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February 2011

PGC seeks comment on plan to enhance hunter access

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently released for public comment its draft Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program Programmatic Environmental Assessment document. This is the first step in implementing an enhanced Hunter Access Program with the goals of improving wildlife habitat on private land and increasing the number of acres of private land open to hunting and trapping over the next three years.

Taxidermy: A lifetime trade you take anywhere

Saturday, February 26, 2011
A Pennsylvania black bear hovering over a killed fawn is featured in the display room of Bill Allen's Pocono Institute of Taxidermy.
A Pennsylvania black bear hovering over a killed fawn is featured in the display room of Bill Allen's Pocono Institute of Taxidermy.

Interested in learning the taxidermy business? If you're an outdoorsy person that is looking to start your own business, look no farther than White Haven to Bill Allen's Pocono Institute of Taxidermy.

In 12 weeks, Allen not only teaches how to mount four types of birds, six species of fish, two game heads, one small and one medium mammal, and complete one rug, but he will show students how to develop and market their taxidermy business in 15 weeks.

Allen opened his school in 1987.

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
Joan Sayer, Saylorsburg - "Winter is over but I think we're in for more snow, or an ice storm maybe, but I think we're seeing signs of spring and I'm ready because I was really getting depressed."
Joan Sayer, Saylorsburg - "Winter is over but I think we're in for more snow, or an ice storm maybe, but I think we're seeing signs of spring and I'm ready because I was really getting depressed."

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.

Students unhurt in school bus accident

Friday, February 25, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

There were no injuries Thursday afternoon when a driver drove her car into the rear of a loaded school bus on Bankway Street in Lehighton. The crash occurred just before 3 p.m. as the bus was sitting in traffic waiting to make a left turn onto the McCall bridge. The driver of the car failed to see the stopped bus. None of the students on the bus nor the driver of the car were injured in the mishap. The car suffered heavy front end damage and had to be towed from the scene. Lehighton police are investigating the incident.

McCann "Battle For Battle" funds go to ACS

Friday, February 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Staff from the Pottsville Campus of McCann School of Business and Technology has donated funds to the American Cancer Society that were raised from the "Battle for the Battle" Event that took place at Lakeside Ballroom on Dec. 3, 2010. During this event, 11 bands from eight different local high schools came to together in support of a good cause with a battle of the bands and dance off competition. A total of $2,200 was raised and the proceeds were split between the Schuylkill, Carbon/Tamaqua, and Hazleton Units of the American Cancer Society.

Four-vehicle crash in Mahoning

Friday, February 25, 2011

On Feb. 23 at 4:02 p.m., Mahoning Township police were dispatched to the intersection of SR209 and Packerton Dam Drive for a report of a four-vehicle accident involving injury and the roadway being blocked.

According to a report released by Police Chief Kenneth Barnes, a female driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser was stopped at the stop sign on Packerton Dam Dr. at 209. A female driving a GMC minivan was traveling on 209 heading toward Lehighton and approaching the intersection. The driver of the minivan saw the PT Cruiser stopped at the stop sign.

Two-vehicle crash probed in Monroe

Friday, February 25, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of SR715 and Miller Road, in Jackson Township, Monroe County, that occurred about 9 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Troopers said Elaine Lovito, 78, of Cresco, was operating a 2004 Volvo XC90 eastbound on 715 while Elisha J. Elliott-Leavy, 31, of Saylorsburg, was stopped in the westbound lane of Miller Road in a 2009 Nissan Rogue.

Carbon hires legal counsel for battle on constitution

Friday, February 25, 2011

Carbon County officials are preparing for litigation that was filed against the county by a Jim Thorpe business owner earlier this month.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve a proposal submitted by Robert L. Knupp of Knupp Law Offices LLC in Harrisburg to serve as special counsel for Carbon County and all parties named in the notice of appeal/petition for judicial review that was filed by Robert Dages, owner of Vision Stone Stoves and a member of the Carbon County Constitutionalists on Feb. 14.

Carbon EMA to host emergency services training sessions

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced a number of emergency services training sessions for the next few months. The sessions are coordinated by the EMA.

Registration is required for each class. To register, call, e-mail or fax the organization that is hosting the class.

The classes are as follows:

Ÿ ICS-400: March 5 and 6, at the Carbon County EMA, Contact the EMA for details.

Ÿ Hazmat Awareness: 6:30 p.m., March 7, at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA for details.

Ken, turning 50, still second fiddle to Barbie

Friday, February 25, 2011

Ken and he doesn't need a last name is about to turn 50.

And he still spends his time chasing a salty blond vixen.

That Barbie. She gets all the glory. Ninety percent of American girls own a Barbie. She has video games, clothing lines, DVDs, books. Her perky name is venerated.

"She is our heroine," said Lisa McKnight, vice president of marketing at Mattel. "She can do and be anything, and so we never want anything to narrow her scope."

Ken has stood on the periphery.

Four area girls teams in quarterfinals action

Friday, February 25, 2011

Four area girls basketball teams will be action this weekend in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 basketball tournament.

Pleasant Valley will play tonight while Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe and Palmerton all take the court Saturday afternoon.

GIRLS

Class 4A

No. 8 Liberty (12-11) vs.

No. 1 Pleasant Valley (18-6)

TIPOFF: Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at East Stroudsburg South

COACHES: Liberty – Amy Yencho; Pleasant Valley – Nadia Gauronsky

On this date

Friday, February 25, 2011

February 25, 1943

February 25, 1943 Coaldale finishes the season with a .500 record after holding off Shenandoah for a 57-46 victory. Mike Rohall leads the way for the Tigers with 19 points while teammate Johnny Harb finishes close behind with 17. The winners, coached by Tom Raymer, outscore their opponent in every quarter. Palkovich chips in with nine points while Teno adds eight.

A call to arms 150 years ago

Friday, February 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Two Jim Thorpe men, Ralph Clay and Zach Miller, are seen in this photo taken in North Carolina at the 145th Anniversary Battle Reenactment of Bentonville. From left: Scott Kuchta, unit president and captain, shown wearing the uniform of a private; Bill Polachek, Clay wearing corporal stripes; Chris Henn and Miller.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Two Jim Thorpe men, Ralph Clay and Zach Miller, are seen in this photo taken in North Carolina at the 145th Anniversary Battle Reenactment of Bentonville. From left: Scott Kuchta, unit president and captain, shown wearing the uniform of a private; Bill Polachek, Clay wearing corporal stripes; Chris Henn and Miller.

Pa. Volunteer Infantry honors Civil War sacrifice

Exactly 150 years ago, big things were about to happen in Carbon County. Something similar was happening in Schuylkill County, too, and at other locations.

It was a call to arms; a fever that would redefine the country.

"It was August, 1861, when they started recruiting in Carbon County," says Ted Dombroski, West Hazleton.

Let the Madness begin

Friday, February 25, 2011

By ED HEDES

The regular season and league playoffs are in the book, pigtail round games have been played ... now it's time for the fun to begin when the district 11 basketball playoffs get into full swing tonight.

This has always been my favorite time of year. It brings back memories of three straight Class B championship in 1967, '68 and '69 back at Panther Valley High School. It was a little tougher back then because unless you were a league champion, you didn't have a shot at a district title.

Commissioner named afterschool champion

Friday, February 25, 2011
Carbon CountyCommissionerWayne Nothstein
Carbon CountyCommissionerWayne Nothstein

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein is a champion. An afterschool champion that is.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board announced that Nothstein was selected as a winner of the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network's (PSAYDN) "Afterschool Champion" award.

Nothstein said he was notified by PSAYDN earlier this month and will receive the award at the PSAYDN annual meeting Reception on March 8 in Harrisburg.

Palmerton Area High School announces third marking period honor roll

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the third marking period of the first semester of the 2010-11 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

HIGH HONORS

(3.75-4.00+ GPA

in all subjects)

SENIORS: Sarah Andrews, Kayla Bottcher, Brianne Bruer, Blake Campbell, Weizhou Chen, Jillian Farkas, Cynthia George, Lyndsey Heinrich, Amber Hettler, David Kenion, Jarrett Kleintop, Andrew McReynolds, Kaitlin Reimer, Jordan Ruzicka, Garrett Scott, Kevin Seemiller, Kortnie Shaffer, Samantha K. Smith, Derek Szena, Brianna Walck

Local couple's grandson attains rank of Eagle Scout

Friday, February 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Joseph "Tripp" Karitis, center, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. With him are, from left, his grandparents Ellen and James Kattner, and his parents, Debra and Dr. Joseph Karitis, Capt. DC, USN. Not pictured is his sister, Rachel.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Joseph "Tripp" Karitis, center, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. With him are, from left, his grandparents Ellen and James Kattner, and his parents, Debra and Dr. Joseph Karitis, Capt. DC, USN. Not pictured is his sister, Rachel.

Joseph "Tripp" Karitis III, grandson of James and Ellen Kattner of Jim Thorpe, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Feb. 19.

Tripp, 17, a senior at Sherwood High School, Olney, Md. is the son of Debra and Dr. Joseph Karitis, Capt. DC, USN, of Olney.

His Eagle Scout project was to rebuild a 20-foot by 9-foot bridge in The Friends Retirement Community in Sandy Springs, Md., with used utility poles and new decking.

Oil gluttons pay the piper

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mideast chaos not good for the oil-dependents oil-dependents like us

As the world's top oil glutton, the U.S. has long feared a scenario like the one currently unfolding in the Middle East – governments in danger of falling like dominoes and thus threatening the stability in a region that contains 56 percent of the world's oil reserves.

It seems just a matter of time before Libya, led by deranged dictator Moammar Gadhafi, falls. The world's 10th largest producer is being torn by Civil War and the fear that violence will spread to other nations has sent oil prices spiking to a 28-month high.

Candidates start filing petitions to run for offices in Carbon Co.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The anticipated steady flow of filing of nominating petitions by persons seeking elective offices in Carbon County in 2011 has begun in the Carbon County Elections Office.

By law, persons aspiring to offices on the county, borough, township and school district levels are required to circulate nominating petitions from eligible registered voters in their respective jurisdictions. The process began on Feb. 15 and will continue until the deadline of March 8.