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September 2012

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blue Cross of NEPA seeks nominees for 2013 Gallery of Hope

Friday, September 28, 2012

Earlier this year, 10 northeastern and north central Pennsylvania residents took the brave step of sharing their personal stories of surviving breast cancer in an effort to educate others about the disease.

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) collected their experiences for the company's 12th annual Gallery of Hope, a traveling display containing survivor profiles and educational materials designed to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.

Check made to police department stirs debate

Friday, September 28, 2012

A $3,567.91 check donated to the police department caused some debate and eventually, finger pointing during Wednesday night's meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council.

Anthracite Little League Awards

Friday, September 28, 2012
Anthracite Little League Awards
Copyright 2012

The Anthracite Little League awarded trophies to 9/10 year old baseball players for various batting and pitching categories as well as sportsmanship and most improved. The award winners were, from left, Jacob Taras, Aaron Miller, Derek Pavlik, Colin Rehnert, Josh Robin, and Blake Morgans.

Palmerton mayor resigns

Friday, September 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Mayor Brad Doll reads his letter of resignation before borough council on Thursday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Mayor Brad Doll reads his letter of resignation before borough council on Thursday.

Palmerton is in search of a new mayor.

Borough council, on a 6-0 vote Thursday, accepted the resignation of Mayor Brad Doll, effective immediately. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.

In a prepared statement, Doll explained his decision to resign.

"This is not an easy thing to do, but my wife and I are moving out of the borough, which has been our home for three decades," Doll said. "Palmerton has always been a good place to live, and a perfect place to raise a family."

Lock Haven University announces dean's list

Friday, September 28, 2012

Lock Haven University has released the names of students who achieved dean's list recognition for the spring 2012 semester. The dean's honor list, prepared at the end of each semester, recognizes those students who have achieved academic distinction. To qualify for the dean's list, the student must have earned a GPA of at least 3.5 in 12 hours of letter grades.

Area students named to the dean's list are as follows:

Lehigh County:

Nicholas K. Boyd, New Tripoli, junior, Health Sciences/Pre-physical Therapy; and Alycia J. DeMilio, New Tripoli, sophomore, Criminal Justice;

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.