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September 2012

Right to bear arms is God given

Saturday, September 29, 2012

From the very creation of the Commonwealth/State of Pennsylvania on September 28, 1776, the age old, God given right of an individual to bear arms in defense, at a minimum, of himself, his family, his property, his business, his contracts and his State has been protected, secured and guaranteed by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The exact provision in the 1776 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania concerning the "Right to Bear Arms" is found in Section XIII of the "DECLARATION OF RIGHTS" in that founding document. This Section states:

Why the personal attacks?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

A few words regarding Gordon Smith's article "The President has failed us" (9-15-12)

I'd like to say that I certainly understand some of the complaints you list about Obama's first four years, the debt and spending being the two most important.

Where you guys lose me is the personal attacks on Obama, such as he's "done everything in his power to destroy our economy and our international reputation".

So he's doing this on purpose? Why? Let me guess he's a Muslim? But why would a Muslim kill Osama Bin Laden?

NS hands Colts first loss

Saturday, September 29, 2012

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - North Schuylkill head coach Rick Geist rolled the dice last night. And he came out a winner.

The Spartans, who had a 33-game regular season win streak stopped last week by Schuylkill Haven having to enter the game with six starters injured.

Against the Colts, Geist started freshman quarterback Bob Grigas and moved his regular signal-caller Matt Smarkanic to fullback.

Unsafe at any age

Saturday, September 29, 2012

JIM:

Sometime in the Sixties, Ralph Nader became famous for "Unsafe at Any Speed," which trashed the Chevy Corvair. The Corvair was a compact car with its engine in the rear, aimed at taking on the Volkswagen Beetle.

Four Jim Thorpe youths attend Rotary leadership academy

Saturday, September 29, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe are, left to right : Alex Haggerty; Randall Smith, Coordinator RYLA; Brandon Lemons; Charles Trovato; Molly McArdle; and Bob Stevenson, President Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe are, left to right : Alex Haggerty; Randall Smith, Coordinator RYLA; Brandon Lemons; Charles Trovato; Molly McArdle; and Bob Stevenson, President Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe.

As a participant in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe has a history of sending students from Jim Thorpe Area High School and Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) to a Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.

This year was no exception as four students spent a week at the leadership camp held at Keystone College in LaPlume, Pa.

The students described their experiences at a recent Rotary Club meeting held at Crave Restaurant at 66 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Tamaqua Relay For Life to meet

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved. Committee members are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Saturday, September 29, 2012
One of the many side caverns of the Grand Canyon that offer a variety of walks, often with streams, waterfalls and passages eroded by millennia of flash floods.
One of the many side caverns of the Grand Canyon that offer a variety of walks, often with streams, waterfalls and passages eroded by millennia of flash floods.

The Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world, and the best way to see it is by rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Before planning a trip through the Grand Canyon, be aware that certain types of boats are permitted to travel through the Grand Canyon National Park during certain times of the year. Also be aware that the base of the Grand Canyon is typically 20 degrees warmer than at the rim. In midsummer, temperatures can exceed 110 degrees. I opted for a September trip where temperatures typically peak around 90 degrees.

Big first half lifts Pirates past Palmerton

Saturday, September 29, 2012

NOCKAMIXON TOWNSHIP - For Palmerton, it was a night for borrowing a novel title from Charles Dickens. It was a tale of two halves - instead of two cities - one that brought a moral victory in a 24-0 defeat at Palisades last night.

The winless Blue Bombers (0-5) can take some refuge in the fact they played with a resurgence after halftime and basically outplayed an upstart Palisades team that took control in the game's first 24 minutes and marched out to a 24-0 lead, apparently on pace to score more in the second half.

Katie

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Last week I attended the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) annual conference held in Scottsdale, AZ.

I'd like to tell you about an amazing presswoman I met.

This classy lady has dark hair and she looked really chic in a bright yellow stylish jacket with shoes to match.

Katheryn Fiene Firchler-Heires, from Southern Illinois, has three last names because she was married three times.

"I buried all three. And I nursed all three until the end," she said proudly.

She was honored at the conference because she has been a NFPW member for 45 years.

Lehighton hires a new principal - Craig Reichl returns to district

Saturday, September 29, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/special to the times news Lehighton Area School Board recently hired Adrienne Fedor as full-time art teacher assigned to Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary Schools. Pictured are Fedor and Aaron Sebelin, elementary principal.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/special to the times news Lehighton Area School Board recently hired Adrienne Fedor as full-time art teacher assigned to Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary Schools. Pictured are Fedor and Aaron Sebelin, elementary principal.

A familiar face will soon return to the halls of Lehighton Area High School.

Earlier this week, the school board approved the recommendation to hire Craig Reichl as high school principal.

Reichl had previously served as assistant principal in the district until Nov. 30, 2011 when he resigned to become assistant principal at Colonial Academy in Wind Gap.

Indians roll to big win over Dieruff

Saturday, September 29, 2012

ALLENTOWN – The first four weeks of the 2012 high school football season weren't very kind to the Lehighton Indians.

Friday night at Dieruff, the Indians got to take some of their aggression out and finally posted their first win of the year.

Lehighton hit on a 52-yard halfback pass on the first play from scrimmage and kept it rolling from there, as the Indians clobbered Dieruff 42-0 in Mountain Valley Conference play. Jacen Nalesnik scored four touchdowns on the night and helped get his team finally off the schnide.

An evening out isn't a gamble

Saturday, September 29, 2012

By MARY TOBIA

tneditor@tnonline.com

Each year my husband and I plan an evening out and go to an area casino.

Before we were married some 40 years ago, my husband enjoyed going to the racetrack and betting on horses. Being a single fella, living at home with a full time job, and gas prices being a mere 36 cents a gallon; he would drive to Pocono Downs and bet on the horses. Sometimes up to three times a week.

Bringing in the illegal immigrants

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

President Obama seems to be obsessed with systematically legalizing illegal immigration. Our U.S. borders are open to one of the most crime-ridden nations on the entire planet. Because he refuses to secure the border, the consequences for the American people will be catastrophic.

It's already costing us tens of billions per year to provide welfare for illegal immigrants and to educate their children in our public schools. Right now, illegal immigrants are working millions of jobs that belong to us. Mexican drug cartels are active in more than 1,000 U.S. cities.

Blue Mountain to co-sponsor New to Medicare Workshop

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor a New to Medicare Workshop with Carbon County Agency on Aging on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 204 Bank St., Bowmanstown.

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.

Land purchase to increase size of SGL 217 in Lehigh

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Utilizing authority given to it by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners to protect the integrity of State Game Lands, the agency staff recently acquired 12 acres of land in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, that is an interior holding to State Game Land 217.

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.

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.

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.

Theft of Rush coal firm probed

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rush Township police are investigating a theft reported to the department concerning the Mazakas Coal Company. Someone reportedly entered the property and removed numerous items, including tools and fuel.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-1600.

The Summit at Blue Mountain to host Fall Fest on Oct. 6

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Fall Fest will be hosted by The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the parking lot at the Summit, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton. The event will be held rain or shine.

A scavenger hunt will begin at 9 a.m. Registration from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

A Little Miss Summit/Little Mr. Summit and Jr. Miss Summit/Jr. Mr. Summit Pageant will be held at 10 a.m. Registration is required. There are two age categories: 0-4 years old "Who's the cutest?"; 5-10 years old "Who has the best talent?"

Local artists to showcase their work

Friday, September 28, 2012

Carbon County Art League will present its fall show on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. The Hampton Inn, 877 Interchange Road (Route 209), Lehighton, will host the exhibit.

An opening reception will take place all day on Saturday. The show is free and open to the public.

Original artwork as well as prints will be available from some of the area's finest artists. The participating artists will be eligible for prizes.

Tamaqua's new Liberty Hall Complex dedicated

Friday, September 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The new Liberty Hall Complex houses 12 new apartment buildings and a new parking garage.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The new Liberty Hall Complex houses 12 new apartment buildings and a new parking garage.

"Developing affordable housing in these significant historic buildings gives the Borough a 'double shot' - we're creating modern, efficient homes for area residents at prices they can afford and at the same time restoring a piece of the Borough's rich history," said Micah Gursky, Executive Director of Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, during the well-attended dedication of the new Liberty Hall Housing Complex in Tamaqua yesterday.

Redball Rally is a big draw once again

Friday, September 28, 2012
This Vietnam era Gun Truck on display at the Redball Military Transport rally at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert this past weekend bristled with firepower and radio equipment.
This Vietnam era Gun Truck on display at the Redball Military Transport rally at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert this past weekend bristled with firepower and radio equipment.

Last weekend the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert took on the look of a well equipped WWII military base right here in our back yard as the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show held its two day run there.

The members of Redball Military Transport collect, restore and show antique military vehicles both for the enjoyment of it and also to remember and honor the members of our Armed Forces, past and present.

Their vehicles represent military equipment from 1941 on up to the present day.

Tamaqua news

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Sept. 11 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 42 members in attendance. The business session was conducted by Vice President Nancy Godonis. A moment of silence was held in observance of the lives lost on 9/11/2001.

Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. Reports were presented by secretary Gloria Gerhard and treasurer Shirley Becker, who both offered inspirational readings. Birthday wishes were extended to Rose Valee, Betty Brobst, Joyce Krell and Jane Tarter.

Dissolving E-waste

Friday, September 28, 2012

Medical device helps man and environment

Earlier this week, Carbon County residents had the opportunity to dispose of their old electronics by taking them to the Lehighton Borough Public Works building for recycling.

The event, in cooperation with Advanced Green Solutions Inc., was held at no charge to the county or to residents. It was a quick and easy way to get rid of that old television, VCR, radio, stereo equipment, computer monitor, keyboard, telephone, typewriter, hard drive, lap top or copier that's been taking up space in the house.

Marriage licenses

Friday, September 28, 2012

Carbon County

Jason Andrew Diehl and Nicole Lynn Nunemacher, 54 E. White St., Summit Hill.

William David Swan, 243 Wesner Road, Reading, and Nina Maria Burkett, 14 E. High St., Coaldale.

Thomas Paul Kowalski and Janelle Frances Rinck, 1225 Browning Court, Lansdale.

Kyle William Lindermuth, 819 Center St., Jim Thorpe, and Evelyn Susie Hydock, 113 Autumn Lane, Jim Thorpe.

Stephen Michael Sauchinitz and Kimberly Lynn Kemp, 858 Edgemont Ave., Palmerton.

Summit Hill woman faces drug charges

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sherry Phillips, 36, of 6 E. White St., Summit Hill, faces charges from an incident which took place on Aug. 11 on W. Patterson Street, Lansford. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and harassment were filed by Officer Timothy Wuttke.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Wuttke was dispatched to meet an assault victim at the police station. But because he was on another assignment, Summit Hill Officer Dave Midas interviewed the victim for him.

Choy, Mounties win MVC golf

Friday, September 28, 2012

DELAWARE WATER GAP – Staring down his second shot on the second playoff hole in Thursday's Mountain Valley Conference golf championships, Stroudsburg's Evan Choy was faced with an uphill approach that had to either go over or under a tree roughly 15 yards in front of him.

After some internal deliberation, and watching his opponent and teammate Cormac Salmon leave his second shot short and in a tough location, Choy decided to grab his gap wedge and fly it over the bare tree.

"It was a gamble," Choy admitted afterward. "After seeing (Salmon's) shot, I had to take the risk."

History of both complexes

Friday, September 28, 2012

401 Hazle Street (Tamaqua Shoe and Boot Factory Building):

Awash in color

Friday, September 28, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "My goal is to fill my life with art," says Donna Bieren.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "My goal is to fill my life with art," says Donna Bieren.

Tamaqua artist excels in mixed media

Don't ask artist Donna Bieren which medium she likes best.

She'll tell you she likes everything.

And don't ask if she considers herself an illustrator in perhaps the realist style or abstract style.

She'll tell you that she doesn't go for labels.

Labels are for canned vegetables, not artists.

"My thing is not the style, it's the medium and how I can make it work," she explains.

And with that perspective, Bieren has established herself over the past decade as ambassador of the visual arts in the Carbon-Schuylkill region.