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May 2011

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
Marek
Marek

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
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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

As big as a baseball

Friday, May 27, 2011
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS

Hail that was as big as a baseball pounded the Panther Valley-East Schuylkill region late Thursday afternoon, causing severe damages to vehicles, homes and properties. The above photo shows varying sizes of the ice, compared to a baseball.

Tamaqua YMCA offers fitness class

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Tamaqua YMCA will begin offering a Silver Sneakers Fitness Class on May 31. Classes will then meet every Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Silver Sneakers is an innovative health, exercise and wellness program for older adults. For more information, call (570) 668-2903.

No escape from record hail

Friday, May 27, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Unless your vehicle was covered, there was very little you could have done to protect it from dents and window damage during Thursday's record hail storm that damaged thousands of vehicles and hundreds of properties. Almost every uncovered vehicle in the Panther Valley area was damaged from the record storm. While Panther Valley school board candidate Mike Celentano was attending a meeting inside the high school, fist-sized hailstones smashed the back window of his Mazda and cracked the windshield.