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July 2012

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.

Class reunions

Friday, July 27, 2012

PV Class of 1992

The Panther Valley Class of 1992 will be holding a 20th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 8 p.m., at the Fire Company Roadside Rest in Nesquehoning. Notifications have been sent out via Facebook and through word of mouth.

If any classmate has not been reached, please contact Paul McArdle at (570) 645-8707 or McArdle92Reunion@yahoo.com or Yvonne Stoffey at Ystoff@ptd.net or (570) 778-6017.

PV Classes of '90, '91, '93, and '94

Eldred column

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mrs. Bush's Pet Show

Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home is looking for animals to participate in the sixth annual Pet Show on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.

Animals are welcome with current updated shot records. Many prizes will be awarded for different categories and there is no fee to enter, but they ask that you bring along a pet item to donate to a local shelter (food, bedding, etc.).

Some categories will include smallest and largest pet, most talented, unique and many more.

Lonestar, Blue Oyster Cult slate Penn's Peak concert dates

Friday, July 27, 2012
A film, "The Last Ride - A Story of Hank Williams - Music's Original Bad Boy," will be shown at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Sept. 16.
A film, "The Last Ride - A Story of Hank Williams - Music's Original Bad Boy," will be shown at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Tonight, 7 Walkers will be making their first venue appearance

More concerts have been added to the calendar for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, and tickets for two of them go on sale tomorrow.

Meanwhile, tonight at the venue, 7 Walkers will be making their debut appearance.

Bill Kreutzmann, former Grateful Dead drummer, formed 7 Walkers whose sound is an electrifying mix of New Orleans funk and classic Bay Area rock which they have dubbed "swampadelic."

Their name comes from the title of one of their songs.

Tonight's concert starts at 8 o'clock. Tickets at the door are $25.

Underage drinking arrest reported

Friday, July 27, 2012

Slatington police reported on an underage drinking arrest in the borough.

Police said about 4:12 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, officers were dispatched for a report of an intoxicated male in the 400 block of West Church St.

As a result of an investigation police said Trevor Richard Dottery, 19, of 309 Main St., Walnutport, was cited for purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Dutch oven cooking featured in Mormon 'Pioneer Days' event

Friday, July 27, 2012

Will occur beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday along by-pass in Lehighton

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Franklin Township, has planned a special event for the public that features Dutch oven cooking on Saturday.

The Dutch oven cooking, as part of a Pioneer Days celebration, will be held starting at 5 p.m. along the Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (Route 209) in Lehighton.

Members of the church will be doing the cooking, said Gary Schoenberger, high priest group leader.

Yudichak applauds court ruling on Marcellus Shale zoning restriction

Friday, July 27, 2012

State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) released the following statement in response to Thursday's Commonwealth Court ruling that struck down Pennsylvania's attempt to establish statewide zoning for Marcellus Shale drilling.

JROTC program's future remains unsettled

Friday, July 27, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers asks the Panther Valley School Board to keep JROTC Senior Army Instructor Kenneth Markovich.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers asks the Panther Valley School Board to keep JROTC Senior Army Instructor Kenneth Markovich.

Despite the pleas of a number of veterans, including Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers, the future of Panther Valley School District's Junior Officer Reserve Training Corps is up in the air after two school directors on Thursday shot down the board's second attempt to settle a contract for the program's leader.

Children and pigs can dream big

Friday, July 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Bette Stout, Lehighton, a retired second grade teacher, read "Dream Big Little Pig" by Kristi Yamaguchi, for the children at the Palmerton Area Library's summer reading program, "Dream Big Read." She told the story with the help of her puppet friends, which the children loved, bringing Poppy the little pig to life.

Fire station remains hot stove issue in Palmerton

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Council President Terry Costenbader voices his displeasure after a motion to not build a new fire station in the borough failed.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Council President Terry Costenbader voices his displeasure after a motion to not build a new fire station in the borough failed.

Palmerton Borough Council's failure to support a motion to not construct a new fire station in the borough has lit a fire under one borough councilman.

A motion by Councilman Kris Hoffner to not proceed with plans to build a new fire station was defeated by a 4-3 measure on Thursday, much to the dismay of council President Terry Costenbader.

Councilmen Chris Olivia, Richard Nothstein, Jeremy Barbosa and Michael Ballard voted against the motion. Councilman Jason Behler, Hoffner, and Costenbader voted in the affirmative.

A.S. Art Foundation to host 'Melodies and Trees' Aug. 11

Friday, July 27, 2012

The A.S. Art Foundation, Anita Shapolsky, director, will present The Sonora Trio in a program entitled "Melodies and Trees," at 4 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the A.S. Art Foundation, 20 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

The Sonora Trio includes Judith Sainte Croix, performing on Hopi Native American flute and drum, keyboard and voice; Andrew Bolotowsky, flutes; and Mary Hurlbut, soprano.

In honor of the famous Native American athlete Jim Thorpe of the Sac and Fox Nations, the concert will feature music played on both Native American and classical musical instruments.

Lehighton woman celebrates 90 years

Friday, July 27, 2012
Lois K. (Schoenberger) Claus
Lois K. (Schoenberger) Claus

Lois K. (Schoenberger) Claus of Lehighton will be 90 years young on Saturday.

Since her birth on July 28, 1922, Claus has had many interesting adventures, which she recalls with ease.

Born in Palmerton to the late John W. and Luella (Rex) Schoenberger, Claus lived in Lehighton until she was 6. She then moved with her family to White Haven; Belvidere, N.J., Phillipsburg, N.J.; Easton; and Lehighton. At the age of 12, she and her mother lost their home in Easton when the Roxy Theater burned down.

Trees, power lines take big hits

Friday, July 27, 2012

Another in a series of violent storm systems that have occurred this summer season passed through the region last evening and caused some serious disruptions.

Among the towns most affected was Parryville borough, where the mayor says either a tornado or straight-line winds came through.

Elsewhere in the region, there were homes damaged, power outages, trees downed, and roads closed.

Vets well taken care of

Friday, July 27, 2012

Carbon County veterans are well taken care of by the county veterans affairs office, officials report.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, discussed a report received from the Office of the Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs. The report was the June monthly claims award report.

Nothstein pointed out that in the report, the county's year-end total was $2,850,206 with an additional $1,789,657 still owed for a combined total of $4,639,863 brought into the county for veterans during the last fiscal year.

Palmerton seeking part-time officers

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Councilman Jason Behler presents a Certificate of Recognition the borough received from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs to council President Terry Costenbader. The certificate was in honor of the borough's upcoming Centennial Celebration.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Councilman Jason Behler presents a Certificate of Recognition the borough received from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs to council President Terry Costenbader. The certificate was in honor of the borough's upcoming Centennial Celebration.

Palmerton is in search of additional part-time officers to round out its police department.

The matter came to light after Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to remove officer David Gentile from its substitute police officers list.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed council that the borough has advertised for part-time officers.

Contacted this morning, borough Police Chief Randy Smith confirmed that the department has a need for part-timers, as it currently has just three.

Wires down from storm in Weissport

Friday, July 27, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Weissport Councilman Arland Moyer and borough worker Pete Pywar parked vehicles and placed flares on White Street to prevent someone from coming in contact with a downed cable wire. Moyer said that he had called Blue Ridge Communications and alerted the company about the problem, but were parking vehicles on the roadway to protect drivers from hitting it and causing further damage. The storm on Thursday night was the likely cause of the downed wire.

Game Two is suspended

Friday, July 27, 2012

Heavy storms forced the Franklin Township Hurricanes to wait another day to try and capture this year's Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League title. Yesterday's tournament title game was suspended in the second inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the second and with the host Pocono Mountain Outlaws at bat, the homeplate umpire brought the Hurricanes after spotting ligtning in the background. The game was tied 1-1 and will be continued tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Big Pocono State Park.

Panther Valley news

Friday, July 27, 2012

Feed the People

Feed the People will serve meals during the month of August as follows: Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St. from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 E. Abbott St., Lansford, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Feed the People will now begin serving dinner on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning Aug. 15 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Yudichak encourages small businesses to apply for DEP grants

Friday, July 27, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) encourages local small business owners to apply for the Department of Environmental Protection's Small Business Advantage Grant program.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.

Schuylkill court news

Friday, July 27, 2012

File for divorce

Andrea L. Caprio started a divorce action against Gerard D. Caprio, both of 3119 Fern Drive, Coopersburg. They were married July 25, 2003.

Sherry A. Searfoss, 308 Mahanoy St., Zions Grove, North Union Township, filed suit for divorce from Edward W. Searfoss, 433 Mountain Road, Zion Grove. They were married Sept. 17, 1994.

Divorces granted

Justine Sluck Waiksnoris was granted a divorce from Timothy Waiksnoris, both of Shenandoah. They were married Oct. 14, 2009.

On this date

Friday, July 27, 2012

July 27, 1977

Harold M. Hamm, Lehighton R. 3, chairman of the Carbon County Conservation District, has reported to the Carbon County Commissioners on the proposed Nature Center contemplated at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. He stressed that the Nature Center would benefit all residents of the county by making them aware of the consequences to be faced when our natural resources are abused.

Lansford man has parole revoked; sent to prison

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Lansford man was one of six defendants who had their parole or probation revoked by Schuylkill County judges.

Marco Baker, 26, of 211 E. Bertsch St., had his parole revoked by Judge Charles M. Miller and he was committed to the county prison to serve the balance of his sentence with 357 days of liberty taken away and added to his maximum sentence which was extended to Aug. 26, 2013.

Making little piggies

Friday, July 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Diane Hudock of Lehighton, a volunteer with the Palmerton Area Library's summer reading program, shows the children how to make their own Poppy, the little big who dares to dream big in the children's book, "Dream Big, Little Pig" by Kristi Yamaguchi.

The Pyramid aims to improve area baseball

Friday, July 27, 2012

Baseball exposure in the Carbon County and Schuylkill County area has always been somewhat of a problem for kids looking to advance to the next level.

The Pyramid Sports Performance Center, based in Lehighton, is trying to solve that very issue.

Since opening their doors to the public earlier this year the Pyramid has offered a variety of programs to try and improve the sports performance of area athletes. The Pyramid has had clinics in wrestling, field hockey, and football and is now venturing out to try and improve those who love America's Pastime.

Four injured in Schuylkill crash

Friday, July 27, 2012

Four persons were injured in a two-vehicle crash at the entrance to a Schuylkill County mall. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred about 10:49 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, along SR61 at the entrance to the Cressona Mall, in North Manheim Township.

Troopers said Todd Moyer, 25, of Schuylkill Haven, operating a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup truck, was southbound in the left lane when he failed to observe a steady red light at the intersection.

Cleaning up

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Borough Public Works Department employees Todd Merkel and Joel George attempt to clean up the debris at Fifth and Columbia following Thursday evening's storm.

Stars are shining at Palmerton Area Library

Friday, July 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Star light, star bright, the stars shining at the Palmerton Area Library are quite a sight. This year's summer reading program's theme was "Dream Big Read!" To encourage everyone to read, the library is sponsoring a reading contest for children and adults, with three prizes to be awarded per age category. For every book read, the registered reader puts his/her name on a star and it is added to a star chain.