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May 2011

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.

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.

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).

Man's best friend or worst nightmare

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The recent rash of dog attacks has led me to this conclusion.

The owners of dangerous dogs that attack people need to be heavily fined, and in a hurry.

Specifically those dog owners who allow their vicious animals to run loose that aren't licensed or leashed.

Such measures are necessary in light of a series of dog attacks that have occurred in the area in recent months.

In fact, several articles have appeared in our publication about incidents where dogs have attacked humans, chickens, and other dogs.

Parryville Council plans to apply for grant to repair borough roads

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Road repairs were on the minds of members of Parryville Council on Tuesday.

Council president Mike Grant said he is applying for a grant to repair roads in the borough.

Grant said that Water Street needs repairs and that other roads need patching done.

Grant also noted that he is still waiting to hear who owns the property adjacent to the borough building before moving forward on the salt storage shed.

Attorney Michael Greek, solicitor for the borough, said that his office is researching the deed and should have an answer soon. The deed dates back to 1914.

Three charged for incident at bar

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tamaqua police have finished an investigation into a reported fight at the Tiki Bar, 20 Mauch Chunk St., that injured two people in February.

After interviewing numerous victims and participants and Cpl. Henry Woods has filed charges against three people involved in the melee Anthony Edward Pascoe, Joshua Michael DeWire and Charles Mimms.

Theft of vehicle

Saturday, May 28, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of a vehicle.

Troopers said a 1992 Ford Explorer that was parked to the rear of 95 Hazle St., in Delano Township, was stolen, according to the owner, Tabe Yisrael, 56, of Hazleton. The theft was reported about noon on May 2.

Wanted: Carbon County backbone

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor,

Hey! There is an elephant in our living room and gee, he just pooped. Oh my, now what are we gonna do?

This seems to be the typical protocol of this state, county, the whole area.

Come on Carbon County Comprehensive Planning Committee. Whose hat did they pull this group out of and just who does it consist of?

Hugh O'Brien recipient

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Tokash
Tokash

Jacob Tokash, son of Lora Tokash and the late David Tokash of Lansford has been selected to represent Panther Valley High School at the annual Hugh O'Brien Seminar. The event is held at Millersville University from May 19-22. Outstanding tenth graders with potential leadership abilities are selected for the event.

Graduates from Robert Morris University

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Shupp
Shupp

Jarrod Shupp, a 2007 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, graduated May 7 from Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, with a bachelor of science degree in marketing. He is the son of Chad and Lori Shupp of Germansville.

He is the grandson of Betty and Dave Thomas of Palmerton, and Louise Shupp of Palmerton.

Jarrod was on the dean's list all four years of college and received top honors on graduation day.

Area Sophomore selected to attend HOBY seminar

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Molly K. Betz 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) at Millersville University May 19-22. Betz is representing Tamaqua Area High School. Betz's parents are Kristine Kropp Betz, of Mantzville, and A. Douglas Betz, of Tamaqua.

Housewives

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Okay, I admit it. I am enthralled by the "Housewives" shows on Bravo channel. My husband is appalled that I, an educator with a Ph.D., can watch such trivial TV fare.

I, on the other hand, enjoy getting a peek into the lives of those women. Surely, they know that the camera is running. All of the drama is scripted. But, there is still a kernel of truth in the shows. Plus, I'd much rather watch the fluff of the "Housewives" than the depressing news channels.

on this date

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 28, 1954

Two Summit Hill young men, both 22 , had a miraculous escape from possible death at 8:40 a.m. today, when the Graham-Paige sedan they were riding in went out of control in attempting to negotiate the sharp curve on the Mauch Chunk-Nesquehoning highway, a short distance from the Liberties, and plummeted 50 feet over the embankment after upending three steel rails supporting a road guard. They are William Sorber, who sustained a laceration of the right eye and an injury to the ankle, and William Gateus, who received a laceration on the face.

Reader's Turn: May 28

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Justin Wingert, Lehighton "Camping at a friend's cabin."
Justin Wingert, Lehighton "Camping at a friend's cabin."

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend?

Carbon Co. realtors participating in nationwide open house June 5

Saturday, May 28, 2011

As the spring home buying season kicks off, Realtors® will host thousands of open houses in neighborhoods across the country during Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend.

On June 5, Realtors® in Carbon County invite buyers to visit some of the many open homes throughout the area where they can learn more about homeownership.

Lehighton girl to attend Keystone Girls State

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Otto
Otto

Ashley Otto of Lehighton Area High School has been selected by Oplinger-Hower, Unit 899, of the American Legion Auxiliary to attend Keystone Girls State.

This Experience in Government will be held at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, June 26-July 2, and is the 66th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. About 200 girls are brought together through the sponsorship of local auxiliary units and other organizations to study government on the city, county and state levels.

RGA hires production manager

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Miller
Miller

Rick Grant & Associates (RGA), a public relations and marketing communications firm that specializes in emerging media to tell customer success stories, has hired Margaret Miller as a production manager. In her new role, she will guide the company's staff in providing services to a national client base.

Architect hired to design fire station

Friday, May 27, 2011

Palmerton has hired a Lehigh County architectural firm to design the borough's new fire station.

Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to hire S.J. Elton Architect, of Bethlehem, to develop the blueprint.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the work will cost about $40,000, which the borough will take out of a $906,000 grant it received last fall.

Danielson said construction of the fire station - which will be built in the borough lot at Fifth and Lehigh Avenue - is expected to get under way this fall.

On this date

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27, 1937

Johnny Woods, human fly, climbed the Central Hotel building in Mauch Chunk this evening and presented a program of daredevil stunts, assisted by his wife, the former Evelyn Peschel, of East Mauch Chunk. The Woods arrived in town recently in their trailer from a tour that included California, Texas, and Mexico. Among the stunts Woods did was carry his wife on his shoulders along the edge of the building, while he was blindfolded. Woods also balanced himself on his head while standing on the building's ledge.

Barletta applauds top court's decision on Hazleton-style law

Friday, May 27, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, applauded the decision by the United States Supreme Court that upheld a Hazleton-style illegal immigration law.

The decision, which was handed down Thursday morning, supports Arizona's "Legal Arizona Workers Act" a law that was specifically modeled on the law Representative Barletta spearheaded when he was mayor of Hazleton in 2006. Both laws were drafted by one of the nation's leading immigration law experts, Kris Kobach.