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June 2012

Let's celebrate our freedoms

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the present wars and all the sacrifices in between, those who gave their lives are too many to count. We must never forget those who fought. May we all remember those who have made this nation "the land of the free, and the home of the brave." Our debt to gratitude cannot be measured.

So many soldiers and others in the military have sacrificed that you and I may live in freedom.

Funny Cake a la ants

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah, the ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah, the ants go marching eight by eight and ruined a perfectly good Funny Cake, and they all go marching down to the ground, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

I'm highly upset. Not that I had ants, but because they stole my Funny Cake from me!

My Aunt Arlene use to make Funny Cakes and then my mom started to make them. Hmmm, good. This Pennsylvania Dutch treat marries a combination of all my favorites ... pie crust, white cake and gooey chocolate.

Cancer saved my life -

Saturday, June 30, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Michele Varley extracts the juice from raw organic vegetables, usually a mixture of carrots, celery, kale, dandelion, beet root, and beet greens at Nutritional Needs in Jim Thorpe. She attributes raw juicing to her road to healing.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Michele Varley extracts the juice from raw organic vegetables, usually a mixture of carrots, celery, kale, dandelion, beet root, and beet greens at Nutritional Needs in Jim Thorpe. She attributes raw juicing to her road to healing.

Survivor sharing her knowledge of nutrition with others

For some, the diagnosis of cancer is threatening. For Michele Varley, her diagnosis of cancer was a challenge.

In 2003, troubled by pain to the right side of her abdomen, Varley saw her doctor.

"I was sent for blood work and an ultrasound, and told that I had the early stages of liver cancer," she said. "They told me about the protocol that they wanted to do: drug therapy, radiation and chemotherapy. Everyone that I knew that had liver cancer and followed the protocol had died. I didn't consider it as an option and I didn't do it."

HM Sanctuary receives grant

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, has received a $6,866 grant from the Gloria M. Young Ornithological Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation to support the care and maintenance of its four resident live raptors: a red-tailed hawk, a screech owl, an American kestrel and a great-horned owl.

Reader's Turn - The July 4 holiday

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Paul Radenhausen, Albrightsville - "I'd like to see it be a three-day weekend. If it's in the middle of the week, it's hard to plan anything with family and friends."
Paul Radenhausen, Albrightsville - "I'd like to see it be a three-day weekend. If it's in the middle of the week, it's hard to plan anything with family and friends."

Do you prefer celebrating Independence Day on the actual July 4 date, or would you rather see it observed as a Monday holiday such as Memorial Day and Labor Day?

Letter got quick results

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank Commissioner Tom Gerhard for reading my letter concerning the light that was out for 3 1/2 years at a dock at Mauch Chunk Lake. He was the main force for getting it replaced.

Thank you, Tom, and also I would like to thank the staff at the lake and special thank you to Jack Herman for replacing the bulb.

From all the fisherman at the lake.

Mike Bretzik

Jim Thorpe

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, June 30, 2012

June 30, 1994 Dan Borden collects three hits, one of them a two-run single, to help the Birches claim a 10-4 Northampton County League victory over Lehigh/West Bethlehem. Ross Borger gains the pitching win and also helps his own cause with an RBI double. John Dispenza contributes a two-run double while Alan Gethan delivers a two-run single.

The July 4th holiday in old Mauch Chunk was something special

Saturday, June 30, 2012

When it came to deciding on a vacation destination a century ago, Mauch Chunk was an easy choice for thousands of tourists.

And when you added a holiday like Independence Day to that choice, the selection became a no-brainer for vacationers. Whether it was to bask in the old world charm of the town, or riding the Switchback Railroad or trolley to Flagstaff to soak up the breathtaking views, tourists flocked to the town.

The love of the sea

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Nearly two decades ago, I left my heart by the ocean.

Every year, for one glorious week, I return to Ocean City, Md., searching for it, but instead I find that my love for the sea has grown even stronger and that it is harder and harder to say goodbye.

The grains of sand that adorn the shoreline remind me of the dozens of memories I've created at the place I would love to one day call home.

Nuns on the bus

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

There are 12 Catholic nuns on a bus coming our way from nine states, some of the economically hardest hit parts of the Midwest, to remind Catholics that the U.S. Federal Budget, a hot issue this electoral year, is a moral, not just a fiscal document.

Tonight's MMA event has local flavor

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Rat Pack fighting school out of Palmerton will showcase five fighters at this weekend's Tribute to Jim Thorpe the Olympian mixed martial arts event at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe.

All five fighters will be competing in amateur competition, with one fighter competing for the 170-pound title.

That fighter is Andy Beil, who will be facing off against Colby Slonaker (2-0). Beil is 4-3 in his career as an amateur fighter and Rat Pack leader Nick Massington expects Beil to win the fight and also turn professional in August.

Local performers show off talent in Tamaqua

Friday, June 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Performers of all ages had a chance to show off their talent during Thursday's free open stage event held at the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Showing off their talents during the event were Julia Shellhamer, Jenny Beck, Nate Orae, Mike Kernan, Adam Bachert, Claire Lewis, John Lewis, Damian Munoz, Ivan Munoz, Steven Moyer, Zack Venable, Andrew Whitacre, Ed Michalik, Troy Moyer, John Frye, Doug Betz. Duane Allen, Phillis Pardoush, Jack Kulp and Sam Frantz.

Picnic in the park

Friday, June 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

A.J. Mitchell and his wife, Nikki, and their two daughters, Fallon, 4 and Sawyer, 2, take advantage of a picture perfect summer evening as they enjoy a picnic dinner while listening to a free concert in the Chestnuthill Township Park. "This is great. I hope more people come out to support these concerts so they will continue to have them," said Nikki.

$80,225 stolen from hospital

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ex-employee is charged

A former employee at the Blue Mountain Health Systems Gnaden Huetten Campus, Lehighton, has been charged with taking a large amount of money from the hospital bank account.

Lehighton police said Theresa Bernardi, 42, of 15 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

She is accused of fraudulently removing money from the hospital account from July 2009 to May 2012 while an employee of the hospital.

Police said the total amount taken was $80,225.15.

Area Keystone Girls State delegates recognized

Friday, June 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Local Keystone Girls State (KGS) delegates and past delegates attended the Keystone Girls State Tea. They are, front from left, Alyssa Dachowicz, Bianca Santiago, Jamie Harron, Brianna Handwerk, and Elizabeth Reichard; and back row, Jordan Semmel, KGS 2009; Stacey Kerschner, KGS 2011: Tina Ressler, President 899 Walnutport: Ruth Porter, KGS Chairman of Four County Council: and far right, LaRue Fritz, Unit 314 KGS Chairman.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Local Keystone Girls State (KGS) delegates and past delegates attended the Keystone Girls State Tea. They are, front from left, Alyssa Dachowicz, Bianca Santiago, Jamie Harron, Brianna Handwerk, and Elizabeth Reichard; and back row, Jordan Semmel, KGS 2009; Stacey Kerschner, KGS 2011: Tina Ressler, President 899 Walnutport: Ruth Porter, KGS Chairman of Four County Council: and far right, LaRue Fritz, Unit 314 KGS Chairman.

Local delegates who are attending Keystone Girls State at Shippensburg University from June 24-30 were recognized at the "Girls State Tea," held Saturday, June 16 at the American Legion, Post 899 in Walnutport.

Police find fugitive hiding in mom's attic

Friday, June 29, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Patrolman Tom Rodgers prepares to transport Keith D. Neff, 29, to the Schuylkill County Prison after an arraignment before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua. Neff was wanted on a felony warrant in connection with a burglary at his grandmother's Tamaqua apartment.
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Patrolman Tom Rodgers prepares to transport Keith D. Neff, 29, to the Schuylkill County Prison after an arraignment before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua. Neff was wanted on a felony warrant in connection with a burglary at his grandmother's Tamaqua apartment.

A Tamaqua man wanted on a felony burglary warrant was apprehended early Thursday morning after officers learned where he was hiding.

Keith D. Neff, 29, was taken into custody after he was discovered hiding in the attic of his mother's home. Police also charged his mother, Gladys B. Neff, 56, of 119 Pine St., in connection with the incident.

The incident began Wednesday night when officers were asked to check on a property at 307 Arlington St. The owners had received information that someone was in the home when it should have been empty.

Charcoal inspiration

Friday, June 29, 2012
An educational coloring book geared for elementary age children is a project Evanousky is just finishing after many months of work.
An educational coloring book geared for elementary age children is a project Evanousky is just finishing after many months of work.

Barnesville heritage artist salutes coal mining culture

Joe Evanousky is telling the rich story of anthracite coal and the people who mined it. But he's not using a single sentence.

Instead, the Barnesville man speaks through his hands, relaying every intricate detail through the eloquence of a charcoal pencil.

At age 58, it's a passion he's had all of his life, even though his earliest artwork focused on other subject matter.

Truth be told, the former football coach and art instructor at North Schuylkill School District began doodling as a child while spending time one-on-one with his father.

Carbon commissioner to serve on state board

Friday, June 29, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, center, was sworn in as a member of the state Deputy Sheriffs' Education and Training Board Thursday morning by Judge Steven Serfass, left. Nothstein received word from Gov. Tom Corbett's office appointing him to the board as of June 20.

Rosemary Brown and Mark Goff marry

Friday, June 29, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Goff
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Goff

Rosemary Brown, daughter of Gene and Linda Brown of Jim Thorpe, and Mark Goff, son of Kathy and the late Arthur Highland of Lehighton and Chuck and Janet Goff of Amarillo, Texas, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Flagstaff Resort in Jim Thorpe.

Mayor Michael Sofranko officiated the ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. The bride's sister, Brandi Brown of Summit Hill, was chosen as maid of honor.

Bridesmaids included Katie Mertz of Jim Thorpe, Daphne Gasker, also of Jim Thorpe and Mary Casnocha of Kunkletown.

US Rails, Beatlemania at M.C. Opera House

Friday, June 29, 2012

There are concerts scheduled tonight and tomorrow night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Tonight, US Rails with the Sterling Koch Band perform at 8:30.

The Cast of Beatlemania will perform at the Opera House on Saturday, June 30th, at 8 p.m.

The latest album of U.S. Rails, Southern Canon, is a formidable testament to how tightly knit Ben Arnold, Tom Gillam, Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin and Matt Muir have become as a band. They produce some of the finest driving rock 'n' roll and folk rock and around.

Leann Bunch and Mark Rawlins Jr. are wed

Friday, June 29, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Rawlins Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Rawlins Jr.

Leann Bunch, daughter of Clyde and Debra Snyder of Jim Thorpe was united in marriage to Mark Rawlins Jr., son of Mark and Christine Rawlins of Jim Thorpe on June 16, 2012 at Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua.

Michael Cooper of Deer Lake officiated the double ring ceremony.

The bride chose Jessica Kappler to be her maid of honor, while the bridegroom chose Jake Ostrander to perform the duties of the best man.

Others attending the couple included Alainna Bunch, Amy Rawlins, John Grady, Mike Lanoue and Kevin Snyder.

DUI arrests reported

Friday, June 29, 2012

Lehighton police reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made recently.

Police said Christopher Malick, 41, of 217 Honeysuckle Lane, Lehighton, has been charged with DUI, driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed, and failing to yield to right-of-way when making a left turn.

The incident occurred about 1:20 a.m. on March 28 at the intersection of Bridge and E. Bridge sts. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

A record-breaking weekend for hill climb

Friday, June 29, 2012
Weatherly Hill Climb Just like so many other visitors to the Weatherly Hill Climb, 3 year old Corbin and 8 year old Isabella Wagner of Weatherly enjoy some good food together.
Weatherly Hill Climb Just like so many other visitors to the Weatherly Hill Climb, 3 year old Corbin and 8 year old Isabella Wagner of Weatherly enjoy some good food together.

It was a record-breaking weekend at the June Weatherly Hill Climb as George Bowland from North Carolina won the event with a new record time of 47.592 seconds.

That superseded the standing hill record of 47.715 seconds which was also set by Bowland in September of 2010.

Seventy cars from throughout the country competed on the 1.1 mile course during the two day event which was sponsored by Fairway Subaru of Hazleton and co-sponsored by DeAngelo Brothers Inc. of Hazleton (DBI).

Antique, classic and special interest car showin McAdoo

Friday, June 29, 2012

An antique, classic and special interest car show is being held on Sunday at the Little League Field in McAdoo. Registration lasts from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Judging starts at 1 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for all classes. Also includes Best Of Show, Hard Luck and Longest Distance trophies. Flea market a car corral spaces will also be on site. Event is held rain or shine.

Arrests reported

Friday, June 29, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported on the following arrests made by troopers.

Troopers said about 11:30 p.m. on June 21 at 1 Grassy Lane, Polk Township, Monroe County, Jamie Marie Lavender, 19, of Kunkletown, and Cody Marquis Heller, 18, of Gilbert, neighbors, were "hanging out" when an altercation occurred. Heller is accused of pushing Lavender into a wall. Troopers said on scene Lavender was given a breath test after they detected the odor of alcohol. The test revealed a .15BAC.

He was cited for harassment and underage drinking.

Woman cited for theft from vehicles

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Lehighton woman has been charged with theft from vehicles.

Lehighton police said Pamela Bowman, 35, of 235 N. Third St., has been charged with theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property. Police said on May 16 about 8:25 p.m. Bowman was observed entering several vehicles in the 200 block of S. First St. and, removing a pair of sunglasses and credit cards and identification cards.

Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company responds

Friday, June 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the West End Ambulance works with Polk Township Vol. Fire Co. as they attend to an "injured" four-wheeler driver at the scene.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the West End Ambulance works with Polk Township Vol. Fire Co. as they attend to an "injured" four-wheeler driver at the scene.

Volunteer firefighters used a hydraulic rocker panel ram supporter to push the dashboard back and up off the trapped driver in vehicular accident.

Others attended to an injured man whose four-wheeler crashed into a tree.

Firefighters inflated a 3-stage air bag and inserted wooden blocks to stabilize an overturned van that had the ejected driver (a stuffed dummy) pinned underneath. Monroe County Coroner, Bob Allen and Deputy Coroner, Ian Shedlock arrived and pronounced the victim dead.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29, 2003 Ryan Porambo collects three hits at the plate and also gains the pitching win as Lansford pulls away from Beaver-Banks for a 16-4 win in the District 18 11-12 Little League tournament. Two of Porambo's hits are triples. Thomas Eisenhower adds two hits, one a homer, while Ryan Blasko and Aaron Tucker each contribute a double and two singles. The winners, who explode for 10 runs in the second inning, also receive two hits from both Andrew Tucker and David Wagner.

Five die in Lehigh accident

Friday, June 29, 2012
Five die in Lehigh accident
Copyright 2012

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.