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May 2011

Power outage in Nesquehoning

Saturday, May 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As of Friday night, residents who live on West Diaz Avenue in Nesquehoning were still without power. The culprit was a tree which brought down an electrical wire in front of George Malaska's home during Thursday's powerful storm.

2011 Carbon County Senior Games a success

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor:

The 23rd Carbon County Games have been another success because of the cooperation of many people.

Thank you to the following people: Students from Carbon County Career and Technical Institute, Concern Group students, Jim Thorpe senior high students, Lehighton senior high students, Weatherly high students, Tom Evans, director, Lehighton Recreation Center; Mike Andrews, Lehighton Public Works, Grant Hunsicker, president, Lehighton Council; and Brenda Koons, secretary; Marie Johns, TV 13; and Amy Miller, TIMES NEWS.

Did life evolve from non-life?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor,

The theory of evolution purports that life originated from non-living inanimate matter. The theory of creation purports that life originated from God. Did life evolve out of non-life? Or was life created by God? In regards to the origin of the species the above statements depict the basic difference between these two theories.

Selected for national leadership program

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dylan Bradley, a sophomore at Jim Thorpe Area High School, has been selected to join 245 leaders representing many high schools from throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania at the Central Pennsylvania Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) from May 19-22 at Millersville University.

Representing JTAHS, Dylan is the son of Raymond and Colleen Bradley of Jim Thorpe.

Tamaqua man cited for incident

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Tamaqua man was cited following an incident in the Spruce Street area on May 16.

Police were dispatched to 107 Hunter St. at 10:16 p.m. where they met Christopher Kieffer, 25, of 344 Arlington St. Kieffer told officers he had been walking along Spruce Street when a white Mitsubishi SUV pulled up. A male identified as Henry Winger, 29, exited the vehicle and proceeded to sucker punch Kieffer's left cheek. Winger then reportedly got back in to the vehicle and left the scene.

Winger was cited for harassment.

Romano named April Guiding Star by CCP

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kristen Amanda Romano, a senior at Palmerton Area High School, was honored by the Concourse Club of Palmerton as a 2011 Guiding Star for the month of April.

Kristen is the daughter of William and Kathy Romano of Norman Drive, Lehighton. She has a brother, Anthony. She is active in the Palmerton Leo Club and is treasurer of the Environmental Club, FBLA, Student Council, vice president of the National Honor Society, and is involved in the Gifted Program.

Owl Creek Reservoir not going down

Saturday, May 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Daily precipitation is slowing the drainage of the Owl Creek Reservoir which was started on May 12th. The reservoir is being drained to allow contractors to perform maintenance, replacement and repairs on both the upper and lower dams. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has lifted all seasons, sizes and creel limits on the upper Owl Creek reservoir in anticipation of the reservoirs complete drawdown. The temporary modification will remain in effect until further notice; but in no event will it remain in place after Jan. 1, 2012.

Competed in the DuPont Challenge

Saturday, May 28, 2011
George
George

Booker George, grandson of Jim and Jean George of Tamaqua, finished third in his division for the 25 anniversary of the DuPont Challenge. George was one of approximately 10,000 students nationwide who competed in the challenge by entering science essays. Only three winners were selected in each category, grades 7 to 9 and grades 10-12. In addition to other awards, winners were given an all expenses paid trip to Florida, which included visits to Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. Expenses for a parent and a teacher, to accompany each winner, were also provided.

A 1911 storm even had circus people buzzing

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Weather experts are calling this the deadliest tornado season in half a century. The storm earlier this week which spawned two low-level tornadoes in this area was a scary reminder of the whopper systems rolling through the nation's midsection.

A century ago, another intense storm system created havoc throughout the Northeast.

Starting a business? Carbon Partners offer help

Saturday, May 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, Carbon agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business. Front row: Richard Warner of Lehigh County Community College's Business Enterprise Center, Dawn Ferrante of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, Curt Evans of PA CareerLink in Carbon County. Back row: Ed Kowalczyk of Wilkes University's Small Business Development Center, Gary Wentz of PA CareerLink in Carbon County, Michael Kane of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Also supporting the program but not in the photo are: Carbon County Career and Technical Institute's Adult Education Program, Lehigh Valley SCORE, and the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, Carbon agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business. Front row: Richard Warner of Lehigh County Community College's Business Enterprise Center, Dawn Ferrante of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, Curt Evans of PA CareerLink in Carbon County. Back row: Ed Kowalczyk of Wilkes University's Small Business Development Center, Gary Wentz of PA CareerLink in Carbon County, Michael Kane of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Also supporting the program but not in the photo are: Carbon County Career and Technical Institute's Adult Education Program, Lehigh Valley SCORE, and the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, local agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business.

The Realities of Entrepreneurship and Getting Started will be offered twice: Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 18. This first workshop provides an overview of the basic components of taking your business from an idea to developing a business plan and starting up.

A ridiculous bill

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor,

The story by Ron Gower and the other large article on the editorial page in Monday May 9's paper about the Pa. Senate and House wanting the towns to stop advertising their meetings in the papers and do it on the internet and the other crap is the most ridiculous law ever tried to be passed.

Every one doesn't have computers and internet things. Wake up you politicians and do what you are voted into office to do. Do the right thing for the ordinary people.

Keep putting those items about the towns in the newspapers where everybody can see them.

Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club holds fishing contest

Saturday, May 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Four year old twin sisters Kirstian and Mary Jane Royer from Lansford, daughters of Sheri Royer, struggle to hold up their large catch of rainbow trout during the 59th annual Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club Children's Fishing Contest held recently on Mauch Chunk Creek.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Four year old twin sisters Kirstian and Mary Jane Royer from Lansford, daughters of Sheri Royer, struggle to hold up their large catch of rainbow trout during the 59th annual Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club Children's Fishing Contest held recently on Mauch Chunk Creek.

Eleven enter guilty pleas

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Eleven defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following.

Nico Anthony Botch, 30, of Hazleton, pleaded to one county of harassment by communication. He was arrested by Lansford police on June 17, 2010, for making inappropriate phone calls to a then 11-year-old female resident of the borough. He would make lude remarks to the girl, police said.

Tri-Valley rally stuns Colts

Saturday, May 28, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian second baseman Dylan Latham fires to first after forcing out a Tri-Valley runner.
bob ford/times news Marian second baseman Dylan Latham fires to first after forcing out a Tri-Valley runner.

PINE GROVE Even with a 5-0 lead, Marian head coach Jeff Nietz wasn't comfortable.

As it turned out, he had every reason to be anxious.

Devin Masser delivered a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Tri-Valley complete a comeback and gain a 7-6 victory in the semifinal round of the District 11 Class A playoffs.

It's never too late for change or adventure

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The other day at a luncheon with friends, someone asked me about learning to kayak.

"I always wanted to try it," said one woman. "But I'm too old to start now."

She's 62.

I hear that so often. People talk about wanting a particular adventure or change in their life. But they conclude, "It's too late now."

Or, they allow themselves to make excuses rather than reaching out to try something they've been wanting to do.

Simply put, it's easier to stay with the status quo than it is to make a change of any kind.

Military Family Fishing Day is a fun day

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Kendra Strohl, 10, caught a nice stringer of trout at the Military Family Fishing Day at Phifer Ice Dam Park.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Kendra Strohl, 10, caught a nice stringer of trout at the Military Family Fishing Day at Phifer Ice Dam Park.

Children and grandchildren of military veterans had a grand time catching trout on Saturday at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, when the Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club hosted a "Military Family Youth Fishing" day.

The children were invited to fish for free, with approximately 235 trout stocked earlier in the day for catching. Fishing at the park was closed to adult fishing until the event concluded.

Larry Ahner, a club member, said the club has been active stocking fish in other areas of the county, but hadn't held a fishing event for children for years.

Taking back their town

Saturday, May 28, 2011
CHRIS PARKER Coaldale Officer Jeremy Talanca, left, and Chief Tim Delaney show a Neighborhood Crime Watch poster, one of about a dozen that will be posted around town to promote the program.
CHRIS PARKER Coaldale Officer Jeremy Talanca, left, and Chief Tim Delaney show a Neighborhood Crime Watch poster, one of about a dozen that will be posted around town to promote the program.

Coaldale begins Neighborhood Watch program

Coaldale residents are taking back their town, one neighbor at a time.

A Neighborhood Watch has started in the borough, under the direction of police Officer Jeremy Talanca. The group met for the first time Wednesday at borough hall. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 8.

The program is built on getting to know one's neighbors and alerting police to suspicious activity.

Named Guiding Star at Palmerton HS

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Mummey
Mummey

Megan Elizabeth Mummey, a senior at Palmerton Area High School, was named the 2011 April Guiding Star by the Concourse Club of Palmerton for the month of April. She is the daughter of Michelle and Mike Mummey of Laurel Drive, Lehighton.

She is in the top 25 percent of her class. Megan has two sisters, Morgan and Madison. Her school activities include Student Council, Student Forum, Leo Club, Environmental Club, Yearbook, FBLA, and National Honor Society. She is also involved in field hockey, track and basketball manager.

Two Tamaqua men face more charges

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Two Tamaqua men charged with an attempted break in at Tommy's Italian Restaurant, Tamaqua, on May 9, now face charges related to a May 6 burglary at Padora's Six Pack House, 209 N. Railroad St. Evidence connecting the duo of Corey Michael Whitley and Damon Lee Cluff to the Padora's burglary was discovered during the investigation into the attempted break in.

Selected for Lebanon Valley's Celebration of Student Learning

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Rarick
Rarick

Aaron Rarick, son of Thomas and Amanda Rarick of Slatington, was selected as a presentation for the first annual Celebration of Student Learning at Lebanon Valley College. A sophomore Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, Rarick is a 2010 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School. The celebration began April 25 and concluded with a banquet on April 28.

Students from every academic department at Lebanon Valley College were selected to share their accomplishments. Presentations included posters, art displays, poetry readings, oral research and musical recitals.

Never give up Hope Tamaqua long jumper win state gold on final jump

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Never give up Hope Tamaqua long jumper win state gold on final jump
Copyright 2011

SHIPPENSBURG - One last jump.

That was all Tamaqua's Kayla Hope had left in her quest for a state gold medal in the long jump.

So she did the only thing a state champion would do. She let it all hang out and just went for it.

Argall to host seniors' expo

Saturday, May 28, 2011

State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) is hosting an expo for the area's senior citizens on Wednesday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Schuuylkill Mall in Frackville. The expo will feature over 35 exhibitors to provide up-to-date information on programs and services available to Pennsylvania's older residents.

"I am pleased to announce we will be in Frackville at the Schuylkill Mall for a second straight year," said Argall. "This location allows easy accessibility for our area's senior citizens to attend this fun, yet informative event."

NWTF to hold WITO event at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club

Saturday, May 28, 2011

NEW TRIPOLI For some participants attending their first National Wild Turkey Federation Women In The Outdoors event, it is their opportunity to learn the difference between baitcaster and an autoloader.

Others who attend the annual events to so in order to supplement their outdoors knowledge with advance training, focusing on topics that can be as varied as fly fishing for specific species to scent elimination for deer hunting.

No Header!

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news

PPL crewmen prepare to work on a power line on Archery Club Road in West Penn Township, an area hard hit by last week's potent storms. Officials say power to some homes might not be fully restored until late next week.

One big inning lifts Williams Valley past Fillies

Saturday, May 28, 2011

ORWIGSBURG Williams Valley scored in just one of 13 innings against Marian pitcher Kayla Knight this season.

But what an inning it was!

The Vikings ripped four extra base hits and scored six times in the second inning to defeat the Fillies, 6-4, in the semifinals of the District 11 Class A softball playoffs Friday night at Blue Mountain High School.

The victory avenges a 1-0 regular season setback to Marian and sends Williams Valley into the District 11 title game against Minersville.

Is heaven for real?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Well, I'm not in heaven. The sun rose and set on May 21, 2011 with no visible signs of the Rapture, as Harold Camping predicted.

Now he's saying that May 21 was just a spiritual judging by the Lord and that five months from now, Oct. 21, 2011 will be the Rapture and the end of the world.

I'm not a great scholar of the Bible, but from everything that I have read, the end of the world will come in God's time, known only to God, and not any date set by man. So I never gave old Harold's prediction a second thought.

I stand with Israel

Saturday, May 28, 2011

There has been a lot of talk in the last few days about Israel being forced to retreat to their pre-1967 boundaries. I would like to relate some personal experiences and then draw conclusions as to why President Obama is wrong concerning Israel.

I was born in Canada. When I was 12 years old, my father moved us to the West End of Toronto. This area was populated primarily by immigrants, many of them Eastern European Jews, who emigrated to Canada from Europe after the Holocaust. My high school, Harbord Collegiate Institute, was primarily made up of Jewish students.

Enlists in Navy

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Civilian Ted G. Kresge, son of Georgeanne Kresge of Durham, N. C. and Thaddeus Kresge, of Lehighton, recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N. C.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

Kresge will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 28, 1992 Brian "Pip" Rehrig pitches a six-hitter, striking out eight and walking just one, to lead Jim Thorpe to a 6-1 victory over Williams Valley and the District 11 Class AA championship. The Olympians, coached by Mike Lewis, use a five-run sixth inning to gain the win. In the big frame, Joe Butchco delivers a two-run single while Kyle Armbruster adds an RBI hit. Thorpe also receives bases loaded walks to Eric Schrantz and Walt O'Donnell.

Future physicians dinner

Saturday, May 28, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital recently sponsored its 3rd annual future physicians dinner at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua. The event allowed local high school students interested in pursuing careers in the medical field to speak with local health care providers. Attending the event were (front, left to right) Micahel Warkala and Graham Strauss, both juniors at Lehighton Area High School, Philip Christman, a senior at Tamaqua Area High School, Dr.

Saluatorian for CCTI excels in culinary arts

Saturday, May 28, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute Salutatorian Tiffany Ruch dices carrots in the school's kitchen.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute Salutatorian Tiffany Ruch dices carrots in the school's kitchen.

Tiffany Ruch follows in sister's footsteps

Carbon Career and Technical Institute Salutatorian Tiffany Ruch is cooking up a career in food service.

Ruch, of Palmerton is a Culinary Arts student, following in the footsteps of her older sister Tabitha, who graduated from CCTI's culinary program in 2008. Tiffany's twin sister, Trisha, is also enrolled in the program.

Although Tiffany has yet to decide how to use what's she's learned as a career map, she's enjoyed the lessons.

The daughter of Jeffrey Ruch and Nancy Amill, Ruch enrolled in her sophomore year.