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March 2012

Inmate assaulted at SCI-Mahanoy

Saturday, March 31, 2012

An inmate was flown to a area hospital after he was assaulted at the State Correctional Institution (SCI)-Mahanoy, in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Edward Martin, 47, was struck in the face by inmate Ryan Menkins, 26, about 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Martin fell backwards and struck his head on the ground.

He was flown by Lifeflight helicopter to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, troopers said.

Charges against Menkins are pending completion of the investigation, troopers added.

Lehighton man charged with drugs

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton Police Department charged Eugene Sillers, 23, of 132 S. Third St., Lehighton, with unlawful possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Nov. 10, 2011, police were called to his residence for a suspected drug overdose. Upon receiving results of evidentiary items found at the scene, charges have been filed.

Super Cupboard

Saturday, March 31, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Kara Knoblauch chops vegetables for chicken soup.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Kara Knoblauch chops vegetables for chicken soup.

Program teaches low-income young mothers how to buy, prepare and budget nutritious foods

What began in the early 1990s as a handful of women learning basic cooking skills on a couple of hot plates in a vocational school classroom has blossomed into a fun, full-scale nutrition education program, one that even sends participants home with bags of free groceries.

The program will hold its next set of classes from 9 a.m. to noon on May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton. To register for the free classes, call Stanley Haupt at (610) 377-6048.

Effort man found guilty of murder

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Michael J. Parrish of Effort has been found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his girlfriend and their toddler son nearly three years ago.

The jury in the Monroe County case announced the guilty verdict just after 5 p.m. on Friday, only an hour and a half after closing arguments were heard.

Parrish could now face the death penalty for the double murders.

Mom's clothes line

Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's hard to believe, but there are lots of young people out there who have no idea what a clothes line is, or what it is used for. Today it's perma-press. Take the clothes out of the washer, throw them in the electric dryer, and bingo, dry clothes, most of them ready to wear.

Mom might throw a scented sheet in with the clothes so they come out of the dryer smelling "outdoors fresh."

That wasn't always the case.

Man charged with corruption of minors

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton Police Department charged Gary Caprio, 48, of 103 S. Sixth St., Lehighton, with corruption of minors and disorderly conduct and a 12-year-old male has been cited with harassment and disorderly conduct.

Police said that on Feb. 24, 2011, at approximately 3:35 p.m., the 12-year-old exited the vehicle Caprio was driving and chased an 11-year-old male. After making contact with the 11-year-old, the older male kicked, punched and pushed the younger boy to the ground.

State places ban on hospital

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ashland facility hit with violations

The Pennsylvania De-partment of Health is banning a Schuylkill County hospital from admitting patients and performing operations.

On March 23, officials at Saint Catherine Medical Center Fountain Springs in Ashland were informed by the Department of Health that it is being banned from any admissions into the hospital.

On Friday, the ban was expanded to also include surgeries, as well as emergency and out-patient procedures.

Carbon to host Fun-N-Safety Fair May 5

Saturday, March 31, 2012
TIMES NEWS File photo Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, who is also a member of Carbon County Safe Kids, left, shows families what could happen if a child isn't wearing a helmet and they fall. He used the "coconut-crusher," a tool used to illustrate helmet safety, not seen, during the annual Children's Fun-N-Safety Fair at the Carbon Mason Lodge 242 in Jim Thorpe. The fifth annual fair, which is free to the public, will be held on Saturday, May 5, in Jim Thorpe.
TIMES NEWS File photo Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, who is also a member of Carbon County Safe Kids, left, shows families what could happen if a child isn't wearing a helmet and they fall. He used the "coconut-crusher," a tool used to illustrate helmet safety, not seen, during the annual Children's Fun-N-Safety Fair at the Carbon Mason Lodge 242 in Jim Thorpe. The fifth annual fair, which is free to the public, will be held on Saturday, May 5, in Jim Thorpe.

Mark your calendars.

The fifth annual Children's Fun-N-Safety Fair is coming to Carbon County.

The event, sponsored by Carbon Masonic Lodge 242 and partnered with Carbon County Safe Kids, will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, located at Fifth and Center streets in Jim Thorpe. The fair, which is open to all Carbon County children and their families, will be held rain or shine.

Possession of weapon on school grounds

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton Police Department filed charges on a 15-year-old Lehighton area male juvenile for possessing a weapon on school property. On March 13, 2012, a Middle School personnel found a book bag left outside of the school. Upon searching the bag for identification, a knife was found in the bag.

Pa. House bill protects homeowners from mechanics' liens

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) recently voted in support of legislation that passed in a bipartisan manner through the House that would protect Pennsylvania and property owners from unfair mechanics' liens filed by subcontractors if those property owners paid their contractors in full.

"As many homeowners have discovered, these threats against properties prohibit them from selling or refinancing their homes, as well as obtaining other types of loans," said Heffley. "The liens also make it difficult for property owners to receive services for work still under warranty."

Lehighton Grove playground vandalized

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton Police Department is investigating a vandalism report which occurred to the Lehighton Grove Playground, resulting in damages of $1,600. The police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact police at 610-377-4003. All calls will be kept confidential.

Pennsylvania Tax Freedom Day is fast approaching

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gosh, I can't wait for April 14. That is the day we start working for ourselves instead of the federal and state governments.

Every day we work prior to April 14 is to pay our annual taxes. Since this is the same date as last year, it is safe to conclude that any additional tax increases were small enough that we do not have to work an extra day for the government. After doing my 2010 taxes, I realized that continuing to work only increased my tax burden without making a significant difference to our finances.

Corbett forms council to help sportsmen

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gov. Tom Corbett has issued an executive order creating the Governor's Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation to help ensure the concerns of hunters, anglers and others are heard at the highest levels of state government.

$366K is low bid on gym work

Saturday, March 31, 2012

It could cost Palmerton Area School District over $366,000 to renovate its junior high school gymnasium.

The district received five proposals on Friday, in which CMG, of Easton, submitted the apparent low bid of $366,200 to do the work.

That bid was $73,622 than the next lowest bid of $439,622, turned in by Ondra-Huyett & Associates, of Allentown.

Other companies that bid were F.J. Lesher General Contractor, of Palmerton ($445,000); Serfass Construction, of Allentown ($533,500); and Bracy Contracting, of Allentown ($572,600).

Two jailed for Lansford incident

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Paul Garcia II, 25, 6943 Weiss Road, Apt. 1, New Tripoli, and Marcus Vought, 25, 50 W. Ridge St., Apt. 3R, Lansford, face charges from an incident which took place 10:25 p.m. March 14 at 249 E. Patterson St.

Felony charges of criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit burglary against both men were filed by Officer Joshua Tom. Vought is charged with an additional crime of possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe and committed to prison.

Mauch Chunk Museum receives pioneer documents

Saturday, March 31, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right: John Drury of the Mauch Chunk Museum, Jim Thorpe historian Jack Gunsser, and Jack Sterling of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society review a document from the Ruddle archives.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right: John Drury of the Mauch Chunk Museum, Jim Thorpe historian Jack Gunsser, and Jack Sterling of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society review a document from the Ruddle archives.

A cache of historical documents related to an pioneer family of Carbon County, including an original letter dating to 1818, were donated to the historical societies of Jim Thorpe and are being archived at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

The materials, which were in the possession of William Kent Haydock of Darien Connecticut, contain elements of his family's history predating their arrival in America. The material had been collected by various family members for close to 200 years, and Haydock felt it was time they were turned over to an appropriate historical society.

'Obama Care' is unconstitutional, therefore it is not a law

Saturday, March 31, 2012

"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void. Marbury versus Madison, 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174,176 (1803).

"Where rights are secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them." Miranda versus Arizona, 384 US 436,491 (1966).

"The claim and exercise of a constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime." Miller versus U.S., 230 F. Supp. 486, 489 (1956).

On this date

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 31, 1932

Tomorrow night the crowds will begin their mamrch to McGinley's auditorium, where the all-night dance of the Diligent Fire Company will be held. Profound interest is manifested an indications point to a record breaking attendance. In addition to this community being largely represented, there will be a big representation from neighboring towns and adjoining counties.

A feature will be the music by two orchestras, Werley's of Tamaqua and Marburger's of Reading, two of the best in the state.

Nesquehoning man jailed

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Nesquehoning man was jailed on Thursday, March 29, after being arrested for entering vehicles in the borough and removing items. It is not the first time he has been charged with such crimes.

Borough police served a search warrant on Michael John McFadden, 23, at his residence at 318 E. Catawissa St. Found in the home were narcotics and property stolen in the vehicel break-ins.

Kunkletown man charged by police

Saturday, March 31, 2012

John Lamp, 31, of Kunkletown, R. 3, was charged by Lehighton Police Department with criminal attempt to commit acquisition or obtaining of possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, forgery and criminal attempt to commit theft, as a result of submitting a fraudulent prescription to First National Pharmacy, North First Street, Lehighton on Nov. 7, 2011.

The charges were filed on Nov. 23, 2011 and an arrest warrant was recently served upon Lamp on March 20, 2012.

Carbon crash

Saturday, March 31, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge reported on a one vehicle crash that occurred about 8:48 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, along the entrance ramp to Interstate 80 in Kidder Township, Carbon County.

Troopers said Priscilla E. Mendoza, 18, of Cresco, was driving a 2003 Hyundai Elantra on the ramp when she failed to negotiate a right turn. Her car crossed the opposite lane and struck an embankment along the berm.

Mendoza was not injured. She was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Dramatic rally lifts Northwestern

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Katie Williams of Northwestern prepares to make contact with a pitch against Northern Lehigh.
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Katie Williams of Northwestern prepares to make contact with a pitch against Northern Lehigh.

Down three runs with two outs in the seventh inning, Northwestern was one out away from losing to rival Northern Lehigh and falling 0-2 in Colonial League play.

But the Tigers got three quick hits, including back to back home runs by Brooke Heller and Cailie Rehrig for an 8-7 win.

"We had our heads down a little bit in the middle innings, but we knew what we had to do," said Rehrig after her walk-off solo home run. "We knew we could do it. We have big hitters. We had the top of the line up up."

Food for thoughtand the pet monkey

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dear Editor:

Most recently I observed thru the media that food pantries and other organizations are seeing more people than ever before for food.

I give and help when I can – in this economy I fault our government, layoffs, and lower paid jobs.

Shop until you drop

Saturday, March 31, 2012

JIM:

In last week's column, I reported on how the students I led on a study-tour of China over my university's spring break managed - within three hours of their arrival in Beijing - to have Mickey D delivered directly to their hotel rooms. Closely rivaling this passion for fast food was their penchant for shopping.

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.