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February 2011

In support of Second Blessings

Saturday, February 26, 2011

When we went dancing the other night at a local Elks club, the cars in the parking lot told us the place was packed.

Sure enough, we couldn't get a table. Every chair in the place seemed to be taken. An acquaintance saw us roaming around looking for a place to sit and pointed out a table with empty seats.

The couple sitting at the table was friendly and told us to join them. Soon, the woman told me why they were sitting alone while their friends and relatives were jammed together at other tables: they were being ostracized.

Panther Valley MS students perform like all-stars at school's Hoops for Heart event

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Special to the Times News
Special to the Times News

Alex Lebo, of Lake Hauto and a sixth grader at Panther Valley Middle School, was the top money maker for the school's Hoops for Heart event, an annual community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association during National Heart Month.

Alex raised $125 for the cause in memory of his late grandfather John "Sonny" Kovatch of Nesquehoning.

Be prepared for the difficult times ahead

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Last April, I wrote an article on protecting your family in hard times (http://www.tnonline.com/node/85298). Since that article was published, the world has continued on a downward spiral.

The economy remains sluggish and unemployment remains high. Many of those who are unemployed have stopped looking for work and have resorted to welfare or moving in with other family members. It is not uncommon to have three generations living in the same home, putting additional stress on the family unit. Some people have even turned to theft on occasion to feed their families.

Driver cited after Monroe crash

Saturday, February 26, 2011

One of two drivers involved in a crash along Fiddletown Road, in Eldred Township, Monroe County, was cited.

State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred about 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, as David M. Campbell, 25, of Parryville, was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 northbound and negotiating a right turn. He lost control of his vehicle on the snow-covered road and crossed into the southbound lane where his truck collided with the front plow blade of a PennDOT truck driven by Cliff R. Haydt, 47, of Kunkletown.

The language of friendship

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The phone rang and my good friend was on the other end. She said, "Are you ready for a visit from me? I'm flying from PA to FL." My response was quick and heartfelt – "Yeah! Great!" She said, "It will be good to just sit and talk." I knew what she meant. True friends don't need to tour the countryside or fill every minute with activity during a visit. The best times with a friend involve sitting together and talking – perhaps over coffee or a glass of wine.

Two jailed for Kidder incident

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Two out-of-state residents were jailed this week following an incident in Kidder Township.

Township police said on Wednesday, Feb. 23, about 6:53 p.m. officers were called to the Split Rock Gallaeria, in Lake Harmony, for an incident. As a result of an investigation Michael Greslik, 41, of Greenwood, N.Y., and Tanya Miano, 37, of Bergenfield, N.J., were charged with simple assault and persistent disorderly conduct for causing a disturbance in the business.

King of the per diems

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

Did the voters speak loud enough in the general election in November 2010 to send a message to Harrisburg?

Remember the big midnight pay raise that happened in our House of Representatives a few years ago and the involvement of our local politicians? The voters were upset and expressed their feelings by going to the polls and voting.

Reader's Turn

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Leigh Kane, Saylorsburg - "I think we're in for another big storm because we're in a pattern for it and we usually get one or two in March but then they melt quickly."
Leigh Kane, Saylorsburg - "I think we're in for another big storm because we're in a pattern for it and we usually get one or two in March but then they melt quickly."

March arrives in three days. Do you think winter is over or are we in store for another big snow or ice storm?

1911 business scene and Edison's concrete home

Saturday, February 26, 2011

There's no better way to pump up a local economy than with a new business and the early months of 1911 saw quite a bit of activity in the region. In February, Tamaqua residents welcomed the news that F.W. Woolworth would be opening a storeroom on West Broad Street.

At the time, the chain had about 300 stores scattered around the country, the most recent one for Schuylkill County located in Shenandoah. Other regional stores were in Reading, Allentown, Bethlehem and Wilkes-Barre.

Thaddeus Stevens Father of Equality

Saturday, February 26, 2011
February is both Black History Month and Career & Technical Educational Month. No one is more worthy of being remembered in both categories as Thaddeus Stevens, who pressured President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, fathered the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and was the chief architect of Reconstruction after the Civil War ended.
February is both Black History Month and Career & Technical Educational Month. No one is more worthy of being remembered in both categories as Thaddeus Stevens, who pressured President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, fathered the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and was the chief architect of Reconstruction after the Civil War ended.

With February being both Black History Month and Career & Technical Educational Month, no one is more worthy of being remembered in both categories than Thaddeus Stevens.

Registration for PathStone programs

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Registration has started for the 2011-12 program year for the following PathStone programs: Early Head Start (year round services), Head Start (10 month program) and Pre-K Count (10 month program).

Eligibility requirements are: Early Head Start: pregnant women or child between birth and 3 years old; Head Start: child between the ages of 3 and 5; and Pre K Counts: child between the ages of 3 and 5.

All participants must meet federal income guidelines.

Brother-sister cited in Schuylkill

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A brother and sister were cited for harassing each other in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said troopers were called to Furnace Road, in Blythe Township, on Thursday, Feb. 24, about 11 p.m. to a report of a argument. On scene troopers determined at Rosemary Gibas, 32, and her brother, Joseph Gibas, 31, both of New Philadelphia, had engaged in a verbal argument that escalated to physical contact. Both were issued citations for harassment, troopers said.

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.