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March 2012

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.

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.