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January 2011

Kid's Party Club open to local youngsters

Monday, January 31, 2011

St. Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. The theme will be "God's Love." There will be crafts, singing songs and games. Snacks will be provided. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School celebrates 125 years

Monday, January 31, 2011
Antonia Galasso and Katelyn Hosler stand by their displays for the Education Fair at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton. Galasso interviewed her family members, while Hosler found a family friend, Catherine DeMatte, to interview.
Antonia Galasso and Katelyn Hosler stand by their displays for the Education Fair at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton. Galasso interviewed her family members, while Hosler found a family friend, Catherine DeMatte, to interview.

Those attending Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School's open house this past weekend could enjoy the results of the students' research. The student shared decades of history about their school they gleaned while talking to family members and friends who had ties to the school.

Their research was displayed at the Education Fair to celebrate the school's 125 anniversary.

Marian holds off JT

Monday, January 31, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian's Ryan Gimbi (23) goes up with a shot as Dane Ciavarella defends for Jim Thorpe.
bob ford/times news Marian's Ryan Gimbi (23) goes up with a shot as Dane Ciavarella defends for Jim Thorpe.

Marian never trailed in Saturday's non-league contest against rival Jim Thorpe.

But by no means does that imply the Colts' 48-43 win came easy.

After racing to a huge first quarter lead against the host Olympians, John Patton's club battled through a number of factors to pull out yet another victory.

"We ran our offense real well and got some good looks early," said Patton, whose team improved to 14-4. "The momentum carried us and early on, we played well.

Oddly covered in white

Monday, January 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Daily snowfall accumulation has left many areas impassable. Pictured are the steps leading up to the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Tamaqua.

Crash injures one person

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

At least one person was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in a crash along Towamensing Trails Road in the Towmensing Trails Development. The crash occurred at the intersection with Pope Lane involving one vehicle. At least one person was transported by ambulance to the Lehighton hospital. The Penn Forest Fire Company and Lehighton paramedics responded to the scene.

Operation: Touch of Home meets Tuesday

Monday, January 31, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home will meet Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

at the American Legion Post 927, Rt. 209, Gilbert. If you need to confirm because of weather, call 570-977-1724.

Students to raise funds in Jump Rope for Heart

Monday, January 31, 2011
S.S. Palmer Elementary sixth-graders Sierra Cruz, Brittany Katz, Katelynn Scott, and Brittany Christman jump rope.
S.S. Palmer Elementary sixth-graders Sierra Cruz, Brittany Katz, Katelynn Scott, and Brittany Christman jump rope.

They've been granted permission to jump until their little hearts are content all in the name of a healthy cause.

Because the more they do, the more money elementary students in the Palmerton Area School District will raise for Jump Rope for Heart.

The program, which began last week but was stalled several times due to inclement weather, is set to wrap up Wednesday, said physical education instructor Ryan Heller.

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.

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.

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'':