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