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June 2012

Location of new bridge not a solution to problems

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

A novel idea

Saturday, June 30, 2012

JIM:

The LYNX bus Carbon County'sbest kept secret

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

Vehicle takes a wild ride across a Towamensing Township property

Saturday, June 30, 2012
The mini van landed in this clump of trees.
The mini van landed in this clump of trees.

At least one person was injured Friday afternoon after a van took a wild ride across a lawn in Towamensing Township.

The incident occurred at 3:30 p.m. when the driver of a mini van, traveling north on Hickory Road, lost control. The vehicle left the right berm, traveled down a steep grass embankment and continued on several hundred feet across a lawn before ending up in a clump of trees.

The Palmerton ambulance transferred at least one victim to an area hospital. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Getting your 'F's' and 'P's' in order

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Geri King is an avid reader of this column, who today became a contributor.

The Coaldale resident believes that by exercising your mind, you have a better chance of having a healthy mind.

So she sent along a quiz in which 30 compound words and two-word phrases were assembled. The words and phrases all have something in common their first halves start with the letter F, and their second halves starts with the letter P (as in Fun Puzzle).

Crossword-style clues have been provided for each one, some straightforward and others downright tricky.

Pinzgauer a star of the all-terrain tours Former troop transport of the Swiss Army offers some strong off-road capabilities

Saturday, June 30, 2012
All-Terrain Pinzgauer Tours' most popular tour is an adventure to a 600-acre reclaimed former strip mine of the Reading Anthracite Company near Tamaqua.
All-Terrain Pinzgauer Tours' most popular tour is an adventure to a 600-acre reclaimed former strip mine of the Reading Anthracite Company near Tamaqua.

While driving through the Jim Thorpe traffic intersection, you may have seen a military vehicle parked in front of Pocono Whitewater's Adventure Central.

The tough-looking vehicle is known as a Pinzgauer all-terrain transport, a rugged magic carpet ready to take riders through the rough and tumble backwaters, chasms and abandoned strip mines of Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

Lehighton residence hit by minor fire

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Bob Ford/Times News Firemen at the scene of last night's minor fire at Ochre Street in Lehighton.
Bob Ford/Times News Firemen at the scene of last night's minor fire at Ochre Street in Lehighton.

A single home in Lehighton sustained minor damage after a fire broke out at about 8:25 p.m. Friday.

It took firemen about 10-15 minutes to extinguish the fire at 219 Ochre Street. Samantha Frable lives at the residence with her fiance but were not at home when the fire began.

Borough Fire Chief Gary Frable said the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but believed it started in the kitchen. Some damage was done to one wall and the contents of the stove, he said.

Guilty as sin

Saturday, June 30, 2012

"I'm sick of hearing about this Sandusky thing," said a man at the supermarket.

Nobody can blame him. It's been plastered in the news since last year. But don't expect it to go away with a guilty verdict. This case has only just begun. There will be civil suits brought against Penn State, Dottie Sandusky and others.

More criminal charges likely will come, too. And books will be written.

Go take a walk

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

I would like to encourage more people to "go take a walk!" No, I don't mean that in anger, rather I wish more people would take a walk on the towpath from Weissport to Jim Thorpe. What started out for me was rehabilitation for a total knee replacement back in February, and has moved into what I would like to call, "A spiritual journey."

Enjoying a hot summer break

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Ricky Evans, 13, dives off backwards. Ricky is the son of Rick and Justine Evans.
Ricky Evans, 13, dives off backwards. Ricky is the son of Rick and Justine Evans.

Many Tamaqua area youth have taken to the cool waters during their hot summer break. The H.D. Buehler Memorial Bungalow Pool was thriving with youth over the past few days as temperatures rose into the mid 90's.

Are changes on Nutrition Facts panel for better?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Before you get too comfortable, get up and grab a cereal box from the cupboard. Any cereal box will do. They are all required by law to display our topic of discussion: a Nutrition Facts panel.

Five die in Lehigh accident

Friday, June 29, 2012
Five die in Lehigh accident
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Five persons were killed in a collision of a tow truck and car along a Lehigh County road on Thursday afternoon.

State police at Bethlehem said the crash occurred about 2:36 p.m. at the intersection of Mountain and Bake Oven roads in Heidelberg Township.

Troopers said four persons in a 1997 Subaru sedan, three males and one female, and the male driver of a 1997 Chevrolet C650 truck, died in the crash. A passenger in the truck survived.

Obamacare

Friday, June 29, 2012

Supreme Court ruling does nothing to diminish controversy

Although the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled most of the provisions of Obamacare to be constitutional, the 5-4 ruling didn't diminish the controversy. Republicans in general still oppose it while Democrats stand behind the president. Most conservatives are livid about the ruling while liberals embrace it.

Congressman Lou Barletta, whose district includes Carbon County, termed the high court decision, "a victory for big government and a defeat for individual freedom."

Free Kid's Quest program all weekend

Friday, June 29, 2012

Volunteers with the New Life Assembly of God Church, 407 Schuylkill Ave., in Tamaqua are holding their free Kids Quest program for youth aged 4 to 11 at their church today, tomorrow and Sunday. The program, which will last from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, will consist of clowns, contests, prizes, games and more. Any child under 4 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (570) 668-4059 or visit them on Facebook.

It's a tax

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ruling defines this election

Chief Justice John Roberts' crucial swing vote Thursday saved President Obama's signature piece of legislation mandated health care but the president and other Democrats should not be doing victory laps.

Many conservative pundits are saying that although Democrats won the battle in the Supreme Court, the 5-4 decision could very well propel Republicans to a bigger victory in November.

Tamaqua news

Friday, June 29, 2012

TASD news

Tamaqua Area School District students participating in sports and/or any extracurricular activity, or who have a school parking permit is subject to random drug and alcohol testing, as established in 2010. Random drug testing of non-participating students is also available if the district receives a parental request. Students must provide a signed parental consent form before participating.

PV planning meeting

Friday, June 29, 2012

Panther Valley High School Class of 1974 will have a 40-year class reunion planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at the Sports Zoo in Lansford.

June 29, 1912

Friday, June 29, 2012

The new road over the Broad Mountain has cost Carbon County $31,819.34 for labor, machinery, etc. The matter has been referred to the State Highway officials to decide whether it is a state or a county road. If a county road, Carbon pays the expenses of keeping it up. If otherwise, the state will pay.

A hop in her step

Friday, June 29, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Leah Slepoi of Penn Forest Township jumps an opening in the stone wall of the Lehigh Canal at Weissport.

Fundraiser to be held for slain Walnutport youth

Friday, June 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Summer Goldy and Pat Ohl will be holding a Bake Sale fundraiser to raise money to be used for the cost of bringing the body of Joshua Stepp home from Michigan.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Summer Goldy and Pat Ohl will be holding a Bake Sale fundraiser to raise money to be used for the cost of bringing the body of Joshua Stepp home from Michigan.

Summer Goldy, 16, says Joshua Stepp, 16, of Walnutport, was her best friend in kindergarten through third grade, right up until she and her family moved away from Walnutport. When she heard that her friend had been fatally shot during an attempted burglary while visiting friends in Mt. Morris, Michigan on June 11, she just couldn't believe something like that happened.

When she heard the family needed $2,000 to bring his body home, the first thing she thought was, "I have to donate."

She approached her mother, Pat Ohl of Lehighton and said, "We have to do something."

ACS workshop

Friday, June 29, 2012

'Look Good,Feel Better'

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., July 9, at the Schuylkill Medical Center South, 420 S. Jackson St., Pottsville. The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Palmerton nixes plan to build new fire station

Friday, June 29, 2012

It appears as though Palmerton will not build a new fire station after all.

After a meeting of borough council on Thursday, borough manager Rodger Danielson told the TIMES NEWS a new fire station "is off the books."

"There's no effort to go through with building a (new) fire station," Danielson said. "In light of that, the borough has applied for amended ways to use those funds that's yet to be determined by the state."

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

Friday, June 29, 2012

State and local police, along with PennDOT, will take part in a national enforcement effort through July 8 targeting motorists who drive under the influence. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement effort will focus on keeping Pennsylvania's roads safe during the Independence Day travel period.

Completion of solar project near

Friday, June 29, 2012

The completion of the solar project is finally nearing as Marrone Brothers agreed to make repairs to the data acquisition box and replace a shielded cable for the solar field they constructed for the Summit Hill Water Authority that is to supply the physical plant with electricity for the next several years.

The project was originally due to end last fall and its original deadline of August 31st has long past.

Palmerton Area High School announces honor roll

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the third marking period of the second semester of the 2011-12 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

HIGH HONORS [3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects]

Class reunion

Friday, June 29, 2012

LAHS Class of 1982

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1982 is holding its 30-year reunion on Friday, July 13 at the Lehighton Orioles from 6-11 p.m. It will be a pig roast/luau-style event, and there is a charge. There will be live entertainment.

If you have not received an invitation or for more information, please contact Robin Fatzinger at rfatzing@verizon.net or (610) 718-9091.

TSMA car cruise slated

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Tamaqua Street Machine Association will hold several car cruises at Heisler's Dairy Bar, including one this Saturday, June 30. The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.

Additional events at the dairy bar, located at 743 Catawissa Rd., Tamaqua, will be held on July 28 and Aug. 18. Hours for each event will be 5 to 8 p.m.

For further information, call (570) 668-0323.

Kayak flips, fisherman rescued

Friday, June 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two Beltzville State Park Rangers examine the kayak which was involved in an accident along the Lehigh River near Bowmanstown late Thursday night. Two persons were fishing in the river when one of the two apparently struck an object and flipped the unit with the male being ejected. Firefighters from Bowmanstown, Parryville and Palmerton were dispatched to the scene along with the Palmerton ambulance and Lehighton paramedics. The injured fisherman was finally discovered in water just off the east bank about a half mile north of SR895.

Shoop back at JT

Friday, June 29, 2012

There was no elementary school wrestling team when Ren Shoop attended Jim Thorpe High School.

In fact, Shoop had to wait until his sophomore year to take part in intramural wrestling and waited until his junior year to compete as a varsity wrestler, the first year for the program.

He's stayed around the sport long since graduating from Jim Thorpe High in 1966. And now he'll return to the wrestling program where his career started.

Board fails to renew annual JROTC pact

Friday, June 29, 2012

An attempt to renew annual contracts for Panther Valley School District's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program died Thursday after one school board member questioned the action and another followed in her footsteps.

A motion to renew the contract of JROTC Senior Instructor Kenneth J. Markovich failed, even though the vote was by a 3-2 in favor.

Board President Jeff Markovich, who is Kenneth Markovich's brother, and his wife, board member Michelle Markovich, abstained from voting. Board members David Hiles and Koreen Nalesnik were absent.

$45,970 lightning suppression system awarded for prison

Friday, June 29, 2012

Carbon County Correctional Facility will soon be better protected from lightning strikes.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted unanimously to award the lightning suppression system project contract to Albarell Electric Inc. of Bethlehem. Albarell was the sole bidder for the project and bid $45,970 for the work.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, explained after the vote that the commissioners had Mike Schade from Schade Engineering Inc., the project engineer, review the bid.