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November 2011

Hit-and-run driver being sought

Monday, November 28, 2011

A hit-and-run driver is being sought in Schuylkill County. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred about 9:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, along SR443 in Pine Grove Township.

Troopers said Kaine P. Richway, 21, of Hegins, was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram eastbound while a Chevrolet was westbound. As the vehicles passed, the side mirrors on both vehicles struck. The mirror on the Dodge collapsed rearward and shattered the driver's side window.

Top of the day

Monday, November 28, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Late Friday afternoon, Masters Roofing workers Francisco Hernandez, top, and Hermane Luna, both of Freeland, reinstall a restored gold spire atop the roof at the 1890s Fitzpatrick Victorian House, 242 W. Broad St., in the Tamaqua National Historic District. Not shown are others working from a position inside the dome. According to a document discovered in the tower, the ornate metalwork was handcrafted by E. R. Reeser, early Tamaqua tinsmith and owner of a steam heating operation, who installed the finial on October 29, 1902.

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.

I'll drink to that

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Jim:

The six Times News subscribers, who regularly read my late, great "Attorney at Large" column a few years ago, may recall my advocacy of cheap red wine. I come by my prejudice for inexpensive vintages honestly. My Old Man used to keep a gallon of Gallo under the sink. After retiring, he nipped at that jug from around noon until bedtime.

Nittany Lions try to lock up bid to Indy

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Penn State's game against Wisconsin today is more than just a clash for the Big Ten Leaders Division title. If the Nittany Lions can upset the Badgers and take home the Leaders Division crown, they can provide the first band-aid to the multiple cuts and scrapes that have been applied to the Penn State reputation.

Nay-sayers might believe that football should be the last priority on Penn State's list of things they need to take care of, but I think a win is just what the Doctor ordered.

Hunting Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon is a unique experience

Saturday, November 26, 2011

WELLSBORO – For those looking for a unique hunting experience during the first week of Pennsylvania's statewide firearms deer season, the week-long concurrent bear season in Wildlife Management Units 2G and 3A is a viable option.

Operation Christmas Child

Saturday, November 26, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/Times news Members of Salem Bible Fellowship Church in Mahoning Township have been participating in the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox project for the past 14 years. Workers are shown with some of the boxes prepared for shipment.
GAIL MAHOLICK/Times news Members of Salem Bible Fellowship Church in Mahoning Township have been participating in the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox project for the past 14 years. Workers are shown with some of the boxes prepared for shipment.

Shoeboxes filled with gifts on their way across the world

A simple shoebox can make a difference in the life of a child, especially when it's an Operation Christmas Child gift box.

Through this project, shoe boxes are filled with toys and gifts are distributed to children in over 100 countries who have endured poverty, disease and disaster and may otherwise never experience the joys of Christmas.

Members of Salem Bible Fellowship Church in Mahoning Township have been participating in the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox project for the past 14 years.

Eastern Schuylkill Democrats meeting

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Democrats will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, at the East End Fire Comnpany, Est Broad Street, Tamaqua.

The public is welcome to attend.

Irish survive Eagles; big test tonight

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The best way to describe last week's Notre Dame win over Boston College, 16-14, is that the Irish survived.

The 3-8 Eagles outplayed the Irish for most of the game, beginning mid-way in the first quarter. Notre Dame had enough offense, just enough, to get the win while the defense was able to contain a really poor BC offense.

Animals help vets transition to civilian life

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sixteen veterans with various problems in their lives have benefited by working with horses at Ananda Farms, New Tripoli.

Andrea Swift said her father, Major Michael St. Angelo, U.S. Army ret., helped her understand what military personnel face as they try to return to civilian life. St. Angelo is now working in the National Reconnaissance office of the Department of Defense.

Swift was a special education teacher in Upper Perkiomen Valley School District.

Let the politicians know what we think

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

People of Summit Hill it's time to let politicians know what you think.

There are some that want to put SummitHill in another county.

This is Gerry mandering so they can make their seat in government more secure.

If you agree with me to stay where we are, sign the petitions or let your representitives know.

Don't let them push us around for their own benefit.

I Remain,

Robert ( Ski ) Siesputowski

Summit Hill

Teaching and healing moments on the farm

Saturday, November 26, 2011
elsa kerschner/times news Bill Roberts, a volunteer for the Horses Helping Heroes program, and Joe Stuchko work with Ginger, who didn't want to leave her baby, the black and white horse at Roberts' elbow. The exercise is part of "temptation alley" at the Ananda Farm in New Tripoli.
elsa kerschner/times news Bill Roberts, a volunteer for the Horses Helping Heroes program, and Joe Stuchko work with Ginger, who didn't want to leave her baby, the black and white horse at Roberts' elbow. The exercise is part of "temptation alley" at the Ananda Farm in New Tripoli.

Veterans benefit from their horse therapy in New Tripoli

Dave Carey was one of a group of veterans visiting Ananda Farm in New Tripoli on Nov. 14 to take part in a unique outdoor therapy program called Horses Helping Heroes which was coordinated through the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Hospital.

Upon arriving, Carey said he wanted to work with Ruby, the same animal he had been with the previous month.

"I love Ruby," he said.

That signaled the start of another once-a-month session between Carey and his four-footed friend.

Readers Turn

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Pat Johannes, Palmerton - "Probably more, since everything is much higher."
Pat Johannes, Palmerton - "Probably more, since everything is much higher."

Do you expect to spend more or less this Christmas season for gifts than you have in the past?

China's 'Venice of the East' a throwback to older times

Saturday, November 26, 2011
The canals are a tourist draw to Chinese and international travelers looking to enjoy a comfortable ride down the waterways of Suzhou. For more photos, please visit http://www.btay200.blogspot.com/.
The canals are a tourist draw to Chinese and international travelers looking to enjoy a comfortable ride down the waterways of Suzhou. For more photos, please visit http://www.btay200.blogspot.com/.

Known as the Venice of the East, Suzhou in east China's Jiangsu province is praised for its lush gardens and enchanting waterways. Miles of narrow, interconnected canals criss-crossing the old section of the city provide endless opportunities to explore and discover.

Crash injures Lehighton man

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

A Lehighton man was injured Friday night in a one-car accident along Route 209 in Franklin Township. Officer Frank Lorah identified the driver of the Lexis SUV as Zachory Kasko, 24, of Lehighton. He was traveling north at about 6:30 p.m. when his car struck a utility pole, snapping it at the base, and then rolled over. Kasko was treated at the scene by Lehighton Ambulance and then was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital by MEDEVAC. Assisting at the scene were Franklin Township firefighters and fire police.

Lehighton Christmas in the Park on Dec. 2

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas in the Park, sponsored by Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the upper park bandshell in Lehighton.

The Lehighton Band will provide Christmas music throughout the evening and a tree-lighting will be done when Santa arrives at around 6:30 p.m., courtesy of Lehighton Fire Department.

Free hot cocoa will be served to Senior Girl Scouts Troop 583. Candy canes, compliments of Lehighton Dollar Store, will be given to all children by Santa.

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.