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November 2010

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
First lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia officially welcome the arrival of the Christmas tree at the North Portico. Walking behind the first lady is Chris and Brandi Botek of the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton.
First lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia officially welcome the arrival of the Christmas tree at the North Portico. Walking behind the first lady is Chris and Brandi Botek of the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton.

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
John Mateyak, Tamaqua - "My wife and I have already started. We have about 10 gifts so far, but we have children and seven grandchildren to shop for."
John Mateyak, Tamaqua - "My wife and I have already started. We have about 10 gifts so far, but we have children and seven grandchildren to shop for."

"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.

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.

Theft by deception case investigated

Friday, November 26, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks were summoned Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. to investigate a theft by deception case.

Police said the incident happened at the Turkey Hill store in Norweigan Township.

A stormy morning

Friday, November 26, 2010
Andy Leibenguth/Times News
Andy Leibenguth/Times News

Stephanie Stef of Patterson Street in Lansford uses a blanket to cover herself as she wipes snow off her car while her children watch out the back window during the burst of wet snow that hit the area Thanksgivng morning.

Sharing made it fulfilling

Friday, November 26, 2010
Andrew Leibenguth/SPECIAL TO THE Times News Volunteers helped the Tamaqua Salvation Army provide free Thanksgiving Day dinners to the community. Pictured filling take-out orders, from left are, Carlos Ortiz, Sharon House, Kayla Nothstein, and Lisa Krouse.
Andrew Leibenguth/SPECIAL TO THE Times News Volunteers helped the Tamaqua Salvation Army provide free Thanksgiving Day dinners to the community. Pictured filling take-out orders, from left are, Carlos Ortiz, Sharon House, Kayla Nothstein, and Lisa Krouse.

Volunteers deliver on Thanksgiving

A number of volunteers chose to spend their Thanksgiving Day preparing, serving, and delivering meals to hundreds of shut-ins, senior citizens, disabled persons, or just anyone who didn't want to spend the holiday alone. Over 375 guests and residents enjoyed the pleasure of a free dinner yesterday, courtesy of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps.

Over 250 meals were prepared and served at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Community Center and approximately 125 local deliveries were made.

Website sale ends in fradulent check

Friday, November 26, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks said a Palmerton woman was victimized when she received a fraudulent check for a sale she conducted on the web.

The victim, Erin Behler, 31, of 765 Summer Mountain Road, Lower Towamensing Township, Palmerton, told police she was selling a vehicle on a common website and upon receiving payment learned that the check was fraudulent.

The investigation is continuing.

Palmerton news

Friday, November 26, 2010

Palmerton Area Historical Society

The Palmerton Area Historical Society will present its annual ecumenical Christmas service in the Little White Church at Third and Columbia Avenue, Palmerton, starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

All are invited to attend this opportunity for getting the holiday season off to a good start.

Traditional carols will be sung accompanied by Carol Thomas on the old pump organ. Pastor Jody Neifert will deliver the message. Society members, Peter Kern and John Aulenbach, will present readings in keeping with the season.

Marian Book Nook visits OLOAA

Friday, November 26, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students from Marian High School came to Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, as part of their Book Nook program where high school students read a story to elementary students and do an activity with them. Emily Oncay, a senior at Marian, read "The Alphabet Rescue" by Audrey and Bruce Wood to the first grade class.

Thankful for the snow

Friday, November 26, 2010
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times News
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times News

The quick-hitting snow that blanketed the area Thursday morning provided the ground cover to give Lansford sledders a great time. Pictured sledding with friends, from left are, Falynn Elicati, 13, Alaijia Stinson, 11, Dylan Michael, 5, in front, and Brian Higgins, 8.

Correction

Friday, November 26, 2010

In the photo of the Jim Thorpe Olympians Knee-Hi Midget football team that appeared in Tuesday's TIMES NEWS, Josh McCartney was identified as an assistant coach. He was actually the head coach.

Country Inn and Suites plans Christmas in the Country event

Friday, November 26, 2010

The seventh annual Christmas in the Country event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5, at Country Inn and Suites, Route 209, in Franklin Township.

Everyone is invited to drop off a new unwrapped toy for the toy drive or canned goods for the food drive.

There will benumerous activities taking place throughout the day, as well as complimentary cookies, punch and coffee. Santa will visit during the event.

All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Food and Toy Drive, coordinated by the Carbon Mountain Marine Corps League Detachment 996.

On the Internet

Friday, November 26, 2010

Drew Bonner's personal YouTube

webpage can be accessed at: http://www.youtube.com/drewjbonner