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July 2011

Social Security: The perfect Ponzi scheme

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Do you remember how happy you where when you got your first job? I was ecstatic! I also remember my first paycheck. I was upset by the deductions from my gross pay, and was told that some of these deductions were for my benefit. Unemployment Insurance will pay me benefits should I lose my job. Social Security will ensure that I have a good life in my old age. Federal, state and local taxes provide me with many government services including paved roads, protection from bad guys at home and abroad, and a safety net in case of national disasters. Let's get real!

Reconsider editorial

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

President Obama has proposed a manned space mission to an asteroid by 2025 and a manned mission to a Mars orbit by the mid-2030s. Congress has not acted and given the ideology of the current House of Representatives, prospects for action are bleak.

A TIMES NEWS editorial on July 22 stated that thanks to the "short-sighted Obama administration, the space program we grew up reaping so many benefits from, has ended." You might want to reconsider your editorial.

Sincerely,

Roy Christman

Towamensing Township

Mathieson Camp a big hit in Thorpe

Saturday, July 30, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe and Kutztown University grad Derick Reis goes through a pitching motion under the watchful eye of Scott Mathieson, a Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher who put on a clinic last week at the Jim Thorpe Little League field. Looking on at right is Vance Worley, who currently pitches for the Phillies.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe and Kutztown University grad Derick Reis goes through a pitching motion under the watchful eye of Scott Mathieson, a Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher who put on a clinic last week at the Jim Thorpe Little League field. Looking on at right is Vance Worley, who currently pitches for the Phillies.

Phillies and Iron Pigs players take time to drill area Little Leaguers

What most people will remember about July 22nd, 2011 is the smoldering temperatures that kept almost everyone indoors. For 47 Little Leaguers at Jim Thorpe's LL complex. the heat was of no concern. That was because Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs pitcher Scott Mathieson brought the big guns to town.

Alzheimer's Support Group will be meeting in Jim Thorpe

Saturday, July 30, 2011

There are some 14.9 million caregivers annually providing unpaid care for the estimated 5.4 million people with Alzheimer's disease.

Those caregivers are prone to high levels of frustration, burnout and stress – factors that can take a heavy emotional and physical toll without adequate support.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

Coaldale home burglar given state prison term

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Coaldale man who pleaded guilty to burglarizing a home received a state prison sentence imposed by President Judge William E. Baldwin in the Schuylkill County Court. Six others who pleaded guilty were also sentenced.

We shouldn't consider raising the debt limit

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

Just when you think Congressman Holden couldn't be any further out of touch with people of Schuylkill County, he stuns us yet again. Holden's latest stunner is that he agrees with Barack Obama that Uncle Sam's credit card limit should be increased beyond $14.3 trillion, and that wasteful spending shouldn't be decreased as a condition for increasing the credit card limit!

Thoughts on the first day

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Imagine that you are an invisible visitor in the homes of some people on the first day of the new school year. What might you hear and see?

ELEMENTARY TEACHER: (Dressing in a light-weight pants suit and packing up a box of teddy bears, Goldfish crackers, and an already-overstuffed planning book) – "I hope I have a good bunch of kids this year. Hope we get them all on the right bus at the end of the day. Did I remember to pack my tissues?"

Highland, Pharmacy lead at half way mark

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mauch Chunk Pharmacy won a pair of games to pull into a first place tie with Highland Beverage in the Jim Thorpe Summer Basketball League.

Highland -JTNB

Highland Beverage overpowered Jim Thorpe National Bank, 85-68.

The "brew crew" was led by Mark Zaengle's 26 points with Brad Hurley chipping in with 18. Mark Klotz and Frank Jacobs also gave solid efforts scoring 15 and 14 for Highland.

Dennis McGinley had 27 for JTNB.

Pharmacy-Getz's

Mauch Chunk Pharmacy outlasted Getz's 57-46.

More research trumpets the goodness of green tea

Saturday, July 30, 2011

You probably know that there are 22 amino acids found in animals, that 14 can be synthesized from other elements in the human the body, that eight can't and need to be consumed, and that chains of them create proteins, the building blocks of the body.

But how many of them can you name? Arginine? Ornithine? Lysine, maybe?

And for how many can you cite what they specifically do?

That's why you should commit the name theanine to memory. It's an amino acid that does far more for the body than just build protein. It helps your body do things you want your body to do.

LCRC asking for county hotel tax funds to help maintain towpath for tourists

Saturday, July 30, 2011

With the funds dwindling to pay for maintenance expenses, the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission is seeking alternate funding by investigating grants and other funding sources.

Members of the LCRC met Thursday to discuss the latest repairs to the canal towpath and the funding issue took top precedence on the agenda.

Members said that they are hoping to apply for funds from the county commissioners through the hotel tax.

Reader's Turn

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Jenna Trilli, Lehighton Area School District - "Yes. I want to meet my new teacher, Mrs. Zimmerman."
Jenna Trilli, Lehighton Area School District - "Yes. I want to meet my new teacher, Mrs. Zimmerman."

Now that it's almost August, are you looking forward to going back to school? Why or why not?

Carbon Veterans Affairs office praised for bringing $2.25 M benefits to county

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Carbon County's Veterans Affairs office proved that it is working to benefit its veterans.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and William O'Gurek, chairman, recognized the outstanding work Henry Desrosiers, director of the Veterans Affairs office, and Bonnie Gawlik, credit service officer in the Veterans Affairs office, has been doing over the last year.

Nothstein reported on the Adjutant General's end of year report, which breaks down the monies brought into Carbon from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

Monroe DA says shooting was justified

Saturday, July 30, 2011

State police were justified in using deadly force against a Chestnuthill Township man on Thursday at his residence, Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine said.

Christine made the determination after reviewing the facts involving the death of Robert Joseph Kish, 29, whom police shot after he allegedly took hostages, set his house ablaze, struck a trooper with bird shot pellet from a 410 gauge shotgun, and exited the burning home carrying a bolt-action long gun after initially using a woman as a shield.

SH Basketball League donates to Recreation Commission

Saturday, July 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Summit Hill Basketball League donated $300 to the Summit Hill Recreation Commission. Pictured from left are SH recreation commission member Maria Szczecina, president Monica Marshall and Summit Hill Basketball League Commissioner Danny Matika. Szczecina stated that the donation will be used to improve the Ginder Field Playground.

The Hoppes Grist Mill

Saturday, July 30, 2011
 PHOTOS COURTESY OF ABBY BEERMAN The Hoppes Grist Mill of St. Peter's Church in Mantzville was built by John Hoppes in 1845. Another mill further out the valley was possibly started in the 1830s by Solomon Hoppes.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ABBY BEERMAN The Hoppes Grist Mill of St. Peter's Church in Mantzville was built by John Hoppes in 1845. Another mill further out the valley was possibly started in the 1830s by Solomon Hoppes.

Local historians tour the water-powered wonder

Little about walking into the mill near Mantzville's St. Peter's Church today gives the impression that it has sat idle for some 70 years.

Entering, it feels as though the owner momentarily stepped out the back door. The C. J. Homm's "BB Feeds" sign, that lists prices of turkey starter and ground oyster shells, looks as vibrant today as any modern sign. The workings sit and wait as though their master will soon return to once again make them rumble.

1911 was the year of the fly in this country

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Medical authorities were alarmed at the "threatened importation of typhus fever and the germs of other intestinal diseases" due to the high number of flies during the hot summer of 1911.

One Tamaqua Courier writer told how a many areas were initiating Swat the Fly campaigns in an attempt to control the flying menace.

"The chase after Brer Fly is no new form of sportsmanship," he said. "Few latter day swatters can equate the persistence with which the American housewife of olden times used to fall upon the trail of the little varmints."

Five persons from the area enter guilty pleas

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Five area people were among eight who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

Drug crime

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lehighton residents are concerned

"There's a big drug problem in Lehighton," said borough councilman Scott Rehrig. "Something has to be done."

Rehrig made the comment after three individuals complained about drug use in the community, and more specifically about a situation which occurred last year in the Community Grove during which two teenagers were allegedly beaten.

The council was told by the grandmother of one of the victims that "15 people" participated in the beating.

Retaliation by the father of one victim resulted in a prison sentence for the dad, she added.

Details of fatal motorcycle accident released too soon

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

I have just returned from Jim Thorpe, a place I had not visited for 10 years. It pretty much seems the same as it was back then nestled in the peaceful mountain side as described to me by my best friend while we sat in the Sinai desert back in 1984.

Roos starred in basketball, baseball

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Tony Roos
Tony Roos

Tony Roos graduated in 1986 and starred in both basketball and baseball while attending Jim Thorpe.

His career began earlier, though, while playing CYO basketball for the St. Joe's Hammers. While there, he scored over 500 points. In 1981, the Hammers finished undefeated with a 17-0 record and won the Allentown Diocesan Basketball Championship and Tony was named MVP of the CYO All-Star game.

Why journalists take ibuprofen

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Here are several laws of newspaper writing not taught in Journalism 101.

* No detail is too insignificant that it cannot be challenged. The sky isn't blue. It's azure.

* The person you need to get a statement from is someone who freely uses curse words which the newspaper will not print. Your job is to quote the man accurately. Catch-22.

Just look in the mirror

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Well here we are on the brink and if any of us are wondering how we arrived at this precipice of financial ruin, we might want to look in the mirror and then at our voting record. If you are one of the 80 percent of this country's voting population that never wanted to be bothered with your obligation to this nation to elect responsible and ethical leaders, then let me be the first to congratulate you for helping us arrive at this point.

First one in the pool!

Saturday, July 30, 2011
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

Three-year-old Mia Matika reaches for tube while swimming at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool. According to Tom Evans, Lehighton Recreation Director, the pool has been crowded most days this summer because of the hot weather. The pool was completely renovated and has various sprinklers and slides, as well as a large area for toddlers like Mia.

ron gower/times news

Formulating the life path

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Last week we looked at numbers and how they could be used to provide insights into our personalities and what we want out of life. While I do not believe anything can predict the future, I think that we should be open to the possibilities that there are ways to get further insight into our character

Schuylkill Co. plans annual county fall cleanup

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The annual county fall cleanup event will take place the last two weeks in September it was announced by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. Nine sites throughout the county will be set up to receive the recycling materials. The cleanup is open to all residents of the county. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is a partner in this event and reimburses the county 50 percent for most of the expenses incurred.

Action was taken to provide services to various agencies and departments.

Scouts learn, and have fun doing it

Saturday, July 30, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Sgt. Weller of the Army National Guard teaches children who attended the Palmerton Day Camp the proper way to salute.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Sgt. Weller of the Army National Guard teaches children who attended the Palmerton Day Camp the proper way to salute.

Camp winds up at Palmerton park

They have fun in an atmosphere that's conducive to learning.

At the same time, they're able to soak up all of the nuances scouting has to offer.

It's no wonder then, why the annual Palmerton Day Camp is a big hit with youngsters.

After five fun-filled, action-packed days, the camp wrapped up on Friday at Palmerton Memorial Park.

Lee Moyer, camp director, said the theme of this year's day camp was "Winter Wonderland."

Moyer said the camp was designed for Cub Scouts in grades 1-5.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 30, 1990 Billy Hunsicker tosses a two-hitter to lead Nesquehoning to a 4-2 victory over Summit Hill in the opening round of the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Hunsicker finishes the contest with seven strikeouts and also contributes three hits and two runs scored on offense. The winners also receive two hits and a run from Brandon McKee while Max Gasker chips in with an RBI single.

No man-made laws should take away rights

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

Is there really a problem with Climate Change?

Visions of a salad factory

Saturday, July 30, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At his home, Steve Pheiffer has been experimenting growing tomatoes, basil, rosemary, cauliflower, bell pepper, watermelon and cucumber hydroponically-in nutrient-infused water without soil.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At his home, Steve Pheiffer has been experimenting growing tomatoes, basil, rosemary, cauliflower, bell pepper, watermelon and cucumber hydroponically-in nutrient-infused water without soil.

Local marine biologist has a passion for studying plant growth

Steve Pheiffer of Penn Forest believes that America's food distribution system is in need of a makeover.

He wonders how long can we continue to transport produce thousands of miles to markets in northeastern Pennsylvania, importing factory-farmed food – harvested while immature – from fields treated with pesticides and herbicides.

So, he has been thinking about a time when there will be factory farms in northeastern Pennsylvania – literally, since they will be built in abandoned factories converted to LED grow light hydroponic farming.

Limit congress to one term

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

It seems when someone is elected to congress and as soon as they're sworn in they start working on re-election.

I think it is about time that we limit congress to one term (maybe 5 or 6 years). That way they can forget about getting re-elected and focus on doing their jobs and working for the country an not forthemselves.

If we don't do something soon this country will be held hostage by people trying to make a name for themselves. I don't care what party, they are all gulity of thinking about themselves.

Summer smallmouth action is heating up at Caiger's

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Rich Balliet of Nesquehoning prepares to release a pair of lunker smallmouth bass caught on the St. Lawrence River during a recent outing at Caiger's 1000 Islands Resort.
Rich Balliet of Nesquehoning prepares to release a pair of lunker smallmouth bass caught on the St. Lawrence River during a recent outing at Caiger's 1000 Islands Resort.

MLLORYTOWN, Ontario – Although there was no escaping the recent heat wave that swept the East Coast, a trip to the 1000 Islands Region of the St. Lawrence River provided relief for a group of local anglers in the form of plenty of smallmouth bass.

Fishing out of Caiger's 1000 Islands Resort, there was no need to endure the strong midday sun and the oppressive humidity. Pre-breakfast and post-supper action was enough to satisfy the most avid anglers in the group and gave wives a realistic chance of out-fishing their husbands.