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April 2011

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.

bell choir performs at nursing homes

Saturday, April 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Older and Bolder newly formed bell choir performed recently for residents at the St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale and Maple Shade Meadows in Nesquehoning. Salvation Army programs director Dina Depos is the choir's director. For more information about Salvation Army Older and Bolder group activities, call (570) 668-0410. Bell choir members standing from back left are Jen Snyder, Fran Golder, Vivian Leimseider, Georgine Snyder, Rose Vallee and Patricia Brown. Pictured sitting from left are Gerry Klein, Jane Faust, Lois Deutsch and Margaret Wagner. Hidden in back is volunteer technical director Mel Latham.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Older and Bolder newly formed bell choir performed recently for residents at the St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale and Maple Shade Meadows in Nesquehoning. Salvation Army programs director Dina Depos is the choir's director. For more information about Salvation Army Older and Bolder group activities, call (570) 668-0410. Bell choir members standing from back left are Jen Snyder, Fran Golder, Vivian Leimseider, Georgine Snyder, Rose Vallee and Patricia Brown. Pictured sitting from left are Gerry Klein, Jane Faust, Lois Deutsch and Margaret Wagner. Hidden in back is volunteer technical director Mel Latham.

ACS auction exceeds expectations

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

On behalf of myself, my daughter Jess Kutza, and the American Cancer Society Telethon Committee, I extend deepest gratitude to everyone who supported our Annual ACS Chinese Auction held in the Lakeside Ballroom on Sunday, March 27th.

This year's total of over 500 donations, hundreds of attendees and amazing proceeds would have never been possible without YOU, our supportive friends and businesses. Because of YOU, we were able to present a check on the ACS Telethon this past weekend in the amount of $20,800!!! What an accomplishment!

A disasterin the making

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

Representatives Lou Barletta, Patrick Meehan and Paul Ryan (R-WI) are all under fire about the latest attempt by the Republicans to radically "reform" Medicare.

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law health care coverage for seniors in response to the unwillingness of the insurance industry to provide affordable health care to seniors. This program was called Medicare.

What's on your bucket list?

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I ask myself the same questions many older people ponder: What did I not do with my life that I would like to do? In other words, what's on my bucket list?

It's a short list with only one or two things on it: Return to Italy for another authentic Italian vacation; and, spend every day having fun. If I can't have fun all day, then I at least want to do one thing that I love.

That's it. My entire "bucket list" is only two lines. Seems to me I should be able to come up with more than that. Either I lack imagination or, I'm simply so content I don't long to do more.

Voulo falls in second round

Saturday, April 30, 2011

ALLENTOWN - Friday afternoon was the first time Vince Voulo got the chance to be a part of the District 11 Class AAA Singles' Tournament.

After playing a year of doubles' last season, Voulo earned the right to be a part of the tournament at the West End Racquet and Fitness Club as Pleasant Valley No. 1 singles' player.

Town hall events are for all constituents

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

I recently attended representative Barletta's town hall meeting at the AmVets in Lansford. I was hoping to see and hear some intelligent answers from the congressman, but I was very disappointed. I was disappointed because the one person who actually questioned the congressman about the proposed budget that he supports was screamed at by tables full of Lehighton 9/12 group members.

Thoughts

Saturday, April 30, 2011

How far have we come?

Pretty darn far. Just think, that 100 years ago, in 1911 here's what we had. Compare that to what we have now.

Theaverage life expectancyfor men was 47 years.

Fuel for the few cars on the road was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was theEiffel Tower.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, April 30, 2011

April 30, 1998 Brad Yuricheck throws his second no-hitter of the season to lead Panther Valley to a 7-1 Schuylkill League Division III win over Cardinal Brennan. Yuricheck allows just two walks and an unearned run while striking out nine. Brian DeGosio finishes with a single, double, triple and three RBI to pace the Panthers' offense. Chris Jones and Ben Porembo both add two hits and knock in a pair of runs.

Lansford Fire Co. conducts annual fund drive

Saturday, April 30, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS 2nd Assistant Chief Joe Greco of Lansford's American Fire Co. No 1.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS 2nd Assistant Chief Joe Greco of Lansford's American Fire Co. No 1.

If each Lansford resident would set aside $25 about the cost of a couple of large pizzas with sodas the all-volunteer American Fire Co. No 1 could make ends meet.

But 2nd Assistant Chief Joe Greco is grateful for any financial help at all.

He told of a woman who sends one dollar every year in response to the fire company's donation drive, with a note that she is sorry she can't afford more.

"To me, that means more than the person who doesn't give at all," he said.

Shad action on Delaware continues through June

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Mark Demko/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS George Magaro of Allentown prepares to release a shad brought to his boat during a late-season fishing excursion on the Delaware River last year.
Mark Demko/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS George Magaro of Allentown prepares to release a shad brought to his boat during a late-season fishing excursion on the Delaware River last year.

EASTON – Each spring, anglers from near and far make their way to the Delaware River to do battle with the water's most famous part-time resident, the American Shad.

Some royal treatment

Saturday, April 30, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A visiting family from Mountaintop, Luzerne County, may have felt a bit like the royales did Friday during the marriage of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge as they embarked on a carriage ride through downtown Jim Thorpe last weekend. The family included 18-month old Liam Pawlowski and (from left) his grandmother, Annette Pawlowski; Dad, Alex Pawlowski; and his mom, Sarah Pawlowski. Since it was Easter, the big bunny also added to the festivities during their trip.

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:

New fire house

Friday, April 29, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Attorney James Nanovic, left, solicitor for Lehighton Borough, reviews plans for a fire company expansion program during a meeting of the Lehighton Zoning Hearing Board. Zoning board members include, seated l-r, Randy Semmel, Mary Jo Vrablic, and Mary Lou Brophy. The zoners unanimously approved the fire department's request.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Attorney James Nanovic, left, solicitor for Lehighton Borough, reviews plans for a fire company expansion program during a meeting of the Lehighton Zoning Hearing Board. Zoning board members include, seated l-r, Randy Semmel, Mary Jo Vrablic, and Mary Lou Brophy. The zoners unanimously approved the fire department's request.

Lehighton Borough zoners give their approval

The Lehighton Fire Department crossed a major hurdle in its goal to extend the size of its fire station, Thursday night.

It received unanimous approval from the borough's zoning hearing board.

The $3.5 million project calls for demolishing three houses situated between Station 1 (Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 building) and Station 2 (Engine Company No. 2 building) in the 100 block of South Third Street, and then erecting bays and other facilities between them.

The Royal wedding

Friday, April 29, 2011
Bride Kate Middleton walks down the isle with father Michael at Westminster Abbey, central London, for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, Friday April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan/Pool)
Bride Kate Middleton walks down the isle with father Michael at Westminster Abbey, central London, for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, Friday April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan/Pool)

Monroe arrests

Friday, April 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on the following arrests.

On Saturday, April 23, about 11:15 a.m. officers were called to the Walmart store in Mt. Pocono by loss prevention officers. Police were told that Joshua J. Rinehart, 28, of Cresco, was observed concealing $67.48 worth of various items on his person and leaving the store without paying for them. He was issued a summary citation for retail theft and then released.

PV Class of '71 to meet

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Panther Valley Area Class of 1971 will hold a reunion meeting on May 4, at 6 p.m., at the Coaldale Rod and Gun Club. All class members are welcome to attend.

Seminar offered on dealing with bullying

Friday, April 29, 2011

In the wake of a number suicides in the United States by teenagers who have been bullied by classmates, Behavioral Health Associates is offering a free seminar to Carbon County residents.

The seminar, "In & Beyond the Schoolyard Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue," will be presented Wednesday, June 1, from 6-9 p.m. at BHA's Packer Ridge Academy, just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. The academy is the site of the former Packerton High School.

New graphics for chamber

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

The newly released Tamaqua Area 2011Community Progress Report features the new graphics created by Tamaqua Area High School student Sarah DeBenedict and motto of 'Growth - Progress - Tradition,' developed by Ann Gangwer. The logo was unveiled Wednesday at the 61st Annual Tamaqua Area Community Dinner.

Literacy and Art Fest held at Panther Valley

Friday, April 29, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking over some of the creative ceramic pieces at Panther Valley High School during Literacy Night are Judy Lin, Mrs. Kim Gallagher, art teacher; and Theressa Eckhart.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking over some of the creative ceramic pieces at Panther Valley High School during Literacy Night are Judy Lin, Mrs. Kim Gallagher, art teacher; and Theressa Eckhart.

Receiving a total of $313,562 in federal grants through School Libraries Program, enabled the Panther Valley High School to put on Literacy Night/Arts Fest 2011.

Through the efforts of Beth Walsh and Janet Fisher of the school district,appplying for the grant, out of 470 applications from other schools was narrowed down to only 49 recipients. Panther Valley was able to be equipped with the BOOKIT (Books and Opening Opportunity for Kids with Information Technology) program and an online catalogue called "Destiny" for grades K-12.

Old Jim Thorpe trees removed

Friday, April 29, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Climbed by many a neighborhood kid when they were much smaller, three large trees, which were at least 65 years old, have given way to open skies at St. John's Lutheran Church on North Street in Jim Thorpe. Their removal, by Day's Landscaping of Jim Thorpe, is just the first step in eventually installing new sidewalks in the future.

Enoe denies even being in Shenandoah day of murder

Friday, April 29, 2011

Speaking in a soft, low key voice which displayed very little emotion and which a jury seated only five feet away from the witness stand had to lean forward to hear his testimony, Julius C. Enoe, 32, of Reading, testified in his own defense Thursday in Schuylkill County court and denied he killed Bruce L. Forker in a shooting which took place at Forker's home in Shenandoah in the early morning hours of March 16, 2010.

Tamaqua news

Friday, April 29, 2011

First Steps

First Steps, a support group for mothers, will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 4, at the Primitive Methodist Church, 55 Hunter St., Tamaqua.

The meeting will be held in the church social room from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Participants will learn how to make decorative candle holders.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Child care for all ages will be provided free of charge. New members and volunteers are welcome.

For more information, call Linda Murphy at (570) 668-2972 or email firststepmom@msn.com

Mini relay

Named to Intermediate band

Friday, April 29, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley School District was represented in the District 10 Intermediate Band Festival on April 1. Selected to participate from the Middle School were Steven Reehl (clarinet) and Morgan Kadel (Alto Clarinet). The band festival took place at Catasauqua Area High School.

Carbon County opens bids for five home rehab projects

Friday, April 29, 2011

The commissioners, on Thursday, opened bids for five home rehabilitation program projects in the county. This program helps low-income residents fix problems at their home.

The recipients, who remain anonymous as part of the program's process, can receive up to $12,000 in funding through Act 137, which is generated through fees charged for the recording of documents in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office. Those funds are then used to repair necessary items in their homes such as heating systems, roofing, siding, or electrical and plumbing systems.