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June 2012

Lehighton residence hit by minor fire

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Firemen at the scene of last night's minor fire at Ochre Street in Lehighton.
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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Showing off his underwater handstand skills is Robert Weirich Jr., 12, son of Sarah Bernardo and Robert Weirich Sr.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Showing off his underwater handstand skills is Robert Weirich Jr., 12, son of Sarah Bernardo and Robert Weirich Sr.

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.

Area residents placed in Schuylkill probation program

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Several area residents were among 32 who were approved by Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be admitted in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program.

The program is for first time offenders in non-violent crimes.

They were admitted into the program by Judge John E. Domalakes, who imposed certain conditions. If they successfully complete the program their record will be wiped clean. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted:

Lansford teen subject of search

Saturday, June 30, 2012

An extensive search was conducted last night in Lansford for a missing teenager who reportedly took a dog for a walk earlier in the day.

The dog returned home without the teen.

The search was primarily in the area of Dock Street and on coal mining property.

Searchers included the Lansford Fire Department, Summit Hill Fire Department, Lansford Police, coal mine personnel, the Northeast Search and Rescue Squad, and a helicopter.

Tamaqua remains unbeaten

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Matt Weaver of Tamaqua connects with a pitch during a 9-1 victory over Freeland in a District 18 Little League 11-12-year old winner's bracket semifinal on Friday night. Weaver's sweet swing produced a double.
Matt Weaver of Tamaqua connects with a pitch during a 9-1 victory over Freeland in a District 18 Little League 11-12-year old winner's bracket semifinal on Friday night. Weaver's sweet swing produced a double.

FREELAND In 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series defeating the New York Yankees.

A big reason for their success was their one-two punch of Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. The two future Hall-of-Famers overpowered batters at the plate time and time again.

The Tamaqua 11 & 12 year-old baseball squad looks to be following the game plan of the 2001 D'backs.

Old dogs can learn new tricks

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sometimes, the Internet offers inspirational stories. The seventy-five year old bodybuilding grandma is one example.

Baltimore resident Ernestine Shepherd claims she was never athletic, didn't start exercising until she was almost 60 and didn't start body building exercises until she was 71.

Almost three years later, she won her first bodybuilding contest. Check out her amazing sculptured body on the Internet.

Lower Towamensing Township Zoning board approves group child care home

Saturday, June 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Lower Towamensing Township residents Thomas and Heather Pasquariello show their plans to house a group child day care center as a home occupation to members of the township's Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lower Towamensing Township residents Thomas and Heather Pasquariello show their plans to house a group child day care center as a home occupation to members of the township's Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday.

A group child care center is headed to Lower Towamensing Township.

The township's Zoning Hearing Board unanimously agreed on Thursday to grant residents Thomas and Heather Pasquariello the necessary means to conduct the center as a home occupation at 2605 Hahn's Dairy Road.

Lehighton Fire dept. expansion project proceeds

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bids are expected to be awarded Monday, June 9, for the demolition of three houses in Lehighton, making way for construction of the expansion of the Lehighton Fire Department.

Three bids reportedly were received and opened this week.

Engineers and borough officials will review the bids before recommendations are made to borough bouncil.

The houses being demolished are located between the Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 building and the Engine Company No. 2 (Station 2) building on South Third Street.

Helping out the animals

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

Recently I had the privilege of adopting an Old English Mastiff named "Mama Duke" from the Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning.

When I went up to pick her up I also took along a load of supplies to donate to the shelter. Items included raw hides, milk bones, Clorox, and assorted soft "yummy" treats.

1935 MC Catholic grid team went 8-2

Saturday, June 30, 2012
The 1935 Mauch Chunk Catholic football team
The 1935 Mauch Chunk Catholic football team

The 1935 Mauch Chunk Catholic football team, who were nicknamed "The Little Notre Damers" was one of the finest gridiron squads ever assembled in the now Jim Thorpe community.

Over a period of three seasons and over a span of 27 games the Cougars compiled a record of 21-4, with two ties. Their best team in that stretch came in 1935 under the guidance of coach Larry B. Morris. Morris played football at Gettysburg College, and after his playing days were over, took a job as a teacher as East Mauch Chunk High School and also took the head coaching position at Mauch Chunk Catholic.

Are three branches in our governments to be 'co-equal'?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

By WILLIAM TAYLOR REIL

tneditor@tnonline.com

We are constantly told and taught that our government has three "co-equal" branches. But our historical documents prove that this is not what the framers of the State Constitutions and the Constitution for the United States of America intended.

James Madison stated, among other things, in Federalist Paper #51: "In republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates."

In Federalist Paper #78, Alexander Hamilton stated, in part:

Western Pocono Lions announce club awards

Saturday, June 30, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lion of the Year David Rowan, left, holds the plaque presented him by Western Pocono Lions Club president, Charles Rush. Rowan has been a Lion since 2002.
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lion of the Year David Rowan, left, holds the plaque presented him by Western Pocono Lions Club president, Charles Rush. Rowan has been a Lion since 2002.

A club award, individual recognitions, including the naming of Lion of the Year, and the installation of officers highlighted the recent meeting of the Western Pocono Lions Club at the American Legion Post home in Gilbert.

Special guest District Governor Scott Dudley, joined by his parents, Past District Governors Ed and Judy Dudley, participated in the program.

The first honor was given to the club. That recognition was the club's placing third in District 14U in membership.

"Let's go for first next year," one club Lion suggested.

Tamaqua animal rescue group seeks help for new location

Saturday, June 30, 2012
TAAR members George Geissinger and Jackie Motz perform maintenance to their temporary dog kennels.
TAAR members George Geissinger and Jackie Motz perform maintenance to their temporary dog kennels.

Members of the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue (TAAR) are looking for a new location to house their equipment and temporary housing kennels and are seeking public help.

The equipment is currently located on the grounds at the Tamaqua sewer plant located on Sewer Plant Road.

President Sue Schafer stressed the importance of owning TARR owning its own land, as to better receive assistance and to provide better care for the animals.

The Land of the Free

Saturday, June 30, 2012

For some Americans, the real meaning of Independence Day has been lost amid the barbecues, hot dogs, hamburgers and funnel cakes.

They will go to fireworks celebrations in their communities. There may be bands playing patriotic music and everyone will sing the national anthem as they have done all of their lives.

Pleasant Valley budget carries no tax increase

Saturday, June 30, 2012

All programs kept but fund balance drained

No tax increase.

Those three words spell big relief to the taxpayers in the Pleasant Valley School District.

At the June 28 school board meeting, the board of directors approved the new 2012-2013 final budget, 8-0, with board director Harvey Frable absent.

This means the millage will remain the same as last year at 146.016 and will maintain the current programming for the district's 6,000 students. The total budget is $92,511,437.

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
Michele Varley overcame lupus and liver cancer through lifestyle and nutritional changes, and at 50 years old feels better than ever, and looks forward to sharing what she learned on her journey.
Michele Varley overcame lupus and liver cancer through lifestyle and nutritional changes, and at 50 years old feels better than ever, and looks forward to sharing what she learned on her journey.

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
Joy Pilla, Kunkletown - "I like it on the 4th but it's probably better for the economy to have it for a long weekend, especially here in the Poconos."
Joy Pilla, Kunkletown - "I like it on the 4th but it's probably better for the economy to have it for a long weekend, especially here in the Poconos."

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.

Schuylkill man given jail term for DUI, and endangering charge

Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was sentenced to a Carbon County jail term on Thursday plus a lengthy probation period on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and endangering the welfare of a child. He was one of three defendants sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

James M. Acevedo, 44, of McAdoo, was sentenced to serve 30 days to 17 months in prison on the endangering charge.

Acevedo was arrested by Lansford police on Oct. 23, 2010, along SR209 (Patterston St.), for DUI. Given a test, the result was .18BAC.

A gift of 1,000 cranes - Lehighton graduates deliver expressions of healing and hope

Saturday, June 30, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS 2012 Lehighton Area High School graduates Evy Heckman, left, and Peter Petrack, stand with Blue Mountain Health System CEO Andrew Harris. Harris is holding a certificate describing the history and significance of the 1,000 Cranes Project.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS 2012 Lehighton Area High School graduates Evy Heckman, left, and Peter Petrack, stand with Blue Mountain Health System CEO Andrew Harris. Harris is holding a certificate describing the history and significance of the 1,000 Cranes Project.

A dying Japanese child's mission in 1955 to create 1,000 paper cranes as symbols of hope has taken flight around the globe, coming to rest in Lehighton.

Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her home city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Eleven years later, she developed leukemia, believed to have been caused by the radiation.