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June 2013

A look at disappearing bees

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Colony collapse disorder continues to plague the bee population.

It means honey bees are disappearing in alarming numbers.

This is a big deal because, for one, bees play an important role in our food supply.

Some alarmists quote Albert Einstein: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live."

This probably isn't true and Einstein never actually said it. But bees are very important.

Close the Loop will host grand opening in Gilbert

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Close the Loop offers Pa. blue glass mulch and many other vibrant colors of tumbled landscaping glass, along with recycled rubber pavers, rubber mulch and landscape timbers and curbs made from waste tires.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Close the Loop offers Pa. blue glass mulch and many other vibrant colors of tumbled landscaping glass, along with recycled rubber pavers, rubber mulch and landscape timbers and curbs made from waste tires.

Rita Lacey of Kunkletown is trying to make more Americans understand and learn the importance of recycling, and be open to supporting companies that sell recycled products. That's why she began her own business called Close the Loop, a PA Benefit Corporation.

After 13 years in Kunkletown, Close the Loop now opened a new more- central location on Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road in Gilbert next to the American Legion.

Yudichak lauds appointment of state Supreme Court judge

Saturday, June 29, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee's unanimous vote to recommend the confirmation of Judge Correale F. Stevens to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Stevens, a former Luzerne County district attorney, county judge and state representative, most recently served as the president judge of the state Superior Court.

Polk Township Historical SoC. correction

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Polk Township Historical Society will not meet on Monday, July 1, as was stated in the Polk Twp. community column in Thursday, June 27 issue. There will be no meetings until September.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 29, 1989

Recycling soft drink cans, newspapers and lots of hard work sent Lehighton Senior Girl Scout Troop 583 to Florida last week.

The 11 girls visited the Magic Kingdom and Sea World, with most of the costs paid for by the troop funds.

The leader of the group, Geri Haas, said the troop chose a goal to go to Florida in September.

"We had a wonderful time, and I think it's a great achievement that we made it," she said.

Realizing what is important

Saturday, June 29, 2013

It's a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon, and our family has gathered to celebrate my grandson's birthday. The sweet sounds of songbirds float in through the open windows, wafting along on a soft breeze that carries the fragrance of fresh-mown lawn.

And I'm cranky.

Some scary times, my friend

Saturday, June 29, 2013

George Orwell was born 110 years ago this past week - on June 25 to be exact. Orwell's prolific work "1984" was something we all read in high school, but didn't really believe could happen in the 20th century United States.

Carbon County Court News

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Carmela A. Miller, 337 E. Hazard St., Summit Hill, from James A. Miller, 1135 Howertown Rd., Catasauqua.

Crystal Shupp, 124 Jamestown St., Lehighton, from Ryan Shupp, 7515 Pohopoco Drive, Kunkletown.

Michael West, 123 W. Blaine St., McAdoo, from Carrie West, 201 Oak St., Summit Hill.

Amanda Chicarelli, 929 Center St., Jim Thorpe, from Michael Chicarelli, 520 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

Integrity of judicial system threatened

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dear Editor,

The old adage states you don't fix something that isn't broke. The Pennsylvania Legislature has violated this wise advice by taking unconstitutional action that threatens the integrity of the Commonwealth's judicial system.

Since 1868 the elected representatives of the office of Jury Commissioner have made sure that the jury selection process in Pennsylvania has been fair and that plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal cases have had an impartial jury.

The value of making mistakes

Saturday, June 29, 2013

In a recent column I invited readers to share the life lessons they would pass on to others.

As always, I had some interesting reader responses.

One thing that surprised me is that three different readers talked about life's mistakes.

Robert Krenicky shared his response with this email:

A look at disappearing bees

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Colony collapse disorder continues to plague the bee population.

It means honey bees are disappearing in alarming numbers.

This is a big deal because, for one, bees play an important role in our food supply.

Some alarmists quote Albert Einstein: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live."

This probably isn't true and Einstein never actually said it. But bees are very important.

Spy versus spy

Saturday, June 29, 2013

JIM:

When I was a kid, Mad Magazine ran a regular feature called "Spy v. Spy." Two pointy nosed guys - one all black and one all white - vied with one another with hilarious results. The comic strip was a put up of the CIA and the KGB, and the Cold War in general.

The CIA was easy to lampoon. Its widely publicized, inept efforts to assassinate Castro - exploding cigars, a wet suit lined with poison, even a defoliant to cause his beard to drop out (killing his persona, if not him) - seemed absurd.

CCA hosting information session in Lehighton

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA), a K- 12 public cyber school, is hosting a local information session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Lehighton office, 613 Blakeslee Blvd. Dr. E., Ste. 204, to educate parents and families about CCA's unique curriculum, which uses technology and more to deliver individualized education for each student. Since CCA is a Pennsylvania public school, there are no costs for tuition, fees or supplies.

Senior citizens told how to prepare for emergencies

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Danielle Fox/TIMES NEWS Lori-Jo Yarosh, director of sales and marketing for BrightStar Care, passes out emergency supply bags for Mark Nalesnik at an emergency prepardness workshop hosted by the Carbon County Link to Aging and Disability Resources.
Danielle Fox/TIMES NEWS Lori-Jo Yarosh, director of sales and marketing for BrightStar Care, passes out emergency supply bags for Mark Nalesnik at an emergency prepardness workshop hosted by the Carbon County Link to Aging and Disability Resources.

The Carbon County Link to Aging and Disability Resources hosted a workshop at the Whispering Pines banquet hall of Penn Forest Fire Company on Friday to educate elderly citizens on how to prepare for emergency situations.

The event was under the direction of Julie Roviniski-Mann, Carbon county Link coordinator. Link operates through the Pennsylvania Office of Aging and was described by Roviniski-Mann as a "one-stop shop" for resources for senior or disabled citizens.

Talk on D&L Corridor

Saturday, June 29, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dale Freudenberger was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Lehighton Rotary Club. As Anthracite Regional Coordinator for Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, he discussed the new Lehighton trailhead - which is located on the site of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad Station and tracks in Lehighton. Participants at the meeting are, seated l-r, Rotary District Governor-Elect Irene Carey, Assistant Governor Barbara Belon; standing l-r, Freudenberger, and Lehighton Rotary Club Immediate Past President Erica Heery.

The value of making mistakes

Saturday, June 29, 2013

In a recent column I invited readers to share the life lessons they would pass on to others.

As always, I had some interesting reader responses.

One thing that surprised me is that three different readers talked about life's mistakes.

Robert Krenicky shared his response with this email:

Ol' Tom compared to Al Capone

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dear Editor:

I come not to bury Tom Corbett, but to praise him! What else can you say about a governor who wants to help those misguided property owner's who had the audacity to say that their shale gas drilling company's are "skimming off" their royalty checks?

Jerry Garcia show tonight atthe Mauch Chunk Opera House

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dead On Live will be performing the music of Jerry Garcia at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe tonight at 8 p.m.

Based on their unique approach of note for note renditions, Dead On Live has become nationally recognized as one of the standout acts on the scene paying tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead.

A bubbly person

Saturday, June 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

KathyDombrosky, with the Cancer Telethon.org relay team, blows bubbles for passing walkers during Tamaqua Relay for Life held last weekend at the Lansford Stadium.

When Jim and Jack Thorpe played football together

Saturday, June 29, 2013
The Oorang Indians, a fledgling NFL franchise, was more of a Wild West show than a serious football team. Jim Thorpe was the coach and his brother, "Jack Deadeye" Thorpe, who played guard, center, tackle and wingback, was a member of the 17-player, all-Indian football team.
The Oorang Indians, a fledgling NFL franchise, was more of a Wild West show than a serious football team. Jim Thorpe was the coach and his brother, "Jack Deadeye" Thorpe, who played guard, center, tackle and wingback, was a member of the 17-player, all-Indian football team.

Once upon a time, Jim and "Jack" Thorpe played pro football together. The year was 1923, and the team was the Oorang Indians, a fledgling NFL franchise that was more of a Wild West show than a serious football team.

Jim Thorpe was the coach and his brother, "Jack Deadeye" Thorpe, played guard, center, tackle and wingback as a member of the 17-player, all-Indian football team.

Graduates from basic military training

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Eckhart
Eckhart

Air Force Airman Tanner O. Eckhart has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Eckhart is the son of Daphne and Kerry Eckhart of Lehighton.

Named to dean's list

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Brad Hosler, son of Bud and Deb Hosler of the Tamaqua area, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A 2012 graduate of Tamaqua Area high School, he earned a 4.0 grade point average. He is majoring in automotive technology.

Student earnsreading award

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Wirth
Wirth

Chloe Elizabeth Wirth, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Haas of Lehighton, was recently presented an award for the highest reader out of the seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Williamson Jr. Sr. High School in Tioga, Pa.

Chloe was awarded the "Most Magnificent Middle School Reader" award for reading 5,580,591 words during the school year. Williamson Jr. Sr. High School does the AR (accelerated reading) program. Chloe will enter the eighth grade in the fall at Williams School.

Chloe is the daughter of Roger and Susan (Haas) Wirth of Tioga, Pa.

No more bologna

Saturday, June 29, 2013

More than 20 years ago, I wrote a column about being in the bologna generation. I had been caught between my mother's generation and my daughter's. I was squeezed between two age groups - like a piece of bologna in a sandwich. I wasn't the top or the bottom - I was the filling.

When you are part of the bologna generation, you have concerns about both the elderly and the young members of your family. You strive to meet the needs of both. Most of the time, you feel inadequate.

It's the Readers Turn

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Stephen Hahn, Lehighton "Eat a delicious meal made by my mother."
Stephen Hahn, Lehighton "Eat a delicious meal made by my mother."

What do you do in the evening after work to just relax?

Firefighters' brotherhood spans the ocean

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brian Rehrig, left, of the Palmerton Fire Department, and Timo Ross, fire chief of the Wolfgang, Germany Fire Department, hang a "Brother of the Flame" banner at the West End Fire Station in Palmerton.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brian Rehrig, left, of the Palmerton Fire Department, and Timo Ross, fire chief of the Wolfgang, Germany Fire Department, hang a "Brother of the Flame" banner at the West End Fire Station in Palmerton.

A long-time friendship exists between the Palmerton and Wolfgang, Germany fire departments

Anyone who has ever attended a fire company dedication program, a funeral of a firefighter, or other fire department related events likely heard about the "brotherhood" that exists among firefighters.

With members of the Palmerton Fire Department and the Wolfgang, Germany, Fire Department, that strong bonding extends all the way across the Atlantic Ocean.

Free dinner July 3 in Lansford

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Feed the People is serving a community dinner from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. The group invites all to gather for a franks and sauerkraut dinner. For more information call (570) 657-1480.

Stage shows

Saturday, June 29, 2013

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players"...William Shakespeare's "As You Like It."

Last fall, my niece Abby and I were making cupcakes. As we were working in the kitchen I said, "We need a little music." Abby, who was 12 at the time, loves music and singing. She has a beautiful voice. She had performed in Towamensing Elementary's musicals since she was in fourth grade and sings in our church's choir.

"Have you ever heard the music from "The Phantom of the Opera?" I asked.

"No," was her reply.

'The humming cicadas'

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Editor:

The title above sounds like a rock band. I wonder why no band ever chose to call themselves that name.

I was so curious about the pitch of the Cicadas' sound that I got out my portable keyboard and found the sound was our E note.

After reading an article in the TIMES NEWS edition on Saturday June 22, 2013 "Linda's Letters" – it said that Cicadas are tasty. I was thinking about contacting Paula Deen on the Food Network.

A blessing in disguise

Saturday, June 29, 2013

For the past couple of months, my family and I have been trying to plan for our vacation.

We have diligently set aside a little money each week and allowed it to accumulate.

Since I have overcome my fear of flying (for the most part), I really have had this burning desire to see all of the places I have dreamed of visiting since I was a child.

We have spent many hours researching possible destinations on the Internet.

Stage shows

Saturday, June 29, 2013

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players"...William Shakespeare's "As You Like It."

Last fall, my niece Abby and I were making cupcakes. As we were working in the kitchen I said, "We need a little music." Abby, who was 12 at the time, loves music and singing. She has a beautiful voice. She had performed in Towamensing Elementary's musicals since she was in fourth grade and sings in our church's choir.

"Have you ever heard the music from "The Phantom of the Opera?" I asked.

"No," was her reply.