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April 2011

Budget protest

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Group concerned about possible sports cutbacks

A group of Palmerton residents plan to protest the potential elimination of several athletic programs in the Palmerton Area School District early next week.

The TIMES NEWS has learned that an assemblage of parents, student athletes and supporters will participate in a demonstration outside the Parkside Education Center at 5 p.m. Monday.

The Palmerton school board is scheduled to hold an executive session at 5:30 p.m. that will be closed to the public.

Is there more to it?

Saturday, April 30, 2011

If I was to argue with you that white was black or up was down, I am willing to bet two things would happen. First, you would probably attempt to prove that I was wrong since you would believe the truth is so obvious that it would seem insane to argue otherwise. Second, failing to convince me of either of these truths you may eventually give up and believe I'm crazy since the truth is staring me right in the face and yet I still deny it.

Local agencies pitch for their programs Area legislators hear how preventive programs affect quality of life in Carbon Co.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Cheri Santore, director of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging and chairperson of the Interagency Council of Carbon County, left; and Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, right, present Larissa Kimmel of Family Promise with the first annual Interagency Council Grant. The grant is in the amount of $500.
Cheri Santore, director of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging and chairperson of the Interagency Council of Carbon County, left; and Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, right, present Larissa Kimmel of Family Promise with the first annual Interagency Council Grant. The grant is in the amount of $500.

In Carbon County, millions of dollars are spent annually on preventive programs that help children, families and the elderly.

Because of the state deficit, area agencies may be forced to cut these programs.

Lies my president told me

Saturday, April 30, 2011

This week, the administration revealed that the President couldn't be trusted. Using "Chicago Style Politics" to ram healthcare down the throats of Americans wasn't enough. Now the administration must vilify major corporations as Obama launches his 2012 reelection campaign. A good example is the administration's actions against the oil industry. In a speech last week the President claimed that high oil prices are the result of oil companies gouging the public and speculators manipulating the price of oil for their own profit.

Nolehi gets softball, baseball wins

Saturday, April 30, 2011
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Ashley Sensinger scoops up the ball at third base during Friday's game against Stroudsburg.
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Ashley Sensinger scoops up the ball at third base during Friday's game against Stroudsburg.

Northern Lehigh picked up wins in both softball and baseballa ction on Friday.

SOFTBALL

Tamaqua-Panther Valley

Tamaqua's Jordan Nowacki singled in the fifth, watched as her Raiders batted around, and came back up to smack a grand slam en route to a 15-0 win over Panther Valley.

The Raiders' Angelica Heisler (three singles), Brianna Boyer (two singles), Lauren Mateyak (two singles) and Emily Zancofsky (two singles) each had multiple hits.

Ashtin Walck had two of the Panthers' four hits. She picked up two singles.

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Youth fishing day recognizes children of military veterans

Saturday, April 30, 2011

In recognition of local military veterans, Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club is hosting a "Youth Fishing" day on May 15 in the newly-dredged dam at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, Main Road, in Franklin Township.

The ponds are adjacent to the Franklin Township Little League fields.

All children – ages 1 to 12 – who are children, grandchildren or great-grand children of military veterans in the lower Carbon County area are invited to fish during the event for free.

Palmerton inducts Kuns, Heffelfinger, Lentz

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Carbon County Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2011 class at a banquet on Sunday, May 29 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

This will be the 18th class to be inducted by the Carbob County Chapter.

Doors open at 1 p.m.. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of 6-12.

Why are you wasting our money?

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

I am responding to an anonymous letter I received last week. Usually I file those letter in the waste basket because if, in my opinion, the author doesn't have the guts to sign it they don't deserve to have their opinions heard.

Childhood

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Do you know the song "Toyland?" One of the lines from that song remains with me – "Once you pass its borders, you can never return again." It is a reference to the joys of childhood – the magic, the wonder, the imagination, and the carefree attitude.

So true – once we leave childhood, the pressures of the world set in and we lose a lot of our innocent happiness.

Tamaqua Expo in 1911 was a crowd pleaser

Saturday, April 30, 2011

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

@$:A highlight of the 1911 spring season for farmers from throughout the region was The Great Industrial Exposition which was sponsored by one of Tamaqua's leading merchants located on Broad Street.

"Seligman & Company will hold a miniature world's fair," a headline in the Tamaqua Courier announced in mid-April. The company's various promotions for the exhibition, which the Courier called the largest of its kind in the state, would impress even today's media-savvy public relations firms.

A SCORE for after school program The youth provide the voice while artists provide the vision

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Jim Thorpe-based photographic artist Tom Storm composed an original multimedia photographic composition for donation it to America SCORES New York.
Jim Thorpe-based photographic artist Tom Storm composed an original multimedia photographic composition for donation it to America SCORES New York.

"We wish we were… as old as brave men."

An enigmatic line from a poem composed by a soccer team of 8 to 11-year-olds inner city New York touched Jim Thorpe-based photographic artist Tom Storm.

"I don't know if it was intentionally written like that," Storm said. "Some people would say as brave as old men. 'As old as brave men,' that to me had weight to it. Somewhat was identifiable, some was unidentifiable, but it carried it anyway."

Rotary banner exchange

Saturday, April 30, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A HEERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On a recent visit to Wichita Falls, Texas, Lehighton Rotary Club President-Elect Erica Heery attended the Wichita Falls Thursday Morning Rotary Club meeting. Organized in 1915,Wichita Falls Rotary Club annually displays over 1,000 American flags. Established in 1921, Lehighton Rotary Club annually distributes dictionaries to every third grade student in Lehighton and Palmerton Area School Districts. Pictured during the traditional banner exchange ritual are Heery and Wichita Falls Thursday Morning Rotary Club President Dan Garcia.

Turning a new leaf

Saturday, April 30, 2011
donald R. serfass/Times News
donald R. serfass/Times News

Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce President Todd Miller presents a certificate to TAHS student Sarah DeBenedict in appreciation for her winning entry in the chamber's logo design competition. DeBenedict created a graphic using a maple leaf, with its veins depicting a five points intersection. Both Tamaqua and Hometown feature such an intersection. DeBenedict received recognition during Wednesday's Tamaqua Area Community Dinner.

PSU extension program celebrates spring

Saturday, April 30, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Dwane Miller, Penn State Cooperative Extension Agricultural Educator in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, shows the audience a pamphlet identifying Ash trees, which some bugs use as their homes. He, as well as other speakers, talked to over 70 people about a variety of topics during the Carbon County Penn State Cooperative Extension's annual holiday program, titled "Spring is in The Air," held on Thursday at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association building in Mahoning Township.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Dwane Miller, Penn State Cooperative Extension Agricultural Educator in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, shows the audience a pamphlet identifying Ash trees, which some bugs use as their homes. He, as well as other speakers, talked to over 70 people about a variety of topics during the Carbon County Penn State Cooperative Extension's annual holiday program, titled "Spring is in The Air," held on Thursday at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association building in Mahoning Township.

Over 70 Carbon County residents were treated to a variety of educational topics Thursday at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association building in Mahoning Township.

During the Carbon County Penn State Cooperative Extension's annual holiday program, titled "Spring is in The Air," residents had the opportunity to learn about lavender, fitness, wreath making, and bugs.

Mindy Graver, family living educator at Penn State Cooperative Extension, Carbon County and organizer of the event, said she was thrilled with the program attendance.

Rt. 209 closed by flooding

Friday, April 29, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The southbound lane of SR209 in Franklin Township was closed Thursday morning when torrential rains were too much for the storm drains to handle. This scene is just north of the entrance to the Northeast Extension of the turnpike.

Nominate your Friend of the Lehigh River

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wildlands Conservancy is seeking nominations for its Friend of the Lehigh River Awards. The awards, given annually by the organization, are in acknowledgment of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, institutions, or government entities that deserve recognition for their commitment to preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Lehigh River and its watershed. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 20.

Students from 7 area schools attend commissioners' meeting

Friday, April 29, 2011

Students from seven area high schools had the opportunity to see how Carbon County operates during the county's 11th annual Government Day.

On Thursday, students from Panther Valley, Marian, Palmerton, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Weatherly, and Carbon Career & Technical Institute high schools found themselves spending a day observing Carbon County officials doing what they do best, run the county.

Students had stops at the Carbon County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe and 9-1-1 Communication Center in Nesquehoning.

Schuylkill crash

Friday, April 29, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a one-vehicle crash about 10:22 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, along SR61 at the Mount Carbon "jug handle" in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

Flooding

Friday, April 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This 1991 Mercury Cougar operated by an Allentown couple was stuck along Route 248 West for more than an hour Thursday morning due to the severe thunderstorm.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This 1991 Mercury Cougar operated by an Allentown couple was stuck along Route 248 West for more than an hour Thursday morning due to the severe thunderstorm.

Severe thunderstorms block Rts. 248 and 209

Friday morning's severe thunderstorm caused Route 248 West to be shut down for three hours.

Emergency crews worked to drain the flooded roadway as traffic was diverted through Parryville.

An Allentown couple got stuck on the road for more than an hour. The vehicle was eventually towed.

In addition, the southbound lane of Route 209 in Franklin Township was also closed yesterday morning as a result of the flooding.

Arrests reported

Friday, April 29, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported on two arrests made by troopers this week.

On Tuesday, April 26, about 11:34 p.m. troopers observed Joseph Pizzutti, 64, of Lehighton, walking into traffic at the intersection of state routes 443 and 209, in Lehighton. He was under the influence of alcohol.

He was placed under arrest and cited for public drunkenness, troopers said.

Creating policy

Friday, April 29, 2011
Larry Wittig
Larry Wittig

Tamaqua's Larry Wittig named chairman of Pennsylvania State Board of Education

The state of education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stands at a crossroad, and that crossroad now goes directly through Tamaqua.

On Thursday, Gov. Tom Corbett announced his decision to appoint Larry Wittig, president of the Tamaqua Area School Board of Education, to the position of chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. Wittig's appointment will fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Joseph M. Torsella, who has been confirmed to the post of U.S. Representative to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform.

Arbor Day

Friday, April 29, 2011

We must work on behalf of future generations

You probably have a favorite tree-lined street in your community. Or a tree-filled neighborhood you've always admired. Or a favorite forest where you like to bask in the beauty of the trees.

It's important to remember that those beautiful spaces aren't here by accident. The forests we enjoy today – which give us both pleasure and environmental benefits – are here because of the vision, courage and hard work of generations past.

Northern Lehigh news

Friday, April 29, 2011

Benefit Festival

The Duane J. Lucien Scholarship Foundation will hold it's annual Benefit Festival Saturday, May 21 from noon to 8 p.m. at the covered bridge along the Slate Heritage Trail, just off 7th Street in Slatington.

The fundraiser benefits the community by providing college scholarships to Northern Lehigh High School seniors.

New federal safety standards established for infants' cribs

Friday, April 29, 2011

The safety standards on infant cribs are changing.

Theft incidents

Friday, April 29, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating several theft incidents.

Troopers said the theft of 1,000 feet of welding cables is being probed. The incident occurred at the Weld Services, located along SR209, in Gilbert, Polk Township, Monroe County. The cable was removed fro a rack that was located behind the business. It was taken sometime betwen April 15-21, troopers said. No value was listed for the cable.

A motto to move forward

Friday, April 29, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Ann Gangwer is seen receiving the first place award for coming up with the winning slogan in the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce's new motto competition. Gangwer's entry of 'Growth - Progress - Tradition' was chosen for its inspiration in guiding the community forward. Shown presenting the award during the Tamaqua Area Community Dinner is Todd Miller, chamber president.

Summit Hill/Coaldale News

Friday, April 29, 2011

Summit Hill

Methodist Charge

The service schedule for the Coaldale/Summit Hill United Methodist Charge for Sunday, May 1, is as follows:

Worship services will be held at 9 a.m. in the Summit Hill United Methodist Church and at 11 a.m. in the Coaldale United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Burgess Gordon will officiate at both services. The adult Sunday school will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Coaldale church.

Borough council

Flooded Canal Road

Friday, April 29, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Franklin Township fire police direct traffic along a flooded Canal Road Thursday morning.

Bangor sweeps N'western in track

Friday, April 29, 2011

Rain wiped out all but one event on Thursday's scholastic sports schedule.

Northwestern's track meet at Bangor was the only area sport to be played.

Northwestern-Bangor

Bangor swept Northwestern in its Colonial League track meet Thursday afternoon.

Nycole Everett had the best day of all of the Lady Tigers. Everett won the high jump with a leap of four feet, six inches. She also placed second in the discus and third in the shot put. Teammate Tori Black did well as well, as she had a first place (triple jump) and second place (long jump) finish.

Pigs' Worley gets call to Phillies

Friday, April 29, 2011

ALLENTOWN - Less than an hour before Thursday night's contest against the Pawtucket PawSox, Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg had to enter the clubhouse and tell Vance Worley, his scheduled Friday night starter, to pack his bags and head for Philadelphia.

The Phillies had just put starting pitcher Joe Blanton on the disabled list with a medial impingement of the right elbow.

Election bureau releases county registration figures

Friday, April 29, 2011

The official voter registration in Schuylkill County stands at 84,781 with the Republican Party continuing to remain the majority party, according to official figures released by the county registration bureau.

Registered with the Republican party are 40,087 voters and with the Democratic Party 36,532. The Primary Election scheduled to be held Tuesday, May 17 will have separate ballots for each of the two major parties with the runoff between the parties to be held in November's General Election.

The registration by parties and affiliations are as follows: