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April 2011

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
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Brenda and Neal Kester of Bowmanstown meet with State Rep. Doyle Heffley during an open house celebration Thursday at his Lehighton district office.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Brenda and Neal Kester of Bowmanstown meet with State Rep. Doyle Heffley during an open house celebration Thursday at his Lehighton district office.

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.

Fresh from father's kitchen

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A little more than a year ago, on April 2, 2010, my big sister Kay lay down to sleep, closed her eyes and passed over into God's arms.

Although we were born 13 years apart, we shared a few common interests, including reading, horseback riding, cooking and baking.

The latter two were nurtured by our father, who during our childhoods, operated restaurants.

Keystone Dock Dogs coming to Cabela's

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Keystone Dock Dogs will hold this year's Spring Splash, Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, at Cabela's Hamburg store. This is the first time in more than four years that Dock Dogs has held an event at the store, and entries are expected from many of the top canine athletes from Pennsylvania and surrounding states to compete for more than $2,500 in cash and prizes.

Schuylkill jury deliberating in Shenandoah murder case

Saturday, April 30, 2011

As of press time Friday, a jury was still deliberating on the fate of Julius C. Enoe, 32, of Reading, who was tried for the murder of Bruce L. Forker in the early morning hours of March 16, 2010 in his home in Shenandoah.

After a five-day trial in the Schuylkill County Court, the case was given to the jury at 3 p.m. Friday following a charge by Judge Jacqueline Russell.

Lehighton Rotary Club recognizes top essay contestants

Saturday, April 30, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Rotary Club recentlyrecognized the top participantsinan essay contest for high school juniors with the theme "Service Above Self - What It Means to Me." Pictured left to right areDr. Barbara Belón, President of Lehighton Rotary Club; Nick Mantz, second place winner;Cierra House, first place winner;Carter McCandless, third place winner; and James Kraky,LASD Superintendent.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Rotary Club recentlyrecognized the top participantsinan essay contest for high school juniors with the theme "Service Above Self - What It Means to Me." Pictured left to right areDr. Barbara Belón, President of Lehighton Rotary Club; Nick Mantz, second place winner;Cierra House, first place winner;Carter McCandless, third place winner; and James Kraky,LASD Superintendent.

Lehighton Rotary Club recentlysponsored an essay contest for high school juniors with the theme "Service Above Self - What It Means to Me." Through the cooperation of Lehighton Area School District administration and faculty, approximately 30 students participated in the contest.

According to Dr. Barbara Belón, President of Lehighton Rotary Club,"One of the main focuses of Rotary isliteracy." On behalf of Lehighton Rotary Club, she recognizedCierra House fortakingfirst place honors, Nick Mantz second, and Carter McCandless third. House now moves on to the district competition.

Building for the future Pennsylvania Conservation Corps renovating McCartney Pavilion at Mauch Chunk Lake Park

Saturday, April 30, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kristian Koehler, left, crew leader Jody Johnson, and Alfredo Russo of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps apply a vapor barrier to the exterior of the new kitchen at the Agnes McCartney Pavilion in Much Chunk Lake Park.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kristian Koehler, left, crew leader Jody Johnson, and Alfredo Russo of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps apply a vapor barrier to the exterior of the new kitchen at the Agnes McCartney Pavilion in Much Chunk Lake Park.

Mauch Chunk Lake Park's oldest pavilion is undergoing a major renovation, thanks to the help of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.

The PCC is in the process of refurbishing the Agnes McCartney Pavilion, the oldest of the park's pavilions dating back to the 1970s. Over the years, it had deteriorated from the weather, and unlike the pavilions built afterwards, did not have a kitchen.

Lansford, Summit Hill pooling resources Project manager will be working for both communities in the partnership setup

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Sara Ruch, seated, is serving as project manager for the newly organized Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership. Directors include, l-r, Dale Freudenberger of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, chairman; David Benevy, Mark Sverchek, and Chris Ondrus, all representing Lansford Alive; and Harry Miller and Michele Toniatti, both representing Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization. Miller is treasurer. Also representing Summit Hill, but not in the photo, is Debra Ranck, secretary.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Sara Ruch, seated, is serving as project manager for the newly organized Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership. Directors include, l-r, Dale Freudenberger of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, chairman; David Benevy, Mark Sverchek, and Chris Ondrus, all representing Lansford Alive; and Harry Miller and Michele Toniatti, both representing Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization. Miller is treasurer. Also representing Summit Hill, but not in the photo, is Debra Ranck, secretary.

Organizations in two Panther Valley communities are pooling their resources in an effort to get better results for both towns.

The Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership was created by Lansford Alive and the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO).

Sara Ruch of Summit Hill will be serving on a part-time basis as project manager of the partnership, working about 25 hours per week.

The partnership has seven directors, three from each of the two groups. The seventh member is Dale Freudenberger of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

A marriage made in Heaven

Saturday, April 30, 2011

If you have watched television this past week, you know that on Friday Prince William married his long time love Kate Middleton. The wedding was lavish, featuring a beautiful chapel, an extensive guest list of dignitaries, and wedding receptions across England in the couple's honor.

While this wedding was beautiful, the main focus of the ceremony (as is always the case) was the bride. For weeks, much of the conversation surrounded who Kate is, where she is from, and what should she wear. On the day of the ceremony, all eyes were not on the prince, but on his bride.

Tamaqua students attend Computer Fair

Saturday, April 30, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School students participated in the March 15 Regional High School Computer Fair at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit. More than 40 various computer projects were judged, according to industry standards, with awards presented to four TAHS students. Winners included: Nicolai Kabana, second place in the digital movie category; Dallas Mease and Austin Chartier, first place in graphic design; Megan Witkus, first place, and Eriz Hertzog, second place, in computer fair logo.

Carbon judge will decide on injunction request for Panther Valley drug policy Judge Serfass considers action filed by ACLU on students' behalf against the district

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Carbon County judge will decide on a request for a preliminary injunction to stop the Panther Valley School District from enforcing its drug policy concerning students who participate in sports and extracurricular activities.

Judge Steven R. Serfass conducted a hearing on the action filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the district which was filed on behalf of Morgan and Donna Thomas. The Thomas' sought the action on behalf of two of their children, a son, Jeremy, 18, and a daughter, identified in the suit as M.T.

Freeland motorist facing charges

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Freeland woman is facing charges following an incident in Rush Township on Wednesday.

Officers were dispatched to SR309 (Claremont Avenue) at 12:45 p.m., in the area of Tirpak Insurance, where they found damage to a retaining wall and flower bed. It was determined that a vehicle operated by Sylvia Bridge, 56, had cut through the lot to avoid traffic, damaging the property in the process

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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One man's opinion

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

* Accept the days you are a pigeon and some that your are a statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them.

* Drive carefully, it's not only the cars that can be recalled by their maker.

* Never buy a car you cannot push, with fuel at $5 never buy a car.

* Do not put both feet in your mouth at the same time. You'll not have a leg to stand on.

* Since it is the early bird that gets the work, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

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
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Sheila Theodorou, administrator/CEO of Carbon-Monroe-Pike County MH/MR, addresses the agencies and legislators during the second annual Legislative Brunch on Friday at the Lehighton Recreation Center. Other presenters are, from left, Pat Sasserath, executive director for the Carbon County Assistance Office; Commissioner Wayne Nothstein and Jeanne Miller, director of Carbon and Schuylkill County Educational Services at Lehigh Carbon Community College.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Sheila Theodorou, administrator/CEO of Carbon-Monroe-Pike County MH/MR, addresses the agencies and legislators during the second annual Legislative Brunch on Friday at the Lehighton Recreation Center. Other presenters are, from left, Pat Sasserath, executive director for the Carbon County Assistance Office; Commissioner Wayne Nothstein and Jeanne Miller, director of Carbon and Schuylkill County Educational Services at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

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.