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December 2012

State Parks offers free, guided New Year's Day hikes

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lackawanna, Promised Land and Nescopeck are among the 18 Pennsylvania State Parks sponsoring free, guided hikes on New Year's Day to help visitors ring in 2013 with healthy exercise and a glimpse of nature's winter beauty.

First Day Hikes have been taking place for 20 years as part of a national effort organized by the National Association of State Park Directors and launched in Newton, Mass. State involvement has grown to the point where, for the first time in 2012, all 50 state park systems are participating.

Nolehi claims crown

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Northern Lehigh controlled the tempo and dominated Jim Thorpe en route to a 56-20 victory in the Slatington Rotary Basketball Tournament title game. This is the seventh consecutive year the Bulldogs have won the tournament.

The Bulldogs' biggest contribution came from Josh Eden, who scored a game-high 16 points, with 14 coming in the first half. Lucas Pierce also chipped in 12 points for the Bulldogs.

Youth writers group forms in Tamaqua

Saturday, December 29, 2012
League of Literaries (LOL) members are, front l-r, Bri Heck, Hailey Redclift, Julia Reinert, Austin Miorelli, Alex Salefski and Mitchell Sabol; back l-r, Annette Ritzko, Dallas Mease, Sophie Gursky, Jocelyn Rega and Aaron Rega.
League of Literaries (LOL) members are, front l-r, Bri Heck, Hailey Redclift, Julia Reinert, Austin Miorelli, Alex Salefski and Mitchell Sabol; back l-r, Annette Ritzko, Dallas Mease, Sophie Gursky, Jocelyn Rega and Aaron Rega.

A new youth writers group in Tamaqua, called League Of Literaries (LOL), has started to meet every week at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center in Tamaqua. The group meets every Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the center, 125 Pine Street. There is no cost to participate and only middle or high school students can join. For more information, follow them on Facebook or call (570) 952-1995.

on this date

Saturday, December 29, 2012

December 29, 1960

Allegedly playing the game called "chicken," three Weissport brothers, aged 10, 8, and 5, stood on the tracks of the Jersey Central Railroad at the Weissport grade crossing, gambled with their lives, and won. Martin A. Otto of Lehighton, engineer of the 130 car eastbound freight train, en route from the local yards to Jersey City, N.J., said he saw the boys on the track and thought they were caught on a rail. He sounded the air horn and they did not move. He dumped the sand and jammed on the brakes. They jumped when the engine was a short distance from them.

Albright, LCCC team to offer degrees at Tamaqua campus

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Pictured are (l-r) Dr. Thomas C. Leamer, vice president for academic services and student development, LCCC; Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine, provost, Albright; Dr. Lex O. McMillan III, president, Albright; and Donald W. Snyder, president, LCCC.
Pictured are (l-r) Dr. Thomas C. Leamer, vice president for academic services and student development, LCCC; Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine, provost, Albright; Dr. Lex O. McMillan III, president, Albright; and Donald W. Snyder, president, LCCC.

Officials from Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and Albright College gathered at LCCC's Morgan Center in Tamaqua recently to celebrate Albright's program offerings at LCCC and discuss additional collaboration opportunities.

While Albright has offered its Degree Completion Program at LCCC in Schnecksville for more than a decade, it recently announced plans to offer two degrees (Organizational Behavior/Applied Psychology and Business Administration) in Tamaqua.

Care Net

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Pictured is a display showing the first trimester of pre-natal development from the 7th to the 10th week after conception.
Pictured is a display showing the first trimester of pre-natal development from the 7th to the 10th week after conception.

Center teaches parenting to families, single parents

Care Net of Tamaqua encourages both families and single parents to stop by and learn about parenting during their open house held recently.

The center, which opened April of 2011, was established to assist and support single pregnant teens. Volunteers stated that as much greater needs beyond the pregnancy has become apparent, our role expanded to aid the existing family in developing sustainable life skills.

When the holidays go to the dogs

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Jim:

Dogs were a part of growing up in Jim Thorpe in the 1950s. We shared a back yard with my grandparents. Midway between our house and theirs was a dog coop with a pair of beagles. When I was five, my parents bought me a fox terrier we named Buttons. He was a frisky little guy, short of hair and springy of leg. He liked to run around the yard, while I shot plastic balls at him from a bazooka-like air gun. I don't think those balls had anything to do with what happened to him on Christmas Eve 1953.

Rocks and minerals on display in Tamaqua Library

Saturday, December 29, 2012
 Heath's collection consists of over thousands of rocks and agates of all sizes. Only a very small fraction of her collection is featured currently at the Tamaqua Public Library.
Heath's collection consists of over thousands of rocks and agates of all sizes. Only a very small fraction of her collection is featured currently at the Tamaqua Public Library.

Gayle Heath takes her rock collecting very seriously.

You can see this if you stop by her collection temporarily on display at the Tamaqua Public Library.

A small portion of her vast collection of rocks, stones, agates and various artifacts can be seen as you enter the library.

Heath stated that her collecting started since she was a kid, and grew as she discovered beautifully colored and shaped stones during past trips to Lake Superior.

Boy at heart

Saturday, December 29, 2012

He stood listening to the salesman. I heard him ask several questions of his own. I watched as he looked at the big gleaming radio control helicopter with joyful interest. That little boy at heart was enthralled.

His name was Harry.

We were shopping a week before Christmas and had parted ways for a bit. When I located him, he was at one of those kiosks that set up temporary homes each Christmas, selling seasonal gifts, enticing young and old with their Pied Piper ways.

Not only do you get a large radio control helicopter, but it comes with a little one, too.

Carbon court news

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts:

Discover Bank, c/o DB Servicing Corporation, New Albany, Ohio, filed against Robert S. Voto, 7 Sycamore Circle, Albrightsville. Sought is $10,177.16 plus costs.

Discover Bank, f/k/a Greenwood Trust Company, New Castle, Del., filed against Eylin J. Agosto, 1197 Germans Road, Lehighton. Sought is $7,460.84 plus interest and costs.

Judgments recorded

Why the raises?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

I would like to know why the upper management in Panther Valley School District received raises and retro-pay?

This was printed in the newspaper. The business manager and the superintendent should not get any raises until all the teachers and all the employees get a contract. Don't they make enough money?

Unconscionable behavior

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Another year has come and gone and as 2012 leaves and 2013 enters at least as I write this we face the fiscal cliff. With regard to this topic and what astounds me is how many people don't seem to get it. This is not a matter of whether tax rates should be changed and on which class of citizens or should I say which wage earners should be hit for the bill. This is a matter of 538 out of control senators and representatives who are hooked on spending other people's money. Yet people are not mad enough at them yet. Instead they choose to fight with each other.

A memorial

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

A memorial to 20 little angels and six of their guardians from Sandy Hook School:

Twenty little angels and six of their guardians have gone to heaven.

Too young. Too soon, don't know why.

It makes you cry,

Because they was so dear to us.

Their memory will live on

Tears will be shed, prayers will be said.

As they make their home in heaven.

The beauty that was their alone

In thoughts, are with us still.

And in the hearts, that loved them so much.

Still lives and always.

God Bless everyone,

Wishing you the giftof peace

Saturday, December 29, 2012

In this, the season of gift giving, you probably received at least one gift.

Maybe you were given a lot of gifts.

But were you the recipient of the gift of peace?

The two words most synonymous with the Christmas season are joy and peace.

Perhaps you had tinges of joy. Did you find peace?

While life might always have seemed to be a bit stressful, the last few years have been the most stressful of all for many.

Tamaqua Knee-hi fun

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Tamaqua Knee-hi fun
Copyright 2012

Players and family members of the Tamaqua Knee-Hi Football team dance and play during a recent party event held in the gymnasium of the Tamaqua Elementary School.

Thoughts

Saturday, December 29, 2012

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By Bob urban

burban@tnonline.com

@$:It's the last weekend of the year 2012. I have nothing better to do, so I'll pass on these thoughts sent to me by a loyal reader.

Happy New Year everyone, and take it easy on the Boilo.

1.. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

2.. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.

3.. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.

4.. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.

And you tell me to exercise??

God with man

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

Things start at home. My parents explained to me early that even "good"people have a SIN nature and showed me in the Bible that there is an eternal fork in the road of life dividing the heaven and hell bound. This was my introduction to evil 101. As a sinner myself in a world full of selfish short sighted people I grew up with such knowledge of consequences in the forefront of my mind. This topic concerning the depravity of man crystallized in my thinking and became the basis for my optimism and critical thinking skills

Tickets on sale today for three concerts coming to Penn's Peak

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Three more concerts have been announced for 2013 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe and tickets for all three go on sale at 10 a.m. today.

They are:

Ÿ Back to the 80's Show with Jessie's Girl, with special guest appearance by Hugo, Friday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. Tickets $17 advance and $22 day of show.

Ÿ The Marshall Tucker Band with SwampDaWamp, Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 advance and $29 day of show.

Ÿ Jefferson Starship. Friday, March 22, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance and $27 day of show.

Tractor-trailer crash causes a traffic mess in Hometown

Saturday, December 29, 2012
A section of SR309 in Hometown was void of traffic for over 8 hours as crews used special equipment to safely remove both the truck and trailer from the steep embankment.

Route 309 closed for hours; rig goes down 40 foot bank

Rescue crews had to extricate the male driver of a tractor trailer after he crashed his rig through a guardrail, down a 40-foot embankment and into trees along the southbound lane of Claremont Avenuce (SR309) just south of Skipper Dippers in Still Creek, Rush Township.

Due to the slippery surfaces, firefighters utilized a rescue litter and rope to lift the driver, 68-year old Ronald Aktinson of Allentown, up the snow-covered embankment to an awaiting ambulance.

Family tradition of Toys For Tots

Saturday, December 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Volunteering during a recent Toys For Tots event are, l-r, Gabby Sacco, 16; Judy Moon, Nesquehoning; Nicole Sacco, Weatherly and longtime Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Toys For Tots volunteer Connie McHugh, 91, Lehighton.

It's time to act

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor

We pray and pay homage to the innocent victims of Newtown Connecticut we must come to our senses about Guns.

The second amendment was another time and place.

I for one do not believe in repeal, but there must be conditions for ownership of guns. The average citizen has no need to own an assault or automatic or even semi-automatic weapons.

Being a hunter for many years before finally giving it up, I used a 12 gauge shotgun and bolt action rifle which was more than adequate. If I could take my game with one or two shots than so be it.

Tamaqua Elementary School students learn with clickers

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Cierra Conahan, 9, uses the clicker to anonymously give her answer to the teacher.
Cierra Conahan, 9, uses the clicker to anonymously give her answer to the teacher.

Teacher hoping the new technology will be expanded in district

Melissa Day, who serves as the K-12 Instructional Support Specialist for the Tamaqua Area School District, has been an integral part in the implementation and adoption of a new tool used in the education and development of Tamaqua Elementary School students.

Tamaqua Area School District adopted, and is using, Turning Technologies' ResponseCard NXT clickers, in part with Study Island; an academic software provider of standards-based assessment, instruction and test preparation e-learning programs.

Police probing criminal mischief

Friday, December 28, 2012

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 11:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and 11 a.m. Dec. 24 in North Manheim Township.

The victim is John and Delores Minnich, Stony Run Road, Pottsville.

Police said someone damaged a rocking horse, two white geese and two sets of Christmas lights from a display at the victim's front yard.

Tamaqua cage fighting benefits Tamaqua football boosters

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua resident Dustin Wentz, top, won his match against Andy Beil.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua resident Dustin Wentz, top, won his match against Andy Beil.

11-foot snowman

Friday, December 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A family in Walker Township spent part of their Christmas holiday building an 11-foot-high snowman in their front yard. Builders were Kailee Rottet, Boaz Rottet and Garth Lakitsky.

Snow... sleet... slush... ice

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Todd Miller uses a snow blower to remove heavy snow and slush from the sidewalk of an East Broad Street property in Tamaqua. Rapid changes in temperatures over the last two days has resulted in high winds and plenty of frozen sidewalks and roadways today.

Tamaqua boys, Panther girls win

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Tamaqua boys and Panther Valley girls came out on the winning side in basketball action last night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Sch. Haven

Tamaqua (6-1) kept up its winning ways coasting by Schuylkill Haven.

The Raiders went into the half 26-9 en-route to a 51-22 non-league victory.

Brett Kosciolek led Tamaqua once again, scoring 13 points, while Bo Rottet added 10.

Mike Bubeck was the lone Hurricane in double figures, scoring 11.

TAMAQUA

Four persons hurt in Clamtown crash

Friday, December 28, 2012

Four persons suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash at 8:40 p.m. Dec. 24 on Route 443, Clamtown Road, in Walker Township, according to state police at the Frackville barracks.

Lansford Legion receives Black Diamond Award

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS On hand during the presentation were, from left, Lansford Alive members Rev. John Keiter, Director; Martin Ditsky, Treasurer; David Benevy, Secretary; Bob Silver, Vice President; Chris Ondrus, President; and Lansford American Legion members Rick Bachman, Commander; Nate Krajcirik, Sgt. At Arms; Tom Garrett, Adjutant and Service Officer; and Tim Midas, President, Lansford Legion Home Association.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS On hand during the presentation were, from left, Lansford Alive members Rev. John Keiter, Director; Martin Ditsky, Treasurer; David Benevy, Secretary; Bob Silver, Vice President; Chris Ondrus, President; and Lansford American Legion members Rick Bachman, Commander; Nate Krajcirik, Sgt. At Arms; Tom Garrett, Adjutant and Service Officer; and Tim Midas, President, Lansford Legion Home Association.

The Lansford American Legion Post 123 was the recipient of this year's Lansford Alive Black Diamond award, which was presented to Legion members recently during the Black Diamond banquet and ceremony held recently at the post.

"The award was given to the post for their many efforts in making the community a better place," said Chris Ondrus, President, Lansford Alive.

Simple assaultnets woman jail

Friday, December 28, 2012

Dena Michelsen, 35, of Pocono Lake, was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, after her arraignment on simple assault charges stemming from a domestic incident at 8:25 p.m. Dec. 23 at 2127 Totel Trail, Tobyhanna Township, according to Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

Police said the victim, Conrad Michelsen, 48, also of Pocono Lake and identified as the husband of the defendant, told police the woman had assaulted him. Officers observed several scratch marks on the man's face, neck and arms.

Holiday program held at Rush Elementary

Friday, December 28, 2012
Holiday program held at Rush Elementary
Copyright 2012

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