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September 2012

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. Scott Everett, trail manager for the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. leads bikers on the opening of the East Penn Township to Lehighton section of the D&L Trail.
Courtesy Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. Scott Everett, trail manager for the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. leads bikers on the opening of the East Penn Township to Lehighton section of the D&L Trail.

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.

A three-ring circus

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

Recognize the real cause

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

The Corbett administration released student PSSA scores for the 2011-2012 school year on Sept. 24. The scores reflected a drop in student achievement, and the administration placed blame for the drop in scores on a small number of schools in which there have been ALLEGATIONS of cheating.

Reader's Turn

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Craig Swartz, Palmerton - "Palmerton Booster Club, because my daughter is a cheerleader, and the NFL, because I like the Steelers."
Craig Swartz, Palmerton - "Palmerton Booster Club, because my daughter is a cheerleader, and the NFL, because I like the Steelers."

What kind of football do you like the best: high school, college, or the NFL? Why?

Work-from-home: Some dos and don'ts

Saturday, September 29, 2012

If you're drawn to the illusion that working from home means working when you want to while homemade spaghetti sauce simmers and your children play quietly in the next room, you may be in for a rude awakening.

Workforce experts offer advice to would-be home workers:

Lots of flying experience

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

This is in regard to Ron Gower's editorial on airline pre-selected seating. Here is my experience, and I have a lot of it.

You go to the airline's website, select your flight(s), and pay for the reservation. You get a confirmation number and select your seat. Twenty-four hours before departure, you go online, and print your board pass that contains your pre-selected seat.

Is there no room for coal?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

I am a native of Northeastern Pa. and I know that one of the things that make our part of the country unique is the mining of Anthracite Coal and now natural gas. Also there are many manufacturers of equipment to service these industries located in N.E. PA, which employ thousands of people. I think we would all agree that these industries are vital to our region's economy.

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
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.