.

Rock is thrown at moving vehicle

Friday, November 26, 2010

A propulsion of missles incident that happened Nov. 25 between 2-2:15 a.m. along the Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Police said the victim is Dennis H. Pavlacka, 42, of Palmerton.

The incident happened in the area of the fairgrounds when someone threw the large rock at the victim's 1997 Ford F250 as it was was traveling east on Little Gap Road. The rock was thrown from a blue-colored SUV as it passed the victim's truck.

Zurn was quite a 'catch'

Friday, November 26, 2010

Senior receiver having a big year for playoff bound Lehigh

At the beginning of this season, Lehigh wide receiver Craig Zurn and his senior teammates figured it was time for a change. For the previous three seasons, Zurn, a former Jim Thorpe High School standout, and his fellow Mountain Hawks had endured consecutive losing seasons, and they didn't want to endure a fourth one.

To their credit, they turned around their misfortunes as Lehigh won its ninth overall Patriot League crown this season. They will take their 9-2 record to Northern Iowa Saturday afternoon for a NCAA FSC first-round playoff game.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, November 26, 2010

November 26, 1974 Northwestern watches a double-digit lead slip away but rebounds in overtime to claim a 55-52 victory over Hamburg. Tom Anderson and Pete Hoch each score three points in the extra session to earn the win. Hoch tallies a team-high 18 points and pulls down 11 boards while Anderson ends with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The winners, coached by Nick Drosnock, also receive eight points from Mike Mantz and Dave Oswald.

Lawn is damaged at Carbon home

Friday, November 26, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident whereby someone damaged the lawn of a property in Lower Towamensing Township.

The incident happened at 2 a.m. Nov. 21. The victim is Joshua Poysher, 32, of 2735 Hahn's Dairy Road, Palmerton.

No details of how the damage was caused were provided by police.

GPS unit stolen in Monroe County

Friday, November 26, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of a GPS unit from a vehicle in Monroe County.

The incident happened between Nov. 20-21 along Lobach Lane in Eldred Township. The victim is Donna Moyer, 51, of Kunkletown.

She told police someone rummaged through her vehicle and stole the equipment.

Northern Lehigh band shines in competition

Friday, November 26, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Senior members of the Northern Lehigh High School Marching Band who finished sixth at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship held earlier this month at Hershey Park Stadium include (l-r) John Hudicka, president; Logan Thomson, drum major; and Kristy Pfron, officer.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Senior members of the Northern Lehigh High School Marching Band who finished sixth at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship held earlier this month at Hershey Park Stadium include (l-r) John Hudicka, president; Logan Thomson, drum major; and Kristy Pfron, officer.

Finishes in Top 10 at the Atlantic Coast Championships

Fresh off yet another record-breaking display, the Northern Lehigh High School Marching Band continues to raise the bar to even greater heights.

Earlier this month, the band notched its first Top 10 performance ever at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship held at Hershey Park Stadium.

In the process, the band set a new school record for both placement, and all-time high score of 91.45, which marked the first time the band has even finished in the Top 10 at the Atlantic Coast Championships.

Lehighton man charged with DUI

Friday, November 26, 2010

Nicholas Gildner, 31, of Lehighton, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of a traffic stop on Nov. 24 at 11:50 p.m. at the intersection of Rt. 248 and State Road in Franklin Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said he was stopped after police observed him committing numerous traffic violations, after which time it was determined he was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

He was driving a 2004 Toyota truck at the time.

Monroe resident victim of ID theft

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Monroe County resident is the victim of an identified theft incident.

State police at Fern Ridge said unknown persons obtained the bank account information of Melissa Lombardi, 24, of Hillside Drive, Saylorsburg, Jackson Township, and proceeded to use the information to purchase items totaling $1,268.79. The incident occurred over the period of Nov. 11-13.