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April 2012

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 The playground has little to offer because outdated and unsafe equipment has been removed.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 The playground has little to offer because outdated and unsafe equipment has been removed.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 Over the years, equipment became outdated and unsafe and had to be removed.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
Tribe 1 (Bangledesh) from front left are Kaitlyn Shlanta, Molly Clemson, Emma Hoch, Danika Beers and Kyle Ruch. Back row are Jimmy Towers and Logan Miller. Tribe Leader was Darryl Fritz.
Tribe 1 (Bangledesh) from front left are Kaitlyn Shlanta, Molly Clemson, Emma Hoch, Danika Beers and Kyle Ruch. Back row are Jimmy Towers and Logan Miller. Tribe Leader was Darryl Fritz.

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.

Copper wire stolen in Monroe incident

Saturday, April 28, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating the theft of copper wire from a Monroe County location.

Troopers said about $100 worth of the wire was taken from state game lands off Camelback Road, in Jackson Township, sometime between April 1-24. Troopers said the wire belonged to Temple University of Philadelphia.

Justice prevails

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

At the July 22, 2009 Nesquehoning council meeting an announcement to dismiss Officer Nick Saulo surprised the public in attendance. Officer Saulo was an ex-Marine and was thought highly of by the community. A roll-call vote was taken on the dismissal of the officer. Michael Sniscak Jr., Frank DiMiceli, Richard Zabroski, and Don DeMarco voted yes. Rose Walck voted no. Mark Stromelo and David Hawk were absent. The dismissal occurred one day before Officer Saulo would have completed his probationary period.

Knowing what is unknown

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Some professions trace themselves back to obscurity. While we joke the world's oldest profession is prostitution, magic and divination probably are as old if not older than the former less noble occupation in the history of humanity. Since humans have first began to communicate with each other, I think we have all had a desire to know what is unknown, to learn that which is hidden from view.

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.

Shame, shame, shame

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

Shame on the Republicans for attempting to undermine women's health by limiting access to contraceptives.

Shame on Mitt Romney for stating that if he becomes president, he will eliminate Planned Parenthood.

Shame on Gov. Corbett for attempting to force pregnant women to have ultrasounds. He went on to say if they (the women) did not want to see the procedure, they "can just close their eyes."

Shame on Rep. Doyle Heffley for voting "yes" with Gov. Corbett on this issue.

May we all remember in November!

Sincerely,

Kimberly Nanovic earns doctorate in Physical Therapy

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Kimberly Nanovic of Jim Thorpe was among 79 graduates who earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree during Arcadia University's Commencement Ceremony in January. Nanovic received the degree with distinction.

As part of a required Capstone project that focuses on the evidence-based practice of physical therapy, Nanovic presented a Research Platform Session presentation on: "Describing the Utilization and Intervention in Home Care Physical Therapy (HC PT) for Patients Following Total Knee Replacement (TKR)."

Promoted to Assistant Chief of Bethlehem Fire Department

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Zimmerman
Zimmerman

Captain Richard Zimmerman of Lehighton recently was promoted to Assistant Chief of Bethlehem Fire Department. He was assigned to the First Platoon. Richard started with Bethlehem's Fire Department on Oct. 27,1986.

Readers Turn, David Wargo

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Kevin Lazorick, Lehighton - "We should leave it at 203 members."
Kevin Lazorick, Lehighton - "We should leave it at 203 members."

There is a debate in Harrisburg about whether or not the state legislature should be thinned from 203 members to 153. What are your thoughts on this?

Pen Argyl tops Northwestern

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Pen Argyl tops Northwestern
Copyright 2012

To keep up with Pen Argyl's explosive offense, opponents need to capitalize on every opportunity.

Northwestern had some chances on a blustery Friday afternoon in New Tripoli, but the Tigers couldn't get the big hit when they needed to and fell to the Knights, 14-5.

"They got hits with two outs and we didn't," said Northwestern head coach Len Smith. "We had opportunities numerous times and we did not get a hit with two outs and runners in scoring position. That changes the complexion of the game."

Government reform: Time to put Pa. Legislature in order

Saturday, April 28, 2012

While all of Pennsylvania continues to rebound from tough economic times, my colleagues and I have been faced with hard decisions geared toward reaching one goal: Practicing fiscal responsibility with our taxpayers' dollars to lower the state's debt. As a legislative body, we often ask state-funded agencies and school districts to do more work with less money and staff as we attempt to determine the best use of taxpayer dollars.

Bears force MVC tennis playoff

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Bears force MVC tennis playoff
Copyright 2012

The Pleasant Valley boys' tennis team defeated Stroudsburg 4-3 in its final match of the season to force a playoff with the Mounties for the Mountain Valley Conference regular season championship.

A time and location of the playoff match will be decided early next week.

BOYS TENNIS

Stroudsburg-Pleasant Vy.

Three of Pleasant Valley's four doubles teams won and helped the Bears defeat Stroudsburg, 4-3 in MVC tennis action.

Depot Square Park closed temporarily

Friday, April 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Depot Square Park located at the Five Points intersection, SR209 and SR309, in Tamaqua is closed temporarily to prevent people from disturbing seeds and fertilizer recently planted to restore the area which was dug up to lay thousands of feet of underground wire. The power strips were used for the park's Christmas lighting, an annual event led by Brockton lighting technician Frank Fabrizio.

Two juveniles cited for theft of ATV

Friday, April 27, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported two male juveniles from the Palmerton area have been cited for the theft of a all terrain vehicle (ATV).

Troopers said the incident occurred on April 19 about 5 p.m. The ATV has been recovered and returned to the owner who resides in Aquashicola, and not identified by police.

Ss. Peter and Paul students recognized for good grades

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sherry Sernak, principal of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, has announced the names of the students who have qualified for the Honor Roll in the third marking period of the 2011-2012 school year.

Principal's list – 95 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct are: Katherine Aaron, Megan Aaron, Jason Bauder, Xamantha Descallar, Hailey Hoffman, Amy McConnell, David Pignoli and Benjamin Slaw.

Walk For Life planned tomorrow in Tamaqua

Friday, April 27, 2012

Care Net of Schuylkill County, Tamaqua office, a non-profit group, will be holding their 2nd Annual Walk for Life Saturday to help raise needed funds for programs. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the walk starts at 1:30 p.m. All walking will be on flat ground - up and down Broad Street and a little on Railroad, Pine and Elm Streets. The walk will start and end at the Bethany E.C.C. on East Broad Street in Tamaqua. Any questions - call (570) 624-7244. Walk sponsor donations encouraged.

House, Senate citations for Freeh-Stefanek

Friday, April 27, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The board of directors of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership saluted Pat Freeh-Stefanek, center, retiring volunteer chairman, at a dinner held April 12 at Schick's Cafe Calcutta, Tamaqua. State Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124, right, presented the guest of honor with a citation from the state House of Representatives along with another from the Senate on behalf of Sen. David Argall, R-29.

Leadership Carbon sets graduation event for May 2

Friday, April 27, 2012

Leadership Carbon, a program of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, will host a dinner event to celebrate the graduating class of 2012. The public is invited to attend the celebration to be held at the Mahoning Valley Country Club on Wednesday May 2.

The class will unveil its group project, "Guiding Carbon Youth to Inspire Community Growth," during the event. In addition, Micah Gursky, Director of Development of the St. Luke's Hospital, Miners Campus and an alumnus of the Leadership Carbon class of 2008, will serve as keynote speaker.

Streisel wins javelin at Penn Relays

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tamaqua's Christine Streisel, last year's PIAA Class AA champion in the javelin, took first place in the event at the Penn Relays Thursday.

Competing in the High School category, Streisel's throw of 47.22 meters (154-11) edged Maria Jimmenez of Vineland, NJ. Jimmenez threw 47.11 (154-6).

Streisel, a junior, has an area best this season of 160-11, which came on March 30 at the Tamaqua Blue Raider Invitational.

Palmerton's Kelsey Hay also competed in the javelin finishing 18th with a throw of 33.75 meters (110-8).