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May 2011

Parade and service mark Lansford Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Richard D. Pogwist, past commander of the Lansford American Legion Post, conducts Memorial Day service in front of veterans' monument at Kennedy Park in Lansford.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Richard D. Pogwist, past commander of the Lansford American Legion Post, conducts Memorial Day service in front of veterans' monument at Kennedy Park in Lansford.

Jack Anderson, commander of Lansford American Legion Post 123, gave the remarks during the annual Memorial Day service Monday in Lansford's Kennedy Park.

It was held in front of the impressive veterans' monument in the park.

The service was preceded by a parade consisting of American Legion members, the Panther Valley JROTC, Panther Valley High School Marching Band, and Legion Riders Motorcycle Club members.

Anderson told the story of Frank Buckles, the last surviving veteran of World War 1 on died on Feb. 27 at the age of 110.

Memorial Day perspectives shared at Summit Hill service

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
William K. O'Donnell, at podium, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post, serves as emcee during Memorial Day service in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park. Looking on are, l-r, Perry Shelton, a Vietnam War veteran who was parade grand marshall and who tolled the bell signalling the start of the borough's huge parade; State Representative Doyle Heffley, and guest speaker John McFadden of Washington D.C., a retired army lieutenant colonel who is a native of Summit Hill.
William K. O'Donnell, at podium, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post, serves as emcee during Memorial Day service in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park. Looking on are, l-r, Perry Shelton, a Vietnam War veteran who was parade grand marshall and who tolled the bell signalling the start of the borough's huge parade; State Representative Doyle Heffley, and guest speaker John McFadden of Washington D.C., a retired army lieutenant colonel who is a native of Summit Hill.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. John McFadden yesterday told of several perspectives about Memorial Day changed with him over the years, and one consistent theme remained the same.

McFadden, a native of Summit Hill who now resides in Washington D.C., was the keynote speaker during the Memorial Day service held yesterday morning in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park.

Several hundred people attended the service, during which William K. O'Donnell, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post 316, served as master of ceremonies.

Those perspectives, said the speaker, are:

Tressel resigns

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quits after allegedly lying to the NCAA

It's happening too often in college sports. It happened to Pete Carroll at USC, Gary Barnett at Colorado, Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV, and now Jim Tressel at Ohio State.

They have very successful sports programs, gain national recognition and respect, and then are embarrassed when serious infractions are uncovered.

Tressel, who guided Ohio State to its first national title in 34 years, and has built a virtual Big 10 dynasty, resigned Monday amid NCAA violations from a tattoo-parlor scandal that sullied the image of one of the country's top football programs.

Vegetable Marketing program issues correction

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program is looking for recipe entries from Pennsylvania residents for the "Simply Delicious, Simple Nutritious" vegetable recipe contest. The original press release from the program contained some incorrect information. That release ran in the May 20 edition of the TIMES NEWS.

Nesquehoning power outage

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Carl Zickler/special to the times news
Carl Zickler/special to the times news

On this date

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31, 1967

William Z. Scott, former state senator from Carbon County, was elected chairman of the State Liquor Control Board. He replaces A. D. Cohn. Scotts' salary will increase from $17,000 to $18,000 with his elevation to the chairman. He has been a member of the P.L.C.B. since retiring from the Senate. A former resident of Lansford, where he still maintains a law office, Scott now lives in Pocono Manor. He had served eight years in the House of Representatives and 12 years in the Senate.

A young voice drives home the importance of patriotism

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Shippensburg University student Aric Shubeck of Summit Hill speaks at Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held Sunday in the Seek section of the borough, and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Shippensburg University student Aric Shubeck of Summit Hill speaks at Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held Sunday in the Seek section of the borough, and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.

A young but wise voice on Sunday called for the nation to keep alive the memories of those who left the comfort and security of home to defend America from those who threaten our freedoms.

"From the American Revolution, to the Afghan and Iraq wars, the United States has lost 1,343,812 of the finest men and women the world will ever know in the line of duty," said Aric Shubeck, the main speaker for Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held at the Seek memorial and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.

Family members, friends gather to honor veterans

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Keynote speaker, John Crampsie, addresses the audience during the memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill on Sunday.
Keynote speaker, John Crampsie, addresses the audience during the memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon turned out to be the perfect day for remembrance as members of the Davis-Lawton-Yurko-Breslin-Bevich American Legion Post 316, family members and friends gathered to honor their fallen brethren during a memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill.

Turnout large for Tamaqua parade

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Grand Marshal Lawrence J. Kabana, left, and Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison lay a memorial wreath at the Soldiers' Circle monument at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Grand Marshal Lawrence J. Kabana, left, and Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison lay a memorial wreath at the Soldiers' Circle monument at Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The turnout for Tamaqua's annual Memorial Day parade and service was the highest that it has been in recent memory. At one point, the parade itself stretched the entire length of Broad Street.

"I think the streets were the most crowded that I have ever seen them," remarked Tamaqua's Mayor Christian Morrison. Led by the C.H. Berry Post 173 of the American Legion, the parade consisted of several marching units from local veterans' organizations, the Tamaqua Fire Department, several rescue units, the Tamaqua and Marian High School marching bands, as well as other civic organizations.

PIAA track and field results

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The following are the results for the TIMES NEWS area athletes at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

AA GIRLS

200M - Kayla Hope, Tamaqua, 26.16, 5th in semifinal heat, 10th overall, did not advance to finals.

3200M - Amber Carroll, Tamaqua, 11:47.69, 18th overall.

Shot Put - Kelsey Hay, Palmerton, 35-8 1/2, 10th overall; Gwen Remaley, Lehighton, 34-11 1/2, 19th overall.

Javelin - Christine Streisel, Tamaqua, 143-11, 1st overall; Kelsey Hay, Palmerton, 129-10, 5th overall.

Quakake Legion holds Memorial Services

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Veterans from the Heckman-Isganitis-Messerschmidt Quakake American Legion Post 973 held multiple memorial ceremonies in Barnesville, Hometown and Delano on Memorial Day. Pictured are their color guard members taking part in one of their Memorial Day Services held at the Christ Lutheran (White Church) in Barnesville.

Motorcyclist killed in Schuylkill crash

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Northumberland County motorcyclist was killed when is bike collided with a sports utility vehicle on Memorial Day. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 6:19 p.m. along SR901 at Valley Road, in Foster Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Benjamin Thompson, 23, of Mt. Carmel, was operating a 1994 Honda Nighthawk bike eastbound and attempting to negotiate a curve in the road when he lost control.

Man struck by tractor trailer in Tamaqua

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Tamaqua man was injured just before 5:30 a.m. this morning when he was struck by a tractor trailer in the 300 block of Pine Street (SR309). Norman McLaughlin of Pine Street, Tamaqua, apparently entered the truck's lane of travel to get to his parked car. He told police he saw the truck, a tractor trailer, but thought he had enough time.Traffic was backed up for 45 minutes as emergency responders cared for the victim and Tamaqua police remained on scene to investigate.

Hello Endeavour - and goodbye

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Launch Guest pin for NASA Kennedy Space Center VIP section.
Launch Guest pin for NASA Kennedy Space Center VIP section.

Lehighton couple watched launch of the penultimate space shuttle

As the seconds on the digital takeoff clock approached zero, adrenaline flowed as the eyes of a thousand onlookers at NASA's Kennedy Center VIP bleachers squinted to watch the three-mile-away Endeavour space shuttle begin to, from a trail of flames and white vapor, slowly rise into the Florida sky.

"It was almost at a 30-degree angle before I heard the sound of the ignition from the rocket launch," said Mike Hopstock. "It sounded like a jet taking off, maybe a half-mile away."

No Header!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Paiste falls in PIAA

Tennis Tournament

Northwestern's Henry Paiste dropped his opening match in the PIAA Class AA State Tennis Tournament on Friday.

Paiste, who was the District 11 champion, fell to Evan Andrews of York Suburban, 6-2, 6-4. Andrews was the District 3 runner-up.

The loss eliminated Paiste from the single-elimination tourney.

Local Misericordia student presents research poster

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Marek
Marek

Misericordia University recently sponsored the annual Student Research Poster Presentation Day at the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus.

Next-of-kin sought

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Lehigh County coroner's office is searching for the next-of-kin of the late Blaine Ronca.

Ronca, 58, of 540 Allen St., Allentown, died of natural causes at 8:43 a.m. Wednesday at his home.

Anyone with family information is asked to call the office at (610) 782-3426.

Dawgs go down in semifinals

Saturday, May 28, 2011

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP - When a blast from Dylan Bolton soared over the left field fence for a three-run home run with no outs in the seventh inning, Northern Lehigh's baseball team and season had new life.

But it turned out to be too little too late for the Dawgs after allowing 11 runs all with two outs to Salisbury in the District 11 Class AA semfinals.

The game took two days to complete after it was suspended in the top of the fifth with the Falcons leading 9-3.

Predictor left a contingency plan

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The events of the last eight days are a classical proof of how prophecy gone awry is rationalized and explained so that followers can choose not to think critically and realize the truth.

Last week we were hours away from a massive earthquake that threatened to rock the earth and free the spirits of the saved along with the living who believed in God and Harold Camping's interpretation of the Bible. They would leave the earth for salvation while those left behind would spend five months of hell on earth waiting for the total annihilation of the planet on October 21st.

Could that food craving be an addiction?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

"You're not going to be happy with me," a good friend said near the beginning of a recent training ride. "I cracked. Did I ever crack."

Since that's a cycling term used when you can't keep pace, and we were at the front of a relaxed group of 12 riders, I knew there was more to the story.

"You know I've been doing really well on that diet." I nodded. "Well, one of my meetings last week lasted longer than I expected, and I absolutely was starving coming home, so I stopped for coffee at a convenience store to hold me over."

The debate over evolution

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor,

Letter writer J.A. Lankolis finds comfort in evolution, as do all closed minded people. Is this why?

Degree vs. job experience

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor:

I recently read about the appointment of the new warden for the Carbon County Prison and the waived criteria of the college degree for the on the job experience.

I received a Criminal Justice Degree from Kutztown University in 2005 at age 53. Do you think, if a person is in the criminal justice field for 20 years, that he or she would go to college and spend the time and money to earn the respected degree for that up coming position? How do you think the many who followed this procedure feels about this decision?

No deposit should be needed

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor:

I wanted to congratulate Wayne Weidner who is the President of the Walnutport Playground Association for standing up to the borough council in regards to a proposed fee of $500 to be charged to use the grounds for its annual carnival.

Community life important to Harding Funeral Home

Saturday, May 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Nathanael Horvath (left) funeral director, and David Harding (right), owner/supervisor, stand outside the Harding Funeral Home at 25-27 N. 2nd Street in Slatington. The funeral home has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Nathanael Horvath (left) funeral director, and David Harding (right), owner/supervisor, stand outside the Harding Funeral Home at 25-27 N. 2nd Street in Slatington. The funeral home has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

For over a half-century, it's served as a last stop for family members to pay their final respects to their loved ones.

A second generation business, Harding Funeral Home at 25-27 N. 2nd Street in Slatington continues to remain fully involved with the community

Because of its community-oriented nature, the business has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

David Harding, owner/ supervisor, is thankful for the recognition.

Welcome to the jungle

Saturday, May 28, 2011
BRANDON TAYLOR/TIMES NEWS Dai residents gather for a re-enactment of a water splashing festival, usually held every April during the Dai's New Year celebrations In Dai culture, water symbolizes purity or the ability to wash away the past and start anew. Splashing water is a gesture of goodwill toward one's family, friends, neighbors or anyone who happens to get in the way of a water-filled bowl.
BRANDON TAYLOR/TIMES NEWS Dai residents gather for a re-enactment of a water splashing festival, usually held every April during the Dai's New Year celebrations In Dai culture, water symbolizes purity or the ability to wash away the past and start anew. Splashing water is a gesture of goodwill toward one's family, friends, neighbors or anyone who happens to get in the way of a water-filled bowl.

(Editor's Note: This is the first column in a four-part series on Taylor's recent trip to south China's Yunnan province.)

Yunnan, one of China's southernmost provinces, means "south of the clouds." It's a name fit for fairy tales and other childhood stories, one that hints at hiding something behind its cloudy veil. The name couldn't be more spot on.

Reports for duty

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Navy Seaman Nikole B. McLaughlin, daughter of Michele Beauchamp of Magnolia, Texas and Robert C. McLaughlin, of Tamaqua, recently reported for duty aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu, homeported in San Diego.

McLaughlin is a 2007 graduate of Magnolia High School of Magnolia, Texas and joined the Navy in June 2007.

Hunsicker resigns as board vice-president

Saturday, May 28, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley school director Bill Hunsicker, who on Thursday resigned the office of vice-president. To Hunsicker's left is school director R. Mickey Angst. To his right is maintenance supervisor George Krajnak.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley school director Bill Hunsicker, who on Thursday resigned the office of vice-president. To Hunsicker's left is school director R. Mickey Angst. To his right is maintenance supervisor George Krajnak.

Panther Valley school director Bill Hunsicker on Thursday resigned from his post as vice-president.

Hunsicker, who has been on the board for close to four years, said after the meeting that he is busy, serving on four board committees, and needed to let go of the responsibilities of the vice-president post.

During the meeting fellow school director R. Mickey Angst suggested that Hunsicker resigned because of something that occurred at a committee meeting held Monday.

Hearing month

Saturday, May 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Kimberly Babish, Doctor of Audiology, performs a hearing test at Eastern Audiologic Rehabilitation in Palmerton. Babish said that since May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, she is offering a 10-percent discount on all hearing aides, which will continue through June.

Chicken coop took direct hit

Saturday, May 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This chicken coop on the Lane Freeman property along Sechler road in Lynn township took a direct hit by high winds or a possible tornado Thursday night.

Man charged with harassment

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tamaqua police have cited Clyde Clayton Bachert, 52, of Tamaqua and Gettysburg, with harassment base on information provided by Bachert's brother, Wayne Bachert, 45, of Tamaqua and Hazle Township.

According to the complaint the older Bachert called his brother multiple times on May 18 issuing threats of bodily harm.

Bowmanstown student a finalist in MMI 'Best of the Best' program

Saturday, May 28, 2011
MMI "Best of the Best" finalists are, from left: Luke Yamulla, Robert Rosamelia, Sarah Moyer, Megan Kost (winner), Antonia Diener and Elijah Dove.
MMI "Best of the Best" finalists are, from left: Luke Yamulla, Robert Rosamelia, Sarah Moyer, Megan Kost (winner), Antonia Diener and Elijah Dove.

Sarah Moyer, seventh grader from Bowmanstown, was a finalist at the Freeland MMI Preparatory School's spring Best of the Best Performance Assembly.

The program recognized six students in seventh, ninth and 11th grades as "Best of the Best." Sarah, the daughter of Robert and Susan Moyer, was honored as a finalist for her presentation on the flute.

The "Best of the Best" winner was junior Megan Kost, daughter of Frank and Kathleen Kost, Freeland, for her presentation on Taylor Swift.