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March 2013

Schuylkill court news

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tamaqua man

William David Lee, 38, also known as Southern Dave, whose last known address was Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to a simple assault charge and was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes to serve six to 12 months in the county prison, pay $50 to Criminal Justence Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, a $50 monthly supervision, make restitution of $812.12 to the Department of Public Welfare, and $50 to the district attorney for a bench warrant issued to bring him to court.

The impact of SHINE

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Jason Stanley, a student at Mahanoy Area Elementary, looks for a part to build his solar car.
Jason Stanley, a student at Mahanoy Area Elementary, looks for a part to build his solar car.

Afterschool program that has helped many youngsters may be in jeopardy

The Lehigh Carbon Community College Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool program has been helping elementary students in their educations for nearly a decade.

Thousands of children across Carbon and Schuylkill counties have excelled in school because of this specialized program, which has provided students with meaningful educational experiences, positive mentoring relationships, summer home visits, meals and the framework for a successful future through hands-on activities that partner with academic skills.

WW II, Korean vets can apply for diplomas

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Panther Valley school board asks that any veterans of World War II and the Korean War who were unable to complete high school apply for a diploma. The diplomas will be presented at Summit Hill's Memorial Day services on May 30.

Family members of deceased veterans may also obtain posthumous diplomas. The school board is considering opening the opportunity to veterans of the Vietnam War.

To apply for a diploma, call the school district office at (570) 645-3176.

Three from Lehighton to be inducted

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Three from Lehighton to be inducted
Copyright 2013

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will inducted it 2013 class on May 26 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

The doors will open at 12:45 with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow.

NEWSMAKER

Saturday, March 30, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brooke Turner
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brooke Turner

Attends HOBY seminar

Brooke Turner, daughter of Herman and Kristie Turner, was selected to represent Panther Valley High School at the annual Hugh O'Brian Leadership Seminar on May 16 at Shippensburg University. HOBY was established by veteran actor Hugh O'Brian to seek out, recognize and develop outstanding leadership potential from our nation's youth. Her future plans are to attend college and pursue a career in anthropology.

Talent show entertains visitors at Tamaqua Community Arts Center

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Skyler Stavin, 10, of Jim Thorpe, plays the piano during the show.
Skyler Stavin, 10, of Jim Thorpe, plays the piano during the show.

49 years of love

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

As I sit here in my favorite chair relaxing before I retire for the evening I sit back and think about a special day 50 years ago, the day that I adopted my daughter. And the happy years that my daughter added to my life. With each recollection the memories implant a warm glow of love and affection that a parent has for their children.

Do the Irish speak Gaelic?

Saturday, March 30, 2013
A Republic of Ireland highway sign gives directions in the country's two languages: English and Irish (Irish Gaelic).
A Republic of Ireland highway sign gives directions in the country's two languages: English and Irish (Irish Gaelic).

In the wake of St. Patrick's Day, a Lehighton woman couldn't keep herself from sharing an old family fable. Connie Cunningham tells the story of her great-grandfather, Joseph Michael Cunningham, and how he taught Gaelic to the Irish.

Joseph Michael Cunningham grew up on a farm west of the midlands of Ireland, just outside the town of County Galway, Ireland. The town's name, Tuaim, is derived from the Latin "tumulus"which means "burial mound".

Hunters take 343,110 deer

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that in the state's 2012-13 seasons, hunters took an estimated 343,110 deer, which is an increase of about two percent from the previous seasons' harvest of 336,200.

Hunters took 133,860 antlered deer in the 2012-13 seasons, an increase of about five percent from the previous license year's 127,540.

Also, hunters took 209,250 antlerless deer in 2012-13, which is a slight increase over the 208,660 antlerless deer taken in 2011-12.

Recipe for wildfires

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring is a time the weather begins to change, the air begins to warm and spring breezes begin to dry the dead vegetation and other debris left from the previous fall and winter. Recent temperatures have been cold and regular precipitation events. However, this wintry weather will succumb to warmer temperatures and lower humidity. These conditions coupled with the breezy afternoons are a recipe for high wildfire potential.

Chimney fire in Franklin

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Chimney fire in Franklin
Copyright 2013

Franklin township fire fighters were called to a dwelling fire Friday afternoon along the 900 block of Hemlock Street. The alarm was sounded at 2:30 p.m. when residents reported a fire in their chimney. A quick response by firemen kept the damage to a minimum and the fire mostly contained to the chimney area. Fire personnel were on the roof using chimney chains to open up the clogged combustible material. Franklin Township fire police maintained traffic control at the scene while Lehighton paramedics stood by at the scene.

Taking cheap shots at the Pope

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

Times news columnist Claire Castagnera, writing in the Times News her column, The Generation Gasp, March 23, 2013, shows her disdain for the Pope and all things Catholic.

Due to the nature of her weekly column, Ms. Castagnera's persona is that of a voice of her generation. I follow her column weekly and mostly enjoy her fresh perspective. But not this week. We get it, Claire. You're not one of the 1.2 billion faithful. You seem to go out of your way to disparage the entire institution.

Can modern people be religious?

Saturday, March 30, 2013
James F. Drane
James F. Drane

The surprise resignation of one Pope, followed by an ancient system for selection of his successor has filled strongly secular news channels with streams of religious images and religious discourse. The resignation and election events in Rome actually provided members of today's society with an opportunity to take a look into history, and to see how people used to dress and how things used to be done. All the religious news coverage however amounted to a missed opportunity unless some background is provided for understanding all the historical buildings and vestments and practices.

Health System receives $20,000 check from Blue Mountain Ski Area

Saturday, March 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Barbara Green, center, owner of Blue Mountain Ski Area, presents a check in the amount of $20,000 to Joe Guardiani, left, Blue Mountain Health System director of Fund Development, and Andrew Harris, Blue Mountain Health System president and CEO. The check was from proceeds from the BMHS Slip, Slide, Sold Auction and Carbon County Ski Night held this past January.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Barbara Green, center, owner of Blue Mountain Ski Area, presents a check in the amount of $20,000 to Joe Guardiani, left, Blue Mountain Health System director of Fund Development, and Andrew Harris, Blue Mountain Health System president and CEO. The check was from proceeds from the BMHS Slip, Slide, Sold Auction and Carbon County Ski Night held this past January.

Slip, slide, sold!

That proved to be quite the recipe for success for Blue Mountain Health System, which received a $20,000 check donation from Blue Mountain Ski Area.

On Wednesday, Barbara Green, owner of the ski area, presented the check to Andrew Harris, BMHS president and CEO, in the third floor conference room of the Palmerton campus.

The check was from proceeds from Blue Mountain Health System's Annual Auction and Carbon County Ski Night, which was held back in January at the ski area.

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.

Cat in the Hat can't attend, but the Sneetch was able to perform

Friday, March 29, 2013
Students from Mahoning Valley Elementary hold up their answers after a student "polled the audience" during the school's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" game show Friday morning.
Students from Mahoning Valley Elementary hold up their answers after a student "polled the audience" during the school's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" game show Friday morning.

Students at Mahoning Elementary School recently proved they were proficient in the books of Dr. Seuss, when the school participated in the eighth annual "Who Wants to be a Millionaire Game," which is modeled after the popular television game show. All of the questions pertained to five Dr. Seuss books. The children played for bookmarks, stuffed animals, books and games.

The books were, "Cat in the Hat," "Horton Hears a Who," "Sneetches," "Horton Hatches the Egg," and "I Wish That I had Duck Feet."

Tree risk management

Friday, March 29, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, an Introduction to Tree Risk Assessment for Communities webinar will be held on April 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Too often, municipal tree commissions and staff are unaware of the risks associated with defective trees, which can cause personal injury and property damage. Interest in tree risk assessment and mitigation has increased in recent years due to safety and liability concerns resulting from preventable accidents.

Eagle Rock resorts list sale of lots

Friday, March 29, 2013

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, recorded in the Schuylkill County courthouse sale of lots in its subdivisions in East Union Township, Schuylkill County, to the following buyers:

Michelina Z. Fink and Michael S. Fink, Allentown, Lot 23, WSS3 Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township, $10 (full consideration $32,900).

Aesha Javines and Richard B. Javines, Barnegat, N.Y., Lot 49, WSS4 Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township, $10 (full consideration $37,900)

CLASS REUNION

Friday, March 29, 2013

LAHS Class of 1993

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1993 is planning for its 20th year class reunion.

Organizers are searching for the following classmates: Bryan Banhart, Courtney Dennis, Keith Erikson, Chris Ferguson, Heather Frey, Sonny Frey, Kevin Graver, Tanya Hannis, Robert Hill, Terry Hoherchak, Daniel Horn, Joy Malaty, Brian Mangold, Grant Mosher, Brian Moyer, Pam Schaeffer, Marcy Schoenberger, Edwin Steigerwalt, Jeremy Steigerwalt and Steve Stine.

Contact LehightonHSClassof1993@aol.com with your current address.

Outrage

Friday, March 29, 2013

Anti-Christian attacks again on the increase

Given the number of attacks on Christianity in just the last week makes one wonder if America is still a Christian nation. Attacks on Christians seem to pick up around the time of the two major holidays - Christmas and Easter - but the intensity seems to be increasing each year.

At Florida Atlantic University, a student was reportedly suspended for refusing to participate in a class assignment from a textbook in his Intercultural Communications class. It called for students to write the name "Jesus" on a piece of paper, put the paper on the ground, and stomp on it.