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September 2012

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.

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).

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.

We need to wake up and demand answers

Saturday, September 29, 2012

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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

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.

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.

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.

Drinkers kept the police busy in late summer of 1912

Saturday, September 29, 2012

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

Drunks, both home-grown and as well as imports, kept local police busy during the late summer of 1912.

Even after Mauch Chunk Police Chief John Sandel asked for county detective Daniel Thomas' help in taming the problem, it remained a nasty situation. The drunkenness got so out of hand in Mauch Chunk that the issue was addressed at a council meeting in early August.

Irish defense comes up big again

Saturday, September 29, 2012

By DEN MCLAUGHLIN

Notre Dame's defense came up big again last week against Michigan to propel the Irish to a 4-0 mark leading into this weekend's off date.

Panthers blasted by Haven

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Panthers blasted by Haven
Copyright 2012

Although the weather was clear and calm at Panther Valley Stadium last night, there was a storm brewing on the field. The Hurricanes of Schuylkill Haven, coming off their stopping North Schuylkill's 33-game regular season winning streak last week, met "thunder and lightning," Panther Valley's vaunted running duo of Richie Smith and Kyle Ferryman.

Tams rout A-C

Saturday, September 29, 2012

ANNVILLE – A team can't ask any more of its offense than Tamaqua got Friday night.

The Raiders scored on their first eight possessions of the game. They took an early lead and added to it each time they got the ball until the mercy rule kicked in late in the third quarter of a 54-21 win over Annville-Cleona.

The undefeated Raiders ran the ball all over the outmatched Dutchmen, racking up 414 yards on the ground. They also sprinkled in three well-timed pass plays that all went for touchdowns.

Carbon County Court news

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Diane Martin, 284 Knoll Drive, Lehighton, from Jeffrey S. Martin, 54 N. Sixth St., Emmaus.

Maria Evangelina Moina Yamba, 36 Susquehanna St., Jim Thorpe, from Angel Roberto Quimbita, 274 W. 140th St., New York, N.Y.

Angel Hermenjildo Moina Yamba, 22 Race St., Jim Thorpe, from Maria Teresa Angamarca, 91B New Jersey Village, Middlesex, N.J.

Kelly S. Yerger, 223 W. High St., Nesquehoning, from Christopher F. Yerger, 341 Kalyln Lane, Reading.

Working from home works well for many: It's a growing arena for young and old

Saturday, September 29, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Entrepreneur Conrad Flynn operates his marketing firm from his Nesquehoning home. here. he shows a visitor a page in his book of self-imposed rules for a successful home-based business.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Entrepreneur Conrad Flynn operates his marketing firm from his Nesquehoning home. here. he shows a visitor a page in his book of self-imposed rules for a successful home-based business.

Clad in business casual attire, Conrad Flynn sits in the cozy office of his Hauto home, chatting with a visitor as he keeps an eye on the clock.

Flynn, 27, and the owner of Concur New Media, a marketing agency, is one of a rising number of local people who work from home.

The number of Carbon County folks who work at home, either self-employed or telecommuting, increased from 1.7 percent (430 people over age 16) to 3 percent (760 people) between 2000 and 2011, according to U.S. Census data provided by the Pennsylvania State Data Center.

How many carbs are too many carbs?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

During the past three summers, I've written freelance articles for a company that serves as a middleman for websites in need of health-and-fitness material. Compared to writing this column, the major difference is that I don't decide the topic. I select it from a list of titles.

"What Bike Racers Eat," "How to Get More Potassium Naturally," and "Why You Should Avoid Trans Fat" are three that I picked this summer. "Is Cumin Good For You," How to Get Rid of Bloating and Gas," and "Collard Greens and Low Thyroid surprise, surprise are three that I did not.

A mysterious special delivery

Saturday, September 29, 2012
A mysterious special delivery
Copyright 2012

The U.S. Postal Service, once our country's gold-plated standard of service and efficiency, is going the way of the Pony Express.

In response to staggering financial losses and decreasing mail use, officials want to reduce service to five days a week by eliminating Saturday delivery, make wide-sweeping cutbacks of personnel and close hundreds of post offices.

Let me see if I have this right: The supposed answer to competitive pressures is to cut back service and make your business even more irrelevant. Sounds like the prescription for disaster in the making.

Jim Thorpe Rotary recognizes 16 students of the month

Saturday, September 29, 2012
 HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From Back Row, left to right: Kyle Lawrence, JTHS; Bronson Ford, JTHS; Johnathan Pieri, CCTI; Nicholas Kudlesky, CCTI; Zachary Carr, CCTI; Joshua Thompson, CCTI; and Nicholas Goldberg, JTHS. Front row, left to right; Danyelle Johannsen, CCTI; Bridgett McFadden, JTHS; TaiXi Gentile, JTHS; Lauren Zurn, JTHS; and Melissa Rivera, CCTI. Missing from photo Alyssa Dachowicz and Kimberly Ferko, JTHS, and Michael Gigliotti and Megan Roseman, CCTI.
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From Back Row, left to right: Kyle Lawrence, JTHS; Bronson Ford, JTHS; Johnathan Pieri, CCTI; Nicholas Kudlesky, CCTI; Zachary Carr, CCTI; Joshua Thompson, CCTI; and Nicholas Goldberg, JTHS. Front row, left to right; Danyelle Johannsen, CCTI; Bridgett McFadden, JTHS; TaiXi Gentile, JTHS; Lauren Zurn, JTHS; and Melissa Rivera, CCTI. Missing from photo Alyssa Dachowicz and Kimberly Ferko, JTHS, and Michael Gigliotti and Megan Roseman, CCTI.

The Jim Thorpe Rotary Club announced the students of the month from Jim Thorpe Area High School and Carbon Career and Technical Institute.

There are eight senior students selected from each school. The students were recognized at a dinner held at CCTI.

At the dinner JT Rotary member, Bill Allison, spoke with the students, families, and members about leadership and community service.

He also spoke about what the JT Rotary Club does and how the students will be interacting with the Rotary Club.

Carbon to be first county with completed D&L Trail

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Courtesy Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. Map depicts the stages of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor project to connect the remaining sections of the trail in Carbon County.
Courtesy Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. Map depicts the stages of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor project to connect the remaining sections of the trail in Carbon County.

According to Scott Everett, trail manager for the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc., Carbon County will be the first of the seven counties to have its section completed on the 165-mile D&L Trail System.

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.

Thorpe gets key soccer victory

Friday, September 28, 2012
Tamaqua's Steven Billet (10) and Jim Thorpe's Caleb Heller (13) battle for possession of the ball. The Olympians won the Schuylkill League soccer showdown, 2-0, on Thursday night.
Tamaqua's Steven Billet (10) and Jim Thorpe's Caleb Heller (13) battle for possession of the ball. The Olympians won the Schuylkill League soccer showdown, 2-0, on Thursday night.

Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe and Blue Mountain all want to be playing at Tri-Valley on October 16 in the Schuylkill League semifinals.

However, in the three-team race for Division 1 supremacy, only two of those teams will ultimately reach their final destination.

Last night in Tamaqua, the road map became a little bit clearer, as Jim Thorpe posted a 2-0 victory over the Blue Raiders, it's second straight victory over Tamaqua this season.

West Rotary harvests fun at Oktoberfest and Car Show

Friday, September 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West End Rotarian, Ed Gallagher, chairman of the car show, invites everyone to the club's annual Oktoberfest and Car Show, scheduled rain or shine for Oct. 14 at the Polk Township Fire Hall. The event will feature food, an old-fashioned cake walk and an exhibit of classic cars.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West End Rotarian, Ed Gallagher, chairman of the car show, invites everyone to the club's annual Oktoberfest and Car Show, scheduled rain or shine for Oct. 14 at the Polk Township Fire Hall. The event will feature food, an old-fashioned cake walk and an exhibit of classic cars.

They'll be bringing in the sheaves, roasting pigs and firing up 500-horsepower engines this harvest season as West End Rotary hosts its fourth annual Oktoberfest and Car Show. The event will run rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Polk Township Fire Hall in Kresgeville.

Rotary's Oktoberfest will feature authentic German food, hand-pressed cider, music, a biergarten and pig roast, highlighted by an old-fashioned cakewalk and tricky tray. Admission to the event is free. There is a charge for food items.

Tamaqua man cited again

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Tamaqua man was cited, again, for allowing his dogs to cause a disturbance.

Steven Llewellyn, of 317 Owl Creek Rd., was cited under the borough's dog control ordinance. The incident took place on Aug. 24.

Theft of riding mower probed

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rush Township police are investigating the theft of a Troy Bilt riding lawn mower, removed from 33 W. Main St., Quakake. The theft occurred sometime between Sept. 17 and 22.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-6100.

'Lawless' dispenses true story

Friday, September 28, 2012

"Lawless" is a brutal drama based on a true story said to have taken place during the Great Depression in 1931 in Franklin County, Va.

With the advent of Prohibition in 1920, following passage of the Volstead Act as the 18th Amendment in 1919, the making and drinking of alcoholic beverages was banned in the United States.

Panthers sweep Tamaqua

Friday, September 28, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jessica Wiese (23) spikes the ball at the net as Tamaqua's Devan Sweeney (11) sets up the block.
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jessica Wiese (23) spikes the ball at the net as Tamaqua's Devan Sweeney (11) sets up the block.

It was a good night for area volleyball teams as Panther Valley, Pleasant Valley, Lehighton, Marian and Northwestern all posted victories on Thursday.

VOLLEYBALL

Panther Valley-Tamaqua

Panther Valley got the best of Tamaqua for a 25-8, 25-11, 25-18 Schuylkill League victory.

Jocelyn Stefanick had a dominating performance at the service line for Panther Valley with nine aces and 17 points. Macey Markovich added 14 service points, including three aces. Leading the way at the net were Marley Mikovich and Jessica Wiese with five kills each.

Man cited for stealing from boss

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Nesquehoning man has been charged by Rush Township police after allegedly stealing from his employer.

Michael E. Ruckhardt, 31, reportedly removed a wallet and check from his employer's vehicle on Aug. 24. He then allegedly forged his boss' name and wrote a check, made payable to himself, in the amount of $2,300.

He was charged with felony counts of forgery, theft by deception, and receiving stolen property.

Tamaqua man loses zoning appeal when he fails to show

Friday, September 28, 2012

Failure to appear in Schuylkill County court on the day his appeal was to be heard proved costly to a Tamaqua property owner.

Clyde Bachert, owner of several properties in the borough, filed an appeal to court from alleged zoning ordinance violations. He claimed he had complied and was asking the court to enter an order nunc pro tunc allowing him to appeal the alleged violations of the zoning ordinance or in the alternative to allow him to apply for the appropriate permits or variances as required from the Tamaqua Zoning Hearing Board.

Kuehner-Kuhn

Friday, September 28, 2012
Sarah Kuehner and Brendan Kuhn
Sarah Kuehner and Brendan Kuhn

The engagement of Sarah Kuehner of Lehighton to Brendan Kuhn, also of Lehighton, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Suzanne and Merlin (Dusty) Kuehner of Palmerton.

She is a graduate of Palmerton High School, as well as Northampton Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Marywood University.

She is employed as a senior district manager at ADP.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of MaryAlice and Richard Kuhn of Jim Thorpe. He is a graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School and Lehigh Carbon Community College.