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April 2011

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.

bell choir performs at nursing homes

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Tamaqua Salvation Army programs director, volunteer, Older and Bolder Bell Choir director Dina Depos shows St. Luke's Hospital resident Mae Krynock, 84, how to play a color-coated bell.
Tamaqua Salvation Army programs director, volunteer, Older and Bolder Bell Choir director Dina Depos shows St. Luke's Hospital resident Mae Krynock, 84, how to play a color-coated bell.

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.

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:

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
Bridesmaid Eliza Lopes, the granddaughter of the Duchess of Cornwall.
Bridesmaid Eliza Lopes, the granddaughter of the Duchess of Cornwall.

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
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.