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September 2012

Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Saturday, September 29, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Motorized raft passes under Navajo Bridges, four miles below Lee's Ferry. The closer bridge was built in 1929 and is now reserved for pedestrians. The downstream bridge was built in 1995 for vehicles. It is the last automobile crossing until the Hoover Dam, 350 miles downstream.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Motorized raft passes under Navajo Bridges, four miles below Lee's Ferry. The closer bridge was built in 1929 and is now reserved for pedestrians. The downstream bridge was built in 1995 for vehicles. It is the last automobile crossing until the Hoover Dam, 350 miles downstream.

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
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS District Forester Gene Odato talks to members of the audience following his talk at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS District Forester Gene Odato talks to members of the audience following his talk at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

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 Guinness Book of World Record holder Jon Pritikin bends a metal pipe during presentations held at numerous Tamaqua Area schools.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Guinness Book of World Record holder Jon Pritikin bends a metal pipe during presentations held at numerous Tamaqua Area schools.

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.

Cody Wentz benefit aids drug/alcohol abuse awareness

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Greeting participants at the second annual Cody Wentz Walk/Bike Ride Benefit, pictured left to right, are Wentz's mother, Lisa Shiffert; step-father, Bill Shiffert; brother, Jerry Wentz; step-mother, Jennifer Wentz; and father, Terry Wentz. Missing from the photo are sister, Shelby Wentz; step-sister, Caitlin Roth; and step-brother, Hunter Roth.
Greeting participants at the second annual Cody Wentz Walk/Bike Ride Benefit, pictured left to right, are Wentz's mother, Lisa Shiffert; step-father, Bill Shiffert; brother, Jerry Wentz; step-mother, Jennifer Wentz; and father, Terry Wentz. Missing from the photo are sister, Shelby Wentz; step-sister, Caitlin Roth; and step-brother, Hunter Roth.

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

Dear Editor:

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.