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April 2013

Conspiracy theories

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Jim:

An outfit called "Public Policy Polling" took a poll earlier this month regarding 20 widespread and infamous conspiracy theories. Here's some of what they came up with:

1 37 percent of voters believe that global warming is a hoax. Fifty eight percent of Republicans believe this.

2. 21 percent believe a UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 and Uncle Sam covered it up.

Tiny bundles of faith

Saturday, April 27, 2013

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com

It's a chilly, overcast Monday afternoon, and I've watered the tomato, pepper, impatiens, and pansey seedlings that are springing up in their paper cups on a folding table next to a south-facing window in the guest room of our old farmhouse.

Small children at drug raid site

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Youngsters were inside Lansford home

When drug agents from the Office of the Attorney General raided a Lansford home Thursday night, they found not only equipment for manufacturing methamphetamine, but two small, diaper-clad children.

The children were decontaminated, clothed and fed by Lansford emergency responders, then placed with Carbon County Children and Youth Services.

Working on a prisoner's heart

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

The media, politicians, courts, and public opinion all promote more restrictive laws, trying to set up released prisoners for failure and re-entry into the prison system. What are they trying to prove by that? What are they afraid of? What are they trying to hide? "Public Safety," they say, mistakenly believing that people cannot change.

Mother's Day coming early at Lans. church

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Feed the People will serve an early Mother's Day community dinner from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford.

The group invites sons and daughters to bring their mothers for a turkey meal with all the trimmings: stuffing, candied yams and a tossed salad.

The first 10 mothers will receive a live plant. All are welcome. For more information, call (570) 657-1480.

One subject we won't think about

Saturday, April 27, 2013

My friend and newspaper columnist Linda Koehler wrote a column months ago where she mentioned a book called: "Estate Planning for People Who Aren't Going to Die."

To my way of thinking, that must mean just about everybody. Planning for our own death is something we avoid. Some act as if making estate plans means hastening death.

Too many of us avoid anything that smacks of our own demise. A favorite couple of mine had a running battle for years where he kept trying to get her to at least select cemetery lots and make burial plans.

PFBC, Cabela's team up for PA fishing contest

Saturday, April 27, 2013

For a third year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is partnering with Cabela's to promote family fishing with the "Fish for a Millions" contest, beginning Saturday, May 4. Pennsylvania is one of 22 states that is part of the national contest.

Despite bombing, runner vows to be back in Boston

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Regine Sediva at the Boston Marathon.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Regine Sediva at the Boston Marathon.

Regine Sediva won't let violence at this year's Boston Marathon race stop her from running there again next year.

"I want to go back so I can cross that finish line," she said, adding that the incident hasn't caused her any fear.

Sediva, 46, of Chino, Calif., is the daughter of Lansford native Tom Sediva. Her uncles are Joe Sediva of Lansford and John Sediva of Summit Hill. She has visited the Panther Valley area over the years.

Having it all - now

Saturday, April 27, 2013

We don't watch "The Jerry Springer Show" in our house. Too much drama and yelling and stupidity. But, once in a while, the Dr. Phil show will appear on our TV screen. Dr. Phil seems more normal and intelligent. Actually, a Dr. Phil show formed the basis for this column.

A young, newlywed couple appeared to be headed for divorce before their first anniversary. Dr. Phil tried to get to the root of the problem and help them.

The wife "needed" expensive clothes, a stylish car, a spacious, well-decorated home, and a big diamond ring.

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.

Small children at drug raid site

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Youngsters were inside Lansford home

When drug agents from the Office of the Attorney General raided a Lansford home Thursday night, they found not only equipment for manufacturing methamphetamine, but two small, diaper-clad children.

The children were decontaminated, clothed and fed by Lansford emergency responders, then placed with Carbon County Children and Youth Services.

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.

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.