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December 2012

Readers Turn

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Mario Morales, 16, Tamaqua - "Yes. I plan on making right all the wrong and become a better person, as well as continue to volunteer with the Salvation Army."

Late nights lead to more than weight gain

Saturday, December 29, 2012

In the last decade, research has shown that insufficient sleep makes it much easier to gain unwanted weight.

First, a University of Chicago study revealed that sleep-deprived adults produced more of the hunger-producing hormone ghrelin and less of the satiety-signaling hormone leptin. Later, a University of Michigan study discovered that every additional hour third graders spent sleeping reduced their risk of becoming obese sixth graders by 40 percent.

Ignoring the truth

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

"Free thinking," human secularists CHOOSE to ignore the truth!

Science has provided us with the truth. Every Ash Wednesday, those of us who know the truth proclaim the truth for all the world to know.

The following is taken from the book "The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin and Meaning of Life," by physicist Paul Davies.

Weatherly reaches tournament title game

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Weatherly boys reached the finals of the Columbia Montour AVTS Tournament while four other local basketball teams captured consolation game wins on Friday.

Hazleton Tournament

Pleasant Valley-PM East

Pleasant Valley cruised to a 73-41 consolation game victory over Pocono Mountain East in the Hazleton Tournament.

Marquis Brown paced the Bears with a game-high 15 points. Devon Howard followed with 14.

PLEASANT VALLEY

PPL Electric seeking PUC approval for Northeast line

Saturday, December 29, 2012

After soliciting public input during 13 community meetings, PPL Electric Utilities has submitted the Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for approval.

The project will improve electric service for 250,000 people in northeast Pennsylvania and the Poconos. It will involve construction of three new electrical substations and a new 230-kilovolt power line.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, December 29, 2012

December 29, 1972 A big game by Fred Schlauch allows Northwestern to register a 57-42 victoy over Peaqua Valley in the Fleetwood Basketball Tournament. Schlauch pours in a game-high 19 points and also pulls down 14 rebounds to pace the Tigers, coached by Nick Drosnock. Schlauch tallies 10 of his points during the first quarter as the winners race to a 17-6 lead. Northwestern also receives 10 points from Joe House, while Jeff Kohler contributes seven points and 10 boards.

Jim Thorpe's grandson speaks out on lawsuit

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Michael Koehler, the eldest grandson of Jim Thorpe doesn't support the lawsuit, feels marginalized by the side of the family that is pursuing the lawsuit, and is extremely unhappy that non-family members have taken over management of the lawsuit.
Michael Koehler, the eldest grandson of Jim Thorpe doesn't support the lawsuit, feels marginalized by the side of the family that is pursuing the lawsuit, and is extremely unhappy that non-family members have taken over management of the lawsuit.

Michael Koehler, the eldest grandson of Jim Thorpe doesn't support the lawsuit, feels marginalized by the side of the family that is pursuing the lawsuit, and is extremely unhappy that non-family members have taken over management of the lawsuit.

Over the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, Robert "Bob" W. Wheeler and his son, Rob Wheeler gave presentations at the Mauch Chunk Museum in which they argued that the town of Jim Thorpe should go along with the lawsuit and repatriate the remains of Jim Thorpe for reburial in Oklahoma.

Marian uses defense to top PV

Saturday, December 29, 2012

When Marian and Panther Valley faced off on opening night, the Colts needed an offensive rally in the second half to secure a six-point win.

Last night, the two rivals got together for round two; however, this time, it was a defensive stand in the second quarter that propelled Marian to a 58-47 victory.

In a first quarter which saw the lead switch hands six times, the Panthers (which shot 6-for-10 from the floor in the opening stanza) got a three-pointer from Ethan Vermillion with eight seconds remining to take a 17-16 lead after one quarter.

Schuylkill County property transfers

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Property transfers recorded at the Schuylkill County Courthouse were as follows:

Keith J. Strouse, as master in partition by court order, to Kevin J. Kennedy, of Tamaqua, property at 252-254 Cedar Street, Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $51,000).

Eugene Matweecha, widow, and Jean Ann Matwqeecha and Judy Palmer to Jean Ann Matweecha, McAdoo and Judy Palmer, Allentown, property on east side of Hancock Street, McAdoo, $1 (transaction between parent and children).

The friendly face of evil

Saturday, December 29, 2012

We'll never know the reason why a near-genius 20-year-old would invade an elementary school with an assault rifle and slaughter 20 innocent children and several adults.

"He was smart," a friend said of killer Adam Lanza. "He was like one of these real brainiac computer kind of kids."

Shockingly, the so-called smart kid began his spree by shooting his mother in the face several times. But we'll never really know why the disturbed young man of small-town Connecticut was so evil.

Grandparents shouldn't face barriers

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

Amy Miller's Dec. 19 article "Helping Grandparents" did an excellent job highlighting some of the issues facing grandparents who are raising children. However, we want to clarify a few of the statements made regarding school enrollment.

As attorneys at the Education Law Center, we often work with grandparents to make sure the children they're caring for - in a variety of situations - are promptly enrolled in school.

Fiscal cliff anger

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Terry Whiteman, left, president of the Carbon County Central Labor Council; Jerry Strubinger, a concerned resident from Jim Thorpe, center; and Roy Christman, a member of the Carbon County Central Labor Council, hold signs urging Congressman Lou Barletta to get back to Congress and vote to help the middle class from paying more taxes.
Terry Whiteman, left, president of the Carbon County Central Labor Council; Jerry Strubinger, a concerned resident from Jim Thorpe, center; and Roy Christman, a member of the Carbon County Central Labor Council, hold signs urging Congressman Lou Barletta to get back to Congress and vote to help the middle class from paying more taxes.

A handful of Carbon County residents, including a county commissioner, stood outside the courthouse annex in Jim Thorpe protesting the upcoming fiscal cliff that this nation is facing.

During the rally, organized by the Carbon County Central Labor Council, Carbon County Democrats for Change and Keystone Progress, 15 taxpayers waved signs near Route 209, urging Republican Congressman Lou Barletta, who represents Carbon County, to go back to Washington and tell his fellow lawmakers to vote to help the middle class.

Four are cited by Lehighton police

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lehighton police have reported the arrest of four persons.

Police said Crystal M. West, 39, of 610 N. First St., Lehighton, was charged with public drunkenness when she was found passed out in the 300 block of North First Street on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 1:30 p.m.

Joshua M. Schaeffer, 33, of 901 Beaver Run Drive, lehighton, was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he was making unreasonable noise and yelling obscenities on Saturday, Nov. 24, just after midnight in the 200 block of North First Street.

Santa at Tamaqua daycare

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

Santa Claus took time recently to visit children of the Tamaqua YMCA's daycare program. Chidren were also treated to other Christmas activities.

Many Americans disagree

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

An ending, but a new beginning

Saturday, December 29, 2012

In a couple days we will say goodbye to 2012 and I am more than OK with that.

The year did not start off well for me, as I lost my mother in mid-January. That loss affected almost everything else that happened during the year, both the good and the bad.

Everyone who knows me, and anyone who knew my mother, knew that she was a phenomenal cook. That's even how she and my dad met. She worked for relatives who owned a successful inn in Martinsville, N.J. and my dad was hired as the chef.

Growing up, food played an important part in our lives.

Coyote hunting popular winter activity

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Taking a Pennsylvania coyote like this 30-pound male can be as challenging as deer hunting and just as satisfying.
Taking a Pennsylvania coyote like this 30-pound male can be as challenging as deer hunting and just as satisfying.

According to the most recent study by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, predation on deer fawns by the increasing population of Eastern coyotes is not having the adverse effect on the reduced whitetail deer population in some areas of Pennsylvania as was thought – and some hunters continue to believe.

My hero

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Why don't you do an experiment? Ask someone to tell you the name of his hero. Most children will answer by giving you a supernatural creature - such as Batman or Superman. Still others will name a professional athlete.

Some younger children might name one of the Power Rangers or even Barney the purple dinosaur. Perhaps an adult will say "My Dad" or "My Mom." Those are excellent, touching answers.

Socks for Seniors equals warm feet and hearts

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

Some say it takes a tragedy or holiday to bring the best out in people. I disagree. Generous, kind people can be found all year round. We are blessed to live in area with these characteristics and need to be recognized for this.

Recently my daughter, and I wrapped up our latest project called "Socks for Seniors," where we collected socks and a variety of items to donate to the local nursing and rehabilitation facilities to be distributed as Christmas gifts to the residents since some may have no family and receive nothing for Christmas.

Delete the trash

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

If you are reading this you have probably survived the end of the world as predicted by historians about the Mayan Calendar. And no one knows what the Mayans had in mind when their calendar ends on the 21st of December in 2012. The good thing that the date has passed and you can set a new set of goals as you do with every New Year.

Johnson was Nolehi's 'Mr. Versatile'

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Johnson was Nolehi's 'Mr. Versatile'
Copyright 2012

When a coach asks you to change positions for your senior season, most high school football players would flinch, open eyes as wide as they could, and take a deep gulp.

Not Caleb Johnson.

The 6-4, 215-pound Northern Lehigh senior didn't miss a beat when Bulldog head coach Joe Tout asked him to make the move from wide receiver to tailback.

The move worked so well, Johnson wound up running out of the backfield full time by the third game of the season against Saucon Valley.

Bombers cruise to title

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Abby Reimer dribbles past Lehighton defender Kasaundra Barclay.
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Abby Reimer dribbles past Lehighton defender Kasaundra Barclay.

Palmerton coach Don Delich stressed it. The Bomber players talked about it.

This time, there would be no slow start.

This time, Palmerton wouldn't need a wake-up call between quarters.

This time, the Bombers would dominate from the opening tap.

One night after sleepwalking through the opening quarter of a semifinal game with Jim Thorpe, Palmerton showed it was wide awake against Lehighton.

Palmerton scored the game's first 19 points and rolled to a 58-26 victory over the host team in the championship game of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, December 28, 2012

December 28, 2005 Jon Wells scores a team-high 14 points to help Palmerton gain a 60-49 victory over Northern Lehigh in the championship game of the Slatington Rotary Classic. The Blue Bombers, coached by Brian Minnich, use a 12-0 run in the second quarter to turn a deficit into a halftime lead. Wells tallies six points in the third frame as Palmerton increases its advantage. Zach Heller aids the winning cause with 13 points while Jim Parsons chips in with eight.

Enterprise inactivation witnessed by Navy Airman

Friday, December 28, 2012

Navy Airman Ryan S. Papanek, son of Debra Sullivan of Coaldale and Steven Papanek, of Rockville, Md., along with nearly 12,000 past and current crewmembers, family and friends attended the inactivation of aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Enterprise, the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, recently completed its 25th and final deployment and returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled inactivation, held prior to the ship's terminal offload program and subsequent decommissioning.

Citizen's Fire Company helps Toys For Tots

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

Firefighters and members of the Citizen's Fire Company of Tamaqua went out of their way to help kids this Christmas by selling many paper trains in support of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots campaign. Pictured from left are Citizen's Fire Company member Dot Gulla, firefighter Brad Sanders and SCMCL member John Suzadail.

Kane's win, Specter's death marked Pa. politics in 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Some things that stirred much political discussion in Pennsylvania in 2012 did not materialize a photo ID requirement for voters, legislative redistricting, a high-profile role for the state in the presidential race.

But there was hardly a drought of statewide political news.

Democratic newcomer Kathleen Kane was elected attorney general, ending voters' 32-year-old habit of exclusively choosing Republican men as Pennsylvania's chief legal officer. She is the first woman elected to the post since it became an elective office in 1980.

Tamaqua news

Friday, December 28, 2012

First Methodist

The Rev. Jim Cavallero will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in First United Methodist Church. The service will include a hymn sing and a children's message offered by Marge Kropp.

Activities for next week will include: Wednesday, chancel choir rehearses at 7 p.m.; Thursday, trustees meet at 6 p.m., administrative council meets at 7 p.m.

St. Peter's Union

Coaldale residents face real estate taxes deadline

Friday, December 28, 2012

Coaldale residents are reminded the final day for paying 2012 real estate taxes before they are deemed delinquent is Dec. 31. Postmarks will be accepted.

The borough tax collector's office will be open on Dec. 31 during regular hours to accept the final payments. It will be closed on Jan. 1 and 2.

Taxpayers who qualify for exoneration or exemptions are asked to return their signed and dated application, along with proof of eligibility, so as not to be turned in as being delinquent.

Regular hours will resume on Jan. 3.

Commissioners make appointments

Friday, December 28, 2012

Several people received appointments to various Carbon County boards on Thursday.

During the county commissioners' meeting, the board voted on several appointments, reappointments and resignations. They include:

Ÿ Reappoint Wallace Putkowski of Lehighton to a five-year term on the Airport Authority.

Ÿ Reappoint David McGeehan of Palmerton to a three-year term on the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board.

Ÿ Reappoint Mark A. Sverchek of Lehighton to a five-year term on the Industrial Development Authority.

Tamaqua sidewalks must be snow-free

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

Tamaqua property owners must maintain a three-foot-wide path on their sidewalks that is clear of all snow and ice. Snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowstorm ends. Property owners who fail to clean their sidewalks may be subject to a $25 fine for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and higher fines for subsequent offenses. Residents are also reminded not to throw snow, ice or other materials onto the streets. Traffic compacts snow into ice and causes a traffic hazard.

Tempers heat up with commissioners

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tensions flared, both during and after the Carbon County commissioners meeting on Thursday, as the commissioners sparred with each other and then with a county resident.