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April 2013

Bears' White reaches quarters

Saturday, April 27, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Stevie Berry returns the ball during his District 11 Class AAA singles match on Friday.
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Stevie Berry returns the ball during his District 11 Class AAA singles match on Friday.

Early on in tournaments, athletes may agree that a "gut check" is a good thing for them when it comes time to perform in tight situations later on in the deeper stages of the event.

Pleasant Valley sophomore Jon White, the No. 2 seed in the District 11 AAA draw, received that type of test of will in the first round, when he was taken to a third-set to decide the match. White responded successfully and went on to defeat Rutvij Dave from Emmaus.

White followed that win up by defeating his second round opponent, Emmaus' Rowan Hobson, as well.

In a blink, life changed

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Help when help is needed. On March 12, 2013, I was involved in an accident at the Five Points intersection in Tamaqua. In the blink of an eye my life would be forever changed, my way of living would be changed.

Driver reports lostregistration plate

Saturday, April 27, 2013

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said an Effort man lost the registration plate from his vehicle while he was driving in Monroe County on April 20.

The victim, Juan Bolivan Gavilanes, told police the plate, bearing the registration No. HoB8312, was mounted on his 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport when it became lost between the Stroud Mall parking lot and his residence.

The incident happened between 2 and 3:30 p.m. on the above date.

Young talent featured during open stage event in Tamaqua

Saturday, April 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Two local girls showed off their talent during a free community open stage event held Thursday at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. In addition, visitors were treated to a free cheese tasting Meet and Greet outside the center. Tori Sallaway, 16, sings "The Dance" during the free community open stage event.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Two local girls showed off their talent during a free community open stage event held Thursday at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. In addition, visitors were treated to a free cheese tasting Meet and Greet outside the center. Tori Sallaway, 16, sings "The Dance" during the free community open stage event.

Rabies clinic a success

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

We wanted to write and thank everyone who came out to our 25th annual Mahoning Lions rabies clinic. This year 400 animals received their shots and treats. Special thank you's to Dr. Mary Lombardo and Staff, Mr. & Mrs. Gene Durigan, Jane Longazel & Concern Home for Boys, Missy Arieta, Shane Nothstein, Lori Nothstein, Betty Frey, Elaine Koons, Marzens Feed Store, Alicia Silliman, Ron Gower, and the TIMES NEWS. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Sincerely,

Tom Zimmerman IV

Mahoning Lions President

tomzim4@yahoo.com

Cited for harassment

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Richard William Hornbeck, 43, of 240 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, was cited by Tamaqua Police following an incident on April 10.

Police were dispatched to the 200 block of East Broad Street at 1:30 p.m. that day and spoke with a woman who reported that Hornbeck had "chest bumped" her, almost knocking her over.

He was cited for harassment.

Gone but never to be forgotten

Saturday, April 27, 2013

As he took his last breath, I think a little part of Harry died with him.

He had been his bosom buddy for the last eight years. They were kindred souls.

Trapper was more than just a beautiful Beagle. He was a great hunter, a comedian, a good friend and had the heart of a champion.

Trapper came into our lives when my dad bought him as a very young dog nine years ago. When Dad died a year later, my mom asked us what should she do with Trapper. He was born and bred to be a hunting dog and she felt he should go to someone who would appreciate him.

Man has a religious duty to defend himself

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence, "the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America", states the following, in part:

"Family Fun Fishing Day" kicks off month-long event

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Both boat and shore anglers will have the opportunity to claim more than $3,000 in prizes when “Family Fun Fishing Day” begins a month-long tournament May 5 at Sweet Arrow Lake in Pine Grove.
Both boat and shore anglers will have the opportunity to claim more than $3,000 in prizes when “Family Fun Fishing Day” begins a month-long tournament May 5 at Sweet Arrow Lake in Pine Grove.

PINE GROVE – What began as a family fishing contest at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park has turned into a month-long tournament with major prizes.

"Family Fun Fishing Day" is still being held as planned, Sunday, May 5, but anglers catching tagged fish have until Saturday, June 1, to turn in tags and redeem the corresponding prize.

Registration for the event can be done by accessing the Sweet Arrow Lake website at http://www.sweetarrowlakepark.com/, and registration includes a food voucher to be redeemed for breakfast, beginning at 6 a.m., or lunch at the clubhouse.

"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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.