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July 2012

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.

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.

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.

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.

Storm cripples a town

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Parryville mayor declares state of emergency

There isn't a street in Parryville that wasn't affected by Thursday's violent storm that swept through the area.

On Main Street, wires dangle to mere inches off the street.

On Center Street, a roof blew off one house and much of the siding was torn off another.

On every street, trees were toppled. Thursday evening, officials said all entrances to the town were still blocked by the trees, leaving it a town left standing on its own since nobody could enter or exit the community.

Ways to get your family to eat more fiber

Saturday, July 28, 2012

10, 13, 15, 28, 38: No, these are not the numbers of last night's Cash 5 drawing.

They are amounts of fiber in grams. The last two, 28 and 38, are what the United States Department of Agriculture determines to be sufficient daily amounts for females and males.

The first two, 10 and 13, are what a study done at Georgia Health Sciences University found female and male teenagers ingest. The middle number, 15, is the USDA's estimate for the average American.

Negative nastiness in Schuylkill

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

As someone who has been involved in some successes and some failures in public service, I think genuine criticism and discussion are important parts of the democratic process.

I am writing in response to Larry Padora's letter that appeared in your paper. This is the type of negative nastiness that turns people off from participating in elections and politics.

When is the state constitution the law of the land?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

To answer this question simple consider the following from Sections 58 and 59, plus Section 52, in American Jurisprudence - Constitutional Law (16 Am, Jur. 2d):

"2. State Constitutions [Sections 58 and 59]

Section 58. Generally


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Identifying the Penn State NCAA sanctions as a "slow death penalty" is the best description I've heard. It will take many years, if ever, for PSU to return to football prominence. The loss of scholarships will hurt the most. It will be tough competing in the Big Ten Conference with that kind of penalty. And recruiting?

Anatomical advice for Mr. Romney

Saturday, July 28, 2012


My parents and I are visiting my godparents in Tampa, Florida this week, and I've learned many things in my short time here - but only two were particularly interesting. First, that alligators inhabit most of the lakes, and won't hesitate to take your arm as payment should you decide to swim in their territory. Second, that the women of Florida have far better taste than the men.

Reality TV versus books

Saturday, July 28, 2012

So the other night, Harry was watching Turtleman on a show called "Call of the Wildman" on the Animal Planet television station.

He only gets away with watching it or something else like "Gator Boys" if I'm eyeball deep into reading my latest novel.

Of course when Turtleman was running around a room like the wild man that he is, chasing an angry raccoon that had taken up residence in a fraternity house, I admit I had to steal a glance or two every time he'd give his irritating Rebel yell ..."EEEEEEEEEEEEE!" to see what was going on.

No Header!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Two persons awaiting trail on criminal charges entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court this week.

Robert Perez, 36, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested by Lansford police on Sept. 24, 2007, for an incident at Bertsch and Chestnut streets, with Harry Dale the listed victim.

Schuylkill Sportsmen offer outdoors trips during Fair

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association, in cooperation with the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Advisory Board, will sponsor a chance to win fishing and hunting trips and other outdoors opportunities during the Schuylkill County Fair, Monday-Saturday, July 30-Aug. 4, at the fairgrounds located on Route 895, Summit Station.

Qualified sportsmen have come forward with offers to teach others more about their passions to hunt and fish. Fair visitors simply have to visit the SCSA building and exhibit located along the lower midway to register for various outdoors activities.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

July 28, 1981 Larry Ahner fires a four-hitter and strikes out eight batters to lead Franklin Township to a 4-3 victory over Nesquehoning in a Panther Valley Little League Tournament game. FT's Corey Reph collects two hits, one a fourth-inning home run that proves to be the eventual game-winning run. The winners also receive two hits from Mike Barry, Brian Barno and Bruce Strausburger.

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.

Nicholls completes studies at Universal Technical Institute

Saturday, July 28, 2012

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.