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July 2011

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.

PFBC lists watercraft regulations

Saturday, July 30, 2011

With kayaks, canoes, inflatable rafts and paddleboards becoming increasing popular, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is reminding operators of these watercraft that it is important to know what safety equipment and regulations apply.

East Stroudsburg man facing 60 counts of assaults on children

Saturday, July 30, 2011

An East Stroudsburg man is behind bars after being arraigned on 60 counts involving sexual assaults on three young boys.

The incidents in question allegedly occurred in Gilbert.

Shawn Michael Kyttle, 20, was arraigned Thursday before District Judge JoLana Krawitz of Stroudsburg.

The youth were ages 3, 5, and 6.

Kyttle was arrested after Trooper Patrick Finn of the Lehighton barracks of the state police and Kate Croll of the Monroe County Children and Youth conducted an investigation of the sexual assault of the three children.

Expecting 'someone to pay for it'

Saturday, July 30, 2011

For seven years, I've had an excellent licensed handyman who has kept the roof on my house in good shape.

I've hired him each year to pressure wash it and to give it another coat of the rubberized paint that strengthens the roof.

This year, however, he has so much work that he hired an assistant. Unfortunately, that assistant is grossly overweight (it mattered when he was on the roof) and is still in the learning stage. I didn't know all that until it was too late.

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?

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.

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.

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.