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December 2012

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.

The "Fiscal Cliff" is a fraud

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The U.S. government and the media are at it again. The alleged "Fiscal Cliff" is constantly being talked about these days. They say that if a deal is not made before January 2, 2013, the 10 year old "Bush Tax Cuts" will expire for everyone and $1.2 Trillion will be "cut" from the national budget over the next 10 years, half from defense spending and half from domestic spending. As for the "spending cuts", that's only $120 Billion per year, $60 Billion from defense and $60 Billion from domestic spending, in a $3.8 Trillion budget for fiscal year 2013.

Guests treated to drum circle at Stonehedge Gardens

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

Guests were offered the opportunity to take part in a drum circle recently at the Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua. For more information or to view a list of free events at Stonehedge Gardens, a non-profit organization, go to www.stonehedgegardens.org, call (570) 386-4276 or stop by the garden, 51 Dairy Road. Volunteers add that the garden is open to everyone 365 days a year.

Destroying our vehicles

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

On Monday, Dec. 17, I called the junk yard to pick up my '96 F150 pick up, it was a sad day, 253,000 miles of dependable service and I would have gotten that many more had it not be for the garbage they spray on the road during the winter.

My sons chipped together and got me the truck as a Christmas gift December of 2000, so it's pretty sentimental.

Plus I feel like I'm betraying an old friend that's been by my side and never left me down in the dozen years we've been together. More reliable than some friends!

I still say it's a conspiracy!

Lehighton Department police issues report

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lehighton Police Chief Neal Ebbert issued the following report:

Two 15-year-old Lehighton females were both cited for disorderly conduct following a fight which became physical in nature. The incident occurred on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Lehighton Area High School.

Tammy Neff, 37, of 117 S. Fourth St., Lehighton, was cited for harassment following a domestic altercation. The incident occurred on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2:23 a.m. at their home.

Lehighton's Frey advances to semifinals

Saturday, December 29, 2012

BETHLEHEM – Connor Frey felt some nerves when he stepped onto the mat in the most prestigious wrestling tournament he had ever competed in.

The Lehighton freshman quickly shook it off and pinned his first two opponents.

He followed that with a 7-4 decision over Stroudsburg's Keith Howie in the 160-pound quarterfinal last night at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

He will meet Northampton's Bobby Fehr in tomorrow's semifinals, which have been pushed up to 9:30 a.m. because of the forecasted snow.

Comical book reading in Tamaqua

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

Recent visitors to the Tamaqua Community Arts Center were treated to a book reading by Jozef Rothstein, author of the comically themed book "As the Matzo Ball Turns." Rothstein stated that his book probes into the comical dark side of the entertainment and restaurant fields. Pictured with Rothstein are Kim Grant, center, and Maureen Donovan.

Christmas impossible without Hanukkah

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

Christmas would be impossible without Hanukkah. that is right, without Hanukkah there would be no Christmas. Hanukkah is known as the "Feast of Dedication" or "Festival of Lights." It is not among the holidays God commanded Israel to celebrate in the Old Testament. You will find it mentioned only once in the entire Bible" John 10:22-23. Jesus chose to be in the temple during this festival. The startling statement He made there is best understood against the background of the feast.

Schuylkill Court news

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Divorces granted

John Carl Bilodeau, 23 Mahanoy Avenue, Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Andyara Cristianne Alves, Mastic, New York. They were married December 16, 2011.

Tracy E. Hoffman, Pottsville, was granted a divorce from Curtis M. Hoffman, Orwigsburg, They were married January 16, 2006.

William M. Rose, Jr., Pottsville, was granted a divorce from Carol Rose, Port Carbon. They were married August 30, 1997.

Anna Marie Melnick was granted a divorce from Raymond E. Melnick, both of Schuylkill Haven. They were married May 7, 1977.

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.

"Eat the Rainbow"

Friday, December 28, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Paul demonstrates how to slice off the peel of a pineapple for Ataulfo, Manog Salsa. He advises having a very sharp knife as a must-have in every kitchen.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Paul demonstrates how to slice off the peel of a pineapple for Ataulfo, Manog Salsa. He advises having a very sharp knife as a must-have in every kitchen.

A local chef's guide to healthier picks for 2013

The Christmas feasting is now over. You ate the last cookie. Turkey sandwiches slathered in mayonnaise are gastric memories.

You're wearing baggy sweat pants because they're the most comfortable and roomy things you own.

You swear you're never going to eat again.

You make the New Year's resolution to eat only nutritious and healthy foods in 2013.

But how do you start?

What do you need to know?

Bill Scepansky of Smart Partner Solutions sums it up by telling us to "Eat the Rainbow."

Jam Session today in Tamaqua

Friday, December 28, 2012

Professional, seasoned and experienced musicians will gather and play for visitors today during a free jam session held at the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC), 125 Pine St., from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for musicians to carry in their equipment and set up. The public will be admitted at 5:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be sold to benefit the TCAC. Musicians are asked to bring their own instruments, mikes, stands and cords.

Tamaqua Masons hold installation

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

Tamaqua Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons #238 held their installation recently at their lodge in Hometown. Pictured from front left are Jerome Betz, Junior Master of Ceremonies; Ed Moran, Installing Officer and Past Master; Donald Fetten, Master; John Schickram, Senior Warden; Nick Demopulos, Senior Master of Ceremonies. From back left are Earl Boettger, Chaplain; David Billig, Treasurer; Richard Hadesty, Pursuant; and Roland Harper, Secretary. Not pictured were Thomas Jones, Junior Warden; and trustees James Gormley, Michael Burns and Del Roy Haas.

Driver is facing accident charges

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ronny Acosta-Gomez, 23, of Lebanon, will be cited as a result of a one-vehicle accident at 5:25 a.m. Dec. 27 on Interstate 81 in Foster Township, according to state police at the Frackville barracks.

Police said he was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor northbound when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow-covered roadway. The car spun clockwise through the passing lane, descended a small embankment in the median and collided with trees, coming to rest about 20 feet down the median.

Police said the driver was uninjured.

Tigers claw Panthers again

Friday, December 28, 2012

Most animal experts would agree that if a tiger fought with a panther, the tiger, because of its strength and size, would win every time.

Whether it be in the jungle or on the hardwood, the same result apparently holds true as the Tigers of Northwestern defeated Panther Valley last night, 56-49, to run their all-time record to 11-0 over the Panthers.

Size and strength prevailed. The Tigers raced to a nine-point first-quarter lead on the torrid shooting strength of Tyler Richardson. He sank his first three three-point shots and totaled 11 points for the first eight minutes.

Driver to be cited after accident

Friday, December 28, 2012

Donald P. Troutman Jr., 44, of Minersville, will be cited for causing an accident at 8:17 p.m. Dec. 24 on Seltzer Road in Norweigan Township, according to state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

Police said he was driving a 2008 GMC Yukon that turned left from Seltzer Road into an alley and struck the driver's side of a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe operated by Raymond Green Jr., 74, of Hegins, who was stopped at the time. Police said Troutman fled the scene without providing necessary aid and information to the other driver and/or an occupant in that vehicle.

Birth: Holman

Friday, December 28, 2012
Vienna RoseHolman
Vienna RoseHolman

A daughter, Vienna Rose Holman, was born at 12:03 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2012 in Pottsville to Theresa and David Holman of Barnesville.

She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Joan and Mike Stine of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Champ and Christine Holman of Barnesville, and the late Rita Holman.

Man threatens to blow up home

Friday, December 28, 2012
Mark Nalesnik, Director, Carbon County EMA, stages near the scene.
Mark Nalesnik, Director, Carbon County EMA, stages near the scene.

Summit Hill residents asked to evacuate

Residents surrounding the one hundred block of East Richards Street in Summit Hill were awakened around 1 a.m. today, as police and firefighters went door-to-door asking people to evacuate their homes after a man threatened to blow up his home with propane.

During the standoff, police officers, some carrying automatic weapons, converged in the one hundred blocks of East Fell, East Richards and East Lehigh streets.

Freezing holidays

Friday, December 28, 2012
Freezing holidays
Copyright 2012

Temperatures throughout our area are expected to stay below freezing over the next five days. Succumbing to the quick change in temperatures is a set of icicle-covered Christmas lights, hanging from a Dutch Hill home in Tamaqua.