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March 2013

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Saturday, March 30, 2013
 Darlene Gildea, Palmerton - "We go up to my in-laws and be with family in Lansford and eat all good stuff."
Darlene Gildea, Palmerton - "We go up to my in-laws and be with family in Lansford and eat all good stuff."

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.

Carbon County property transfers

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

The Most Rev. John O. Barres, STD, JCL, DD, to The Most Rev. John O. Barres, McAdoo, two transactions, parcels No. 130A-4-A36.01 and 130A-4-A37, $1 each.

The Most Rev. John O. Barres, STD, JCL, DD, to Gerard Edward Grega Jr., 2432 Wetzel Run Drive, Weatherly, property at 14 S. Chestnut St., $65,000.

Bowmanstown

Francine M. Solt to Bradon Solt, 633 E. White St., Bowmanstown, property at 633 E. White St., $1.

Franklin Township

Rick Springfield, Josh Turner are coming to Penn's Peak

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for three concert events coming to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Rick Springfield will be making a return appearance to the venue on Sunday, April 28. Tickets are $45 and $35.

The Summerland Tour 2013 starring Everclear, Live, Filter, and Sponge is set for Sunday, June 16. Tickets are $40 in advance and $40 on the day of the show.

Country sensation Josh Turner will be performing on Thursday, Sept. 26. Tickets are $42 and $37.

Ten enter guilty pleas; sentenced

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Kutztown man pleaded guilty to criminal mischief to a New Ringgold property and a Freeland man to theft of a gun from a home in Walker Township. They were among 10 who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.

33 A.D.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dear Editor:

It began on Monday when a man rode into town.

The man was a prophet, so some said, bound

To save mankind from the rampart of eternal Hell.

But as I, a stranger from lands afar, "What of this?" pray tell.

"Look upon his face," said this man named Saul.

"Look and see the beauty of salvation for us all."

"What?" said I, "The priests forbade Him to come,

And yet He violates the voice of Ceaser's kingdom!"

"His kingdom, is not of this vile place,"

Said Saul, "To enter His land you must live in grace.

Computer games

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I bought my first computer in 1986 when I was studying computer science at Bloomsburg University. It was an Epson Equity II and at the time it was a mid-range desktop meaning its processor was not the worst but not the best either. It's hard to believe that was 27 years ago and that the desktop revolution is almost as old as my adulthood which is a thought for another column. Suffice it to say, I along with my peers learned a great deal in those early days.

Invasive plants webinar scheduled

Saturday, March 30, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, a Mistaken Identity: Invasive Plants and Their Native Look-Alikes webinar will be held on April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. and repeated from 7 to 8 p.m.

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
Dylan Richards, left, and Sam Evans, students at Mahanoy Area Elementary, work on building a circuit during a recent SHINE class.
Dylan Richards, left, and Sam Evans, students at Mahanoy Area Elementary, work on building a circuit during a recent SHINE class.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Various entertainers, ranging from children to adults and singers to musicians, showed up Thursday evening to entertain visitors during the center's free open stage event. For more information about the center, visit them online at www.tamaquaarts.org Katy Sprenkle, 12, of Tamaqua, sings in front of a lively crowd during her performance. Sprenkle also played the piano.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Various entertainers, ranging from children to adults and singers to musicians, showed up Thursday evening to entertain visitors during the center's free open stage event. For more information about the center, visit them online at www.tamaquaarts.org Katy Sprenkle, 12, of Tamaqua, sings in front of a lively crowd during her performance. Sprenkle also played the piano.

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
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.