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September 2012

Lehigh Gap Nature Center talk focuses on state mountain lion

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Mountain lions were among the wildlife pictures shown by Gene Odato.
Mountain lions were among the wildlife pictures shown by Gene Odato.

District forester tells about resurgence of other animals as well

Center County, Lehigh Township of Northampton County, New Jersey, Delaware Water Gap and the slate quarry along Route 145 are locations where people who attended the first of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center's 2012 speaker's series reported seeing mountain lions.

Speaker Gene Odato, a district forester for the Tuscarora State Forest District, was introduced by Ed Newcomb, a member of the nature center's board of directors.

"Go visit the Pennsylvania state forest. It is your land to enjoy and I work for you," Odato said.

President has a job to do

Saturday, September 29, 2012

On September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the worst attack on American soil that eventually prompted a swift response by the United States government, terrorists emboldened by the lackadaisical, minimalist approach of our government toward the threats to our security attacked and murdered the Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff including two former Navy SEALs.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 29, 2000 In a game that features six lead changes, Jim Thorpe pulls out a wild 48-47 win over Shenandoah Valley. Earl Kunkel's 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter proves to be the deciding score. David Melicharek carries 19 times for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Matt Long throws for 155 yards and two TDs and also runs for another score. Carl Storm catches one of the TD passes and also comes through with a key interception. The Olympians, coached by Mark Rosenberger, also receive a TD pass from Don Evans.

Tamaqua speaker has some riveting power points

Saturday, September 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Students were given the opportunity to handle some of the items bent or broken by Pritikin. Pictured with Pritikin at the Rush Elementary School are, from left, Steven Behr, Tamaqua Elementary Schools principal; Cooper Ansbach, 6; Kyrsten Derr, 6; Kadence Fredericks, 6; Zackary Swinburne, 7, and Cadance Fannock, 5.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Students were given the opportunity to handle some of the items bent or broken by Pritikin. Pictured with Pritikin at the Rush Elementary School are, from left, Steven Behr, Tamaqua Elementary Schools principal; Cooper Ansbach, 6; Kyrsten Derr, 6; Kadence Fredericks, 6; Zackary Swinburne, 7, and Cadance Fannock, 5.

Guinness Book of World Record holder Jon Pritikin recently talked to students at the Tamaqua elementary and middle schools, Rush Elementary School and West Penn Elementary School about bullying, peer pressure and the benefits of good character.

Pritikin's "Feel the Power," program was hosted by the Tamaqua School District and the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary PTO, who partnered with the National Character Education Foundation.

Pritikin shared how he overcame a speech problem, childhood hardships and the effects of being bullied.

Just the facts

Saturday, September 29, 2012

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By Bob urban

burban@tnonline.com

@$:Facts you run across whenever you have a lot of spare time to spend while you're on vacation.

Did you know.....

If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth. If you're underhanded you probably chew on both sides of your mouth.

To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over two million individual flowers. No wonder the stuff is so expensive.

Celebrating every bit of life

Saturday, September 29, 2012

One of the things I try to do is to celebrate every aspect of life.

I think life is this huge, incredible smorgasbord of delights and I want to savor every bite.

I do it by "inhaling the moment." I try to pause during the small moments of life that make up daily life to really feel with all my senses.

First thing every morning, I smell the freshly brewed pot of coffee and celebrate the goodness of that first sip.

Expanding the MYHP

Saturday, September 29, 2012

FRANKLIN – On the eve of the special small game seasons for youth, the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners gave preliminary approval Tuesday at its final quarterly meeting of the year to a regulatory change to expand antlerless deer hunting opportunities under the Mentored Youth Hunting Program for the 2013-14 license year.

Storms

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Our new home state is known as the "Lightning Capital of the World." I completely understand that nickname. It seems as though every afternoon (after the heat of the day has built to a crescendo) thunder heralds the start of another storm.

Planning initiated for Lehighton stadium

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Michael Heery/special to the times news Plans are underway to replace the existing Lehighton football stadium with a new multi-purpose facility to be built near the district's field hockey and track site at the high school. Pictured, left to right, are School Board President Rocky Ahner; Isset & Associates, Inc. Engineers Timothy Sisock and Rob Sarnowski; and School Board Vice President Hal Resh.
Michael Heery/special to the times news Plans are underway to replace the existing Lehighton football stadium with a new multi-purpose facility to be built near the district's field hockey and track site at the high school. Pictured, left to right, are School Board President Rocky Ahner; Isset & Associates, Inc. Engineers Timothy Sisock and Rob Sarnowski; and School Board Vice President Hal Resh.

On a 5-4 vote, Lehighton Area School Board directed the District Stadium Committee to meet with School District Engineers Barry Isset & Associates, Inc. to begin planning to replace the existing football stadium.

The action would replace the current football stadium located at Beaver Run Road and Mahoning Street in Lehighton with a new multi-purpose stadium to be built between the district Administration Building and the high school, near the district's existing field hockey and track site.

Jim Thorpe falls on final play

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Jim Thorpe falls on final play
Copyright 2012

It's been all about the big play this year for the Jim Thorpe Olympians.

Although, Thorpe has been able to generate big plays of their own with talented gun slinger Pat Duvigneaud it has been there inability to stop the "big one" that has plagued the Olympians all season.

Once again, JT let the big play beat them with a 39-yard hail mary pass from Shenandoah Valley quarterback Chris Palubinsky to Nick Merva with 11.4 second remaining in the fourth quarter. The score helped the Blue devils gain a 42-35 Anthracite Football League victory over Jim Thorpe.

Cody Wentz benefit aids drug/alcohol abuse awareness

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Michael Heery/special to the times news A dunk tank was part of the festivities at the second annual Cody Wentz Walk/Bike Ride Benefit. Waiting to get dropped into the water is Wentz's step-brother, Hunter Roth. The dunk tank was the graduation project of Ben Ronemus, shown in front. Both are members of the junior class.
Michael Heery/special to the times news A dunk tank was part of the festivities at the second annual Cody Wentz Walk/Bike Ride Benefit. Waiting to get dropped into the water is Wentz's step-brother, Hunter Roth. The dunk tank was the graduation project of Ben Ronemus, shown in front. Both are members of the junior class.

Designed to bring community awareness to the problem of drug and alcohol abuse, the second annual Cody Wentz Walk/Bike Ride Benefit recently took place in Weissport.

Coordinated by family and friends, the event is held in memory of Cody Wentz, who died from a drug overdose on Nov. 29, 2010. He was 19 years old.

The walk began at 10 a.m. at the Canal, with other festivities following in Weissport Park.

PSU opens Big Ten play against Illini

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Big Ten portion of Penn State's schedule is here and the Nittany Lions are heading into Big Ten play with a very manageable record of 2-2. There have been some bumps in the road along the way so far for Bill O'Brien and his squad, but the Nittany Lions seem to be playing pretty decent football heading into their week five match-up with Illinois (12:01 p.m. ET ESPN).

Many PSU fans will never forget when NCAA President Mark Emmert opened up the Penn State football roster to all of Division 1, allowing coaches to recruit PSU players as if they were still in high school.

Tigers top NL

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Northwestern posted a 4-2 soccer victory over Northern Lehigh on Friday.

BOYS SOCCER

N'western-No. Lehigh

Northwestern rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Northern Lehigh, 4-2, in a Colonial League game.

A Tyler Hoppes' goal gave Northern Lehigh a 1-0 halftime advantage.

But the Tigers erupted in the second half, getting goals from Kyle Willis, Matthew Strickland, Brandon Herb and Leighom Breckenridge to rally for the victory. Brandon Ettl added a pair of assists for Northwestern (10-3).

Johnson leads way for Nolehi

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Danny Marsh races downfield against Salisbury.
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Danny Marsh races downfield against Salisbury.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP Last week, the Northern Lehigh football team not only suffered its first loss of the season, but one of the tougher defeats the program has seen in the past few years.

But behind an offense that featured a total of 247 yards on the ground led by Caleb Johnson with 112 yards rushing the Bulldogs responded with a convincing 38-6 victory over Salisbury on Friday night

We need to wake up and demand answers

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

Lion's unity

Saturday, September 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Region 2 Chairman Larry Williams initiates a sign of unity with Penn-Kidder Lion's Club Lion Tamer Nancy DaCosta and Secretary Cindy Kern. During his recent visit to the club, Williams reported on happenings in the region, which encompasses about nine clubs.

It is the economy, stupid!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Our economy is in a technical recovery, yet we are not experiencing the expected growth that normally comes with a recovery. Our corporations have performed well and have accumulated hordes of cash. Unfortunately, as long as President Obama is in office, many corporations will not expand in America. Instead, they will continue to keep their money overseas. Depending on the statistics used, there is between one and two trillion dollars sitting in corporate accounts in other countries. Income taxes have already been paid on these funds in the countries where the money was earned.

Tigers lose to ND, Miller

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Tigers lose to ND, Miller
Copyright 2012

Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder is in search of a playmaker.

And on Friday night the new Tiger mentor found one.

Unfortunately for him, that playmaker was on the other side of the field.

Notre Dame's Noah Miller, in just his second game at quarterback, ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns and also threw for 217 and two scores to lead the Crusaders to a 35-7 Colonial League victory.

Airman Samuel J. Chodur Jr. completes training

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Air Force Airman Samuel J. Chodur Jr. graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Chodur is the son of Mary Ellen and Samuel Chodur Sr., both of Cedar Street, Nesquehoning.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, September 28, 2012

Deeds recorded

Jim Thorpe

David H. Gasker to Daphne C. Gasker, 46 Coal St., Jim Thorpe, ,property on Coal Street, $1.

David Gasker to Dorothy A. Gasker, 51 Primrose Lane, Jim Thorpe, property on Front Street, $1.

Kidder Township

Ruth Holstein to Scott St. Pierre, Yardley, Pa., property at 113 Henning Drive, Albrightsville, $13,000.

Jean E. Carter to John R. Carter, 147 Pine St., Tamaqua, property at 50 Crest Drive, Lake Harmony, $100,607.

Lansford

Mary T. DeLauretis to Robert A. Soldivera, Emmaus, property at 864 E. Patterson St., $33,000.

Women of the ELCA gather for Fall Event

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Women of the ELCA from congregations throughout the Hazleton/Lehighton cluster will gather for their Fall Event Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sixth and North streets, Jim Thorpe, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. The theme is "Sacred Spaces."

Northeastern Pennsylvania synod's SALM (synodically appointed lay minister) Emma Weaver will guide the women gathered in supporting and enriching prayer life. There will also be time for devotions and fellowship. Women interested in the topic are invited to attend. The church phone number is (570) 325-3471.

Two Tamaqua men among 10 to enter guilty pleas

Friday, September 28, 2012

Two Tamaqua men were among 10 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill County court.

Kerry Scott Fulmer, 41, was placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) to serve 24 months on probation on charges of criminal trespass on private property at 224 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, with three months under house arrest with electronic monitoring after release from undergoing inpatient treatment for drug and alcohol treatment.

The colors of Autumn

Friday, September 28, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This colorful display of flowers, leaves and pumpkins in Jim Thorpe is ready to usher in the same fall colors soon to be appearing on the surrounding mountains in our area. The vibrant display, the handiwork of Bernadette Behan, is located in front of the deck at the Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse in Jim Thorpe.

Four charged in Lansford burglary

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mel Gerber, 39, of 117 Lombard Street, Tamaqua; Anthony Paltanavage, 26, of 75 Water St., New Philadelphia; Matthew Stephens, of 210 Windifeld Drive, Middleport; and Shane Stoops, 23, of 189 Winfield Drive, Middleport, all face charges from an incident which took place on Sept. 8 at 8:49 p.m. at 304 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

Charges were filed by Lansford Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick and Officer Amie Barclay.

All individuals were charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.

Seven inducted into Tamaqua Area High School Hall of Fame

Friday, September 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Seven Tamaqua alumni were inducted into the Tamaqua Area High School's 17th Hall of Fame class prior to Friday's football game held at the Sport's Complex.

Inducted, from left, were Larry Lech, class of 1978; Joseph J. Urenovitch, class of 1982; Tara Rottet-Blackburn, class of 1988; Erika Barron, class of 2007; Isaac Dunkelberger, class of 2007; Alex Griffiths, class of 2007; and Amanda Sandlin, class of 2007.

To view the full story and all of their accomplishments, view the full story that appeared in Friday's TIMES NEWS.

Tech-Net Comedy Night will feature comedy, music, prizes

Friday, September 28, 2012

A night of fun and laughter is planned for Saturday, Nov. 10, when the 10th annual Tech-Net Comedy Night will be held at Penn's Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter and five local fire companies, including Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company, Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Company, West End Fire Company, Brodheadsville; and Slatington Volunteer Fire Company.

Lansford High School Class of 1952 reunites

Friday, September 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lansford High School Class of 1952 hosted its 60-year reunion on July 28 at Kelly's Irish Pub in Lansford. Those attending include, seated front row from left, Theresa Gallagher Zebian, (standing) Mary Pasho Anderson, Mary Louise Stickler Savitt, Annette Matta Kirchdoerfer and Joan Surotchak Radvon. Second row, George Krajnak, Stella Gorka Williams, Shirley Marshall Green, Jack Schoneberger, Louis Dignazio, Jim Lorah and Ann Shober Heffelfinger. Third row, Harry Vadyak, Frank Petko, George Hydock, Joe Filloy, Marvin Evans, Jerry Besbris, Howard Heffelfinger, Tom Gallagher and Ed Drozd.

Completion of $10 million wastewater plant moved back

Friday, September 28, 2012

Palmerton's brand new $10 million wastewater treatment plant likely won't be finished until the end of the year.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson notified borough council on Thursday that the project's completion date has been moved back.

"It appears to be typical delivery delays, construction delays to come up, things that happen during construction," Danielson said. "Unforeseen things really; it's primarily being looked at as a delay in some material delivery."

Previously, Danielson said final completion was scheduled for late-November, possibly into December.

Picks remain tight through four weeks

Friday, September 28, 2012

Week Five is upon us and believe it or not, the TIMES NEWS Grid Picks Standings get tighter and tighter.

Eight out of the 10 prognosticators are pretty bunched up to say the least.

In case you haven't heard, there is a new leader and it's none other that Brad Hurley, our Penn State guru. He had a big week and moved one game ahead of the other four guys who were all knotted together. Rod Heckman also had a good week and moved out of the bottom tier a bit.

Motion to not construct new fire station comes up empty again

Friday, September 28, 2012

For the second time in two months, support for a motion to not construct a new fire station in Palmerton has come up empty.

Councilman Kris Hoffner again made a motion at Thursday's borough council meeting to end the planning and building of a new fire station.

But, just as it did in July, Hoffner's motion failed, this time, due to the lack of a second. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.

Hoffner made the motion after council emerged from about a 20-minute executive session.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, September 28, 2012

September 28, 1973 A long touchdown pass and a blocked punt help Slatington pull off a 14-6 Lehigh Valley League upset over Lehighton. The Bulldogs open the scoring with a first quarter 68-yard scoring strike from Mike Hunsicker to Todd Freed. Later in the half, Bob "Yogi" Edwards blocks an Indian punt to give the winners, coached by George Yaniger, a first-and-goal. Edwards eventually bulls his way into the end zone from two yards away for what turns out to be the winning score.