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December 2012

Tamaqua Elementary has Christmas program

Saturday, December 29, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Students, parents and staff of the Tamaqua Elementary School held their annual holiday program recently at the school.
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Students, parents and staff of the Tamaqua Elementary School held their annual holiday program recently at the school.

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
Jacob Gursky, 15, Vice President, left, and Jake Wenzel, 17, President show off some of their favorite books.
Jacob Gursky, 15, Vice President, left, and Jake Wenzel, 17, President show off some of their favorite books.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer Bonnie Smith looks over items "for sale" in their "Baby Bucks" store. These items are awarded at no charge to families.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer Bonnie Smith looks over items "for sale" in their "Baby Bucks" store. These items are awarded at no charge to families.

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
 Pictured are smooth rocks and shards of glass Heath found along the borders of Lake Superior.
Pictured are smooth rocks and shards of glass Heath found along the borders of Lake Superior.

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
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.