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April 2011

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!

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.

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.