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March 2012

Presentation superb

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dear Editor:

Kudos to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir.

They did it again.

On 3-25-12 they presented the Cantata "The Shadow of the Cross"

The presentation was superb.

The choir was accompanied by piano,cello,oboe,flute and french horn.

Two Cantatas are presented each year. One before Easter, the other before Christmas.

In my opinion, our Choir Director is very professional.The church is lucky to have her, and this wonderful choir.

I was in a few Cantatas myself,and know the work and dedication put into the music.

For many, life in America included sweatshop work

Saturday, March 31, 2012

In a 1912 article titled "The Fight Against the Sweat Shop," a Tamaqua Courier writer talked about how conditions in America's factories and home workshops had changed over the previous decade, thanks to advocates to improve conditions in the workplace.

He said there was a time when "half of the country homes" took in work from the shoe, hat and clothing factories. In Brooklyn, he said there were 4,000 places licensed to do home manufacturing.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 31, 1967 The Philadelphia Eagles basketball team rebounds from a slow start to hand the Panther Valley Stars a 94-76 defeat in an exhibition played at Panther Valley High School. The PV Stars jump out to a 21-12 first-quarter lead behind 10 points from Tony Zonca but the Eagles dominate the rest of the way. Timmy Brown (who played eight season for the Eagles and ran for 3,703 yards) scores a game-high 32 points in the contest. For the PV Stars, Zonca finishes with a team-high 16 points. Joe Paluck contributes 13, Tom Ouly nets 12 and Bob Parfitt adds 10.

Same as always … and that's not so bad

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Brandon Taylor/TIMES NEWS An old tower and its surrounding older neighborhood are threatened by development in a Beijing gone mad for change. Note the smog caused by an over abundance of cars clogging city streets.
Brandon Taylor/TIMES NEWS An old tower and its surrounding older neighborhood are threatened by development in a Beijing gone mad for change. Note the smog caused by an over abundance of cars clogging city streets.

For the better part of those angst-filled teenage years and during summers spent at home in Pennsylvania's Coal Region, between college years, I found myself saying, "God, I can't wait to get out of Tamaqua."

Now, having lived in China for three years among Beijing's nearly 20 million people, three million autos and its domineering buildings and dirty streets, the hypocrite in me now says, "God, I can't wait to go home," not indefinitely, but certainly as a short respite from my busy city life.

Non-profitscan survive the digital age

Saturday, March 31, 2012

According to the U.S. Census, there were 308.7 million people living in the United States in 2010.

Wouldn't it be great if every one of those people both donated their time and money to your church or non-profit organization?

Of course it would. But get real. That isn't going to happen anytime soon.

All churches and non-profit organizations are being affected in one way or another by both economic climate and government cutbacks. In addition, many other factors affect community involvement, such as employment, inflation and rises in both fuel and utility costs.

Teens charged with stealing from teacher

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton Police Department charged two 13-year-old Lehighton boys with criminal conspiracy to commit theft after they stole $550 from a purse of a teacher in the Lehighton Area Middle School. One of the two males was also charged with possessing a weapon on school property after a pocket knife was found when the students were searched.

Conquering the playground of life

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Time sure passes quickly by when you aren't paying attention. It seems like just yesterday when we made our first trip to the playground with Kathryn when she was around seven months old on Mother's Day. She was so tiny that we could barely get her to sit up in the smallest swings to take her picture that first time, and we sat her on the little sliding board and gently slid her down the board from top to bottom as she looked at us wondering what we were doing to her.

Schuylkill court news

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Revoctions

Paroles and probation was revoked by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin of the following:

Andrew Cl. Bakerofskie, 21, Girardville, had his probation revoked and he was re-sentenced on two counts of terroristic threats to serve one to two years in a state correctional facility with credit for serving 53 days in the county prison. Bakerofskie had pleaded guilty on May 18, 2011, to the charges and was placed on probation.

Summit Hill man charged with theft of $64,000 from Lehighton fire company

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton police have charged Robert Lee Neff, 48, of 433 White St., Summit Hill, with theft of failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking.

Police noted that between January 2008 and January 2012, Neff, being the treasurer of Lehigh Fire Co. No 1, stole over $64,000 from the fire company's account by writing checks to himself or to "petty cash,"

Of the $64,000, three certificates of deposit totaling $39,000 was transferred to the checking account.

PGC teams with Hawk Mountain to enhance outdoors education

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary president Jerry Regan, left, and Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe have a celebratory handshake after their join announcement of plans to construct the Pennsylvania Game Commission Amphitheater at the 2,500-acre wildlife sanctuary.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary president Jerry Regan, left, and Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe have a celebratory handshake after their join announcement of plans to construct the Pennsylvania Game Commission Amphitheater at the 2,500-acre wildlife sanctuary.

DREHERSVILLE – Although most associate Hawk Mountain Sanctuary with the annual Autumn Hawk Watch that begins in mid-August and extends into December, the internationally known world's first refuge for birds of prey and center for raptor conservation is also an outdoors destination from early spring through the summer.

Reader's Turn: March 31

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Jeannie Carl, Jim Thorpe - "I believe something is happening. I don't know exactly what it is. Everyone wants to point a finger at something; that way we feel better if we can identify what it is that's causing this. looking back over the years, we don't have the winters we used to have. I remember when I was a kid, we had three or four feet of snow on the ground, and there was definitely a season change. Now it just seems like winter blurs into spring, and spring seems like summer. Something is going on. I won't say it's global warming, I'll say I don't know what it is."
Jeannie Carl, Jim Thorpe - "I believe something is happening. I don't know exactly what it is. Everyone wants to point a finger at something; that way we feel better if we can identify what it is that's causing this. looking back over the years, we don't have the winters we used to have. I remember when I was a kid, we had three or four feet of snow on the ground, and there was definitely a season change. Now it just seems like winter blurs into spring, and spring seems like summer. Something is going on. I won't say it's global warming, I'll say I don't know what it is."

A recent survey said 62 percent of Americans believe in global warming. Do you think the earth is getting warmer?

Be still and savor life

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Do you remember the simple joys of childhood?

Do you remember lying on your back and watching the clouds float by?

Do you remember the way freshly mowed grass smelled when you were lying on the ground?

Do you recall the smell of earth that was one of the perfumes of childhood?

Maybe you liked to dig in dirt. Maybe you rolled in it. Or, maybe you were just content to sit on the ground and be aware of every smell, every sound the way the sun felt on your face and the way a breeze tickled you.

Remember those days?

Father Time creeping up on the Phillies

Saturday, March 31, 2012

With Major League Baseball's Opening Day just around the corner, Philadelphia Phillies fans can start to get excited for another year of championship-caliber baseball.

However, unlike the last few seasons, this year's Phillies baseball renewal brings some added skepticism.

Tyrants of a certain age

Saturday, March 31, 2012

When did the world turn upside-down? When did children become the bosses in their families? Was I asleep like Rip Van Winkle when it happened? Suddenly, I see parents who are being ruled by their offspring. On what historic day did this reversal of roles first occur?

Connely, JMU play in WNIT title game today

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Women's Basketball-VCU
Women's Basketball-VCU

Rachel Connely and the James Madison University women's basketball team will play Oklahoma State today at 3 p.m. in the WNIT championship game.

Connely, a Marian High School graduate, is a senior center for the Dukes. She has played in 18 games this season, starting once. She averages 7.5 minutes, 1.2 points, and 1.0 rebounds a game.

James Madison (29-7) advanced to the finals of the 64-team tournament by beating Davidson, Wake Forest, South Florida, Virginia and Syracuse.

Monroe crash

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Monroe County driver was cited following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 12:44 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, in front of 722 Kuhenbeaker Road, in Long Pond.

Rapid response by fire crews save Tresckow home

Saturday, March 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters were quick to save a Tresckow home following a fire on the second floor.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters were quick to save a Tresckow home following a fire on the second floor.

Firefighters were quick to quell a house fire in Tresckow Friday morning that sent a mother and older son to Hazleton General Hospital, suffering from smoke inhalation.

Emergency responders were called to 4 East Hemlock Street just after 10:30 a.m. for a report of a structure fire. When they arrived, they saw high flames inside the second story window of the home.

Franklin Fire Co. sets egg hunt

Friday, March 30, 2012

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. will host its annual egg hunt for children and grandchildren of members at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the fire company. Children 1 to 12 are invited.

Tamaqua firefighters value fast response time

Friday, March 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters with the American Hose Company filling their truck at a training site north of Tamaqua are Dave Puckalavage, Jay Stidham Sr, Ray Swartz, Matt Hill and Dave Herring.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters with the American Hose Company filling their truck at a training site north of Tamaqua are Dave Puckalavage, Jay Stidham Sr, Ray Swartz, Matt Hill and Dave Herring.

Theft at Tamaqua school probed

Friday, March 30, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating a theft incident at the Tamaqua Area Middle School, which is located in Walker Township.

A 15-year-old female from Tamaqua reported her locker at the school was entered and removed was an eight inch "Nook" reader, white in color. The protective outer case of the "Nook" was discovered in the girls bathroom of the school.

The theft occurred sometime between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.

Weatherly Legion honors essay contest winners

Friday, March 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jared Nyer, winner of the American Legion Essay Contest on the subject "Should America's Presidential electoral process be changed ?", is presented with a check for $50 for placing first in the Post Competition from Earl Drasher, Assistant Sgt. at Arms (left) and a check for $50 for placing second in the Carbon County Inter-Post Competition from Thomas Keener, Commander Weatherly American Legion Post 360.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jared Nyer, winner of the American Legion Essay Contest on the subject "Should America's Presidential electoral process be changed ?", is presented with a check for $50 for placing first in the Post Competition from Earl Drasher, Assistant Sgt. at Arms (left) and a check for $50 for placing second in the Carbon County Inter-Post Competition from Thomas Keener, Commander Weatherly American Legion Post 360.

The winners of two separate essay contests were honored at the meeting at Weatherly American Legion Post 360 this past Monday evening.

There were 12 winners of the 2012 Americanism Essay Contest on the subject "How can I show my patriotism to my community ?"

They were Class I - Grades 3 and 4 : Luke Deer 1st place; Alexis Colecioi 2nd place; and Antonio Colecio 3rd place.

Class II - Grades 5 and 6 : Kaileigh Barnes 1st place; Kathleen Graham 2nd place; Laila Panckeri 2nd place; Christopher Keller 3rd place; and Samantha Paisley 3rd place.

Tamaqua Fire Police schedule meeting

Friday, March 30, 2012

Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

For more information call (570) 668-1234.

Watercolors bring sunshine to the Poconos

Friday, March 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Watercolor artwork like Joan Sayer's will be on display at Monroe County Eastern Library for April and May.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Watercolor artwork like Joan Sayer's will be on display at Monroe County Eastern Library for April and May.

PWA Spring Art Exhibition to be held at Hughes Library

Pansies and crocus are blooming.

Tulips have sprouted and a refreshing, early spring has already arrived.

What better way to enjoy the vernal splendor of the current season than by viewing the amazing watercolor creations of Pocono Watercolor Associates (PWA) during the months of April and May at the Monroe County Eastern Library. More than 25 artists from the PWA will display their paintings at the Monroe County Eastern Library, a.k.a. the Hughes Library on Route 611, just outside Stroudsburg, at the intersection with Chipperfield Drive.

Summit Hill driver facing DUI count

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lee Michalick, 28, 442 W. White St., Summit Hill, faces charges from an incident which took place on Dec. 31 on W. Patterson St., Lansford.

Charges of two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) and accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property were filed by Officer Jeffrey Ohl.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Ohl responded to a hit-and-run on West Patterson Street at 4:52 a.m. The dispatcher said the vehicle, a dark colored SUV, was last seen traveling east on Patterson Street.

Antique quilts

Friday, March 30, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS At a Palmerton Concourse Club meeting, Michelle McLaughlin displays a Centennial quilt from her husband's family, dating it to 1876, determined by the fabric that has the dates 1776-1876 printed on it.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS At a Palmerton Concourse Club meeting, Michelle McLaughlin displays a Centennial quilt from her husband's family, dating it to 1876, determined by the fabric that has the dates 1776-1876 printed on it.

Stitched with whispers from the past

"I'm passionate about antique quilts," says Michele McLaughlin of Emmaus.

A quiltmaker for over 30 years, she has become an avid collector of antique and vintage quilts. She thinks she probably has over 100.

"I began collecting when people started giving me old quilts. I feel responsible for them, so I've become their caretaker."

To Michelle, there is a mystique about quilts.

"They speak to people. I don't know if it's the energy the women use when they put them together or if it's the passion we historians and collectors have for them. It just seems fortuitous."

Tamaqua Animal Rescue sets dog walk

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue group will host its Fifth Annual Dog Walk on May 5, following along the Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail.

The walk will begin at the Newkirk Tunnel Environmental Education Area along SR209, just west of Tamaqua. Participants will head west for one mile, then return to the registration area.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the walk starting at noon. Registration is required. All participants will receive a free pet bandana.

Tamaqua volunteer spring cleanup

Friday, March 30, 2012

Community members, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, park members, Tamaqua students and caring residents will be spending a couple hours Saturday morning cleaning different parks and locations in Tamaqua as part of a Community Cleanup for Earth Day event, called "Coming Together to Make a Cleaner World."

All are invited and encouraged to help clean. Volunteers can meet at the North and Middle Ward Playground on Washington Street or any park starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Garbage piles can be left at the parks or key areas and will be removed by volunteers.

Jaskat completes training

Friday, March 30, 2012

Army Reserve Pvt. Kevin J. Jaskat has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).

During basic military training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.

Pieces of quilt trivia

Friday, March 30, 2012

Some interesting trivia that Michelle McLaughlin shares about quilts are:

*Years ago, it was a practice for the mistress of a Pennsylvania Dutch home to put out her best quilts on Sundays because she knew company was coming.

*If a woman could not read or write, she could at least sew and quilt. Women used quilts as a way to express themselves, historically, and giving her point of view.

*Quilts express a woman's voice of her time, her political views and national beliefs. There was a rose pattern that was known as a Democrat rose and one as the Whig rose.

Summit Hill news

Friday, March 30, 2012

Summit Hill

Legion to meet

The monthly meeting of American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, will be held on Monday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the post home. Commander W. Kevin O'Donnell will be in charge of the session. The second nomination of officers will take place at this time.

A meeting of the Home Association will immediately follow the post's meeting.

Borough council

The monthly meeting of the Summit Hill Borough Council will be held on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the borough hall. Michael Kokinda, president, will be in charge of the session.

Tamaqua woman receives two state positions

Friday, March 30, 2012
Pamela Varkony/Special to the TIMES NEWS Maria Montero, left, talks with state Rep. Rosemary Brown, 189th District, Monroe and Pike counties, during a speaking engagement.
Pamela Varkony/Special to the TIMES NEWS Maria Montero, left, talks with state Rep. Rosemary Brown, 189th District, Monroe and Pike counties, during a speaking engagement.

Tamaqua resident Maria Montero, 35, was recently appointed executive director of two state boards – the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.

This isn't the first time Montero has earned a role in state government. Approximately 10 years ago, Montero was appointed by then Gov. Tom Ridge as a member of the Commission on Latino Affairs while she was a law student at Widener.