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March 2013

Grill and Outdoor show planned

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dunbar Bottling, Maiden Lane, Lehighton, will host a BBQ Grill and Outdoor Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13. There will be beer tasting, cooking demos, entertainment and gifts, plus a chance to win a Weber grill.

Limit their terms

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

Well it happened again.

Congress proves that all they worry about is getting reelected.

They don't care about the country or the people or your kids.

They aren't going to pass a bill on assault weapons.

When are the people going to learn all Congress wants to do is keep their jobs.

Think we should limit their terms and cut their pay by three percent. Also ban big companies from supporting anyone who runs for PUBLIC OFFICE.

We are the public not the big companies. Give the government back to the people

I remain,

Three arrested for Monroe break-in

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Three men were arrested earlier this week for a burglary at a Monroe County residence.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 1:38 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, they received a call from a neighbor of 115 Skyline Drive, Tunkhannock Township, that three males had entered the home and it appeared they had broken into the residence.

The witness also stated they observed the three exit the residence carrying items and placing them at the edge of the property. The caller also provided a description of the three.

What if you were told you were dying?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

My friend Pat is so inspirational that her friends call her Saint Francis. From early morning until she falls asleep each night, she devotes herself to helping others.

Before Pat moved to our town there was no such thing as an organized community-wide ministry to help the poor. When she moved here, she went to her pastor and said she wanted to start that ministry.

He backed her efforts and gave it the sanction of the church. But the work to establish the ministry was done by one woman.

Identity theft action plan

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

Did you know that Identity theft is our nation's fastest growing crime? Although it is important to know how to prevent identity theft, it is as equally important for you to know what to do if you have become an identity theft victim.

1. If your credit cards are lost or stolen, notify one of the three credit reporting agencies and ask that a "fraud alert" be placed on your account. The agency that you notify will contact the other two EQUIFAX 1-800-525-6285, www.equifax.com

EXPERIAN 1-800-397-3742, www.experian.com

EEC hosts tomato growing program

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host a program on growing tomatoes from seed at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

Presenting the program, "Tomatoes From Seed to Table," will be Master Gardener Diane Giffels.

Giffels will discuss different types, best varieties, caring for young plants, harvesting and even tomato recipes. Participants will leave with four planted pots of four varieties of tomato seed.

The program is open to all ages, but space is limited. There is a donation fee to attend.

Registration will be taken by phone at (570) 645-8597.

St. Jerome holds open house in Tamaqua

Saturday, March 30, 2013

St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua will host a special Open House on April 9. Prep, kindergarten, first grade and the Lion's Den classrooms will all be open for tours. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and register for the 2013-2014 school year.

First grade students will present iPad and smartboard demonstrations. For the 2013-2014 school year, first and second grade students will be completing their daily class work on iPads.

The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the school's Early Childhood Center Building on West Broad Street.

Why accept plea bargains?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

With all the controversy and misrepresentation of the gun control issue, I must comment on a few items.

One point to make right from the start is in the time it take you to read this viewpoint, more people will be killed or injured by drunk drivers or driving under influence drivers, than by gun violence.

There are strict gun laws already on the books in Pennsylvania.

Breaker Boys fall in opener

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys opened their season against the defending champion Harrisburg Sharks in Harrisburg and dropped a 33-20 decision.

The underdog Breaker Boys, who had a busy off-season picking up talented rookies Jay Torres at running back, Damian Lewis at slot receiver and adding Brock Mitchell to their two headed quarterback threat, fell behind early before the new players began to make their mark.

The Sharks got two touchdowns from running back Yanic Corbin to build a 19-0 lead.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) and other counts following an incident that occurred about 11:37 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said troopers responded to Calvary Cemetery, located along Cressona Road, in North Manheim Townshihp, to a report of a suspicious vehicle. On scene the vehicle was located and was being driven by Paula Marberger, 42, of Pottsville.

Chester County driver facing DUI

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Chester County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Heather Dawn Weigner, 32, of Coatesville, was stopped about 3 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, along SR940 in Pocono Pines, for a vehicle code violation.

At the stop Weigner was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. She was taken into custody and transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

The DUI charge is pending the test results, police noted.

Column was disrespectful

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

It is as a Christian that I write to you concerning one of your contributors.

It is not the first time that I have found the views expressed by Miss Castagnera offensive. I am sure that she would cite the First Amendment as her "free pass" to be a bigot, but I would disagree. To publish her opinion on Pope Francis ("Pooped out on the Pope") the weekend of Palm Sunday, which leads in to Holy Week-the most sacred time of year for Christians, is disrespectful, self-serving, and, quite frankly, immature.

Lansford Legion donates $1,700 towards new firefighting equipment

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Pictured during the presentation are, from left, American Fire Company Assistant Chief Joseph Greco, Vice President Jason Diehl, President/Captain Chris Aungst, Lansford American Legion Post 123 Commander Rick Bachman, Home Association President Tim Midas and post adjutant Tom Garrett.
Pictured during the presentation are, from left, American Fire Company Assistant Chief Joseph Greco, Vice President Jason Diehl, President/Captain Chris Aungst, Lansford American Legion Post 123 Commander Rick Bachman, Home Association President Tim Midas and post adjutant Tom Garrett.

Lehighton Neighborhood Crime Watch takes a 'road trip'

Saturday, March 30, 2013
During a recent tour of Carbon County Communications Center in Nesquehoning, 911 Operator Jamie Blisard explains the console system to members of Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch. The communications center dispatches 13 police departments, 14 (EMS) Emergency Medical Services stations, and 21 fire districts.
During a recent tour of Carbon County Communications Center in Nesquehoning, 911 Operator Jamie Blisard explains the console system to members of Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch. The communications center dispatches 13 police departments, 14 (EMS) Emergency Medical Services stations, and 21 fire districts.

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch took to the road on Tuesday evening for a tour of Carbon County Communications Center in Nesquehoning.

In addition, the group learned about CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

According to Carbon County Emergency Management Planner/Trainer Tom Newman, the CERT program is designed to acquaint county residents with introductory courses in basic first aid; triage; disaster preparedness; fire suppression; light search and rescue; and terrorism awareness.

"Neighbors helping neighbors is our goal," said Newman.

Mental Health First Aid Course scheduled

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A 12-hour Mental Health First Aid Course will be held at the Carbon County MD/DS office, 428 S. Seventh St., Lehighton, on April 29 and 30. The course, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is free to all participants living in Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties.

It will discuss how to help a person who may be experiencing mental illness or crisis, including a five-step action plan to offer initial help. It will also show participants how to connect people with the appropriate professionals, peers or social or self help care.

LASD contract appears settled

Saturday, March 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Student representatives recently reported activities taking place at their respective schools to Lehighton Area School Board. Pictured, l-r, are Lehighton Area High School junior Nicole Schnell and Carbon Career & Technical Institute seniors Haley Gower and Brook Dunbar.
MICHAEL A. HEERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Student representatives recently reported activities taking place at their respective schools to Lehighton Area School Board. Pictured, l-r, are Lehighton Area High School junior Nicole Schnell and Carbon Career & Technical Institute seniors Haley Gower and Brook Dunbar.

Tentative approval given

A tentative agreement has been reached in the contract negotiations between the Lehighton Area Education Association and the Lehighton Area School Board.

The teachers have been working with a contract that expired Aug. 31, 2012.

According to LAEA Past President Bruce Koch, "The Association addressed it (the tentative agreement) on Wednesday by reviewing the language, financial, and terms. Voting by the Association will take place next week after members have an opportunity to digest its content."

Child sexual abuse -it's time to talk

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

If you follow the headlines, you know that child sexual abuse happens. It happens often and close to home. This reality can be overwhelming, but it's important to remember that child sexual abuse can be prevented when we all play our part.

Much to debate about radical anti-obesity plan

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sometimes this column answers questions.

Today, it asks one, one specific question that has the potential to polarize the nation like hot-button topics such as abortion and gun control.

The question: Should the government create an environment that stigmatizes and to some degree ostracizes obese people as a way possibly the only way to solve what Daniel Callahan calls "[possibly] the most difficult and elusive public health problem the United States has ever encountered"?

Old folks driving

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Before I begin writing, I must state a disclaimer - I am old. I will turn 73 in May. For the record, I believe that I am still a decent driver. I know my limitations and won't take the wheel in the dark. Also, I stay at the speed limit and follow the rules of the road.

Living in Florida has been a revelation. There are so many senior citizens here that we are bound to have contact with them every day. For the most part, we enjoy that. However, dealing with senior drivers has been a challenge.

Easter is the celebration of life

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I was inspired to write this article, because of a "Dear Abby" column I had recently read, which bothered me to the point of wanting to respond to the wrong advice given to a mother who had supported her 22 year old daughter's decision to terminate the life of her unborn child, even though this mother had considered herself to be "pro-life".

Leh. Fire Dept. has 8 calls in Feb.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Lehighton Fire Department responded to eight calls during February.

They included three vehicle accidents, two odor investigations, one automatic alarm, one dwelling fire, and one electrical wire.

Fire Chief Gary Frable said time spent on calls was seven hours and 19 minutes.

Of those calls, four were in Mahoning Township, three were in Lehighton, and one was a mutual aid call elsewhere.

Three training sessions were held.

Twas the Morning of Easter

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

Twas the morning of Easter when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

The baskets were placed on the table with care

In hopes that Peter Cottentail soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

while visions of jelly beans danced in their heads.

And Mamma in her kerchiefs and I in my cap

Were soon to awake from a long spring's nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Church's moral precepts transcend time

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

Claire Castagnera's Saturday column about the new Pope is another instance of people ridiculing what they don't like or want to hear. The moral precepts the Catholic Church espouses transcend time. They are not held to what is popular or the current fad.

Lehighton Rotary Club 'weighs in' on community need

Saturday, March 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Rotary Club recently donated new scales to Blue Mountain Home Health Care for patients in the Visiting Nurses' Program who are in need of this assistance. Pictured, left to right, are Lehighton Rotary Club Treasurer Renee Biechy; Blue Mountain Home Health Care Director Inge Allen; and Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President John Hanosek.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Rotary Club recently donated new scales to Blue Mountain Home Health Care for patients in the Visiting Nurses' Program who are in need of this assistance. Pictured, left to right, are Lehighton Rotary Club Treasurer Renee Biechy; Blue Mountain Home Health Care Director Inge Allen; and Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President John Hanosek.

Lehighton Rotary Club has "weighed in" on a community need by donating new scales to Blue Mountain Home Health Care for patients in the Visiting Nurses' Program who are in need of this assistance.

Daily weights are a basic measure used to manage heart failure. According to director Inge Allen, "Accurate weight measurement can help to keep patients out of the hospital, and at home where they belong."

Pope Francis must provide Obamacare for the Catholic soul

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Jim:

Claire's solo column last Saturday, concerning the new pope, created quite a stir. In fact, it drew more comments than any other dozen of our columns combined. Most of the feedback was positive, applauding her position that with the Catholic Church, the more things change the more they remain the same.

Standing tall

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Chris Cholast's collection includes boxing gloves signed by Chuck Wepner, Jake LaMotta and Leon Spinks. Spinks beating Muhammad Ali in 1978 for the undisputed heavyweight title is still considered as one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Wepner is also known for his fight against Ali 3 years earlier where he went the entire 15 rounds. The fight and Wepner's career were the basis for the motion picture Rocky. LaMotta, an Italian/American boxer from the 40s was made more popular in 1980 when Robert De Niro portrayed him in the movie The Raging Bull.
Chris Cholast's collection includes boxing gloves signed by Chuck Wepner, Jake LaMotta and Leon Spinks. Spinks beating Muhammad Ali in 1978 for the undisputed heavyweight title is still considered as one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Wepner is also known for his fight against Ali 3 years earlier where he went the entire 15 rounds. The fight and Wepner's career were the basis for the motion picture Rocky. LaMotta, an Italian/American boxer from the 40s was made more popular in 1980 when Robert De Niro portrayed him in the movie The Raging Bull.

Jim Thorpe man survives adversities to earn fortune as sports proprietor

When Chris Cholast walks into the Alpine Bakery to buy an egg sandwich, he is as unassuming as everyone else who waits in line.

And everyone there has a life story. But Cholast's script about the events in his life would be worthy of a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

From snake catcher, to champion martial arts fighter, to war survivor, to author, to speaker of seven languages, to sports agent and collector, in addition to so much more shoved in between, this Jim Thorpe resident has had an extraordinary 50 years of life to say the least.

Panther Valley news

Friday, March 29, 2013

Summit Hill

History of St. Luke's presentation

The Summit Hill Historical Society will host a presentation on "The History of St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale" on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 West Hazard St.

The presenter is Joseph Tocci of the Radiology Department and will include many photos.

For more information please see www.summithillheritagecenter.com.

Shade Tree Commission

Nearing completion

Friday, March 29, 2013
Nearing completion
Copyright 2013

Contractors are almost done the demolition of the 80-year-old nurses' residence in Coaldale. The decision was made to raze the structure after an intense investigation into options to save the building. Surviving almost 80 years, the large structure stood to the eastern rear of the present hospital building.

Weatherly HS to host Junior Jump Start Night

Friday, March 29, 2013

Weatherly High School will offer a free Junior Jump Start Night on Wednesday April 3 at 6 p.m. in the high school's cafeteria. The workshop provides help for current junior students and their parents/guardians to get a "jump start" on their post-secondary planning, including information on financial aid.

Mischief incident being probed

Friday, March 29, 2013

A criminal mischief incident is being investigated by state police at Frackville occurring in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said unknown criminals threw a rock through the rear window of the 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup truck of Thomas Shawn Schreppel, 26, of Zion Grove, while it was parked at 145 Quality Hill Road, in Gilberton. The incident occurred sometime between 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, and noon on Wednesday.

Schuylkill woman is caught stealing

Friday, March 29, 2013

Jennifer McGovern, 41, of Schuylkill Haven, has been arrested for retail theft by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks after an incident at 11:56 a.m. March 23 at the Curious Cat, a business in Wayne Township, Schuylkill County.

Police said she put on a pair of Converse sneakers that were offered for sale at the business and left her sneakers behind before departing the store without paying for them.