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July 2012

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
Daniel Fink of 413 Main Street, Parryville, looks over damage done to pool deck in his yard.
Daniel Fink of 413 Main Street, Parryville, looks over damage done to pool deck in his yard.

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
Jack Kulp, Tamaqua - "The NCAA has no jurisdiction over criminal activity, either alleged or proven, of any member of a college staff or team. That is the realm of our nation's legal system which has found Sandusky guilty and sentenced him accordingly. It is appalling that they would take such action libeling Joe Paterno and Penn State's successful program."
Jack Kulp, Tamaqua - "The NCAA has no jurisdiction over criminal activity, either alleged or proven, of any member of a college staff or team. That is the realm of our nation's legal system which has found Sandusky guilty and sentenced him accordingly. It is appalling that they would take such action libeling Joe Paterno and Penn State's successful program."

"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.

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.

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.

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

Thoughts

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?

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.

Anatomical advice for Mr. Romney

Saturday, July 28, 2012

CLAIRE:

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.

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.

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.

ON THIS DATE

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.