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February 2011

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
Judy Nansteel, Lehighton - "I'm going to be positive and say I don't see any major storm coming."
Judy Nansteel, Lehighton - "I'm going to be positive and say I don't see any major storm coming."

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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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
Reenactors Tom Curney, Drums, and Barbara Kundrik, Freeland, model civilian garb of the Civil War era during the 81st Pa. Volunteer Infantry Banquet held in Tamaqua last April.
Reenactors Tom Curney, Drums, and Barbara Kundrik, Freeland, model civilian garb of the Civil War era during the 81st Pa. Volunteer Infantry Banquet held in Tamaqua last April.

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.

Lions February honoree

Friday, February 25, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Penn-Kidder Lions Club honored Denessa Edwards of Albrightsville as its Student of the Month for February. An eighth grader at the Penn Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District, she is the daughter of Dillan and Carla Edwards. Her recognition was presented by Penn-Kidder Lions Club charter member Kevin Nallie, back. Joining Denessa, center, at the award presentation at the club's breakfast meeting were her mother, right, and her sister Tajhira, left.

Nesquehoning special service

Friday, February 25, 2011

St. John's the Baptist Orthodox Church, 9 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, will hold a special service in advance of the approaching Lenten season, on Saturday, Feb. 26, starting at 9 a.m. The service will include divine liturgy for the faithful and those deceased. Rev. Robert J. Teklinski, pastor, will officiate.

Youth association seeks to use borough hall gym

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Palmerton youth organization has pleaded its case to once again utilize the borough hall gymnasium as a practice facility.

Several handfuls of members of the Palmerton Youth Basketball Association met with borough council on Thursday to seek permission for use of the gym for basketball practice.

Kyle Kratzer, a member of the organization, asked council if it would reconsider its stance, and said there are over 200 kids involved in the organization spread out over 23 different teams and volunteer coaches.

Holy Family coach resigns

Friday, February 25, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Holy Family men's basketball coach John O'Connor has resigned following his videotaped conflict with former player Matt Kravchuk.

Holy Family forward Sam Mushman told the Associated Press that O'Connor informed the team on Thursday he would step down.

The decision came after O'Connor learned he will not face criminal charges from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

"Peace, brother"

Friday, February 25, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

This snowman along East Cottage Avenue in Tamaqua seems to be saying, "Peace, brother. Hang in there, springtime is only three weeks away."

Tamaqua news

Friday, February 25, 2011

Rush taxes

Rush Township tax collector Dolores Walck has set new office hours for 2011. During the months of March and April, the office will be open Tuesdays, from 6-8 p.m., and Wednesdays, from 9-11 a.m. Hours will be extended for the last week of the discount period. In addition to the Tuesday and Wednesday hours, the office will be open, Thursday, April 28 from 10-11 a.m. and from 6-7 p.m.

Hours during May and June will be Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m.

Northern Lehigh High School announces third marking period honor roll

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mrs. Aileen Yadush, Principal of Northern Senior High School, has announced the honor roll for the third marking period of the 2010-2011 school year.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

Leasers Corner Store offers good sandwiches at a good price

Friday, February 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Marshall and Melissa Leaser recently opened Leaser's Corner Store at 828 Main Road, (Franklin Township) Lehighton, at the corner of Main Road and Penn Street, across the street from the Phifer Ice Dam Park. Leaser's Corner Store offers sandwiches, pizza, wrap sandwiches, hot dogs and soups.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Marshall and Melissa Leaser recently opened Leaser's Corner Store at 828 Main Road, (Franklin Township) Lehighton, at the corner of Main Road and Penn Street, across the street from the Phifer Ice Dam Park. Leaser's Corner Store offers sandwiches, pizza, wrap sandwiches, hot dogs and soups.

Fast food can be good food - at least it is at Leaser's Corner Store.

Marshall and Melissa Leaser found their slice of business ownership heaven when they recently opened Leaser's Country Store at 828 Main Road, (Franklin Township) Lehighton.

The store is more of a deli stop than a grocery store since it is the place to go for a hoagie, wraps, salad or pizza, made fresh before your eyes.