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April 2013

"In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, will you be a little more tentative when it comes to attending major sporting events in the future?"

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Andrew VonFrisch, Weatherly - "No. This won't change me a bit. I just attended a Penn State game. We can't live in fear."
Andrew VonFrisch, Weatherly - "No. This won't change me a bit. I just attended a Penn State game. We can't live in fear."

Lehighton borough police remind residents of yard sale sign rules

Saturday, April 27, 2013

As yard sale season approaches, the Lehighton Borough Police Department would like to remind residents and neighbors of a recently enacted borough ordinance regarding the placement of signs on utility poles, light posts or sign posts in the borough.

It is unlawful for any person to post or hang upon any utility pole, light post, sign or sign post owned by the Borough or any other public utility or entity, any sign, banner, poster, etc. regardless of the method of attachment.

Dumbest ruling ever

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

The recent ruling by a federal judge declaring the town of Jim Thorpe a museum is the dumbest thing that I have heard.

I suppose that many towns then must be museums too, like Lansford, with their No. 9 coal mine and museum they are similar to what the town of Jim Thorpe is being called by the Judge.

All these towns have received Federal monies like Jim Thorpe for one thing or the other.

If this court ruling is held, then I guess that sets a precedent. We suddenly will have many more museums in America.

5 days, 999 miles

Saturday, April 27, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua's oldest existing motorized fire apparatus, a 1922 Seagraves firetruck, arrived from Florida early Friday and was transfered onto a Hope's Collision & Towing flatbed at Walmart, Hometown, for a three-mile trip into town. From left; Matt Hope, Tom Martonick, Dale Freudenberger, Vern Balliet, Erik Krause, Justin McCarroll, Tom Hope and Ray Baker.

A procedure worth taking

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I am extremely grateful as I write this column for several reasons. First I listened to my father's doctor who requested that my brother and I have our colons checked due to our family's history with colon cancer. Typically doctors recommend that such a test is not necessary until one reaches 50, but in cases where family history indicates a higher risk doctors recommend beginning at 40. In my case, my great grandmother died from colon cancer and my grandmother died of pancreatic cancer. While both were well over 70 when they got sick, the danger was there.

Numerous charges against Hometown man

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Hometown man was arrested by Tamaqua Police on April 9 following an incident at 635 Arlington St.

Police were dispatched to the home at 10:48 p.m. for a reported fight in progress, involving two females and one male.

A throw away society

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Return to Mauch Chunk

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Perhaps this would be an opportune time to consider returning the name of Jim Thorpe to its original name: Mauch Chunk. The Thorpe children are attempting to have his remains returned to Oaklahoma for a burial consistent with Indian custom.

Although a great athlete, as locals know, Jim Thorpe had absolutely no ties to the area nor did he make any contributions. Return his remains! Do not dispute the court ruling.

Minersville man facing DUI charges

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Michael Grustas, 34, of Minersville, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of a one-vehicle crash at 11 p.m. April 24 on Route 209 in Brancgh Township.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said he escaped injuries in the incident.

Police said he was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger southbound on Rt. 209 when he lost control of it, causing it to travel onto the west berm and strike a pile of landscape rocks and a stone wall. The truck continued several feet south before coming to rest in the south lane facing southwest.

Herren brings message back to the area

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Chris Herren speaks to the audience during his visit to Marian High School earlier this week.
Chris Herren speaks to the audience during his visit to Marian High School earlier this week.

Most sports enthusiasts have heard the inspirational story of former college and professional basketball player Chris Herren thanks to ESPN's highly acclaimed film Unguarded.

Unguarded captured Herren's story of his drug addiction through his playing career at Boston College, Fresno State, and the Boston Celtics, and documented his resurgence to sobriety.

Herren was back in the TIMES NEWS area for the third time in the last two years, this time talking to people at Marian High School. The event was sponsored by the Mauch Chunk Pharmacy and was free to the general public.

Preying on the elderly

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

The following information should be read by all and passed on to you aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, grandparents or any one else who falls into the over 65 age bracket. I know that there have been numerous letters and articles written on this topic, but I feel it is time again for yet another advisory be issued. During the course of our work day we receive calls from people who have been scammed out of their savings by the scum of the earth.

Thoughts

Saturday, April 27, 2013

According to an Associated Press story, 16 percent of illegals who crossed the border from Mexico into California in the last year escaped capture.

You're probably thinking, well, that's not too bad. That means 84 percent were caught and sent back home.

That 126 percent figure, however, equates into 85,467 people, and that's a lot.

Thanks to the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent capture of the second suspect, the fertilizer plant story in Taxas, which killed 14 and injured 200 more, didn't get the media attention it deserved.

Researchers studying results of LGNC prescribed burn

Saturday, April 27, 2013
An EPA representative observes smoke from an experimental proscribed burn at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. The smoke will be tested for metals and will provide guidance for whether there is a hazard due to the zinc, cadmium and lead in the soil.
An EPA representative observes smoke from an experimental proscribed burn at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. The smoke will be tested for metals and will provide guidance for whether there is a hazard due to the zinc, cadmium and lead in the soil.

If, while driving along Route 248 near Palmerton on the afternoon of Sunday, April 14, you may have seen fire and smoke emanating from the west side of the Lehigh River, perhaps you thought that might be signs of a forest fire.

It was a forest fire - but a special type of controlled forest fire called a prescribed fire.

Coaldale inducting four members

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Coaldale inducting four members
Copyright 2013

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2013 class on Sunday, 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.

Grateful for those who helped

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

I wanted to thank everyone that helped me out Friday around 6 p.m. when my car got stuck right in the middle of route 329 and Main Street. People were so nice and tried everything to get my car off to the side but it was impossible to move.

The police officer that came to the call was very professional as well as kind and nice. A lot of people think no one helps each other or the cops are jerks. Yesterday that proved it wrong.

Trash to treasure

Saturday, April 27, 2013

By show of hands, how many of you have ever driven around on garbage day (either coincidentally or purposefully) and plucked something off the curb that you thought was "awesome" and gave it new life back at your own homestead?

The term for this practice is "garbage picking" and despite the embarrassment I have caused my children over the years, I can say quite proudly that sometimes, one man's trash truly is another's treasure.

Beltzville Lions Club members organize Lehigh Canal clean-up

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Bob Zellner, a volunteer, cuts brush with brush clippers to assist members of the Beltzville Lions Club.
Bob Zellner, a volunteer, cuts brush with brush clippers to assist members of the Beltzville Lions Club.

Trail Tenders, volunteers, members of the Beltzville Lions Club and Concern Treatment for Boys, Mahoning Township, took on the challenge to clean up the Lehigh Canal at Lock 13 at Parryville and made a mark on the site.

Much of the work that needed to be done at the site was the result of storm damage from Hurricane Sandy, along with some much regular needed attendance to overgrown brush.

Northwestern clinches D-11 berth

Saturday, April 27, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua base runner Angelica Heisler tries to beat the ball headed toward Jim Thorpe third baseman Anna Fiducia. Heisler was tagged out on the play.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua base runner Angelica Heisler tries to beat the ball headed toward Jim Thorpe third baseman Anna Fiducia. Heisler was tagged out on the play.

The Tigers' baseball team picked up a win over Pen Argyl on Friday to secure a District 11 playoff berth.

In other action, Tamaqua beat Jim Thorpe in baseball and softball action The Olympians' earned a victory in their final tennis match of the season to finish with a .500 record.

BASEBALL

Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

Tamaqua used a strong pitching performance en route to a convincing 9-0 Schuylkill League win over Jim Thorpe.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27, 1957 Nesquehoning captures the final event, the mile relay, to win the annual Carbon County track meet. Bill Sotak sprints to victory in the 220 while Tony Malaska claims the top spot in the broad jump. The two also combine with Joe Vignone and Bob Macenka for the win in the mile relay. The Warriors, coached by Bob Steventon, also receive a first from John Ferko in the shot put. Sotak's 220 time of 24.0 sets a new field record at Lehighton, which hosts the meet, while Malaska's leap of 20-7 1/2 ties a field mark.

Why is cat allowed to roam?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to the article in the Thursday April 18 edition of your paper about the pet owner Geralyn Lyons whose cat someone shot with an arrow. I am sorry for the loss of your pet Pepe.

I understand her love for her pet, but the way I look at it, if she loved her cat as much as she says she does, whey does she let it roam the streets of Weissport without being on a leash or supervised. Also why would she let Pepe or any other pet out on their own, with the possibility of this happening again or being hit by a car.

Background checks are common sense

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Senators Casey and Toomey acted with common sense by joining the majority in support of gun reform. It's shameful that a small bloc of senators were able to block life-saving legislation.

Background checks are common sense. And they work. In states where background checks are required for handguns, far fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners. The people most excited by the U.S. Senate's failure are criminals because they'll continue to have access to no background check gun sales.

Scouts visit water treatment system in Rush Township

Saturday, April 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Post shows the scouts the inner workings of the filtration system.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Post shows the scouts the inner workings of the filtration system.

Tamaqua and West Penn Boy and Cub Scouts were treated to a tour of the Still Creek Water Filtration Plant along SR309 in Rush Township Thursday evening.

Jeff Post, plant superintendent, served as tour guide during their visit. The $7.6 million plant, in operation since 1995, serves over 6,000 customers.

In addition to the filtration plant, the authority built three storage tanks, strengthened the dam at the reservoir, installed water meters and improved the distribution system.

Someone should pay

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Since the people that want the body of Jim Thorpe are all about money then I feel the town should turn it around since the agreement was that they would change the name of the town to Jim Thorpe for the body and providing a proper burial site and maintenance.

ince they want to change that they should have to pay for the change of the name and all cost connected, the burial site and maintenance, all other related costs plus interest and possibly the cost to change it all back to Mauch Chunk.

'The Deep Miners'

Saturday, April 27, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The walls of the Schuylkill County Historica Society are filled with anthracite coal images by Tamaqua native Scott Herring.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The walls of the Schuylkill County Historica Society are filled with anthracite coal images by Tamaqua native Scott Herring.

County historical society features Tamaqua native's collection

Close to 300 images of the anthracite coal fields filled the walls inside the Schuylkill County Historical Society and the exhibition had 700 visitors raving.

'The Deep Miners,' the second of seven primary shows honoring the anthracite coal industry and its people, opened Saturday, drawing hundreds to the 1863 Female Grammar School, 305 North Centre Street, Pottsville, society headquarters.

Many of the attendees were current and former miners and their families.

We must defend America against all threats

Saturday, April 27, 2013

America is the last refuge in the world for those who seek freedom. Each year a million new immigrants come to this country legally to build a new life for themselves and their families. Immigrants like myself hear the words of freedom that offers us a new life:

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Catasauqua roughs up Bombers

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Catasauqua roughs up Bombers
Copyright 2013

The last time Palmerton and Catasaqua faced off earlier in the season, the Bombers held the Rough Riders to just two runs.

The Bombers scored three runs themselves in that match-up defeating Catty in nine innings.

This time around they saw a different Roughies ball club as Catty came out swinging for the fences, scoring 10 runs in the first inning en-route to a 12-0 Colonial League victory.

Anybody can tell you that spotting a team 10 runs is not a good recipe for winning baseball.

Expunged

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Good ideas were not recorded from a public meeting. On February 19th seven concerned citizens went to a public meeting at the Communications Center in Nesquehoning before the Planning Commission. The county funded corporation known as the office of Planninng and Developement was expected to represent itself there. Two of us spoke to the issues. The controlling provisions of the federal and state constitutions were streseed.. Only one of us was put on record. There was no mention of my warning for the Planning Commission not to partisipate in wrong doing.

Pop singer Rick Springfield will be at Penn's Peak, Sunday

Saturday, April 27, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Rick Springfield entertains at a previous Penn's Peak concert. The energetic performer will be at the Jim Thorpe venue at 8 p.m. Sunday.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Rick Springfield entertains at a previous Penn's Peak concert. The energetic performer will be at the Jim Thorpe venue at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Starred in TV series 'General Hospital,' hit movie 'Hard to Hold'

Tomorrow night at Penn's Peak, Rick Springfield makes his return.

It's been over three years since he performed at the venue, but for those who attended his last concert, the memories are likely as vivid as if the concert occurred yesterday.

He was full of energy. The stage couldn't contain him. He walked along the rail of the Jim Thorpe venue and into the throng of the frenzied ladies who came to see him.

Will the same thing happen tomorrow night?

on this date

Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27, 1922

A fire which originated in the Fabric Cigar Store, Broadway, Mauch Chunk, at 9:15 this morning, destroyed four stores entailing a loss approximated at $100,000. It was the most disastrous fire in the history of the town and took five hours to contain. Besides the three Mauch Chunk companies, the firefighting equipment of Lansford, Summit Hill, Nesquehoning, and Lehighton was on hand. Other stores damaged were the Paradise Confectionery, the Charles Dolan Post American Legion, and the Mauch Chunk Art Company.

Interdependence is important to health

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I don't perform scientific research. I only comment upon the results in this column.

But I am pleased to announce a positive trend in the type of research I've been reading about recently. So many of the studies now consider a concept crucial in philosophy.

Interdependence.

Unlike independence, interdependence acknowledges that acts do not occur in a vacuum. That all acts in some way affect other things even some previously seen as opposite or unrelated.

Logic is flawed

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

We would like to respond to Bill Boyer's letter "setting record straight". The logic Bill Boyer uses is flawed. It does not matter by what name a municipal road is called, if a road is opened by ordinance or resolution as a street or alley it is a thoroughfare for the public.

The alley Bill Boyer is reffering to was barricaded with pipe and shrubs he placed preventing public access.