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January 2011

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.

Colts' Richards gives verbal to James Madison

Friday, January 28, 2011

Marian's Dominick Richards, a 6-6, 200-pound senior tight end on Thursday gave a verbal commitment to James Madison University Head Football Coach Mickey Matthews to accept a Division 1scholarship to attend school and play for the Dukes.

Richards will make the scholarship official on Wednesday, Feb. 2, the NCAA's National Letter of Intent Day.

James Madison is a Football Championship Subdivision team (formerly Division I-AA) that plays in the Colonial Athletic Association Football Conference.

Vehicle theft

Friday, January 28, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of a vehicle that occurred this week.

Troopers said a 1999 Chevrolet 1500 series conversion van was stolen from along Reservoir Road, in Union Township, sometime between 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The van, blue in color belongs to Lamar Lex, 71, of Ringtown, and was parked on his property.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Mildred Kromer celebrates milestone birthday

Friday, January 28, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Mildred Kromer displays a certificate presented to her by state Rep Julie Harhart in honor of her 100th birthday. ABOVE RIGHT: Mildred's son Harold, left, and daughter-in-law Anna Mae, share the special occasion. BOTTOM RIGHT: Rep. Harhart reads a citation from the House of Representatives.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Mildred Kromer displays a certificate presented to her by state Rep Julie Harhart in honor of her 100th birthday. ABOVE RIGHT: Mildred's son Harold, left, and daughter-in-law Anna Mae, share the special occasion. BOTTOM RIGHT: Rep. Harhart reads a citation from the House of Representatives.

Mildred Kromer celebrated her 100th birthday recently, surrounded by friends and family and members of her church.

Born on Jan. 18, 1911, in Indianland, Lehigh Township to Charles and Mae Deibert, Mildred was recognized at her church, St. Paul's UCC in Indianland, during the Jan. 16 service. Flowers there that day were presented by Cindy Deppe and Geraldine Christman in her honor.

The bulletins were presented for the same reason by Gloria Newhard, Shirley Eckhart and Donna Henninger.

On this date

Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28, 2003 Chris Condrick scores a team-high 19 points and also pulls down 11 rebounds to help Weatherly gain a 63-56 Schuylkill League win over Shenandoah Valley. Condrick scores 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Wreckers hold on for the victory. The winners, coached by Bob Lutzick, also receive 16 points and nine boards from Conrad Pfeiffer while Ryan Nenstiel chips in with 12 points.

Not needed today

Friday, January 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An ice box, located outside the snow-covered boat rental shack at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, seems strangely out of place.

Carbon renews health care pact

Friday, January 28, 2011

Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday renewed a contract with First Priority/Blue Care PPO to administer the county's health care program. The one-year agreement carries a modest increase in costs.

"First Priority Blue Care has administered that program for us on a year-to-year basis," said Commissioners' Chairman William O'Gurek.

The cost for this new contract rose modestly, he said, from $57.17 to $60.60 per contract per month.

"That's per month per employee," he said.

Commissioners Getz, O'Gurek seek re-election

Friday, January 28, 2011
Charles Getz
Charles Getz

Carbon County commissioners Charles Getz and William O'Gurek have announced their candidacies for re-election to four-year terms of office. They are seeking the Democratic Party's nominations in the May 17 Primary Election.

Getz, of Albrightsville, is currently the vice chairman of the board. O'Gurek, of Summit Hill, is the current board chairman.

Getz was a Kidder Township supervisor for 18 years before being elected to county office. O'Gurek was the Summit Hill mayor for 10 years before his county service.

Lansford citations

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lansford police have issued nontraffic citations to the following people:

Stacy Thomas, 32, of 825 E. Ridge St., and Mary Swider, 78, of 823 E. Ridge St., both of Lansford: Harassment on Jan. 7 at 10:45 a.m. at their residences; Tiffany Black, 32, of 30 Cortright St., Lansford: Violation of the borough's animal nuisance ordinance on Jan. 8 at 3:20 a.m.; Victoria Argott, 31, of 156 W. Snyder Ave., Lansford: Harassment on Dec. 25 at 156 W. Snyder Ave.; Anna Heffelfinger, 18, of 216 N. Oak St., Summit Hill: Harassment on Dec. 30 at 11:49 a.m. on the 200 block of E. Ridge Street.

Northern Lehigh Middle School All Stars graduate

Friday, January 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Travis Hoffman, a seventh grade student at Northern Lehigh Middle School, accepts his certificate for successfully completing the All Stars Program from, left to right, NLMS principal Jill Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Karen Nicholas, All Stars Program, physical education/health teacher, Mrs. Michelle Raber.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Travis Hoffman, a seventh grade student at Northern Lehigh Middle School, accepts his certificate for successfully completing the All Stars Program from, left to right, NLMS principal Jill Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Karen Nicholas, All Stars Program, physical education/health teacher, Mrs. Michelle Raber.

Mrs. Michelle Raber and Mr. Jason Reinhard, physical education and health teachers at Northern Lehigh Middle School, have been teaching all seventh graders how to deal with issues that arise during adolescence since Sept. 10 of the new school year. Monday night, 90 of those students received recognition for completing the course known as the All Stars Program.

"The certificate they received congratulates them on successfully completing the All Stars Program. It is signed by the principal, (Jill Chamberlain) and myself," said Mrs. Raber.

Property owner avoids penalties, will connect to sewage system

Friday, January 28, 2011

A McAdoo property owner purged himself of a contempt of court citation issued by a Schuylkill County judge by agreeing to connect to the McAdoo Borough Sewer Authority's sanitary sewer system.

After Wayne C. Kapish, 41 S. Kennedy Drive, relented and agreed to connect to the system, Judge Charles M. Miller handed down an order on how payments must be made. Kapish initially has to pay $500 each on arrearages of two properties, 307 E. Blaine St. and 322 E. Blaine St. and then $50 monthly on each property until all arrearages are paid.

Palmerton set to borrow $10 million to rehab wastewater treatment plant

Friday, January 28, 2011

Palmerton plans to borrow $10 million to afford a project to rehab its aged wastewater treatment plant.

Borough council on a 5-0 vote Thursday agreed to advertise for the first reading of an ordinance that will enable the borough to utilize interim financing over two years. Councilmen Randolph Gursky and Richard Nothstein were absent.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson said the interim financing will address additional costs for engineering services, construction contingencies and change orders.

Rosters, schedules released for Feb. 2 opening

Friday, January 28, 2011

The 2011 Tamaqua Winter Basketball League, sponsored by the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) will tip-off its season on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Tamaqua Elementary School gymnasium.

All league games will take place on Wednesday evenings and will be held in the Tamaqua Elementary School gym (for the first three weeks of the season) and the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center (starting on Feb. 23, and continuing there for the rest of the season).

In cold storage

Friday, January 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

It'll be the warmth and sunshine of spring that will bring life and activity back to this Little League Baseball field in Jim Thorpe.

Raiders deliver on expectations

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tamaqua continued its season-long win streak last night, posting a 64-50 victory against Schuylkill League Division II leader Minersville.

At 17-0, the Lady Raiders are the lone undefeated basketball team in District 11.

There were high expectations for this year's squad, which returned four starters from last season, when it captured the Schuylkill League championship and a second straight District 11 Class AA title.

Young at Heart Seniors to meet

Friday, January 28, 2011

Young at Heart Seniors will meet in the Polk Township Fire Company meeting room on Tuesday, Feb. 1st.

The meeting will begin at 10:30 am.

They will review the 2011 meeting schedule, as well as trip planning and other topics of interest to seniors. Dessert and hot drinks will be provided after the meeting.

Members are reminded to bring a can or package of non-perishable food for the food bank. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

For more information, call Camille DeSando at 570-972-4424.

'The Fighter' an Oscars contender

Friday, January 28, 2011

"The Fighter" is a raw, heartfelt and inspirational drama based on the true professional boxing careers of "The Pride of Lowell," Dicky Eckland (Christian Bale), a Massachusetts fighter who descended into becoming a crack addict, and his younger half-brother, "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), who rose to become the 2000 World Boxing Union light welterweight champion.

Policemen's Ball proceeds will benefit Special Olympics of Carbon County

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jim Thorpe Police Department is hosting the third annual Policemen's Ball from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics of Carbon County. Dress is formal attire. The evening will include dinner, drinks and dancing with music provided by DJ "Dave G" from 4D Karaoke/DJ Services and Entertainment. There will be raffles and door prizes including a flat screen TV.

For additional information, call the Jim Thorpe Borough Office at (570) 325-3025 or (570) 325-2181.

Crash shuts down busy roadway

Friday, January 28, 2011

A three-vehicle crash shutdown a busy Schuylkill County roadway on Wednesday afternoon and was caused by road conditions. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred along SR209 at the intersection with Wood St., in the village of Cumbola, Blythe Township, at about 4:30 p.m.

Troopers said Katie Mertz, 30, of Tamaqua, and Eugene McCormick Jr., 51, of Middleport, were both traveling northbound toward New Philadelphia with Mertz behind McCormick. Michelle Drust, 44, of Coaldale, was southbound at the time headed toward Port Carbon.

Driver injured on Mile Hill in Hometown

Friday, January 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Around 8:15 a.m. this morning, Rush and Kline Township Police responded to a one-vehicle accident at the bottom southbound side of the "Mile Hill", Claremont Avenue, on Rt. 309 in Hometown after a male driver lost control and hit a guardrail and sign. He was taken via McAdoo Ambulance to the Hazleton Hospital. Hometown Fire Police directed traffic around the area fo the duration.

Big second half lifts Lady Bears

Friday, January 28, 2011
mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley's Kasey Meckes (1) goes over Lehighton's Kenzi Teno.
mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley's Kasey Meckes (1) goes over Lehighton's Kenzi Teno.

Sports are full of those moments where the underdog rises up and drops the elite from their lofty status. Such events, while exciting and dramatic, are rare as the underdog has to make it happen throughout the entire game.

Last night, it was a tale of two halves as upset-minded Lehightonwas giving Pleasant Valley all it could handle. The Lady Indians played what coach Tony Thomas said was their best half of the season.