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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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,
A Tamaqua woman escaped injuries in a two-vehicle mishap at 6:50 a.m. Dec. 27 on Interstate 81 in Kline Township.
State police at the Frackville barracks said Heather L. Loar, 32, was uninjured afetr a vehicle she was driving was struck by a tractor trailer.
She is asked a question about being competitive.
And before she answers, a wry little grin appears.
The grin eventually becomes a full-fledged smile the kind of smile that says the level of her competition on a scale from 1 to 10 is actually a 12.
So it's not surprising when she replies.
"I'm very competitive," said Lehighton field hockey standout Sarah Keer. "I think that's because I come from a family where everyone played sports.
Brett A. Hunsicker, 18, of Orefield, has been cited by state police at the Fogelsville barracks with failure to drive at a safe speed after a two-vehicle accident at 7:32 a.m. Nov. 27 along Route 100 in Lowhill Township.
Police said he was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound when he failed to stop in time for vehicles that had stopped in front of his vehicle. Police said the front portion of the Cavalier struck the rear of a 2012 Ford F-150 driven by Michael J. Wetzel, 49, of Lansford.
Neither driver was injured.
Jennifer Robin Kemmerle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Klotz of Jim Thorpe, and the late James Kemmerle and Rita Kemmerle of Summit Hill, became the bride of Greg Steward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Steward of Lehighton, on Sept. 15, 2012 at Dinkey Memorial Church in Ashfield.
The Rev. Anthony Pagatto officiated the double ring ceremony. Cathy Smith was the organist.
Given in marriage by her stepfather, William Klotz, the bride chose Nicole Reabold of Jim Thorpe to be her maid of honor. Jessica Cameron of Naples, Fla. was the matron of honor.
Four persons were injured when a vehicle crashed and rolled onto its roof at 8:15 a.m. Dec. 26 on Interstate 81 in Cass Township.
State police at the Frackville barracks said Satparshi Debroy, 28, the driver of the vehicle, and three passengers, Gourab Sabui, 26, Payel Chattersee, 26, and Ranit Ghosh, 27, were transported to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after the crash. Police said each of them sustained moderate injuries. Debroy, Sabui and Ghosh are all from Orlando, Fla., while Chattersee is from Raleigh, N.C.
East Penn Elementary School recently hosted the annual Santa's Secret Workshop at the school, located on Route 895 in Ashfield. All proceeds from this event benefit East Penn Elementary School PTO.
"Everyone seemed happy with the Workshop," said PTO President Danette Troxell. "The children especially love the idea of shopping without their parents peeking."
All items in the children-only gift shop were priced at $6 or less. Gifts purchased by the children were then wrapped and tagged for their loved ones at no additional charge.
Northern Lehigh used a huge second half and a career night from Tyler Dibilio to defeat Lehighton, 61-38 in the opening round of the 32nd Annual Slatington Rotary Basketball Tournament.
The Bulldogs (3-2) held a slim 22-21 lead heading into the half, but exploded out of the gate to outscore the Indians 18-5 in the third quarter.
Northern Lehigh used a 13-0 run that lasted from late in the third quarter into the fourth to extend the lead from 31-26 to 44-26, which essentially put the game out of reach for Lehighton.
December 28, 1930
Rev. George G. Kunkle, of Kresgeville, was one of 20 clergymen nationwide who invested money in the Automotive Royalties Corporation of New York City, whose president, Clarke W. Parker, church trustee and inventor, has been indicted in the U.S. Court of New York City, along with his son, Wyman C. Parker, and 15 stock salesmen of the company, on a charge of using the mails to defraud. The 20 clergymen had investment a total of $150,000 in the company. Rev. Kunkle said he purchased $400 worth of stock.