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February 2011

Never say diet or barbells

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I never had luck with fad diets. Maybe I have no willpower. But diets don't seem to work over the long haul, anyway.

Still, I was impressed when Jason Alexander went on television and said he lost 30 pounds on a commercial diet plan.

You probably remember him as the TV actor playing George Costanza on the Seinfeld sitcom.

Alexander was a pudgy guy who reportedly weighed 195 pounds before going on the Jenny Craig diet. It's one of those diet plans where they send food to your door.

Monroe arrests

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two arrests made officers in separate incident.

On Monday, Feb. 21, about 8:18 p.m. officers investigated an violation for a protection from abuse (PFA) order. Police said their probe revealed that Brian Cornell, 41, of Swiftwater, had called his wife by phone and made derogatory remarks. Cornell was prohibited from having any contact with his wife due to the PFA order.

Schuylkill court news

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Zoning permits

The Schuylkill County Zoning Office issued 11 permits in January and collected $4,115 in fees. The estimated cost of the construction to be undertaken from the permits was placed at $828,704. Obtaining permits were:

Symbol of strength

Saturday, February 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The detailed wood carving talents of sculptor Brian Ruth of "Masters of the Chainsaw" bring out and enhance the ruggedness and boldness of the American Eagle turning a log of wood into a symbol of strength. Ruth demonstrated his talents at last weekend's Winterfest in Jim Thorpe.

Theft incident in Carbon probed

Saturday, February 26, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a theft incident at a Carbon County residence.

Troopers said Robert Murphy, 67, of Hopewell, N.J., reported a digital camera was missing from his residence located along White Oak Drive, on Penn Forest Township, Jim Thorpe. The theft occurred sometime between 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, and 7 a.m. on Thursday. The camera is valued at $200.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

Take advantage of tax credit on home purchase

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

The real estate market was hard hit during the recent financial crisis, but home ownership is still considered a good investment by many. As you file your 2010 tax return, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants notes that this may be your last chance to take advantage of a valuable tax credit if you purchased a home early last year. This letter answers five common questions about the credit.

How Does the Homebuyer Credit Work?

A love affair with books

Saturday, February 26, 2011

By MARY TOBIA

tneditor@tnonline.com

Winter time is my favorite time to get home from work, make supper, and then curl up on the couch with a warm afghan and a good book.

Ok. For all that know me personally, I have a book with me at all times whether it be winter, spring, summer or fall!

I love to open up a novel and get lost in the story. I especially like the rare finds of the ones that appeal to you so much that you find yourself pulling it out and reading it during every free minute you can find.

Late winter thoughts

Saturday, February 26, 2011

This winter hasn't been a laughing matter. Snow, ice, high winds, we have experienced just about every obstacle Mother Nature can send our way.

But what's adversity without humor.

A loyal reader sent this story on, one you're sure to get a chuckle from as you await spring now only 22 days away.

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Robbery incident reported in Monroe

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating a reported assault and robbery incident.

Police said about 12:50 a.m. on Feb. 21 officers were dispatched to Cobblewood Drive, in Summit Point, Mt. Pocono, for a report of a suspicious person. On scene officers spoke with Christyen Sumpter, 19, Tobyhanna, and a female juvenile. The two said that they were assaulted and property was taken from them.

The two described the assailants as three black males, in a dark-colored sedan.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 895-2400.

Four Bears in semis

Saturday, February 26, 2011
don herb/times news Ernest Klingel of Pleasant Valley (top) decisioned Amir Blair of Pocono Mountain West.
don herb/times news Ernest Klingel of Pleasant Valley (top) decisioned Amir Blair of Pocono Mountain West.

BETHLEHEM - Kenny Yanovich didn't waste much time on the mats Friday night during the opening rounds of the District 11 3A wrestling tournament at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium. For a freshman 103-pounder, Yanovich looked like a veteran, pinning Southern Lehigh's Cole Ruppel and Whitehall's Freddie Agou in his two bouts to easily move onto the semifinals.

But as Yanovich packed away Agou in the first period of his quarterfinal bout, he quickly gathered his belongings and ran to the adjacent mat.

Knights of Columbus crown free throw champs

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Grand Knight Christopher Heery and Youth Director Michael Heery of Damien Council # 598 of the Knights of Columbus have announced the champions of the local 2011 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The competition was recently held at Saint John Neumann Regional School in Palmerton. All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 were eligible to participate.

Mysterious flying machine

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A story has surfaced in the past week that is one of the most unusual items I have yet to come across on the world of the web. It ties together a flying machine, time travel, the military, Afghanistan and Zoroaster with some missing soldiers. The gist of the story is that sometime in the past few weeks a military expedition into the vast cave network of Afghanistan has uncovered a flying machine trapped in what sources call a "Time Well".

AARP driver safety course planned for Lansford seniors

Saturday, February 26, 2011

An AARP driver safety course will be presented at the St. Katharine Drexel Church, 124 E. Abbott St., Lansford, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 and Saturday, April 9 each day.

The class includes a lunch break and those attending are asked to bring a box lunch. This class is the eight hour class and is designed for those attending for the first time or those desiring a more in-depth presentation.

A sobering message

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the early morning Dec 4 response and rescue to the vehicular accident in Tamaqua involving my boyfriend Daniel Peletsky. Namely, our local fire and ambulance, EMS crews, Hopes Collision and Towing and Pennstarr Medivac, for the quick work they all did in the rescue. I would especially like to thank Hope's and my employer Bayada Nurses for holiday kindnesses and compassion extended to my family and I.

Arrest in domestic incident reported

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Monroe Copunty man has been arrested and charged with assaulting his father in a domestic incident.

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on Wednesday, Feb. 23, about 11:57 a.m. they were called to 105A Stillwater Drive, Pocono Summit, to investigate a reported assault. At the scene officers were told by Ioannis Anastasiaris, 59, that he was stabbed in the hand with a pen by his son, Andrew Anastasiaris, 28, and his life was threatened by the son. Police said the victim had a visible puncture wound to his hand.

On this date

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February 26, 1942

It was reported today that the only survivor on the torpedoed tanker W. D. Anderson is Frank L. Terry of Lansford, a former lifeguard who went to sea only two months ago. The tanker was sunk on Feb. 23 by enemy submarines off the Atlantic Coast, about 12 miles from Florida. Thirty-five members of the crew died in the flaming wreckage or were drowned. Terry, 23, was on the deck when the attack occurred. He managed to dive into the ocean just as the tanker exploded into flames.

West Penn Township business damaged by hit-and-run driver

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times News A busted front window panel is evidence of the hit-and-run incident at a business in the Village Venter Mall in Snyders.
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times News A busted front window panel is evidence of the hit-and-run incident at a business in the Village Venter Mall in Snyders.

West Penn Township Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident that occurred early Thursday morning at a business located in the Village Center Mall in Snyders.

An unknown driver smashed a vehicle into the door and window of the Kitchen of Dreams Custom Cabinetry business. West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson estimated the hit-and-run occurred Thursday morning between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Business owner Walter Fleck said a nearbybusiness alerted him to the damage. He also said nothing was stolen and he is still open for business.

Cold day, warm music

Saturday, February 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Thanks to Faculty Brass, a Lehighton-based quartet, the warmth of music filled the cold biting air last weekend in Jim Thorpe during the annual Winterfest weekend.

Home buying workshop offered

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lehighton realtor Mark VanBuskirk, an agent with Castle Gate Realty, announced that he and Dawn Eisenhower will be teaching a mini two hour home buying workshop noon to 2 p.m. March 12 at Castle Rock Realty, conference room, 238 N. First St., Lehighton.

VanDam's star still rising after fourth title

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Perhaps no city in American can equal Kalamazoo, Michigan, for bragging rights of producing two of the country's most successful and classy professional athletes.

To baseball fans, Kalamazoo is know for producing Derek Jeter, the future Hall of Fame shortstop of the New York Yankees. As "the captain" of the Yankees draws nearer to the end of his championship career, another Kalamazoo product – professional bass angler Kevin VanDam – continues his journey into nearly uncharted waters.

Another article on benefits of exercise

Saturday, February 26, 2011

You probably don't think twice (or even once) about the selection of "Fitness Master" topics and the structure to the articles. And why should you?

You read because you're interested in health and fitness, not because you're writing a review. But this week, understanding how and why I do what I do just might make you do something you probably need to.

Exercise more often.

Frozen dead guy days

Saturday, February 26, 2011

As editor of the National Federation of Press Women's newsletter, The Agenda, I have the privilege of "meeting" people from all over the country, via emails and twice-a-year meetings.

This week I heard from Gail Rubin of New Mexico. She recently wrote a book, "A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die."

While I'm sure it is a fascinating book chock full of very useful information, it was the conversation we had in regards to her upcoming speaking engagement in Nederland, Colorado, to promote her book, that touched my funny bone.

3 bids submitted for garbage contract in Lower Towamensing

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Walnutport hauler stands a strong chance to be retained as garbage collector in Lower Towamensing Township.

Three companies submitted bids to the township on Friday, with McAuliffe Hauling & Recycling, Walnutport, turning in the apparent low bids for one, three and five-year contracts.

McAuliffe, the township's current garbage collector, bid $197,800 for one year; $605,000 for three years; and $1,030,000 for five years.

Jim Thorpe

Saturday, February 26, 2011
In defending the borough of Jim Thorpe, attorney William Schwab will pose the question regarding the federal court lawsuit: how would Jim Thorpe feel about being disinterred?
In defending the borough of Jim Thorpe, attorney William Schwab will pose the question regarding the federal court lawsuit: how would Jim Thorpe feel about being disinterred?

Local attorney explains court's options in case

How will the passing of John "Jack" Thorpe, the youngest son of Jim Thorpe, affect the lawsuit that he filed against the Borough of Jim Thorpe for the repatriation of his father's remains?

Attorney William Schwab is representing the Borough of Jim Thorpe. He is a local historian, and because of his interest, he accepted the case pro bono.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February 26, 1969 Jim Thorpe's pressing defense leads to a 78-61 victory over Northwestern and a berth in the District 11 Class C finals. After falling behind 8-2 in its man-to-man defense, the Olympians switch to their press and outscore the Tigers 26-9 the rest of the first half. Rich Kelowitz scores a game-high 20 points for the winners, while Hal Hydro nets 19 and Walt Schlenner tallies 18. Thorpe, coached by Phil Rader, also receive 12 points from Bill Klotz.

Family Promise Variety Show hopes to feature your talent

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Can you sing or dance or have some other entertaining talent, Family Promise of Carbon County is inviting you to share it at the Family Promise Variety Show. Family Promise is a nonprofit organization serving homeless families in Carbon County. The Family Promise Variety Show will showcase Carbon County's local talent in a variety of performance disciplines, and everyone is invited to be a part of the festivities. If you can play the mandolin, sing, act, make people laugh or juggle, the non profit organization needs you.

Liquor store Privatization Bill could generate needed revenue

Saturday, February 26, 2011

By DOYLE HEFFLEY

dheffley@pahousegop.com

One of the top priorities of the new governor will be the privatization of the state liquor store system, which has been state run since the prohibition era.

Missing out on state revenue

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

Chamber plans networking mixer

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce is holding its first networking mixer of the year from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Riverwalck Saloon, Parryville.

Riverwalck is hosting the event and is offering free hor'devoers. Also the Chamber is welcoming members of the Carbon Builders Association and the Carbon Realtors Association to the event. Everyone should bring plenty of business cards and prepare to make some great contacts. RSVP by March 3 to Heather McClure at mail@carboncountychamber.org or call (610) 379-5000.

Pet of the Week

Saturday, February 26, 2011
vinney villa/times news
vinney villa/times news

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

N.J. resident arrest on drug charges

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A New Jersey resident was arrested this week in Monroe County on various drug selling charges.

Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the man as Adrian Young, 32, of Patterson.

Police said Young's arrest was part of an ongoing investigation of drug trafficking in the area which indicated that he was involved. The investigation indicated that Young would purchase bulk quantities of controlled substances in Patterson and come to the Poconos with them.