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April 2011

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.

Palmerton inducts Kuns, Heffelfinger, Lentz

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Carbon County Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2011 class at a banquet on Sunday, May 29 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

This will be the 18th class to be inducted by the Carbob County Chapter.

Doors open at 1 p.m.. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of 6-12.

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
The Inspired Art Project enlists local artists to create and donate original works, inspired by original poetry written by child poet-athletes of America SCORES New York's after school program.
The Inspired Art Project enlists local artists to create and donate original works, inspired by original poetry written by child poet-athletes of America SCORES New York's after school program.

"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
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!