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November 2011

Pet Food Food Pantry helps pet owners keep their pets at home

Monday, November 28, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Jean Zimmerman of Weatherly; Dr. Mary Lombardo and Maryann Dyer, members of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club, are collecting pet food for the pet food pantry. Donations can be dropped off at the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, 2967 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton, or call Zimmerman at (570) 427-4343.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Jean Zimmerman of Weatherly; Dr. Mary Lombardo and Maryann Dyer, members of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club, are collecting pet food for the pet food pantry. Donations can be dropped off at the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, 2967 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton, or call Zimmerman at (570) 427-4343.

For some people having a pet is more than their budget can handle. With the rising cost of food, budgeting for pet food has forced some people to give up their pets.

A volunteer group is trying to reverse that trend.

Jean Zimmerman, a volunteer for the Pet Food Food Pantry, said that she is concerned that people will not be able to afford keeping their pets.

"I know that I've seen people cry when they received food for their pets," said Zimmerman.

Fire destroys landmark restaurant in Schuylkill

Monday, November 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Schuylkill County landmark was destroyed by a raging fire late Saturday night along SR61 between Pottsville and Cressona. The fire was first reported at 11 p.m. as passing motorists who saw heavy black smoke coming out of the roof of the former Dusselfink Restaurant now known as The Buffet House. Most fire units in the immediate area were still fighting the structure fire at the Cressona Textile Waste plant when the alarm sounded. Fire officials at the scene believe the fire had its start in the basement and worked its way up through the interior walls.

Thank you

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

This past weekend Route 309 in Tamaqua was closed to repair the railroad crossing on Center Street. Overall, the preparation and response by the local police, fire, ambulance and residents was commendable and allowed our community to get through the road closing with only a few incidents and as little impact as can be expected given the circumstances. I would like to commend Police Chief Mattson and the Tamaqua police for their preparation and responsiveness.

Owl Creek Community Park drawinghelps raise funds for swingset

Saturday, November 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Owl Creek Community Park Association held their Boyer's Gift Card Giveaway drawing recently at the Tamaqua Boyer's Food Market to help raise donations for new swings at the park. Pictured from left are Claudia Krell, treasurer, Susie McLaughlin, secretary, and Georgine Wentz, president. Free cake was also given to customers during the drawing event.

Thorpe case can proceed

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Judge rejects request to dismiss case

A federal judge in Scranton has ruled that a lawsuit having the body of Jim Thorpe moved from the town named after him to Oklahoma, to be interred on sacred tribal ground, will proceed.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo rejected a request filed on behalf of Jim Thorpe borough and 11 individual defendants to have the case dismissed.

The case seeking to have Thorpe's body removed from a mausoleum in Jim Thorpe and moved to Oklahoma was originally filed by John Thorpe, a son of the athlete, on June 24, 2010.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center open house

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A holiday open house will be held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1-4 p.m. Members, friends, and neighbors are welcome to visit the Osprey House for an afternoon of fun, crafts, and refreshments.

Our leaders should be role models

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving meal and the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. While we begin this holiday season, we should really pause and be sure to give thanks not only to all of those brave volunteers, men and women, in our military who are stationed all over the world to ensure its safety and tranquility, but we should also remember their loved ones.

Lost and found

Saturday, November 26, 2011

When I worked as an elementary school principal, we had a lost and found box in front of the office. You would be surprised at some of the items that were discovered in there one sneaker, a book bag with the owner's name carefully imprinted on the outside, stuffed animal earmuffs, and a lunch box that felt full (none of us was brave enough to open it). The lost and found box was a burden to monitor.

Navy Club meeting slated for Monday

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Carbon County Navy Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 28, at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St.

New members are always welcome.

Scott Reinhart, commander, will be in charge of the meeting.

First graders pay their respects to Veterans

Saturday, November 26, 2011
First graders pay their respects to Veterans
Copyright 2011

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

@Caption Stand Alone:First graders pay their respects to veterans

The first grade class at Our Lady of the Angels Academy remembered our veterans by saying special prayers for them and visiting the Veteran's Memorial alongside St. Katharine Drexel Church in Lansford. Pictured are Ryli McGorry, Valerie Blasko, Rebecca-Lynn Graham, Ethan Gardiner, Riley Fenstermaker, Joshua Shelton, Andre Velez, and Alfred Collevechio, III.

Shop locally this Christmas

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

Keep your money at home this holiday season by shopping at locally owned businesses first!

Buying local helps build a more prosperous and healthier community by strengthening the local economy with money spent being retained in the community. Buying items made closer to home cuts down on fossil fuel use, and reduces the carbon impact on our environment.

Three reasons not to read

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor

I will never read your newspaper again and I will list the three reasons.

1) I get so sick and tired of seeing photos and reading stories about Toys for Tots. When I was a child my parents worked and bought us our gifts, people today are lazy, on welfare and want handouts. People are too lazy to work.

2) You have many reporters, yet I am so sick of seeing almost every story and photo in your paper is by Andrew Leibenguth. You should rename your newspaper, The Daily Andrew Leibenguth. You worship him like God.

Hawk Mountain to hold open house

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, will hold its annual Holiday Open House, Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This annual winter celebration includes free programs for the entire family, as well as great nature-inspired gift ideas and discounts, with bookstore items and membership sales supporting the sanctuary's conservation programs.

Dealing with rudeness

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

Hello Mr Castagnera and Miss Castagnera (The Generation Gasp column, Nov. 19 TIMES NEWS)

You are both right!

Firstly, I think it's poor business for any food server to be having a personal phone call during his shift. It's wrong and very unprofessional. What you should have done is placed a complaint to the manager etc. I would have done it, and I am sorry that it had happened to you for if I was that young man's boss he would've been canned on the spot.

Weatherly High School releases honor roll for first marking period

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thomas McLaughlin, Principal at the Weatherly Area High School, has released the Honor Roll for the first marking period.

Voting no for school building

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

I'd like to thank school board members Hill, Resh, and Wentz who voted no for the Lehighton School building. Unlike Mr Krause who thinks he represents the voters, you three voted the way the people wanted you to vote.

In 2007, my husband and I built our retirement home in Carbon County. I have been unable to retire because of the high Lehighton School taxes. For our 3 bedroom ranch home we pay $5,864 in school taxes. Dowd, Eidem, Krause, and Stern think there is going to be no problem if I pay $400 to $500 more in taxes.

Thoughts, both young and old

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The freak snowstorm we had a few weeks ago got me to thinking. Actually it got me to shoveling, and while I was grunting and groaning and trying to get my driveway cleaned off, I began reflecting on my younger days.

I hate snow. I despise it more and more every year. Moving to sunny Florida or Arizona seems more appealing every year. But then I think of my family nestled up here in the Northeast, and how much I'd miss them if I moved south, and then I get the nonsense about relocating out of my head.

Big Brother really is watching us

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Last week, while in Florida on other business, we decided to visit Disney's Epcot Center near Orlando Florida. Little did I know when I made that decision that it would be the basis of an article on invasion of privacy. When we checked in to the hotel, were given a card we could use for all of our purchases in the massive Disney complex. I quickly realized that this was Disney's way to track our spending so that they could enhance their marketing campaigns. Rather than use their cash card, we decided to use a different credit card than the one we used to check it.

A 20-year life span

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

Wow, I am glad I went to the Lehighton School Board Meeting Nov 17th. I really thought this latest tax increase was to take a large pile of money from the unemployed, under employed, or home owners just holding on from the depression we are in now for three years.

I thought that money was going to be used for lobbying some one or hoping some money could be guided elsewhere. Nope, the truth is, buildings only have a 20 year life cycle and need to be replaced. Heck, I thought most of the buildings in the United States were over 20 years old?

Thanksgiving now just a memory, with Christmas around the corner

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving dinner is now just a gastric memory with the wishbone drying on the kitchen windowsill waiting for two people to make a wish. (I'm still waiting for my horse.)

It's fun to hear about people's holiday traditions and stories.

This year, Thanksgiving at my house was a little out of the norm. Harry was in Maine on a hunting trip. But Harry was also sitting at my table. Now how could that be, you ask?

Coal mines should be taxed

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor

I saw on the news that PA. wants to charge a 4-1/2 percent tax on gas drilling wells. I am in favor of this along with a lot of PA residents. I would like Harrisburg to put a 4-1/2 percent tax on profits of all coal mines in PA. These mines are in depressed areas. They also do not pay their share of school, boro, and county taxes. Check it for yourself!

Toll Bros. owns a mountain in Coaldale, Lansford and Tamaqua. These towns are depressed. No jobs to brag about.

Delineation of 'duties'

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I am in the kitchen happy as a songbird at sunrise as I experiment with a new recipe.

I love cooking and I love creating new dishes. Maybe it's my Italian heritage that makes every meal a celebration of life. Whatever the case, I love everything that has to do with food both making it and eating it.

While I am in the midst of cutting the fresh rosemary from my garden, my husband comes into the kitchen.

"Are you ready to help me with tiling the bathroom?" he asks.

I laugh, thinking he is joking. "I'm serious," he says. "I think we should work together."

Pittsburgh native finds her perfect place in Eckley Village

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Karen Esak
Karen Esak

"I don't sense that I'm alone, particularly in the summertime at dusk when I go out for a walk," said Karen Esak, who lives in the mid-nineteenth century patch town that is now Eckley Miners' Village. "You never feel alone or afraid. It's peaceful and beautiful."

Empty cals, lack of sleep create fat kids

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Two e-mails from mothers, similar in content but separated by about 15 years, clearly suggest that a once understandable increase could now be an incomprehensible event. Both mothers were worried about their son's weight.

The e-mail from 15 years ago asked for ways to get a pudgy, video-game-playing son more active and to eat less junk. Composing a response was easy.

Composing the more recent response, however, was not.

Keep your pets warm too

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

Your commitment to keep your pets warm during cold weather can save their lives and eliminate a great deal of unnecessary suffering. Puppies and kittens, small animals, and short haired dogs are very susceptible to the elements and would benefit if a cozy sweater was put on them.

Saturday's pet

Saturday, November 26, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

"Miss Lady" is a 5-year-old domestic short hair cat available from the Carbon County Friends of Animals in Jim Thorpe. She is spayed and is an owner give up. She is orange, up to date on her shots and is very sweet once she knows you. For more information, call the CCFOA at (570) 325-9400.

Woman's body found in river near Rockport

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Flower pendant found on woman's coat.
Flower pendant found on woman's coat.

A woman's body was found yesterday in the Lehigh River, in Lehigh Gorge State Park near Rockport Road, in Carbon County.

State police at Hazleton barracks are seeking help from the public in identifying the woman.

Trooper Christopher Hill of Troop N, Hazleton, the investigating officer, said an autopsy is expected to be done today to determine how the woman died.

Her body was found in the river at about 11:25 a.m. at an area near Lehigh Gorge State Trail East of Rockport Road.

Trooper Hill said the victim was wearing black AVIA toning shape-up shoes.

Reading biased opinions

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

I read your paper daily. I've noticed that all the columnists and even the cartoonists are all right wing. What happened to fair and balanced?

How are the readers supposed to come to reasonable conclusions about what is going on in this country if all they read are the biased opinions of these people?

Namely, Ann Coulter, who I personally think is a hateful mean spirited person, that Star woman, Cal Thomas, Dale McFeatters, Jim Zbick, etc.

This is a miscarriage of trust to your readers.

Thanksgiving humor

Saturday, November 26, 2011

After stuffing yourself over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I thought some Turkey Day humor was in order to help you recover from all that food you ate.

Q-If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

A-Pilgrims!

Q-Why did the turkey cross the road?

A-It was the chicken's day off.

Q-Why do turkeys always go, "gobble, gobble"?

A-Because they never learned good table manners!

Q-What sound does a space turkey make?

A-Hubble, hubble, hubble.

Q-Why did police arrest the turkey?

A-They suspected fowl play.

La Dolce Casa holds benefit

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

Dimaggio's La Dolce Casa is a beautiful restaurant with great food and service. Tamaqua should be ever so happy to have such a family and such a business in our little town.

1911 Thanksgiving brought together families, churches

Saturday, November 26, 2011

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

In 1911, a writer for the Tamaqua Courier joked in his column that had one of the "old Puritans" stopped by for Thanksgiving dinner the size of the feast would have been enough to honor "the Lord of Gluttony."

In offering a brief history lesson, he explained how the "purely New England institution" of Thanksgiving had first spread through the Northern states by about 1830, and then down through the South by the mid-1850s.