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November 2010

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.

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.

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.

Tamaqua news

Friday, November 26, 2010

ESRC basketball

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission is seeking volunteer coaches and referees for its Biddy Basketball Program for students in third through sixth grade. There will be two separate divisions, 3-4 grade and 5-6 grade. The program is scheduled to begin the second week in December and continue through February.

The league is designed to help children develop and sharpen their basketball skills, increasing their interest in the game. Games and practices will be held at the Tamaqua Elementary School and the West Penn Elementary School.

Lumber is stolen from Carbon site

Friday, November 26, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of two pieces of lumber from a property in Towamensing Township.

The incident happened between 4 p.m. Nov. 18 and 10 a.m. Nov. 19. The victim is Patrick Quarry, 53, of Lehighton.

Police said someone took the lumber from the victim's property at 3170 Forest Street and fled in an unknown direction.

On this date

Friday, November 26, 2010

November 26, 1922

James J. Bevan, Carbon County superintendent of schools, was the principal speaker at the unveiling of a soldier's statue in Summit Hill, yesterday. It was won by the Summit Hill High School in a guessing contest conducted by Wenz and Co. marble dealers, Allentown. The statue represents a "Dough Boy." The base is of granite, the statue of marble, and is life size. Bevan delivered an inspiring address on patriotism.

Palmerton captures LVYFL 85-pound title

Friday, November 26, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Palmerton captures LVYFL 85-pound title Palmerton recently captured the Lehigh Valley Youth Football League 85-pound championship. Palmerton defeated Northwestern in the title game. Team members were Matt Andreas, Dylan Shinsky, Kody Kratzer, Nick Reimer, Ethan Recker, Deven Bollinger, Bryce Thomas, Trevor Stoeckel, Justin Hosier, Jordan Nelson, Owen Buck, Johnathan Eckart, Colby Trexler, Ethan Steinmetz, Joshua Mooney, Blake Sterner, Andrew Sabo, Joey DeRossi, Damien Carrelli, Austin Haydt, Dereck Wentz, Stone Klotz, Hunter Connell, Jonathan Gruber, Owen Schoch, Donovan Henning, Derek Hunter, Tanner Strohl and Eric Reitz.
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Palmerton captures LVYFL 85-pound title Palmerton recently captured the Lehigh Valley Youth Football League 85-pound championship. Palmerton defeated Northwestern in the title game. Team members were Matt Andreas, Dylan Shinsky, Kody Kratzer, Nick Reimer, Ethan Recker, Deven Bollinger, Bryce Thomas, Trevor Stoeckel, Justin Hosier, Jordan Nelson, Owen Buck, Johnathan Eckart, Colby Trexler, Ethan Steinmetz, Joshua Mooney, Blake Sterner, Andrew Sabo, Joey DeRossi, Damien Carrelli, Austin Haydt, Dereck Wentz, Stone Klotz, Hunter Connell, Jonathan Gruber, Owen Schoch, Donovan Henning, Derek Hunter, Tanner Strohl and Eric Reitz.

Palmerton captured the Lehigh Valley Youth Football League 85-pound championship on Sunday, Nov. 21. Palmerton defeated Northwestern in the title game.

Thanksgiving Day snow made roads hazardous in the area

Friday, November 26, 2010
Ron Gower/Times News Over two inches of snow fell in some areas of the region Thursday. Left photo shows snow-covered Route 902 hill between Lansford and Summit Hill. In right photo, a woman was injured after losing control on snow-covered state Route 54 just east of the Fairview street intersection early Thursday afternoon.
Ron Gower/Times News Over two inches of snow fell in some areas of the region Thursday. Left photo shows snow-covered Route 902 hill between Lansford and Summit Hill. In right photo, a woman was injured after losing control on snow-covered state Route 54 just east of the Fairview street intersection early Thursday afternoon.

The fresh snowfall that blanketed the region Thanksgiving morning presented some postcard-like scenes, but for many, it was a travel nightmare.

Police and rescue crews responded to numerous accident calls as the wet snow caught motorists by surprise and made driving hazardous, especially in higher elevations.

Light posts are damaged at homes

Friday, November 26, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident whereby light posts were damaged on two properties along Shady Oaks Drive East in Ross Township.

The incident happened between 11 p.m. Nov. 21 and 9 a.m. Nov. 22.

The victims are Laura Guccio, 54, and Timothy Biery, 24, both of Saylorsburg.

Police said the acts of vandalism happened to the posts which were located at the front of the victims' properties.

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.