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July 2011

Mazie's amazing travels

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Mazie Ziegler, retired Lehighton Area High School librarian, has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. This month she is the subject of a feature in the Kutztown University magazine, Tower.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Mazie Ziegler, retired Lehighton Area High School librarian, has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. This month she is the subject of a feature in the Kutztown University magazine, Tower.

At 98, this former Lehighton librarian wouldn't trade her lifetime of memories for anything

Want to know something about the Panama Canal?

Ask Mazie Ziegler. She's been there.

Iceland? She was there, too.

Germany? She's visited numerous times.

Thailand? She was in the steamy jungles and visited an elephant hospital.

Ziegler, 98, is a retired librarian who has spent much of her adult life traveling. She has visited every continent except Antarctica. Because of her age, she doubts if she's going to get there.

Miller-Keystone blood center seeking donors for Aug. drives

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Area residents have the chance to roll up their sleeves and save a life in their community by donating blood at any Miller-Keystone Blood Center blood drive this August.

Blood drives during the month of August are as follows:

* Tuesday, Aug. 2, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Phoenix Rehabilitation & Health Services, 1022 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton; chairwoman: Stephanie Hill - (610) 377-5845.

* Saturday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Bear Creek Lakes, Stewart Hall, Jim Thorpe; chairwoman: Pat Crane - (570) 325-4789.

More thoughts and ponderings

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I read somewhere this week that Judge Judy of television fame works five days a month, and makes $45 million a year. Now that's nice work if you can get it.

In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

A recent survey says 80 percent of Americans are unhappy with the way Wahington is handling our nation's economy. My question is, what's wrong with the other 20 percent?

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Lehighton Rotarians learn more about dog rescue group

Saturday, July 30, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Standing left toright are Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President Rev. Leon Morgan andPast President Barbara Belón. Seated are Virginia Ellen, a New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue volunteer, and two of her friends who are looking for families to adopt them.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Standing left toright are Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President Rev. Leon Morgan andPast President Barbara Belón. Seated are Virginia Ellen, a New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue volunteer, and two of her friends who are looking for families to adopt them.

Virginia Ellen, a New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue volunteer, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club.

She discussed the dog rescue, which is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Australian Shepherds and Aussie mixes in the United States and Canada.

Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant.

Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.For more information, call (610) 377-9706, e-mail LehightonRotary@yahoo.com, or visit www.Rotary.org.

Nation slowly being eroded by the 'business as usual'

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the article in the Times News dated Wednesday July 20, 2011 regarding Tamaqua residents and their sudden mandate to connect to the Tamaqua Borough Inc.'s sewer line. A few thoughts came to mind while reading this article.

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.

Injuries averted in interstate accident

Friday, July 29, 2011

No one was hurt in a one-vehicle crash July 27 at 9:38 a.m. on Interstate 81 in Foster Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Megan Leymeister, 26, of Schuylkill Haven, was driving a 1996 Honda Accord northbound when it traveled off the western berm and struck a guide rail.

The vehicle required towing from the scene.

Police said Leymeister will be cited for Motor Vehicle Code violations.

Tamaqua Relay for Life wrap-up meeting set

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities is hosting its 2011 Relay season wrap-up meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1.

The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved. Top fundraising teams and individuals will be announced and plans for the 2012 Relay will be discussed. Committee members are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

PV Library picnic held

Friday, July 29, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Front left: Kayla Kibler, Kierstan Moyer. In back is Kierstan's sister, Cassie Moyer, who did not participate in the reading program.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Front left: Kayla Kibler, Kierstan Moyer. In back is Kierstan's sister, Cassie Moyer, who did not participate in the reading program.

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, held a picnic at the Lansford swimming pool on Thursday to mark the end of the library's Summer Reading Club.

The club, one section for pre-school children and those in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The weekly session featured a variety of guest readers, including state Sen. John Yudichak, state Rep. Doyle Heffley, and WLSH on-air personality Kerry Dowd.

JT Vet honored by American Legion

Friday, July 29, 2011
 VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

30th District Senior Vice Commander for Carbon County, Harry J. Wynn III, left, presents a "Continuos Member Certificate" to Jim Thorpe Post 304 member Francis C. O'Donnell recognizing his 60 years "as a member in good standing of the American Legion."

Two are arrested for prostitution

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office reported today two persons were arrested on prostitution charges stemming from an investigation police launched after receiving complaints about that type of activity taking place at the Aroma Spa, 511 Rt. 61 South, North Manheim Township.

Officials said Sung Chun Yang, 47, of Rockville, Md., and Miduck Park, 47, of Philadelphia, were arraigned before District Justice James Ferrier, Orwigsburg, on charges of prostitution and related offenses and criminal solicitation.

Humble Hearts for Hope needs your help

Friday, July 29, 2011

Did you ever wonder the stress multiple deployments puts on a military marriage?

Do you know if a military family has a webcam or laptop to keep in touch with their soldier when they are actively serving?

Do you realize every time a military family relocates, children are moved to a new school?

Do you realize how many young children go around with no father or mother on a daily basis because their mom or dad is a soldier serving our country for our freedom?

Vehicles collide in Polk Township

Friday, July 29, 2011

Two vehicles were damaged in a driveway-highway collision on July 27 at 12:13 p.m. in Polk Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said the accident happened when Emily M. Steffen, 23, of Nattleborough, Mass., driving a 2004 Hyundai Elantra, was turning out of a private driveway to travel east on Whitey B Drive, and turned into the path of a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado operated by Robert A. Derco, 22, of Brodheadsville. The latter was westbound on Whitey B Drive and was unable to stop in time. His vehicle was struck in the left front by the Elantra.

Operation: Touch of Home meets

Friday, July 29, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home, Inc. will be meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.

Operation: Touch of Home is a local organization that collects essential and non-essential items and ships them to our local members of the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you would like to help in this endeavor, please consider joining them on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Argall, Knowles address budget, welfare cuts

Friday, July 29, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sen. David Argall, left, and Rep. Jerry Knowles recently addressed state issues during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer held Thursday morning at the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise.
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sen. David Argall, left, and Rep. Jerry Knowles recently addressed state issues during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer held Thursday morning at the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise.

Senator David G. Argall (R-29) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R-124) addressed state issues to about 60 people during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer held Thursday morning at the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise. Some of the discussion focused on the pro-jobs agenda in the Senate and House, welfare cuts and bills to be voted on when the General Assembly reconvenes in September.

Bethlehem man violates PFA

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks on July 26 filed charges in Monroe County Court against a Bethlehem man for violating a Protection From Abuse order.

Police said the incident happened at 4 p.m. in the parking area of the Chestnuthill Diner, Rt. 209, Chestnuthill Township.

Charged was Thomas Francis Healey Jr., 42.

It is alleged that during a custody exchanged, he grabbed the arm of and pushed a 34-year-old female from Kunkletown who has the PFA order against him.

She was uninjured.

Yankees Honor Miracle League Supporter/Babyhouse 10 Survivor

Friday, July 29, 2011
On Friday, John Lahutsky of Bethlehem Township will throw out the first ball of the New York Yankees Friday night baseball game. Lahutsky is a member of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, and a Board member of the Miracle League of Northampton County.
On Friday, John Lahutsky of Bethlehem Township will throw out the first ball of the New York Yankees Friday night baseball game. Lahutsky is a member of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, and a Board member of the Miracle League of Northampton County.

Tonight, John Lahutsky will throw out the first ball at the New York Yankees baseball game.

Lahutsky, whose Boy from Babyhouse 10 autobiography chronicled his life from his abandonment to a Moscow orphanage for incurable children to his rescue and emigration to the United States where he has been living in Bethlehem Township with Paula Lahutsky. Lola Schirra of Jim Thorpe went to Russia to help Paula bring John to the US. Their story was picked up by Dateline on television and ran in an April 2011 story in The TIMES NEWS

Teens are arrested for shoplifting

Friday, July 29, 2011

Two girls, a 16-year-old from Kutztown and a 17-year-old from Topton, are facing retail theft charges (shoplifting) after an incident at 7:20 p.m. July 6 at the Kohl's store in the Trexlertown Mall, Lower Macungie Township.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said the girls removed clothing items and makeup from the store and placed it in their purses before trying to leave the store without paying for them.

They were caught trying to steal items valued at $27.98 and $93.19, respectively.

Navy Club membership

Friday, July 29, 2011

The USS Carbon County Ship 260 Navy Club is accepting applications for associate membership. This membership is open to those who have not served in the military, or have served in the Army, Air Force or other branch of service.

For information, call (570) 645-3643.

FT downs Lansford

Friday, July 29, 2011

Franklin Township posted a 10-4 victory over Lansford recently in the Panther Valley Little League 9-10 Tournament.

Chris Whiteman had two hits for the winners, while Jason Pryce and Jesse Dekorte both collected triples. Winning pitcher Zachary Crum struck out eight batters.

For Lansford, Wyatt Zimmerman had a triple.

Panther Valley news

Friday, July 29, 2011

PV knee hi

The Panther Valley Knee Hi Meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. at The Sports Zoo in Lansford.

Nesquehoning

Meed's Vacation Bible school

Meed's United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School this year from Aug. 1-5 from 6-8:30 p.m. Registration forms are available at the church's lunch program on West Catawissa Street.

Gilbert woman leaves crash scene

Friday, July 29, 2011

Amanda M. Hahn, 26, of Gilbert, is facing charges after she left the scene of an accident on July 15 at 10:15 p.m. on Serfass Road in Polk Township, Monroe County, according to state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Remembering David on Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in Thorpe

Friday, July 29, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heather Formica and Msgr. John Chizmar look on as Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko reads the proclamation declaring July 21st to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heather Formica and Msgr. John Chizmar look on as Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko reads the proclamation declaring July 21st to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.

On Thursday, July 21st Mayor Michael Sofranko of Jim Thorpe declared the day to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.

David, who was diagnosed in 2002 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 11, lost his battle to the disease on July 21, 2006.

Wanted man dives in lake

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional Police are seeking Robert Waters, 19, of Bangor, who police said they tried to take into custody on July 27 at 4:42 a.m., when the man jumped into a lake and avoided apprehension.

Police said they responded to a fight reported to have been taking place along Deerfield Drive in Mount Pocono and upon arrival found Waters at the property. Police observed a marijuana pipe and several small baggies lying on the floor of Waters' vehicle.

Motorcycle stolen in Jim Thorpe

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jim Thorpe police are investigating the theft of a motorcycle owned by a Lewisberry, Pa. man.

Police said they were summoned on July 24 at 12:37 p.m. to Lehigh Avenue near the train station for a report of a stolen motorcycle.

Upon arrival, police learned from Chris Hynes of Lewisberry that his black Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle was stolen from the scene. The cycle, valued at $5,000, has silver lettering on its gas tank.

Anyone with information about the incident or motorcycle is asked to contact police at (570) 325-4995.

Garbage dumped in Schuylkill

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating an incident whereby someone illegally dumped several bags of household waste at a site in East Union Township.

Police said the incident was discovered July 28 off Old Mill Road, west of Green Mountain Road.

Police said several items inside the bags will assist them in identifying the person who left the items along the roadway.

Details of Polk incident are listed

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks said they are investigating an incident they called "unauthorized use of a motor vehicle."

The incident happened between July 1-26 in Polk Township.

Police said the victim is a 58-year-old female and the actor is a 34-year-old female, although police did not reveal their identities.

Police said the actor was making payments to the victim for a 1998 Saab. Police said the actor fell behind on payments but made the final payment and changed the title upon state police making contact with her.

Wallet, cash taken from unlocked car

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of a wallet that contained $130 in cash from an unlocked vehicle.

Police said the victim is Antoinette Pologruto of Saylorsburg.

The incident happened between 7-8 p.m. July 27 while the victim's vehicle was parked at the Vanbuskirk-Haney Community Park, Anchorage Road, Ross Township, Monroe County.

The wallet was removed from the glove compartment of the vehicle.

Tamaqua news

Friday, July 29, 2011

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. held a Summer picnic at the Grier City Playground with 51 members and 2 guests in attendance. The meal was catered by Christy Joy.

President Eleanor Schmerfeld led the group invocation. Activities included a Chinese Auction and bingo.

The group meets the second and fourth Monday of every month at the Ryan Township Fire Company. Anyone 50 or older is welcome to join.

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