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January 2011

Jailed after assaulting officer

Monday, January 31, 2011

Kelly Kimik Boyle, 48, of Apt. B, 672 W. Franklin St., Slatington, has been committed to the Lehigh County Prison, Allentown, after an assault on a police officer in that borough.

Police said the defendant was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, simple assault, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person and harassment and jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The incident happened at 1:25 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the defendant's residence. The investigating officers are Daniel Buglio and Rebecca Saborsky.

Resident cited for snow in the street

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Lehighton resident was cited for violating a borough ordinance which prohibits throwing snow or ice into the street.

Police said Raquel Brown, 40, of 324 N. Fifth St., was cited on Saturday, Jan. 22, about 7 p.m.

Judge's daughter home safe from Egypt

Monday, January 31, 2011

The daughter of a Schuylkill County judge is one of many Americans who were trapped in Cairo, Egypt, where protests have been raging against the current controlling regime.

Laura Dolbin, daughter of Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin and Susan Ney Dolbin, of Pottsville, who is a senior psychology and history major at the University of Delaware and nine fellow students were in Egypt for further studies. In a call to her parents Dolbin spoke of watching rioters from the rooftop of the dormitory she and her fellow students are housed.

Rabbits, time to shine for Chinese New Year

Monday, January 31, 2011
FILE- This Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 file photo shows a Chinese man as he walks past rabbit decorations displayed on a window in Beijing, China. There's more to the Chinese Zodiac than a quick hippety hop into 2011 for people born in the Year of the Rabbit. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, FILE)
FILE- This Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 file photo shows a Chinese man as he walks past rabbit decorations displayed on a window in Beijing, China. There's more to the Chinese Zodiac than a quick hippety hop into 2011 for people born in the Year of the Rabbit. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, FILE)

There's more to the Chinese Zodiac than a hippety hop into year 4708 for people born under the sign of rabbit.

Rabbit babies are private, introverted and withdrawn. Or quietly charismatic, thoughtful and calm? It's hard to generalize a destiny using a centuries-old system based on natural elements, marked by fixed colors and assigned a dozen animals as they correspond to the hour, date, month and year of birth.

CORRECTION

Monday, January 31, 2011

Weight-loss resolutions story

In a story that ran in the Friday, Jan. 21 issue of the TIMES NEWS, titled "Resolve to keep those weight-loss resolutions," the name of the speaker at the Coaldale TOPS meeting was incorrect.

The speaker was Kimberly Werner Otto, a pediatric nurse practitioner with St. Luke's Rural Health Centers.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for any confusion this error may have caused.

What's the difference?

Monday, January 31, 2011

A massive storm heading out of the Rockies toward Massachusetts is expected to dump snow, sleet and freezing rain over Pennsylvania Tuesday and Wednesday.

Almost everyone knows what snow is, but the difference between sleet and freezing rain can be confusing.

The National Weather Service explains it: "The difference is where the precipitation freezes as it falls to the ground. If the temperature if above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) all the way to the ground, it will rain.

On the contrary, if the temperature is freezing all the way to the ground, it will snow.

How best to handle treacherous roads

Monday, January 31, 2011

In a perfect world, people would be able to stay home during winter storms like the one bearing down on a large swath of the United States tomorrow and Wednesday. But in the real world, people still need to go to work. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website offers a winter driving quiz to help drivers learn how to best handle adverse road conditions.

Don't have time to take the quiz? Here are the answers:

1. What should you do if your vehicle starts to skid on an icy road?

A. Steer in the direction you want the wheels to go.

Break-in, theft incident probed

Monday, January 31, 2011

A burglary and theft incident were probed by state police at Schuylkill Haven at two Schuylkill County locations.

The break-in occurred at the 1262 Squaw Drive, South Manheim Township. Entry was gained by smashing in a door to a workshop area attacked to the residence. Nothing was apparently taken from the workshop, troopers said. The entry occurred sometime between Jan. 23 and 28. The property is owned by Henry T. Fuller, 52, of Lebanon.

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.

Named to Dean's list

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ryan Wentz of Palmerton, a sophmore at Millersville University, was selected for the fall 2010 Dean's list for the School of Science and Mathematics.

Ryan is the son of Tom and Fae Wentz.

Banding together

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Timothy Gardner adds a chain of rubber bands to his 400 pound rubber band ball in Snag Harbor Museum on Staten Island.
Timothy Gardner adds a chain of rubber bands to his 400 pound rubber band ball in Snag Harbor Museum on Staten Island.

Local rubber band ball creator rolls for a new record, and you can help

Can you help Timothy Gardner of Lehighton?

He has a dream to build the largest rubber band ball in the world and needs donations of rubber bands to do it.

Gardner has been placing layer upon layer of rubber bands on the ball that he started 11 years ago. It now weighs 420 pounds, has a diameter of two feet, and is made of more than a quarter of a million rubber bands of varying sizes and colors.

Willard Snyder retires after 50-plus years with the New Tripoli Bank

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Willard and Lucille Snyder agree that the old vault is a good background for pictures.
Willard and Lucille Snyder agree that the old vault is a good background for pictures.

After 50-1/2 years of working at New Tripoli Bank Willard Snyder decided it is time to retire.

He intends to do some traveling – a few countries in Europe but mostly in this country, and put more time into working with the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society. There are six great-granddaughters who claim their share of his time.

He grew up on a farm near Normal Square and graduated from Lehighton High School. He was active in 4-H projects including baby beef, dairy and poultry. At a Penn State summer school the Carbon County poultry judging team placed first.

On this date

Saturday, January 29, 2011

January 29, 1948

When the Luzerne County Commissioners inspected the Carbon County Institution District Home at Laurytown today in a joint meeting with the Carbon County Commissioners, they were interested in placing 11 moe patinets from their county at the home. An inspection of the hospital revealed a continuing over-crowding condition, which, at this time, will not permit their admittance. There are now 360 patients housed there, 63 percent of whom have been place by Luzerne county.

A quick response

Saturday, January 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

American Hose firefighter Thorn Devlin takes a break while responding to a house fire on Pleasant Row in Tamaqua earlier this week. Devlin was one of the first responders to arrive on scene to quell the fire.

Penn's Peak adds six more concerts for 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Robin Trower
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Robin Trower

Robin Trower, Don Williams on venue schedule

Six more concerts have been added to the 2011 schedule at Penn's Peak.

Among them is Thin Luzzy, a Dublin, Ireland rock band which has Penn's Peak as its first stop on an American tour.

The shows, and the dates tickets go on sale, are as follows:

Ÿ Thin Lizzy, with opening act Supersuckers, Thursday, March 24, 8 p.m. Tickets, $32 and $27, on sale Feb. 4.

Ÿ Get the Led Out, Friday, April 15, 8 p.m. Tickets, $23 to $33, on sale Saturday.

Ÿ Easton Corbin, Thursday, June 2, 8 p.m. Tickets $20 advance and $25 day of show. Tickets on sale Feb. 4.

More oldies trivia

Saturday, January 29, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Last week's Do-Wop Oldies quiz was so popular and got so much response, we decided to extend the quiz another week.

See if you do as well this week as you did in last Saturday's quiz. Keep rockin'!

1. Edd Brynes had a hit with ''Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb''.. What TV show was he on?

(a) 77 Sunset Strip

(b) Hawaiian Eye

(c) Surfside Six

2. In 1960 Bobby Darin married:

(a) Carol Lynley

(b) Sandra Dee

(c) Natalie Wood

3. They were a one hit wonder with ''Book Of Love'':

PUC tables request for water rate increase

Saturday, January 29, 2011

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today voted to investigate rate increase requests for Tri-Valley Water Supply, Inc. for its Stone Ridge, Cypress Park and ElDo Lake divisions, serving portions of Carbon and Monroe counties.

The Commission voted 5-0 to investigate the requests. The requests are suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for public hearings and a recommended decision or settlement.

A final decision must be made by Sept. 1, 2011.

Students attain Dean's list at Immaculata

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Immaculata University students Ariel Makowski of Kunkletown and Meagan Fritzgerald of Saylorsburg attained the dean's list for the 2010 fall semester. Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution, located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

Completes basic military training

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Kokinda
Kokinda

Air Force Airman Jacob M. Kokinda graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Elizabeth Kohr of Golf Road, Lebanon and Paul Kokinda of Abbott St., Lansford.

Graduates from DeSales University

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Serfass
Serfass

Chad Serfass, son of Todd and Kathy Serfass of Lehighton received his Masters in Education degree from DeSales University on January 22. He graduated from DeSales University in 2007 with his BA in Elementary Education. Upon graduation he was immediately employed in the department of Student Affairs and was recently promoted to the Assistant Director for the DeSales Experience in Character and Leadership. The DeSales Experience is a program designed to integrate character and leadership development of the students over their four years at the university.

'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.