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July 2012

Lansford in a sad state

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

It was brought to my attention a member of Lansford Council made the comment to my husband, Tom Vadyak, that he should pay his taxes. That council person should have done their research before making that comment. The taxes that are owed are for 2012. Our taxes do get paid for the year they are due. We are not delinquent.

Palmerton health fair just what the doctor ordered

Saturday, July 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Chuck Thomas, president of Home Solutions of Lehighton, administers a pulse oximetry on resident Kay Evans of Weatherly. Looking on is Kay's friend, Judy Cooper.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Chuck Thomas, president of Home Solutions of Lehighton, administers a pulse oximetry on resident Kay Evans of Weatherly. Looking on is Kay's friend, Judy Cooper.

It was a one-stop shop for preventive medicine and medical screening, all free of charge.

Indeed, for individuals concerned with their well-being, the annual Health Fair held Thursday at the Village at Palmerton was just what the doctor ordered.

An ample supply of vendors and exhibitors were on hand to offer literature, and conduct various health screenings such as blood pressure and cholesterol testing.

Resident Kay Evans, of Weatherly, said she invited several of her friends to attend the Health Fair.

Young was leader of "Red Swarm"

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Justin Young graduated from Jim Thorpe Area Senior High School in 2004, and was a member of the 2004 Olympians football team that finished the regular season 10-0 the only such team to do so in school history.

Young started every game in his four-year career at Jim Thorpe. He played fullback on offense and inside linebacker on defense. As the fullback he blocked for backfield mate Jason Figura for four years. Figura is Jim Thorpe's all-time leading rusher in school history.

Nicholls completes studies at Universal Technical Institute

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Nicholls
Nicholls

Zachary Nicholls, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nicholls of New Ringgold, completed his studies at Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Exton, in the auto/diesel and industrial program. While attending UTI, Nicholls earned a 3.96 grade point average, was nominated for Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society, attained the Director's List 16 times, was named Student of the Course 11 times and obtained full credentials from the Ford FACT program.

PM evens series with FT

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Mike Cataldo catches the ball for a force out during Game 1 of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth championship series.
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Mike Cataldo catches the ball for a force out during Game 1 of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth championship series.

TANNERSVILLE - The Pocono Mountain Outlaws knew they had their work cut out for them.

Resuming a game that was halted due to stormy weather on Thursday night, all tied up at 1-1 while batting in the bottom of the second, they wanted a quick start at Mountain View Park last night.

The Outlaws, with runners on first and second with one out, did just that completing what would be a five-run inning en route to a 6-4 win over the Franklin Hurricanes to even up the best-of-three Keystone Babe Ruth Championship series at 1-1.

Are you and your family better off?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

By DAVID WARGO

tneditor@tnonline.com

Trinity Lutheran church happenings

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold a Service of Healing and Blessing of Prayer Shaws at the 9 a.m. service on Sunday, July 29. Coffee haus fellowship follows the service in the parish hall.

The Service of Healing features prayers, anointing with oil of blessing, and laying on of hands to those who are troubled with physical, emotional, or social burdens. It is hoped that all who are sick would be made whole and their burdens lightened for the journey.

Batman delivers

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I saw the new Batman movie last week and while I'm not going to share any spoilers in this column, I just want to say it was an awesome and fitting ending to the three movie arc created by Chris Nolan who has outdone himself again with a good solid quality film.

Of all my favorite super hero characters growing up, Spiderman and Batman had to be two of my favorites, so this summer when both movies were released within three weeks of each other it was like a little taste of cinematic heaven.

Summer doldrums

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A doldrum is really a region of an ocean that is noted for dead calm and sparse winds. Sailors speak of those areas with much trepidation, since doldrums can cause low spirits, sluggishness and dangerous lethargy.

Children can get doldrums during the summer. Let's call it a disease the "doldrum fever." Although it's never fatal, this disease can slow a child's mental processes and prevent him from reaching his full potential.

Nothing 'sucky' about Jim Thorpe

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

While the sub-head of syndicated columnist Allen Abel's article in Saturday's edition of the Ottawa (Ontario) Citizen read "Optimism scarce on the streets of Jim Thorpe," this writer along with many who visit, live and work on these same streets would heartily disagree.

This is a town recently named one of the top five most beautiful towns in America, where folks come camping or on a day trip and fall in love with it the way my husband, Chris, and I did while camping up at Mauch Chunk Lake Park with the Single Volunteers of Bucks County.

Sustaining relationships satisfy life

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Near twilight, I sit outdoors behind my home, totally content as I listen to the sounds of summer.

The tree frogs are serenading and a bird that sounds more like a goose with a cold is making itself heard.

Then I hear a discordant sound that it is out of place at this hour trucks with big engines. When I go to check it out, I see a fire truck, two emergency response trucks and two police cars, all idling in front of my friend Kay's house.

We knew who our enemies were

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

Go ahead wave the American flag and sing with gusto the Star Spangled Banner and cross your heart and take off your hat while you repeat verbatim our country's Pledge of Allegiance. Who's the real enemy of freedom in the United States?

Our grandfathers and great grandfathers knew with certainty back in the 1940s the answer to that issue. The name Mussolini galvanized them with hatred to risk their lives, knowing intrinsically that the principles of the Italian dictator were bad and an enemy to freedom.

Masonic lodge, Carbon Realtor's will hold Kids Fair in Palmerton park

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lehighton Lodge 621 Free & Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania and the Community Services Committee of the Carbon County Association of Realtor's have announced a joint project creating a Kids Fair in the Palmerton Community Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 4.

Auto accidents climbed with the summer heat

Saturday, July 28, 2012

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

Automobile travel was changing the American landscape a century ago.

The sights and sounds of puttering gas engine vehicles became so popular that motorists formed their own auto clubs, traveling from town to town much like the motorcycle clubs of today. In the summer of 1912, The Schuylkill County Motor Club, comprised of about 15 automobiles and 50 members, was typical of the new wave of outdoor traveler.

And now up to bat, Gov. Corbett

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

It was six long months ago when I wrote to you and made the damaging proclamation that the beloved Joe Paterno was not a hero. My 'opinionated' life has been quite a roller coaster since the publishing, but nevertheless, it was well worth the proverbial ride. My opinions on how JoePa acted during some very crucial points in his life have been at the very least vindicated with the release of the Freeh Report. This vindication, however, does not make me proud or happy … in fact, it sickens me.

NEWSMAKERS

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Seaman Porcano gets Navy promotion

Navy Seaman Jonathan L. Porcano, son of Marie M. and Leonard M. Porcano of Lehighton, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Porcano received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Battling the blight

Saturday, July 28, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The former Elks building on Ridge Street in Lansford
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The former Elks building on Ridge Street in Lansford

Vacant Lansford houses, stores create a problem

Lansford borough is battling blight, wielding an active community improvement organization, aggressive pursuit of scofflaws, a tough new state law and a proposed historic district designation as weapons.

Vacant, dilapidated and neglected buildings are a growing problem.

The vacancy rate of houses alone is soaring, according to the Pennsylvania State Data Center. In 1990, the U.S. Census listed an 8.9 percent vacancy rate. In 2000, that jumped to 15.7 percent rate. By 2010, it rose again, to 20.8 percent.

Stop, borrow and bake Dimmick has a cake pan lending library

Saturday, July 28, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Susan Sterling, the director of the Dimmick Memorial Library, holds a cake pan mold in her right hand and a tubular bread pan mold in her left hand. The library is developing a collection of decorative cake and bread molds, and is currently accepting donations.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Susan Sterling, the director of the Dimmick Memorial Library, holds a cake pan mold in her right hand and a tubular bread pan mold in her left hand. The library is developing a collection of decorative cake and bread molds, and is currently accepting donations.

If you're like most families with growing children, you probably succumbed to the urge to buy an Elmo or a Teletubby cake pan mold for your youngster's birthday.

Maybe, the urge came over you more than once, and as your child grew older, you moved on to cake pan molds of increasing maturity.

A "golden" opportunity for America

Saturday, July 28, 2012

When I watch the business news on television, I am constantly inundated with commercials imploring me to buy gold. They claim the economy is going to collapse and only precious metals will protect our life savings. The commercials are very effective. People truly are worried about the economy and how to preserve their savings. This week, several friends phoned or emailed me about the best way to buy and store gold. I am not a financial advisor and do not have a crystal ball. All I know is that gold went from a low of $380 per ounce in 2004 to a recent high of over $1,750 per ounce.

Bowden showing real feelings

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

I'm writing this letter to comment on my opinion of all that is happening at Penn State. People have voiced their opinions and many want the statue of Joe Paterno removed. Since I have nothing to stop this procedure my comments regard other circumstances.

Is juicing the answer?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

I've had the pleasure of knowing Michele as I've been in her shop many times, looking for answers to health questions, comparing notes with her about nutrients and especially sharing my enthusiasm with her about juicing. I've been juicing for many years, and was especially excited to see an article in the TIMES NEWS about how she beat cancer by juicing fresh vegetables and fruits.

Parryville's fire volunteers went beyond call of duty during storm Along with responding to emergency calls, they checked on residents

Saturday, July 28, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Parryville Fire Chief Arthur Strohl, left, and resident Gerard Getz look over roof which blew off a house in the borough.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Parryville Fire Chief Arthur Strohl, left, and resident Gerard Getz look over roof which blew off a house in the borough.

When Parryville became an isolated community Thursday night after the violent storm swept through, the tiny borough's volunteer firefighters took on a variety of roles.

Along with their response to numerous reports of fallen trees, downed wires, structure damages, and other emergency calls, they went door-to-door, checking on the needs of elderly residents and lending assistance to families with special needs such as handicapped members.

They then opened the firehouse to any resident requiring shelter.

Prescription out sourcing

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

Over the past several months and recently we have been plagued by the news media with political ads on outsourcing. Recently the best error my a major clothes manufacturer was with the Olympic uniforms that were made in China and not here in the U.S.A. Congress was quick to act to pass legislation to curtail further action. Right on this issue but not health care.

Lansford Townhouses celebrates resident scholar

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Marissa Webb
Marissa Webb

One aspiring scholar will be heading off to school this fall with a little help from her friends at Lansford Townhouses.

Marissa Webb, a resident of Lansford Townhouses, has been awarded a scholarship by the educational foundation affiliated with the community's property management company, Interstate Realty Management. The grant of $2,000 can be used to defray tuition costs at any accredited college, university, or vocational training program in the country.

It must never happen again

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Two of the most revealing events in the Penn State child abuse scandal happened prior to the release of the all-telling Freeh Report, the summary of the independent investigation.

First, the family of late coach Joe Paterno requested to view the report in advance of public distribution, saying they didn't intend to alter the findings, but simply wanted advance notice of the facts.

NCAA piling on Penn State

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

I am upset about the child abuse committed by Sandusky and the cover up by Paterno, Curley, Schulz and Spanier. The lives of many young children have been adversely impacted by these men.

And that is my point. The five individuals were involved with these tragic events, not the assistant football coaches, not the football players, not the faculty and not the student body.

Young anglers can register for bass tourney

Saturday, July 28, 2012

HAMBURG Forget about video games and smart phones, now young anglers who will be in grades 9-12 this year can participate in an actual bass tournament.

This year, The Bass Federation, in partnership with FLW Outdoors, the Pennsylvania Bass Federation, Cabela's and Berk's Bassmasters, will hold the 2012 Student Angler Federation Pennsylvania and New Jersey High School Fishing State Championship, Saturday, Aug. 4, out of the Dry Brooks Ramp at Blue Marsh Lake in Bernville.

No more attack weapons

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

On the news 12 dead 58 injured. Another reason for gun control.

I have no problem with gun owners having a weapon. My problem is when they have attack weapons and hand guns.

You don't need a weapon that can automaticly fire 100 or more rounds, you don't need a hand gun that's automatic.

These types of weapons are for war not for hunting.

There should be an amendment to any law that allows them in public, or make them harder to get.

Others may disagree but look at schools, theaters and malls where idiots just kill for the hell of it.

Where the streets have no guns

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Brandon Taylor
Brandon Taylor

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora.

When are we going to learn?

Reading about the recent tragedy in Colorado, the story of a man gone mad and a defenseless crowd of theater-goers forced to play witness to their own horror film, was saddening, depressing. But it wasn't surprising.

It's the Readers Turn - The PSU sanctions

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Harold Klinger, Tamaqua - "That was too hard of a punishment. They shouldn't take away scholarships and wins. Why take it out on the students? They had nothing to do with it."
Harold Klinger, Tamaqua - "That was too hard of a punishment. They shouldn't take away scholarships and wins. Why take it out on the students? They had nothing to do with it."

"What do you think of the sanctions handed down by the NCAA to the Penn State football program? Are they too harsh or too lenient?"

Real Rockwell portraits

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Recently Sis and I went to a terrific concert performed by the Cressona Band. The concert was a real treat but while I was there, I was not only embraced by the music, I was truly in a reverie of childhood memories. It was real Americana too; the concert was at the East End playground in Tamaqua, part of my old playing grounds with my cousin Joseph, who lived nearby.