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April 2011

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.

Sharing his love for the great outdoors

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton native Matt Guedes recently has his first article published as the Western Editor for the digital magazine IS Outdoors.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton native Matt Guedes recently has his first article published as the Western Editor for the digital magazine IS Outdoors.

As western editor of digital magazine, Palmerton native Matt Guedes feels blessed

He gets to dabble in the adventures of the great outdoors and then write an account of his experiences.

For Matt Guedes, it really is the best of both worlds in his current capacity as the Western Editor for the digital magazine IS Outdoors.

A native of Palmerton, Guedes recently had his first article, entitled "Rediscover Colorado Mule Deer", published in the digital magazine.

The article can be viewed online at www.isoutdoors.com/media/0411.

Guedes said the article has enabled him to fulfill his ambition.

Commissioners are denied a peremptory judgment in dispute over audit fee

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A peremptory judgement sought by the Schuylkill County Commissioners against Controller Melinda Kantner was denied and dismissed in a ruling made by Judge Charles M. Miller in the Schuylkill County Court.

The commissioners claimed they entered into a contract with L. Samuel Deegan, CPA, of Pottsville, to perform an audit of the county's financial records. This was done by presentation of a proposal for the performance of the audit which was presented by Deegan and an acceptance of that proposal by Deegan.

Panther Valley holds off Tamaqua

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Thad Ogozalek slides safely into home behind Tamaqua catcher Matt Roberts in the Panther's four-run, third inning. Watching the action is the Panthers' Zach Stanko.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Thad Ogozalek slides safely into home behind Tamaqua catcher Matt Roberts in the Panther's four-run, third inning. Watching the action is the Panthers' Zach Stanko.

Stephen Gulla has been making so much happen for Panther Valley's baseball team.

Two weeks ago he threw a no-hitter against Lehighton, toppling the Indians from the unbeaten ranks. Earlier this week he hit a grand slam that helped his Panthers overcome a big deficit against Minersville.

Yesterday, against Tamaqua, he went the distance on the mound and contributed a two-run homer to lead the Panthers to a 9-8 win at home.

Palmerton Borough Council recognizes Lt. Gen. Hernandez Plan for memorial to Palmerton area servicemen and women also discusssed

Saturday, April 30, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Borough Councilman Richard Nothstein hugs Elizabeth Koch, the mother of Lieutenant General Rhett A. Hernandez, after presenting her with a plaque of a resolution council adopted on Thursday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Councilman Richard Nothstein hugs Elizabeth Koch, the mother of Lieutenant General Rhett A. Hernandez, after presenting her with a plaque of a resolution council adopted on Thursday.

Palmerton has acknowledged one of its own with a prestigious distinction.

A resolution to recognize Lt. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez for his dedication of many years of service to our country as a member of the Armed Service was adopted by borough council on Thursday.

Council approved the resolution on a 6-0 vote as Elizabeth Koch, the mother of Hernandez, sat in attendance.

Councilman Richard Nothstein, who has close ties to Hernandez, read the resolution and offered his own perspective.

Open house gatherings held at Rep. Heffley's local offices

Saturday, April 30, 2011
State Rep. Doyle Heffley introduced his staff during an open house celebration Thursday at his Lehighton district office. Standing behind Heffley are, from left, Timm Berger, district office manager; Janine Partenio, Albrightsville outreach specialist; Jean Papay, Lehighton outreach specialist; and Linda Schylaske, legislative secretary in Harrisburg.
State Rep. Doyle Heffley introduced his staff during an open house celebration Thursday at his Lehighton district office. Standing behind Heffley are, from left, Timm Berger, district office manager; Janine Partenio, Albrightsville outreach specialist; Jean Papay, Lehighton outreach specialist; and Linda Schylaske, legislative secretary in Harrisburg.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley held open house meet-and-greet gatherings Thursday at his Lehighton district office and Friday at the Albrightsville district office.

Heffley was following through on an election pledge to the people of the 122nd District in which he vowed to be accessible and provide access to state government.

Eliminate tax totally

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

After reading the Times News story (4/19/2011) on the property tax archaic system it is no secret that is the worst tax to impose on people. State senator John Yudichak, State Representative Doyle Heffley and State senator Dave Argall have proposed that the school tax be eliminated. What a wonderful thing except they stopped short on the real property tax issue and that is to stop the county and the local taxing also by eliminating this tax totally.

Help CCFOA care for the animals

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

Thank you for running the article on Carbon County Friends of Animals and the national shelter challenge. CCFOA remains in fourth place and as of today has 4.26 percent of the state votes. That is the highest percentage of votes since this quarter's challenge was launched. This is quite impressive! CCFOA needs to gain at least 22 percent of the state votes to win any one of the grants.

A misunderstood element of exercise

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Simple. Crucial. Chameleon.

Those were the words I first listed as I tried to determine whether or not recovery from exercise was a suitable topic for this week's column. When I added "Universal," the decision became a no-brainer.

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
Beth Walsh, PVHS librarian, explains some of the new books received by the school district through a grant during Literacy Night.
Beth Walsh, PVHS librarian, explains some of the new books received by the school district through a grant during Literacy Night.

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.

Jesse Walck is candidate for Summit Hill Council

Friday, April 29, 2011
Jesse Walck
Jesse Walck

Jesse Walck, 295 East Mountaintop Road, Summit Hill, has announced his candidacy for Summit Hill Borough Council. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.

Walck, 32, is currently serving on the Carbon County Planning Commission.

He is a 1997 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 2008 graduate of Temple University, where he attained a degree in economics. Immediately after graduating high school, he served six years in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent over two years involved in combat operations in Iraq.

Monroe woman facing charges

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Monroe County woman is facing charges, including driving under the influence (DUI), following an incident that occurred about 2:01 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Cynthia Driscoll, 31, of Pocono Summit, was stopped along SR940 at Interstate 380 in Pocono Summit after being obsered driving erratically.

While speaking with Driscoll officers observed baggies of marijuana and a smoking device inside the vehicle. She was also under the influence of alchohol, police said.

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, April 29, 2011

Guest speaker

Please join Ebenezer E.C. Church on Sunday, May 1 at 6 p.m. for the live incredible story of prolific, blind hymnist, Fanny J. Crosby. This live performance with hymns, features Debi Wahl of Act 1 Productions. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit an upcoming Scotland Missions trip. The address is 441 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. For more information call (570) 325-2855.

Food pantry

A growing legacy

Friday, April 29, 2011
Heidi checks the soil to see if it's dry enough to plow. She says it's been a very rainy spring and she is behind on getting her seeds and plants in for the CSA farm.
Heidi checks the soil to see if it's dry enough to plow. She says it's been a very rainy spring and she is behind on getting her seeds and plants in for the CSA farm.

Heidi Secord manages Cherry Valley Community Supported Agriculture farm, the roots of Biodynamic farming

Growing up, Heidi Secord thought someday she'd be a businesswoman. So this Connecticut girl went to the University of Rhode Island and earned a degree in business management.

But upon graduation, she just couldn't quite see herself in a business suit sitting behind a desk, so instead, she joined the Peace Corps.

Panther Valley's Jason Gates champion of 17th annual event

Friday, April 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The top four finishers in the TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania Citizen Bee were, front from left, Panther Valley's Jason Gates, Northern Lehigh's Michael Hofmann, Tamaqua's Schuyler Schmidt and Palmerton's Brent Green. Joining them are Citizen Bee coordinator George Taylor and Moderator Maureen Donovan from Lehigh Carbon Community College.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The top four finishers in the TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania Citizen Bee were, front from left, Panther Valley's Jason Gates, Northern Lehigh's Michael Hofmann, Tamaqua's Schuyler Schmidt and Palmerton's Brent Green. Joining them are Citizen Bee coordinator George Taylor and Moderator Maureen Donovan from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

The 17th Annual Pennsylvania Citizen Bee was held Thursday evening at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

The Citizen Bee tests students' knowledge of U.S. history, economics, geography, Pennsylvania history, local/regional history and current events. Four students out of 25 competing walked away with top prizes.

First place winner was Panther Valley High School senior Jason Gates. Last year he competed in the Citizen Bee and placed third. Gates plans to attend Dickinson College for economics.

Penn-Kidder Lions honor Student of the Month

Friday, April 29, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Penn-Kidder Lions Club recently honored Tyler DeAlbertis, center, who was chosen as the eighth grade Student of The Month. Tyler is a student at the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District. With Tyler are his father, John DeAlbertis, left; and Manny DaCosta, president of the Penn-Kidder Lions. The meeting was held at Piggy's in Lake Harmony.

Free haircuts for those actively serving in the military

Friday, April 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jan Kresge, right, owner and operator of Jan's Barber Shop in Palmerton, and Audra Doll, barber, left, are ready to give haircuts to active military personnel like Chad Jones, if they come into the shop between May 3-May 27, at no charge. The haircuts are being paid for by an anonymous patriotic donor.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jan Kresge, right, owner and operator of Jan's Barber Shop in Palmerton, and Audra Doll, barber, left, are ready to give haircuts to active military personnel like Chad Jones, if they come into the shop between May 3-May 27, at no charge. The haircuts are being paid for by an anonymous patriotic donor.

The same patriotic anonymous donor as last year, came forward again this year to ask Jan Kresge, owner and operator of Jan's Barber Shop, located at 434 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton, if he could pay for the haircuts of any active military personnel who came into her shop from May 3-May 27.

Jan was only too happy to agree. She even purchased an Oster Operation Homefront special edition camouflage clipper. Oster has pledged to make a $25,000 donation to the troops and their families from the sales. She also purchased two camouflage drapes, that says, "Support Our Troops."

On this date

Friday, April 29, 2011

April 29, 1991

Carbon County Manager Mortimer Smedley was the featured speaker during the official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremonies held this afternoon at the newly opened Lehighton Community Recreation Center. A warm welcome was extended to all those in attendance for the special event by Councilman Darryl Arner, who was instrumental in getting the "buy a brick" fundraiser off the ground.