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May 2011

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gordon continues his success with IronPigs

Saturday, May 28, 2011

ALLENTOWN – You may have heard of how solid the Phillies rotation is. You may have heard that a former IronPig pitcher, Vance Worley, has been stellar in replacing injured fifth starter Joe Blanton.

What you may not of heard is that an outfielder-turned pitcher that was tutored by Nolan Ryan is turning a lot of heads.

Despite not having his best stuff, Brian Gordon pitched six solid innings while giving up just one run to lead the IronPigs to a 10-2 win over the Rochester Red Wings.

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.

Constitution is framework on which our government is built

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor:

Now that I am officially not a candidate for public office I guess I can exercise my FREE speech rights again. In a more enlightened society or with a little more time and money our message of freedom and constitutionally limited government may have achieved much different results.

PGC offers Project WILD

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Again this year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering a series of upcoming professional development opportunities as part of the agency's Project WILD program. Classroom teachers, early childhood teachers, informal educators, homeschool leaders and Scout and youth group leaders are welcome to participate in these workshops.

Tourist promotion officials hold roundtable in Thorpe

Saturday, May 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Representatives of the Pennsylvania Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus who met together in the Ballroom of the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center on West Broadway in Jim Thorpe are, front from left: Ed Stoddard, Sue Swales-Vitullo, Arlin LaBar, Amanda Whitman, Marilyn Godshall, Jenn Fleck, and Trisha Gates. Middle: Nicole Krieger, Nancy Signorovitch, Lori Miller, and Christina Smith. Standing in rear: Justin Martsolf, Brian Roseberry, Mike Olewine.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Representatives of the Pennsylvania Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus who met together in the Ballroom of the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center on West Broadway in Jim Thorpe are, front from left: Ed Stoddard, Sue Swales-Vitullo, Arlin LaBar, Amanda Whitman, Marilyn Godshall, Jenn Fleck, and Trisha Gates. Middle: Nicole Krieger, Nancy Signorovitch, Lori Miller, and Christina Smith. Standing in rear: Justin Martsolf, Brian Roseberry, Mike Olewine.

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (PACVB) recently spent two days meeting and visiting the historic town of Jim Thorpe.

PACVB is the not-for-profit association for the officially designated tourist promotion agencies (TPAs) within Pennsylvania. The group works to communicate the importance of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry to the state's economic wellness.

Lehigh River Sojourn

Saturday, May 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS After a Saturday on whitewater, the Lehigh Sojourn turns to canoes and kayaks, traveling the meandering sections of the Lehigh River. Preregistration is required for the 2011 Lehigh River Sojourn which runs from June 24-27. Registration information is available at www.wildlandspa.org. The registration deadline is June 10.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS After a Saturday on whitewater, the Lehigh Sojourn turns to canoes and kayaks, traveling the meandering sections of the Lehigh River. Preregistration is required for the 2011 Lehigh River Sojourn which runs from June 24-27. Registration information is available at www.wildlandspa.org. The registration deadline is June 10.

Three-day paddling adventure set for June 24-27

It's time to register for the 2011 Lehigh River Sojourn, an educational whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking trip down the Lehigh River, runs from Friday, June 24 to June 27.

Now in its 15th year, the Sojourn offers a three-day paddling adventure meandering from the rural wilderness of the Upper Division of the Lehigh River in Lehigh Gorge State Park, to the metro-wilderness of Cementon as the Lehigh River enters historic industrial territory.

Some not so obvious things to watch for

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Not every stranger who comes into your neighborhood is a criminal by any means. There are many perfectly legitimate door-to-door salesmen, repairmen, and servicemen moving around our neighborhood all the time. But criminals do take advantage of this by taking the guise of legitimate business representatives. After all, if a criminal looked like a criminal, no one would have any trouble spotting him. But, if you see:

Two area residents lose summary appeals in Schuylkill County Court

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tamaqua and New Ringgold men were among seven persons who lost appeals in court from judgements found against them by district magistrates after receiving hearings before Judge Jacqueline Russell in the Schuylkill County Court.

Stephen M. Smolar, 38, of 250 E. Union St., had his appeal dismissed because he failed to appear for the hearing and the fine and cost imposed by the district judge stands.

Palmerton Lions host health fair

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Lions, in conjunction with Blue Mountain Health Systems, recently presented a community health fair at the Blue Mountain Community Service Center, Palmerton. Community residents were invited to take part in health assessments, health screenings, chair massages and a cooking demonstration. From left are, Palmerton Lions members John Hazle, George Unangst and Jim Scheckler.

Hello Endeavour - and goodbye

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Mike and Donna Hopstock of Lehighton came to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in July of 2009 for the opportunity of a lifetime-to view the launch of the Endeavour space shuttle on Mission STS-127.
Mike and Donna Hopstock of Lehighton came to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in July of 2009 for the opportunity of a lifetime-to view the launch of the Endeavour space shuttle on Mission STS-127.

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."

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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.