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December 2012

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters and rescuers used rope lines and a rescue litter to carry the injured driver up the slick snow-covered 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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kelly Reaman gives her 4th grade students a quick ungraded test using the new clickers.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kelly Reaman gives her 4th grade students a quick ungraded test using the new clickers.

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
Jennie Kmec - McAdoo - "No. I've been too busy over the holidays to to think of my New Year's Resolution. Ask me after my birthday (Jan. 5)."

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
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bernie Berlow, left, of Palmerton, attended protest regarding pending fiscal cliff, and Patti Borger of Mahoning Township, was there as a Democratic party supporter, stand along Route 209 in Jim Thorpe on Friday morning, in front of the Carbon County Courthouse Annex, holding signs telling Congressman Lou Barletta to help the middle class by voting on tax breaks for working families.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bernie Berlow, left, of Palmerton, attended protest regarding pending fiscal cliff, and Patti Borger of Mahoning Township, was there as a Democratic party supporter, stand along Route 209 in Jim Thorpe on Friday morning, in front of the Carbon County Courthouse Annex, holding signs telling Congressman Lou Barletta to help the middle class by voting on tax breaks for working families.

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.