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May 2011

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

Hello Endeavour - and goodbye

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Mike and Donna Hopstock on their way to their nearly annual pilgrimage to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America Rally. On the way, they witnessed the launch of a space shuttle.
Mike and Donna Hopstock on their way to their nearly annual pilgrimage to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America Rally. On the way, they witnessed the launch of a space shuttle.

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."

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.

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.

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?

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."

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

East-central Pa. AHEC announces certification of health care specialists

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Shelba Scheffner, left, and Debra Youngfelt, executive director and health educator, of the East-central Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (East-central PA AHEC) were recognized as members of the first group to earn certification as Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES).
Shelba Scheffner, left, and Debra Youngfelt, executive director and health educator, of the East-central Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (East-central PA AHEC) were recognized as members of the first group to earn certification as Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES).

Shelba Scheffner and Debra Youngfelt, executive director and health educator, respectively, of the East-central Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (East-central PA AHEC) were recognized as members of the first group to earn certification as Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES).

The newly created advanced-level certification, MCHES, is awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).

Lehighton Water Authority approved to replace coffer dam in the Lehigh Canal

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A coffer dam that has been missing from Lehigh Canal at Long Run since a high water event in the mid-1990s will be replaced, according Armand Galasso of the Lehighton Water Authority.

During a meeting of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission held Thursday at the Lehigh Canal at Weissport, Galasso presented a photo from 1985 which showed the coffer dam was originally located in the middle of the Lehigh Canal at Long Run. Galasso said it was put there to stop flooding downstream into Weissport from the Lehigh River.

Marian Catholic baseball team faced with a tornado warning

Friday, May 27, 2011

What a wild evening for the Marian Catholic High School baseball team!

The Colts played at Pine Grove in a District 11 elimination game.

First, the game was stopped because of a tornado warning. A police siren caused the team to flee to a local school building in anticipation of a potential twister.

Then, when the team finally did make the trip home, the bus had to stop for coaches to remove fallen tree branches from the roadway; dropped power lines forced detours, and finally, some team members got back to broken windows on their vehicles from the catastrophic hail.

Sports briefs

Friday, May 27, 2011

@Breif.Head:Mangold will play football at Albright

Jim Thorpe High School senior Tyler Mangold has announced that he will continue his academic and football career at Division III Albright College.

Mangold was a four-year starter for the Olympians, where he was named captain the past two two seasons. A two-way starter, Mangold led the team in pancake blocks as an offensive lineman and tackles as the team's linebacker.

This year, Mangold had 75 tackles, including 16 tackles for a loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks.

Monroe man facing trespass count

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Monroe County man is facing a charge of criminal trespass following an incident that occurerd about 7:50 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, along Evergreen Hollow Road, in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Fern Ridge siad Ray Ianuale, 49, of Saylorsburg, arrived at the above location after being advised previously not to come to the property.