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July 2011

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.

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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
Children follow the lead of Sgt. Weller as they practice an exercise technique.
Children follow the lead of Sgt. Weller as they practice an exercise technique.

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
The hydroponic farming begins with a commercial seedling, which comes in a plug of soil. He then takes the seedling and sets the plug of soil and its developing roots in a net pot, a plastic pot with open net-like sides, filled with porous brick marbles. The net pot is placed into a recess in a dock that floats on the surface of a tub of water. The plant is above the dock and the roots extend into the water.
The hydroponic farming begins with a commercial seedling, which comes in a plug of soil. He then takes the seedling and sets the plug of soil and its developing roots in a net pot, a plastic pot with open net-like sides, filled with porous brick marbles. The net pot is placed into a recess in a dock that floats on the surface of a tub of water. The plant is above the dock and the roots extend into the water.

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.

Stolen vehicle located in lake

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jim Thorpe police reported today a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was reported stolen on July 24 in the borough was discovered in the Mauch Chunk Lake by two fishermen.

Police said the vehicle is owned by William Sparacio, 27 E. 13th St., Jim Thorpe.

The owner told police the vehicle was stolen between 12:30-4:30 a.m. that day while it was parked near his residence.

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

One person hurt in Towamensing

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Kunkletown woman sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash July 24 at 3:30 p.m. on Pohopoco Drive in Towamensing Township.

Deborah L. Kropf, 54, was hurt in the mishap, according to state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Police said she was driving a 2006 Kia Optima that was unable to stop in time after a vehicle had pulled out from a driveway in an attempt to cross Pohopoco Drive, causing the two vehicles to collide. The other vehicle was driven by Charles B. Rodgers Jr., 51, of Palmerton, who was driving a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer.

Attempted break-in probed in Monroe

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating an attempted burglary at a Monroe County business.

Police said on Monday, July 25, about 2:45 a.m. officers were called to the Mount Pocono Plaza, in Mt. Pocono. Employees of the McDonald's Restaurant reported hearing glass breaking at one of the stores in the plaza.

A further investigation revealed two windows of Brother Bruno's Pizza were smashed by the use of lids from trash cans.

Shootin' hoops in Middleport

Friday, July 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rain and drizzle didn't stop Vernon Wright and his sister Kiandra, 10, from playing a gameof basketball at the Middleport Recreational Park in Middleport.

Juvenile caught with marijuana

Friday, July 29, 2011

A 15-year-old boy from Tobyhanna was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and a glass pipe apparently used to smoke the controlled substance when Pocono Mountain Regional Police investigated an incident on July 26 on Route 611 in Mt. Pocono.

Police said officers on bicycle patrol observed a group of juveniles walking on the premises of Reihl Quality Sheds and loitering behind its display models. Upon making contact with the group, police found the boy to be in possession of the contraband, charging him with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Three local persons among 12 who plead guilty in Schuylkill County Court

Friday, July 29, 2011

Three area people were among 12 who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

RSVP volunteers are needed

Friday, July 29, 2011

RSVP in Monroe County is putting out an all-points-bulletin for volunteers.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations. With RSVP, you can choose how and where you want to serve. You choose the amount of time you want to give. You choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones. In short, you find the opportunity that's right for you.

State police make Act 64 arrest

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jorge L. Ortiz Jr., 26, of Macungie, has been arrested by state police at the Fogelsville barracks for driving under the influence of drugs, an Act 64 offense.

The incident happened at 2:56 a.m. July 27 at the intersection of Scenic View and Hunt drives in Lower Macungie Township.

police said he was stopped for a traffic violation, after which time police learned he was driving under the influence of drugs and was in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Carbon County EMA sets training sessions

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the following emergency services training. Registration is required. To register, call, fax or email the hosting agency.

Hazmat Operations: Sept. 12, 14, 17, 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA at (570) 325-3097.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams): starting Sept. 19, at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA.

PA State Fire Convention: Free trainings starting Sept. 22. Contact Lake Harmony Fire Department at (570) 722-8138.

Citizen's Fire Company parade winners

Friday, July 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua was filled with emergency sirens and lights during the Citizen's Fire Company annual apparatus parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua was filled with emergency sirens and lights during the Citizen's Fire Company annual apparatus parade.

Citizen's Fire Company, Tamaqua, has announced the winners of its annual parade held recently. Awards were given out in various categories.

1. Most Functional 1750 GPM and over: 1st: Tuscarora Fire Company. 2nd: Summit Hill Fire Company. 3rd: Coaldale Fire Company.

2. Most Functional 1500 GPM and over: 1st: Mary-D Fire Company. 2nd: Nesquehoning Fire Company.

3. Most Functional 1250 GPM and over: 1st: Hometown Fire Company. 2nd: Palo Alto Fire Company. 3rd: Coaldale Fire Company.

4. Most Functional 1000 GPM and over: Coaldale Fire Company.

Charges pending against driver

Friday, July 29, 2011

Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol are pending against Samantha Richardson, 21, of Tamaqua, who was involved in a one-vehicle accident July 27 at 10:35 p.m. on Old Route 209, about one-quarter mile east of the Village of Newkirk in Walker Township.

State police at the Frackville barracks said severe damages result to her 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including multiple airbag deployment.

JT Lions announce leadership change

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

Acknowledging a leadership change for the Jim Thorpe Lions Club, Secretary Jim Gallagher (left) stands with the club's incoming President Jim Trainer (center) and outgoing President Ron Sheehan.

Muzzleloader Hunting 101 program slated

Friday, July 29, 2011

Outdoors writer and lecturer Doyle Dietz, a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association will present "Muzzleloader Hunting 101," focusing on deer hunting with flintlock and traditional percussion ignition rifles. The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. August 13 in the Locust Lake State Park Amphitheatre.

Jacob's Church marks 250 years

Friday, July 29, 2011
Helen Follweiler, Arlene Berk and Marian Hamm were the oldest members in attendance at the anniversary service.
Helen Follweiler, Arlene Berk and Marian Hamm were the oldest members in attendance at the anniversary service.

Jacksonville house of worship began in 1761 with dirt floors

"We thank you Lord God for brave and believing people who planted your message in this place."

Call to Worship, Homecoming, May 22, 2011

The Church of the open doors,

The Church of the open Bible,

The Church of the open hand,

The Church of the open heart,

The Church open to the Spirit of the Living Christ.

The Rev. Richard Solliday, served 1984-1987

BB or pellet gun causes damages

Friday, July 29, 2011

A criminal mischief incident that happened between 1-9 a.m. July 26 in Penn Forest Township is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is Dorthea Moser, Behrens Road, Jim Thorpe.

Police said her 2000 Ford Ranger was parked in the parking lot of All-Points Towing, 136 Smith Road, when an unknown actor arrived at the scene and broke the rear and passenger's side windows on it. Police said the windows appear to have been shot by a BB or pellet rifle.

Orefield driver escapes injuries

Friday, July 29, 2011

A man from Orefield escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash that happened after he avoided striking a deer on Orchard Road in Lowhill Township.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said Chad L. Gray, 32, was northbound in a 2011 Nissan X-Terra when he swerved the vehicle to the right to avoid striking the deer. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree with the right side of its front end, resulting in disabling damages that required it to be towed from the scene.

On this date

Friday, July 29, 2011

August 29, 1993

World famous fashion designer Calvin Klein visited Nesquehoning this morning to meet his employees at the Kaijay Pants Company. Klein, who owns the firm as a subsidiary of Calvin Klein Sportswear, was especially interested in production of of of his fall sportswear newest lines, C. K. Outerwear. He said the line is proving so successful that he is adding about 40 more full-time employees to the plant. Presently the plant employs about 200 workers.

Mischief probed at Schuylkill site

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that was reported at 6 p.m. July 24.

The victim is the Hubley Community Park, School Road, Hubley Township, Schuylkill County.

Police said someone cut the padlock used to lock the handle on the well pump at the park, and then proceeded to turn the pump on before leaving the scene in an undetected manner or direction.

Eldred column

Friday, July 29, 2011

Smith Reunion

The Smith-Schmidt Reunion will be this Sunday, July 31 at St. Matthew's UCC Picnic Grove from 1-7 p.m.

This reunion brings together the descendants of Abraham and Margaretha Schmidt.

Entertainment includes music, cake walk, basket raffle and they are looking for donations for the cake walk and basket raffle.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be Aug. 1-5 at St. Matthew's UCC from 9-11:30 a.m.

Farewell open house scheduled for minister

Friday, July 29, 2011

A farewell open house will be held at the Trinity UCC in Tamaqua on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The open house is also being held to say farewell to Rev. Dr. David Grant, who will hold his last official service on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Wheel is stolen off woman's car

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating the theft of a wheel off a parked car in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

The victim is Catherine M. Sparacio, 36, of Albrightsville.

Police said the incident happened between 4:20 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. July 26 at the Martz Park & Ride at the Mt. Effort Shopping Plaza, Rt. 115.

Police said someone removed the left front wheel of the victim's 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier and replaced it with another wheel.

The estimated loss is $200.

Vehicles entered at Bear Creek Lakes

Friday, July 29, 2011

Several items were removed from three vehicles that were unlocked and parked at 51 Hawthorne Drive, Bear Creek Lakes, Penn Forest Township, between 10 p.m. July 13 and 6:30 a.m. July 14.

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the thefts.

Police identified the victims as David Laurie Woodman and Thomas John Stokes, both of Jim Thorpe, and Thomas Steven McGunnigle of Mattituck, N.Y.

Injuries averted in Schuylkill Co.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A 17-year-old female from Schuylkill Haven escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash July 26 at 9:05 a.m. on State Rt. 813 in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks did not reveal the identity of the driver but said she was traveling westbound in a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan when the vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a utility pole on the north berm, coming to a halt facing northwest.