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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.

Heritage Hill woman celebrates 96 years

Friday, April 26, 2013
Nellie Johnson
Nellie Johnson

Nellie (Greenwood) Johnson, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, celebrated her 96th birthday on April 24.

Born in Halifax, Yorkshire County, England in 1917, Nellie has also resided in Cregah, Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Union, Newark, Irvington and Branchville, New Jersey.

Nellie was married to her loving husband, Horace, on April 27, 1946 and they both came to America on the Queen Mary in 1955, searching for those streets of gold. They were married for 49 years until his death in 1995.

Lansford meth home raided

Friday, April 26, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Mobile meth lab equipment removed from a house at 346 W. Patterson St., Lansford, during a raid Thursday night.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Mobile meth lab equipment removed from a house at 346 W. Patterson St., Lansford, during a raid Thursday night.

Drug agents from the Pennsylvania office of the Attorney General, assisted by local police and the Carbon County Emergency Management coordinator, on Thursday night raided a home at 346 W. Patterson St., Lansford, where a person was allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.

Firefighters from American Fire Co. No. 1, Lansford, stood by, several in full turnout gear and air packs. Two trucks were ready, engines running and hoses unfurled, in the event of an explosion or other reaction from the volatile chemicals used to make the drug.

'Everyday heroes'

Friday, April 26, 2013
Auxiliary members at the Lehighton campus of Blue Mountain Health System with 10 or more years of service during the 2012-2013 fiscal year were honored on Thursday during National Volunteer Week. Their names were added to the Carl S. Merluzzi volunteer Recognition Board, which was created this year in honor of Merluzzi's retirement after 60 years of service. Back row, from left: Charlotte Knappenberger, Joan Mertz, Art Mertz, Joyce Ricciardi, Nancy Dacosta, Teresa Hunsicker, Alfred Feuerstein, and Bill Reed. Front row: Mary Ellen Poe, Shirley Stamm, Pauline Lorchak, Dolores Hontz, Vicki Kromer, and Doreen Kromer.
Auxiliary members at the Lehighton campus of Blue Mountain Health System with 10 or more years of service during the 2012-2013 fiscal year were honored on Thursday during National Volunteer Week. Their names were added to the Carl S. Merluzzi volunteer Recognition Board, which was created this year in honor of Merluzzi's retirement after 60 years of service. Back row, from left: Charlotte Knappenberger, Joan Mertz, Art Mertz, Joyce Ricciardi, Nancy Dacosta, Teresa Hunsicker, Alfred Feuerstein, and Bill Reed. Front row: Mary Ellen Poe, Shirley Stamm, Pauline Lorchak, Dolores Hontz, Vicki Kromer, and Doreen Kromer.

Lehighton hospital honors volunteers

The Lehighton campus of Blue Mountain Health System celebrated National Volunteer Week by honoring its volunteers and Auxiliary members on Thursday.

Auxiliary president Henry Bisbing welcomed the group, thanking the men and women for their time as volunteers during the past year.

"To be a volunteer takes generosity, a willingness to give to others, and the ability to put yourselves into other peoples' shoes," he said. Bisbing noted that volunteers also need patience and dedication, among other virtues.

Dorsey Brothers mural to be unveiled at PV

Friday, April 26, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School will conclude its Artist in Residency program, led by Tamaqua artist Stephen Bennett, by portraying cultures both near and far on May 7 during the district's spring band concert. In addition to unveiling a portrait of the native Dorsey brothers, members of Kim Burkett's art class at the high school will demonstrate their mud men masks and dances, inspired by the tribes of Papua New Guinea. From left: Joselyn Zedalis, 12th grade; Troy Margerum, 11th grade; Devin Hoffman; 10th grade; Mark Christ, high school music teacher; Shy Ortiz, 12th grade; Kim Burkett, high school art teacher; Brendan Beshock, 10th grade; and Stephen Bennett, artist in residency.
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School will conclude its Artist in Residency program, led by Tamaqua artist Stephen Bennett, by portraying cultures both near and far on May 7 during the district's spring band concert. In addition to unveiling a portrait of the native Dorsey brothers, members of Kim Burkett's art class at the high school will demonstrate their mud men masks and dances, inspired by the tribes of Papua New Guinea. From left: Joselyn Zedalis, 12th grade; Troy Margerum, 11th grade; Devin Hoffman; 10th grade; Mark Christ, high school music teacher; Shy Ortiz, 12th grade; Kim Burkett, high school art teacher; Brendan Beshock, 10th grade; and Stephen Bennett, artist in residency.

Students create artwork during Artist in Residency program

Panther Valley students have combined art, music, and history through this year's Artist in Residency program at the school, taking place in April and May.

The most vivid example of this academic collaboration will be unveiled on May 7 during the school's spring band concert and art show. During the concert, students will unveil a mural of local musical legends Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, American jazz musicians who were born in Schuylkill County. Students will also perform dances and display masks inspired by the tribes of Papua New Guinea.

Woman facing charges

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Monroe County woman is facing a charge of scattering of rubbish following an incident that occurred about 8:20 p.m. on April 18.

State police at Lehighton said Robert Beers was cleaning up the roadside along Windy Hill Road, in Kunkletown, Polk Township, when he came across some trash and found numerous letters addressed to Kayla Lynn Johnson, 21, of Kunkletown.

Troopers responded to the scene and confirmed that Johnson was the person responsible for depositing the rubbish.

Lansford man cited in Tamaqua

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Lansford man, wanted by Carbon County authorities, was picked up by Tamaqua police on April 6 in the course of an investigation into the theft of cigarettes from the Turkey Hill Minute Mart, 330 E. Broad St.

Local men walk a mile in her shoes against sexual violence

Friday, April 26, 2013
All wearing high heels, walkers pause for a quick photo. From left are Brandon Poole of Lansford, John Peters of Mahanoy City, Ann Marie Calabrese of Hometown, Matt Digilio of Lansford, Conrad Flynn of Nesquehoning and Gabriel Av Buschon of Jim Thorpe.
All wearing high heels, walkers pause for a quick photo. From left are Brandon Poole of Lansford, John Peters of Mahanoy City, Ann Marie Calabrese of Hometown, Matt Digilio of Lansford, Conrad Flynn of Nesquehoning and Gabriel Av Buschon of Jim Thorpe.

Eighty six men, all wearing an assortment of women's shoes, walked a mile through Pottsville as part of the 3rd annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes benefit for the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Schuylkill County (SARCC).

"In addition to raising needed funds, the walk was also held to raise awareness about the serious effects of sexual violence," said volunteer Conrad Flynn, Nesquehoning, of Concur New Media.

The annual event kicked off at the Humane Fire Company and continued to Centre Street, then Market Street and eventually back to the fire company.

Tea party has patriotic theme

Friday, April 26, 2013
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Soloist Jake Tokosh of Peaceful Harmony accompanied by director Jonathan Rodgers on piano performs the patriotic Lee Greenwood standard "God Bless the USA" as part of the musical entertainment during the Americana Tea at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Soloist Jake Tokosh of Peaceful Harmony accompanied by director Jonathan Rodgers on piano performs the patriotic Lee Greenwood standard "God Bless the USA" as part of the musical entertainment during the Americana Tea at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

It may be early spring outside but in the Summit Hill Heritage Center the annual benefit tea party was more like the fourth of July as patrons enjoyed tea, sandwiches and a program of patriotic music performed by Peaceful Harmony on Sunday afternoon.

"We were pleased with the turnout and I think everyone had fun," said Center Secretary Andrea Mantz who organized the annual event this year. "The entertainment was wonderful and those who were not able to make it this year missed a great time."

Yaroszeufski birth

Friday, April 26, 2013
Paige Victoria Yaroszeufski
Paige Victoria Yaroszeufski

YAROSZEUFSKI A daughter, Paige Victoria Yaroszeufski, was born at 2:28 a.m., Feb. 8, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, to Stacey and Francis Yaroszeufski Jr. of Lehighton.

She weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces; and measured 18.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Edward and Vercilla Solt of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Beth and Francis Yaroszeufski Sr. of Lehighton.

Computer incident is investigated

Friday, April 26, 2013

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a case of unlawful use of a computer in Weisenberg Township.

The victim is a 51-year-old female from Fogelsville.

She told police someone tampered and deleted parts of her business webpage between 12:01 a.m. and midnight April 13.

Pollice said it took the victim two days to fix the webpage and get it back to its normal state.

Spring in bloom

Friday, April 26, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

These flowering Dogwood trees lining North Street in Jim Thorpe are just one more sign that Spring is here, and Summer is just around the corner.

Author Denise Smale reads to children at WPCL

Friday, April 26, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Denise Smale of Kresgeville read both of the books she authored and illustrated to children at Western Pocono Community Library's Children's Story Hour.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Denise Smale of Kresgeville read both of the books she authored and illustrated to children at Western Pocono Community Library's Children's Story Hour.

What if your family moved since last Christmas. Would Santa Claus be able to find you in your new house?

Denise Smale of Kresgeville tries to answer that question in her newest children's book, "Santa I Moved!"

Smale wrote and illustrated "Santa I Moved!" and is now promoting it locally. She recently visited the Western Pocono Community Library where she read both her books during the Children's Story Hour and was the guest at a Lunch with the Author. She thanks Carol Kern, the library's director, for her support over the last few years in her endeavors.

Lakewood Park presentation given to Older & Bolder group

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Peg Grigalonis spent time talking to Tamaqua Salvation Army Older and Bolder members recently about the radiant history of the Lakewood Park, once a popular attraction in Barnesville. Her parents owned and operated the 88-acre amusement park. Grigalonis added that DVDs and books about the park are available at the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Mahanoy City Public Library. She added that all proceeds benefit the non-profit venue they are sold at. For more information, call her at (570) 467-2780. The park opened around 1916 and closed in 1986.

County opens bids for Mahoning street paving

Friday, April 26, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday opened bids for street paving in Mahoning Township and water tower improvements in Weatherly.

However, the board will wait for the bids to be reviewed by Jim Martino of the Office of Planning and Development before awarding the contracts. Commissioners expect to award the jobs on May 2 for the Weatherly work, and on May 9 for the Mahoning Township work.

Cited for retaill theft

Friday, April 26, 2013

A 36-year-old Tamaqua man was cited following an incident at the Family Dollar Store, 137 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Police were dispatched to the retail store at 4:12 p.m. on April 21 after a male allegedly stole a pack of batteries from the store. Officers were given a description of the male, the dog he was walking and his direction of travel.

Within minutes, Patrolman Matthew Houser found a man fitting the description and identified him as Torrey Starling Mueller of 22 Green St., Tamaqua.

A witness confirmed he was the person who took the batteries.

Driver facing DUI after crash

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 11 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, along SR209, just north of Dowdentown Road, in Branch Township.

0n this date

Friday, April 26, 2013

April 26, 1954

Throngs of people were present at Bright's stores in Lansford and Lehighton to hear announcement of the winners of the two automobiles awarded by the firm. Miss Isabel Jones of Lansford won the auto in Lansford. Dick Edwards, president of the store, presided at the award ceremonies. Raymond "Dick" Haines of Slatington was the winner in Lehighton, the award being announced by George Bright, vice president, assisted by Joseph Mantz, store manager. Four automobiles will be awarded on July 31, the firm's executives announced.

Roger Latzgo brings 'Music from His Garden' to Palmerton Library

Friday, April 26, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A Greek instrument, the bouzouki, was introduced to the people who had not seen it at a previous Roger Latzgo concert.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A Greek instrument, the bouzouki, was introduced to the people who had not seen it at a previous Roger Latzgo concert.

Roger Latzgo's appearance in the Knight's Gallery of the Palmerton Area Library was part of the Library Concert Series. He said it was also Earth Day weekend, which is a recent development.

"Everyday should be Earth Day for nature," said Latzgo.

His first song was a poem by Emily Dickinson set to music. It is about bees and is titled "I take the liquor never brewed." He accompanied himself on the piano.

Marriage licenses

Friday, April 26, 2013

Schuylkill County

Jalyssa A. Osche and Philip J. Delazio Jr., 3 Third St., Kelayres.

Denise A. Seroka and Paul D. Hillibush Jr., 1306 E. Centre St., Mahanoy City.

Jolleen E. Edwards and Richard R. Steinmetz Jr., 103A Rowe St., Tamaqua.

Chelsea M. O'Brien and Colby R. McHugh, 439 E. Elm St., Tamaqua.

Tanya L. Terry and Kyle F. Fredericks, 537 Arlington St., Tamaqua.

Take yourself out to see '42'

Friday, April 26, 2013

The number "42" will be known even farther and wider because of the biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player to play Major League Baseball.

Guest speaker at Rotary

Friday, April 26, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon County Treasurer Ron Sheehan was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. He discussed Pennsylvania's Local Option Small Games of Chance Act and how it affects non-profit organizations in the Commonwealth. Pictured, left to right, are Lehighton Area Pool Pals President Mark Hoffman, Sheehan, and Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President John Hanosek. As two non-profit organizations, Lehighton Area Pool Pals and Lehighton Rotary Club recently teamed up to host the annual Community Indoor Yard Sale and Chinese Auction.

New Philadelphia man hurt in crash

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A truck owned by Guers Topsoil and Mulch Products sits atop a slight embankment on Valley Road in Blythe Township Thursday after crashing into a shed and then snapping two power line poles.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A truck owned by Guers Topsoil and Mulch Products sits atop a slight embankment on Valley Road in Blythe Township Thursday after crashing into a shed and then snapping two power line poles.

Leon B. Koshnick Jr., 60, of New Philadelphia, was injured in a one-vehicle crash at 11:27 a.m. April 25 at the intersection of Mountain and Valley roads in Blythe Township. State police at the Frackville barracks, who investigated, said he sustained minor injuries and was transported by the Pottsville ALS to the Schuylkill Medical Center east, Pottsville, for evaluation.

Hawk presentation held for Tamaqua's M.A.G.I.C. students

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rachel Taras of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary spent time talking to students with Tamaqua's M.A.G.I.C. after-school program about hawks and other related topics. M.A.G.I.C. co-coordinators Romayne Joseph and Amanda Woodring stated their appreciation to Taras and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for donating their time. Michael Murphy, M.A.G.I.C. teacher, said the after-school program, funded by the state Department of Education, is designed to improve grades and conduct, increase parental involvement, reduce negative behaviors, and provide a safe haven for students after school with tutoring, homework help and a variety of educational and fun activities. Taras shows M.A.G.I.C. the wingspan of a red-tailed hawk.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rachel Taras of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary spent time talking to students with Tamaqua's M.A.G.I.C. after-school program about hawks and other related topics. M.A.G.I.C. co-coordinators Romayne Joseph and Amanda Woodring stated their appreciation to Taras and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for donating their time. Michael Murphy, M.A.G.I.C. teacher, said the after-school program, funded by the state Department of Education, is designed to improve grades and conduct, increase parental involvement, reduce negative behaviors, and provide a safe haven for students after school with tutoring, homework help and a variety of educational and fun activities. Taras shows M.A.G.I.C. the wingspan of a red-tailed hawk.

Rachel Taras of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary spent time talking to students with Tamaqua's M.A.G.I.C. after-school program about hawks and other related topics. M.A.G.I.C. co-coordinators Romayne Joseph and Amanda Woodring stated their appreciation to Taras and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for donating their time. Michael Murphy, M.A.G.I.C.