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June 2012

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.

Nonprofit group to challenge Sunday hunting ban in court

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Except for pursuing foxes, coyotes or crows, opportunities to hunt in Pennsylvania on a Sunday have long been virtually nonexistent. Now, however, a new nonprofit is launching a grassroots effort to try and overturn the decades-long ban that prohibits sportsmen and women from heading afield on the second day of the weekend.

CAN DO enters into agreement with Reading and Northern Railroad

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Following months of negotiations, CAN DO, Inc. this week entered into an agreement that will lead to an eventual transfer of its railroad system in Humboldt Industrial Park to Reading and Northern Railroad, the largest privately owned railroad company in Pennsylvania that has twice been named Regional Railroad of the Year by Railway Age magazine.

The birthing plant

Saturday, June 30, 2012

On our front porch, we have a big, old peace lily plant. Recently, Jim transplanted it into a new, larger pot. The plant seems to love the porch and is thriving. Every time I look at it, I smile, remembering the occasion years ago when it first entered our home in PA.

Palmerton's new wastewater treatment plant featuring a different design process

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Construction of Palmerton's brand new wastewater treatment plant continues to progress along smoothly.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed borough council on Thursday that the wastewater treatment plant "has begun using the new process."

Danielson noted that every plant runs with a certain design process, and that both the borough's old and new plant are based on feeding air to bacteria to digest and break down the sludge. The new plant offers a different formula for doing that, Danielson said.

Searching for the signal

Saturday, June 30, 2012

UFO enthusiasts had an opportunity to make history last night as the National Geographic Channel offered those who wished to participate the chance to tweet a 140 character message to the hash tag #ChasingUFOs. All the messages were collected and they will be consolidated into a single transmission that is going to be beamed into space toward a region from which an unusual signal was received 35 years ago.

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
Larry Neff/special to the times news A vehicle crossed a wide expanse of lawn in Towamensing Township before ending up in the clump of trees at the center of this scene.
Larry Neff/special to the times news A vehicle crossed a wide expanse of lawn in Towamensing Township before ending up in the clump of trees at the center of this scene.

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
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news The six-wheel Pinzgauer has no trouble plowing through up to 30 inches of water or mud.
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news The six-wheel Pinzgauer has no trouble plowing through up to 30 inches of water or mud.

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
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.