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April 2012

Paiste advances to title match

Monday, April 30, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Henry Paiste of Northwestern returns a shot during the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament. Paiste won a pair of matches on Friday and two more on Saturday to reach today's championship match.
nancy scholz/times news Henry Paiste of Northwestern returns a shot during the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament. Paiste won a pair of matches on Friday and two more on Saturday to reach today's championship match.

ALLENTOWN – Henry Paiste's run to a second straight District 11 Class AA tennis championship has been far more sprint than it has been marathon.

Needing to win four matches in a little over 24 hours just to reach the final might seem like a test of endurance. But the way Paiste blazed past his opposition would have made Usain Bolt proud.

Frey, Ryan sign with NFL

Monday, April 30, 2012
photo courtesy University of Connecticut Lehighton graduate Robbie Frey signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons.
photo courtesy University of Connecticut Lehighton graduate Robbie Frey signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons.

Most area sports fans would agree that there's nothing like Friday night football in the fall. Whole communities flock to the nearest stadium to watch their friends, neighbors, and family battle it out on the gird iron.

Two former TIMES NEWS area football players will now try and take what they have learned from those brisk Friday nights in Eastern Pennsylvania and use it on Sundays in the National Football League.

Lehighton Navy officer deployed

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Edward L. Parliman, III, son of Debra A. Parliman of Lehighton, and Edward L. Parliman, Jr of Lehighton, is currently deployed.

Parliman along with fellow Sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) are conducting training and promoting the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign throughout the month of April.

Unemployment insurance should be a safety net, not a lifestyle

Saturday, April 28, 2012

As the economic recovery takes hold, it is time to reconsider unemployment insurance benefits. The State of Pennsylvania extended the benefit duration in response to the current recession and high unemployment. The extension provides a safety net for the recipients and for the economy. Unemployment insurance checks permit people to purchase their groceries, pay their rent, and buy necessities. At the time of the benefit extension, businesses were not hiring. Things have changed! We are in the midst of a minor recovery and some small businesses want to hire new staff.

What is really up with Phils' Chase Utley?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Earlier this month, CSNPhilly.com reported that Philadelphia Phillies' second baseman Chase Utley would be leaving the club and returning to Arizona to work with his physical therapist.

Since then, Utley has been rehabbing his degenerative knees with the same therapist that he went to see earlier this spring. Ruben Amaro Jr., Philadelphia's General Manager, spoke on the topic.

Economic insecurity

Saturday, April 28, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

For many women, it's the price of growing old

Like tens of thousands of other young women in post-World War II America, she married her sweetheart when he returned from the battlefields. They settled down, raised a family, and when the children grew up, she helped make ends meet by going to work in the local garment factory, a stressful job that paid little.

Second hand

Saturday, April 28, 2012

We lost another piece of our hearts last week.

Concert by Ukulele Institute aids environmental center

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The Ukulele Institute of Jim Thorpe presented the proceeds from its recent "Groovy Uke" concert to the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. From left are, Nick Roberti, owner of the Ukulele Institute; Susan Gallagher chief naturalist, and Franklin Klock, program assistant.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The Ukulele Institute of Jim Thorpe presented the proceeds from its recent "Groovy Uke" concert to the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. From left are, Nick Roberti, owner of the Ukulele Institute; Susan Gallagher chief naturalist, and Franklin Klock, program assistant.

Nick Roberti, owner of the Ukulele Institute of Jim Thorpe, has offered the $385 in proceeds from the recent "Groovy Uke" concert to the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Jim Thorpe.

The concert, held a week ago at the Lehighton Band Hall, showcased the talents of students at the institute.

"We're planning to hold four or five shows this year," he said. "This year's concert focused on the 'hippie' theme so we thought that a concert held near Earth Day fit the theme perfectly. That is why we decided to give the proceeds to the Environmental Center."

National Canal Museum relocates to canal site

Saturday, April 28, 2012
PHOTOS COURTESY NATIONAL CANAL MUSEUM With a day pass, you can both visit the National Canal Museum and take a heritage canal boat ride on the Josiah White II pulled by a pair of mules, Hank and George, and travel through an operable lock.
PHOTOS COURTESY NATIONAL CANAL MUSEUM With a day pass, you can both visit the National Canal Museum and take a heritage canal boat ride on the Josiah White II pulled by a pair of mules, Hank and George, and travel through an operable lock.

"When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade," Dale Carnegie lectured.

At the beginning of this year, the National Canal Museum lost its lease to 30 Center Square in Easton, the building that it shared with the Crayola Factory. It may have been the best thing to have happened to the organization.

"The lease with the partnership with the city of Easton Pennsylvania and the Crayola company expired after 15 years," explained Tom Stoneback, canal museum director.

Your meals may affect your mental state

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Time tosses aside the trivial. That's why you should pay particular attention to sayings that take on a life of their own, especially ones that outlive three different speakers in three different countries and pertain to your health.

"You are what you eat" is one such statement. First expressed by the French food critic Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826, the sentiment was then written in a philosophical essay by the German philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach 37 years later.

PGC board approves major changes for bear, deer hunters in WMU 5C

Saturday, April 28, 2012

HARRISBURG – Those who do their deer hunting in southeastern Pennsylvania in Wildlife Management Units 5C and 5D on their own land or other private land enrolled in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Agricultural Damage Depredation Program, commonly called the "Red Tag" program, may continue using bait through final approval to a regulatory change for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Panthers beat Marian for first victory

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Panther Valley softball squad has certainly had its struggles this season, but on Friday afternoon it seemed to all come together for the young Lady Panthers. For the first time this season, Panther Valley was able to play seven innings without committing an error. In turn, the Panthers defense helped them gain their first win of the season with a 6-2 victory over the Marian Fillies.

The win for the Lady Panthers couldn't of come at a better time, facing rival Marian. The Fillies beat the Panthers 11-1 back on April 3rd and it became evident that PV wanted vengeance.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, April 28, 2012

April 28, 2003 Northwestern's Ali Hayden scores four goals to up her career total to 100 as the Tigers cruise to an 8-0 Colonial League win over Northern Lehigh. Hayden also adds an assist as the winners improve to 15-0 on the season. Brinley Geiger contributes to the victory with a goal and an assist, while Cody Leiser, Shavon Thompson and Alison Conner also score for Northwestern.

Kidder Twp. police issue citations

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Kidder Township police reported on the following citations issued by officers recently.

On April 17 the following citations were issued:

At 2:57 p.m., Suzanne Hope, 59, of Palmerton, and John Barnaby, 82, of Ottowa, Canada, at 2:14 p.m., were both cited for obedience to traffic control devices near the Penn/Kidder Campus; Caitlyn M. Montelius, 18, of Albrightsville, was cited at 11:18 p.m., Qingson Weikel, 37, of Coaldale, at 11:40 p.m., and Louis Grillo, 40, of Bartonsville, at 11:54 p.m., all cited for stop sign violations at the intersection of state routes 1003 and 903.

Cabela's, PFBC team to promote PA. fishing

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cabela's has partnered with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to promote fishing with the "Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?" contest that gives anglers the opportunity to win as much as $2-million in cash and more than $225,000 in additional prizes by catching tagged fish in select waters. This year's contest begins Saturday, May 5, and every tagged fish caught will be a winner.

Tamaqua dam project money giveaway

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

Prior to my retirement, I was employed in the construction field for nearly 40 years, building roads, bridges, water lines, and the like. Twenty six years was with PennDot as an inspector, supervisor and manager. Some of the projects I was involved with were The St. Clair Bypass, Deer Lake South in Moilino, 22 Renew in Allentown, Leiby's intersection and many, many more.

Tigers' Paiste advances

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Tigers' Paiste advances
Copyright 2012

A trio of local tennis players won their first contest and advanced to the second round, but only one of them advanced into the second day (Saturday) of play at the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament Friday held at the West End Racquetball Club in Allentown.

Music is not 'fluff'

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

I am proud alumna of the Tamaqua Area School District. Both of my parents and the majority of my aunts, uncles, cousins and nephew graduated from, attended, or are currently attending, TAHS. We served as members of athletic teams, student council members, National Honor Society members, and members of countless other academic and extracurricular activities. My primary area of involvement was the award-winning music and theater program.

Manpower, funding needed to fix Parryville playground

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Parryville Council is hoping that people from the community step forward to assist with improvements to the playground. The playground has little to offer because outdated and unsafe equipment has been removed.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Parryville Council is hoping that people from the community step forward to assist with improvements to the playground. The playground has little to offer because outdated and unsafe equipment has been removed.

Manpower and funding are crucial to improving the playground area in Parryville, which received a considerable amount of discussion time at Tuesday's council meeting.

Jennifer Borger, council member, said that the playground is in sad shape and needs improvements. Over the years, equipment became outdated and unsafe and had to be removed.

"There is nothing there," said Borger. "When we were kids there was a lot of equipment."

Borger suggested that the project be offered as a senior project by a high school graduating senior.

Looking ahead

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Leadership Carbon class graduates May 2

Leadership Carbon Class of 2012 will hold graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, May 2 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, 323 Country Club Road, Lehighton. Cocktail hour is 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m.

Registrations are open until April 30. Call Sandra Duda at (610) 377-4063 for reservations.

The name of the game

Saturday, April 28, 2012

JIM:

When I was a youngster, growing up in Jim Thorpe, my family always had a favorite game that got played nearly every night after dinner. Parcheesi was the hot ticket for a long time. Later, we graduated to card games: 500 Rummy, then Pinochle. Video games, of course, didn't exist.

Filling up at the smorgasbord of life

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The older I get, the more I appreciate the beauty of life.

Lately, I'm making even more of a conscious effort to soak up the beauty of my world. I'm filled with an intense appreciation for what I call the smorgasbord of life.

A food smorgasbord offers so many tempting offerings. It's impossible to eat everything and we sometimes come away regretting that we ate too much.

That's not the case with the smorgasbord of life. While we can't sample everything, the more we do, the more we appreciate what is before us.

Student at IU school charged

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A student at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 school at Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township, is facing assault charges following an incident at the school.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a 15-year-old male student attempted to stab Sean R. Lyons, 41, of Pine Grove, a behavioral interventionist at the shcool, about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24. Lyons was scraped/gouged in the right rib cage area, troopers said.

Guilty of incivility

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dear Editor,

Civil discourse and reasoned political discussion are at a low ebb. Election campaigns resemble brawls, and the electronic world is filled with personal attacks and insults.

I am sorry to say I have been guilty of this incivility. A few weeks ago in the heat of anger I sent an email to your paper in which I labeled Mr. Reil, a regular columnist in the Times News, a "nut" and implied that he knew little about the Constitution or American history.

Kunkletown girl from Misericordia involved in reseach project

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Nichols
Nichols

Andrea Nichols, O.T.S., Kunkletown was part of a group of Misericordia University student researchers, enrolled in the Weekday Entry-Level Master of Science Program, who are presenting their graduate research project, "Dog-Assisted Therapy for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities: An Evidence-Based Practice Review with Implications for Occupational Therapy Practice,'' at the annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

Church's 30-Hour Famine raises hunger awareness

Saturday, April 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tribe 2 (Kenya) from left are Emma Osenbach, Abby Brickler and Connor Knowlan. Not pictured was Caitlin Metzger, Molly Betz, Julian Gerace, Aimee Hull, Emma Osenbach. Tribe leaders were Dave & Adele Snyder.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tribe 2 (Kenya) from left are Emma Osenbach, Abby Brickler and Connor Knowlan. Not pictured was Caitlin Metzger, Molly Betz, Julian Gerace, Aimee Hull, Emma Osenbach. Tribe leaders were Dave & Adele Snyder.

Youth members, parents and volunteers with the Zion Stone Church in New Ringgold, West Penn Township, held a 30 Hour Famine recently at their church to raise awareness for world hunger.

The 30 Hour Famine, an international youth movement to fight hunger, is held every year by thousands of students throughout the United States. Participants go 30 hours without food and get a taste of hunger while also having to deal with fake handicaps, such as bloated stomachs, blindness, deafness and many other conditions found in third world countries.

Year's end

Saturday, April 28, 2012

No, it's not December 31st. New Year's Day is more than half a year away. But, for a great number of folks, this is THE END of a year - a school year. Most people who attend or work in schools feel as though they should be celebrating with champagne and noisemakers. It's finally over!

Five-mile hike set for Locust Lake park

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hikers can explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State park and visit Silver Creek Fire Tower during an organized hike on Friday, May 4.

The five-mile hike is rated moderate in difficulty. It will be held in sunshine only.

Participants can bring pets but they must be leashed and get along with people. Participants will meet at the parking lot and the hike begins at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call (570) 467-2506.

Cabela's, PFBC team to promote PA. fishing

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cabela's has partnered with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to promote fishing with the "Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?" contest that gives anglers the opportunity to win as much as $2-million in cash and more than $225,000 in additional prizes by catching tagged fish in select waters. This year's contest begins Saturday, May 5, and every tagged fish caught will be a winner.

Schuylkill County crashes investigated

Saturday, April 28, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on two crashes probed by troopers this week on Schuylkill County roads.

A one-vehicle crash occurred about 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, along SR501 in Pine Grove Township. Troopers said Lisa Marie Dagostino, 46, of Pine Grove, was driving a 2005 Ford F250 truck southbound when she lost control while rounding a left-hand turn. The truck began to skid and eventually went off the road and down an embankment.

LAML schedules upcoming events

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lehighton Area Memorial Library has scheduled some upcoming events.

There will be a computer training class on "Online Buying/eBay" from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 1. This class is for those with basic computer skills who want to learn about online shopping, buying, and auctions. Classes are free, but registration is required. Space is limited. Call (610) 377-2750 to sign up.