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June 2012

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.

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.