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March 2013

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.

Obvious bitterness

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor,

I wish to make several comments about Ms. Castagnera's column in the 3/23/13 issue of the TIMES NEWS which she entitled "Pooped out on the Pope."

Clearly she used her column and your newspaper to mount a vicious attack against Pope Francis and the Catholic Church which he now shepherds as its universal Pastor. She is certainly entitled to express her personal opinions and I'm sure many would agree wholeheartedly with her and wish that she had gone even further in criticizing the Church and its leaders.

Read my pin

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I am a big fan of a local artist, Jill Elizabeth in East Stroudsburg and her Liztech pins. My collection is modest with only about 30 in my jewelry drawer. Whenever I wear one, people will comment on it. I usually wear one that speaks to me that day, or matches what I'm wearing. Right now I'm wearing "Rabbit Rabbit" because it's a bunny and speaks "Easter" to me.

A few weeks ago, my friend Stephanie and I went to hear Madeleine Albright speak at Lehigh University.

on this date

Saturday, March 30, 2013

March 30, 1957

John Phillips, Coaldale, is serving as a district supervisor of the Interchange System of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Quakertown to Scranton. Phillips served formerly at the temporary interchange at Emerald, near Slatington, that station having been eliminated. Other personnel stationed at the Pocono Interchange includes James V. Bonner, Lansford, senior officer. Serving as tellers are Peter Steber of Lansford and Joseph Boyle of Tamaqua.

Thoughts

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Today is the oldest you've ever been, yet the youngest you'll ever be. So, enjoy this day while it lasts, and have a Happy Easter.

And, for those of us in the Winter of our lives, here are some thoughts:

~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!

~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... especially golf.

Helping Hurricane Sandy victims

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Trinity Lutheran Church's Youth Group is planning a mission trip to help provide "Hurricane Sandy" relief in New Jersey in July. The group is looking forward to support from the community to help defray costs associated with this project by sponsoring a pasta dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 6 in Luther Hall.

The church is located at 175 S. 3rd St, Lehighton. The church phone number is (610) 377-4303.

The true meaning of the "Supremacy Clause"

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Most attorneys, judges and politicians often say that if the United States Congress passes a "law" or the U.S. Supreme Court makes a "decision", the States and the people must obey it without question because of the "Supremacy Clause". But this statement is simply not true.

The "Supremacy Clause", found in Article VI, Clause 2, of the Constitution for the United States of America, states:

"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United

Keeping it clean

Saturday, March 30, 2013

As I was busy working at my computer the other day, I took a moment to give my eyes a rest from the screen and looked out my office window just in time to watch a kid throw his partially full soda can to the ground.

I thought for sure his mother would make him pick it up (as I am sure most of us would) or at least pick it up herself and place it in the trash receptacle that was about 10 feet away.

Instead, she completely ignored his behavior as well as the litter, walked over to her car and left.

Reader's Turn

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Tracy Minuni, Palmerton - "I'm not very traditional. Me and my two girlfriends are going for Chinese."
Tracy Minuni, Palmerton - "I'm not very traditional. Me and my two girlfriends are going for Chinese."

What, if any, special plans, do you have for Easter weekend?

8-year-old Lehighton girl forfeits toys to help the helpless animals

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Makayla Sabatino shows off the many dog and cat shelter items she received instead of toys and clothing at her 8th birthday party.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Makayla Sabatino shows off the many dog and cat shelter items she received instead of toys and clothing at her 8th birthday party.

Instead of wishing for toys or clothing for herself, an 8-year-old Lehighton girl wished to help the animals.

So at her eighth birthday party on March 24, Makayla Sabatino, received gifts for the dog and cat shelter. Her actual date of her birthday was March 28.

Makayla's party was held at Mountain Karate Academy's studio in Lehighton, which is family-owned, and 41 of her friends brought cat and dog treats and food for the animals instead of choosing a toy or clothing for her.

Let the events in Cypress be a warning to us

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The financial crisis in Cypress is a precursor to what can happen in Europe and even here in America. The confiscation of Cypriot bank deposits is a new tactic to enhance tax revenues. By freezing the bank accounts, citizens cannot access their money, nor can they transfer it out of the country. The financial blitzkrieg worked because it happened without warning. Overnight, Cypriots lost access to all of their bank accounts. The Russian Mafia, which is a large depositor in Cypriot banks, also lost access to their money.

Tamaqua CC, Schuylkill TU join forces for 'opening' day

Saturday, March 30, 2013

With today being the opening of trout season in the 18-county Southeast Region of Pennsylvania, area anglers have an opportunity to recapture the excitement again next Saturday with the opening of this year's extended and expanded Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce Trout Tournament.

Colts' Swankoski will play football at FDU

Friday, March 29, 2013
Colts' Swankoski will play football at FDU
Copyright 2013

Marian senior Eric Swankoski will be continuing his academic and football careers at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Swankoski was a three-year member of the Colt varsity, playing both defensive back and wide receiver during his career

Swankoski had 13 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns this season and was selected as a Schuylkill County Coaches Association second team all-star.

In addition to football, Swankoski also plays basketball and baseball for the Colts.

Tamaqua couple wed 62 years

Friday, March 29, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kester
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kester

Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kester recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. They were married March 24, 1951 at St. John Evangelical & Reformed Church (now U.C.C.), by the Rev. Arthur D. Knoebel.

Mrs. Kester is the former Miriam Weston, daughter of the late William J. and Doris (Brewer) Weston of Tamaqua. Her husband is the son of the late Edward A. and Elva (Lindenmuth) Kester, also of Tamaqua.

Carbon seeks to form council of governments

Friday, March 29, 2013

Carbon County officials want to start a council of governments to help work on big projects.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, announced that the county, in cooperation with state Sen. John Yudichak's office, will host a meeting to form a council of governments for elected officials in the area. The meeting, which is open to elected officials in all municipalities in the county, will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 23, in courtroom 1, located in the Carbon County Courthouse, Jim Thorpe.

Honor Society inducts new CCTI members

Friday, March 29, 2013
NTHS Members attending CCTI's 23rd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society were front, left to right : Lauren Pickrell, Kellyann Higgins, and Danyelle Johannsen; rear, from left : Zachary Carr, Heather Borger, and Cody Fischer.
NTHS Members attending CCTI's 23rd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society were front, left to right : Lauren Pickrell, Kellyann Higgins, and Danyelle Johannsen; rear, from left : Zachary Carr, Heather Borger, and Cody Fischer.

The Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) held its 23rd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at the school in Jim Thorpe on Tuesday evening.

NTHS is an honor society for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational education institutions in the United States.

The NTHS began in 1984 as the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.

In 2003, the Board of Directors unanimously agreed to change the name of the organization to the National Technical Honor Society.

$2.1M Oxycodone rings smashed in Monroe County

Friday, March 29, 2013

HARRISBURG - Two prescription drug rings, allegedly responsible for the distribution of $2.1 million worth of Oxycodone in Northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, have been broken up by agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI), federal officials and local police.

In addition to the two rings operating in Pennsylvania, authorities in New York have dismantled the New York City arm of the operation.