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January 2011

New Legion home dedicated

Monday, January 31, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The new American Legion Post 360 in Weatherly, which is appropriately located at 360 Veteran's Lane, was the scene of a dedication ceremony followed by a Winter Carnival Saturday.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The new American Legion Post 360 in Weatherly, which is appropriately located at 360 Veteran's Lane, was the scene of a dedication ceremony followed by a Winter Carnival Saturday.

Legion members, residents of Weatherly, and dignitaries gathered in a full house Saturday to dedicate the newly completed Legion Home for Post 360.

In addition to the presentation of keys from the property owner the Borough of Weatherly to Post 360, a number of the dignitaries spoke to those in attendance.

When the dedication ceremony had concluded, a Winter Carnival sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 360 was held.

'Sonny' Kovatch, 85, founder of KME, dies

Monday, January 31, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS John J. "Sonny" Kovatch Jr., left, and his brother, Joseph, stand in front of the main office of the Kovatch Corp. in Nesquehoning in this photo, taken in 1996.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS John J. "Sonny" Kovatch Jr., left, and his brother, Joseph, stand in front of the main office of the Kovatch Corp. in Nesquehoning in this photo, taken in 1996.

Built industrial empire from a small local garage

John "Sonny" Kovatch, 85, who began his career by owning a small car repair shop and evolving it into Carbon County's largest employer, died Saturday at his home.

A lifelong resident of Nesquehoning, Kovatch was the founder of several companies bearing his name that are global leaders in specialty vehicle manufacturing.

On this date

Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31, 1983

The Carbon County Board of Commissioners approved a plan, calling for a possible non-binding referendum on the part of the county's electorate to determine how the voters feel about a proposal for a county-wide police force. Commissioner Dean D. W. DeLong said it will be merely a sentiment vote and will serve as a guide in any future moves on the suggestion advanced last week by the Bowmanstown Borough Council.

Mom jeans don't have to be fashion default

Monday, January 31, 2011

It's possible for stylish moms to stylishly blend fashion and functionality. No, really.

Good moms are known for being kind, nurturing and patient. But fashionable? Not so much. Some days, just getting out of the house with matching socks can seem like an accomplishment.

But a little planning and attention to details can go a long way in preparing you for the stylish, adult world.

Here are some of fashion tips for looking good or, at least, presentable.

Monroe man facing charges

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Monroe County man is facing charges following an incident that occurred on Friday, Jan. 28, about 12:09 a.m.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers were called to Skyline Drive in Blakeslee for a complaint of criminal mischief to a vehicle which had been caught on video.

As the result of an investigation officers charged Kirk Bontempo, 47, of Blakeslee, with criminal mischief to a vehicle, harassment and disorderly conduct. Police allege he threw a chunk of ice at a neighbor's vehicle causing damage to the windshield.

Fire quelled in Walnutport

Monday, January 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Quick response by Walnutport area fire companies saved the lives of several occupants of a home at 420 Lehigh Gap St., all of them wheelchair bound. The flames broke out in the bathroom area of the one story single family wood frame home at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. When the fire companies were dispatched it was reported to be a working dwelling fire with entrapment. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and brought the occupants outside to safety. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Schuylkill County judges rule on bail motions

Monday, January 31, 2011

Hearings were held by Schuylkill County judges on motions filed by defendants in criminal cases for reductions of bail money to be posted.

Judge John E. Domalakes made the following rulings:

Faces sexual assault charges

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Schuylkill County man is facing numerous sexual assault related charges.

State police at Frackville said Jonathan Michael Binns, 36, of Shenandoah, has been charged with having sexual contact with two female juveniles. The information was discovered during the execution of a search warrant and subsequent interview with Binns, troopers said. The incidents occurred in the area of 234 W. Lloyd St., Shenandoah, at various times during the period of May 1 to Oct. 14, 2010.

'King of Quacks' made Schuylkill one of his stops

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Through the early part of the 20th century, legitimate doctors were trying to shake off the negative image which had been built up by the many frauds who had infiltrated the medical profession. One writer called the charlatans "inveterate prescribers feeding medicines of which they knew little into bodies of which they knew less."

In early 1911, the Tamaqua Courier reported on the arrest of a "cure-all doctor" named Henry Junius Schireson, who had operated a "medical institute" in Shenandoah along with Max Fierstein of Scranton.

False and misleading ads

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

Well now that a new year has started a lot of us hope it will be getting better. Let's take a moment and go back to our local November general election.

Lonely? You don't have to be

Saturday, January 29, 2011

There was a story in our paper today about an 83-year-old woman who volunteers each day at an arts center.

"What's so special about that?" was my first thought when I glanced at the story. There are plenty of octogenarians who help hospitals, organizations or churches by doing volunteer work.

I've written many stories about noteworthy older volunteers. I think they are commendable as well as sorely needed. But most don't make newspaper headlines.

Dear Dr. Smith

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Dr. Smith,

I have been reading your column for a long time and never thought I would have a need to write to you. My family is pretty normal and my children are grown up, so I have a fairly evenly balanced life.

However, something has happened that is making me very nervous and I thought I would ask your opinion.

Not practicing what they preach

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

This letter addresses Governor Corbett's recent petition to the Federal Government to assist the State of Pennsylvania in addressing the shortage of funds to continue the Adult Basic Health Care program.

I thought the Governor ran on the principle of smaller government, states rights and making the tough choices of controlling the state and federal deficit. Why is he asking the current administration to intercede on behalf of this now financially exhausted program?

Snyder held outside positions while he worked at the bank

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Outside of his duties at New Tripoli Bank, Willard Snyder has busied himself with these activities:

Taught adult education classes for the American Banking Institute

President of the Lehigh County Bankers Association

President of the Lehigh County Chapter American Institute of Banking

He and Lucille made arrangements for a banking convention in Nashville and received several letters of congratulations for a job well done

Chairman of Group III of the Pa. Banking Association

President of the Association of Community Banks

Information Age Lingo

Saturday, January 29, 2011

By TERRY AHNER

tahner@tnonline.com

It's funny how terminology that used to mean one thing now stands for something entirely different.

Perhaps no where is that more evident than in the lingo that is commonly associated with the Information Age.

Also commonly known as the Computer Age, or Information Era, the Information Age has certainly changed the way we communicate.

Look no further than how our society interacts on a daily basis, where technology terminology has become the unofficial language of this generation.

We deserve truth on those economic numbers

Saturday, January 29, 2011

In my early career, I stumbled upon a book called How To Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff. Written in 1954, this book described how statistics could be used to support an erroneous or entirely false claim.

I believe that the Administration has been lying with statistics from the very beginning. As an example, let's look at last July when the Obama Administration reported saving or creating over 3 million jobs, with another 500,000 to be saved or created before the end of the year.

Snow rules effected

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lansford council reminds citizens to do their part

Lansford council on Friday evening reminded residents that their sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after a snowfall. And, Councilman Andrew Snyder warned, do not throw the snow onto cleared streets or your neighbor's property.

A path at least 36 inches wide must be cleared. Failing to follow the rules could cost you a $50 fine or 10 days in jail if that fine isn't paid.

The area has been hit with snowfall after snowfall, with more forecast for the middle of next week. Borough crews are keeping streets clear, but residents must also do their part.

Lehigh County crash investigated

Saturday, January 29, 2011

State police at Fogelsville reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 8:28 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, along Kings Highway North, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

Troopers said Elena M. Gregoire, 19, of New Tripoli, was driving a 2000 Nissan Altima behind a 2008 Nissan Frontier, driven by Brian M. Deeb, 31, of Palmyra, Lebanon County. Deeb began to slow down for traffic in faront of him and Gregoire failed to see him slowing.

St. Jerome's schedules events for Catholic Schools Week

Saturday, January 29, 2011

St. Jerome Regional School will accept registrations for Kindergarten through 8th grade for the 2011-2012 school year beginning Monday of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 31-Feb. 4)

St. Jerome Regional School is a Christ- centered Catholic School open to all, serving the parishes of St. Jerome, SS Peter and Paul and St. Richard.

SJRS, in partnership with each school family, strives to form a community of faith living and teaching the gospel message. The academic program meets the national, state and diocesan standards.

Domestic violence an everyday occurance

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

Domestic Violence Service Center wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to all the businesses, groups and individuals who so generously donated toys, personal care items, gift cards, bedding, food and monetary gifts so that the women and children in our shelter and other programs could have a brighter holiday season. The outpouring of support and generosity from the community was especially meaningful because it enabled us to provide a gift and a smile for each of the children and women housed in our shelter.

Pet of the Week

Saturday, January 29, 2011
VINCENT VELLA SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VINCENT VELLA SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Chili is a female American Shorthair, who has been neutered and is up to date with her immunizations. She is looking for a good home with a loving family. For more information on Chili, and all the other cats available for adoption, contact the Carbon County Friends of Animals at (570) 325-9400.

Roof top theft incident at Schuylkill mall

Saturday, January 29, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a roof top theft incident in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said unknown criminals climbed onto the roof of the Cressona Mall, located off SR61 in North Manheim Township, and stole three copper/aluminum radiators from the heating element. The theft was reported on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 593-2000.

Betelgeuse, a dying red star

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Luke Skywalker stands on the desert of Tantooine near his Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen's home observing the setting double sun setting and longing for action and adventure. This is one of the early scenes in the epic film "Star Wars", but it may not be science fiction in our future at least for a few weeks. Betelgeuse is a dying red supergiant star in the Orion constellation about 640 light-years away from here.

Color him angry

Saturday, January 29, 2011

This letter had laid on my desk for a few years buried in the mess - I mean lost among all the important documents I've amassed.

Every winter for quite a few years each time I cross the bridge I get angry when I see some clown has colored the ice and each year the Bozo's make the front page for doing it.

To me it's nothing more than graffiti. The good thing is, it does not last and hurts no one other than raising my blood pressure.

You decide

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

After his election the American people have spoken as to how the congress should direct their efforts. A majority has spoken but did the Obummer lawmakers listen?

* Our Secretary of Treasury warned congress that NOT raising the nation debt could have catastrophic consequences. When our voice was heard 92.9 percent said we should reduce spending before putting every American taxpayer further in the hold.

Lansford council transfers funds to pay the bills

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lansford council, working with auditors to get its money matters on an even keel, on Friday held a special meeting to transfer funds to pay bills.

As of Friday, the borough had $861,479.65 in its cash accounts and another $353,700.35 in sewer transmission fund certificates of deposit.

The borough's financial auditors, Maillie, Falconiero & Company, advised council to transfer money from various accounts into the general fund to pay the bills.

Readers' Turn

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Linda Strohl, Palmerton - "I think there is so much conflicting evidence that I am not convinced about global warming."
Linda Strohl, Palmerton - "I think there is so much conflicting evidence that I am not convinced about global warming."

With the harsh winter we're having, do you believe the world's in danger of global warming?

What's in a number?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Olive Riley of New South Wales, Australia became an active blogger at the age of 107 until her death at 108. Her "Life of Riley" blog inspired many people.

Pierre Jean (Buster) Martin, at age 102, claims to be the United Kingdom's oldest employee as a van cleaner and walked the 26-mile course in the 2008 London Marathon in 10 hours.

Oil burner fire extinguished in Lansford

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news

Lansford firefighters responded to a duplex home located at 235-237 East Ridge St. for a house fire just before 8 p.m. Friday.

When they arrived, they noticed smoke in both homes and determined the cause to be a malfunctioning oil burner motor, which was burning and emitting smoke, at the 237 address. Firefighters used a CO2 extinguisher on the motor and placed large exhaust fans at exit points to both homes to expel the smoke and minor traces of CO. No injuries were reported. Lansford Fire Police directed traffic away from the scene.

Attack on the immune system

Saturday, January 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Friends and family pictured with Harold "HT" Fryer Jr. (rear, center) are from back left Kelly and Ed Boerner, Harold, his girlfriend Ashley Palsgrove, and Tim Zeigler. Pictured sitting from left are Donette Miller, Jenny Zeigler, mother Mary Ann Fryer, and bone marrow donor and sister Brittany Fryer.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Friends and family pictured with Harold "HT" Fryer Jr. (rear, center) are from back left Kelly and Ed Boerner, Harold, his girlfriend Ashley Palsgrove, and Tim Zeigler. Pictured sitting from left are Donette Miller, Jenny Zeigler, mother Mary Ann Fryer, and bone marrow donor and sister Brittany Fryer.

Harold Fryer diagnosed with rare bone marrow condition at boot camp

After enlisting in the Navy last August, Harold "HT" Fryer Jr., 19, a 2009 Tamaqua graduate and student athlete, never thought he'd be dealing with a serious medical condition only weeks into his boot camp training.

While in high school, Fryer, from New Ringgold, had no problem keeping up with the grueling demands of being a football player for four years. He also held different jobs, including Nothstein Auto Repair, Zeigler Contracting, and Koch's Turkey Farm.

Death of a donut

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Somewhere at the Philadelphia Naval Yards and in the highest state government office, millions of dollars are being haggled in private negotiations.

But it's not the Department of Defense working on contracts for some sort of Stealth fighter jet.

Instead, it's the Pennsylvania governor's office trying for a potential bail out of donuts and lemon pies.