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June 2013

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.

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.

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.

US stocks flip between small gains and losses

Saturday, June 29, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. stocks are flipping from gains to losses Friday on mixed economic news.

A key measure of consumer confidence remained near its highest level in six years, but a closely watched index of business in the Chicago area had its biggest monthly drop since 2008.

"Investors don't know what to make of the news," said John Toohey, vice president of stock investment at USAA Investments. "I wouldn't be surprised to see more ups and downs."

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Declaration of Independence revisited

Saturday, June 29, 2013

We are about to celebrate the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2013.

"It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776

L. Towamensing zoners delay decision on subdivision

Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Lower Towamensing Township couple in search of a variance to subdivide out a five-acre lot must wait until next month for a decision to be rendered.

Harry and Elaine Eckhart appeared before the township's zoning hearing board on Thursday, at which time they sought a variance from Section 500.1 of the zoning ordinance to subdivide out a five acre lot.

The lot allegedly does not abut a public street or an approved private street, at 5260 Little Gap Road, Kunkletown, in an RC Rural-Conservation District.

Candle light vigil is held for 6 year old fire victim

Saturday, June 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Like a sign from above, this colorful rainbow appeared for a short time above the burnt home during the vigil in McAdoo.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Like a sign from above, this colorful rainbow appeared for a short time above the burnt home during the vigil in McAdoo.

It was a touching scene Friday evening in McAdoo as over 100 community members, friends, family members, firefighters and others took part in a candle light and balloon vigil for six year old Madison 'Maddie" Arner.

The youngster passed away following a fast-moving fire that destroyed her family's home last Saturday night.

It was hard to find a dry eye during the vigil as a colorful rainbow appeared above the burnt home where Arner was rescued, bringing some brightness to a gloomy occasion.

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.

Northwestern grad earns national student-athlete award

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Nycole Everett of Germansville has received the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student-Athlete Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement.

She is majoring in veterinary technician at LCCC and participates in women's basketball.

To earn this award, students must earn a 3.60-3.79 GPA on a 4.00 scale. Everett obtained a 3.63 GPA.

Graduates from Muhlenberg College

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Litsch
Litsch

Erin R. Litsch, daughter of George and Diane Litsch of Tamaqua and granddaughter of Marian LaBella of Tamaqua and Sadie Litsch of Mahanoy City, recently graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, with a bachelor of the arts degree in English. She also completed a minor in art history and obtained her Pennsylvania Secondary English Certification for teaching.

Attains dean's list

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Courtney Lazar, daughter of Mark and Helene Lazar of Summit Hill, had been named to the dean's list at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa.

Her six-year program is in pharmacy.

Courtney is a 2012 graduate of Panther Valley High School where she was named president of the National Honor Society, valedictorian of her class, battalion commander of the J.R.O.T.C. program for two years and was a member of the Panther Valley band for seven years.

Big plans for DT park

Saturday, June 29, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Some improvements could be forthcoming to the downtown park in Lehighton, thanks to a $339,000 grant the borough has received.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Some improvements could be forthcoming to the downtown park in Lehighton, thanks to a $339,000 grant the borough has received.

"Downtown revitalization" was at one time common terminology in Lehighton, referring to the First Street, Second Street, and Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard areas of the borough.

Little activity has occurred in the past few years but the phrase has indications it could be revived.

Nicole Beckett, Lehighton Borough Manager, noted this week that two major things are restoring portential to the concept:

MMI Preparatory School announces top students

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Thomas G. Hood, head of school at MMI Preparatory School, Freeland, has announced the names of students who have been named to the President's List during the second semester.

The President's List recognizes sound academic performance each semester. To be included on the list, a student must have a cumulative average in all subjects of 85.0, have attained an average of 70.0 or better in each course, have no "incompletes" at the end of each nine-week grading period, be enrolled in a complete schedule of courses, and have a satisfactory citizenship record.

Named to dean's list

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Cinicola
Cinicola

Laura Cinicola of West Penn Township has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Lycoming College in Williamsport. She is a photography and commercial design major.

She is a member of the women's volleyball team were she been named to the MAC academic honor roll for her freshman and sophomore years.

She is also a member of the Kappa Pi art fraternity at Lycoming.

Laura is the daughter of Fred and Terrie Cinicola of Andreas and the granddaughter of Clete and Irene Milan of Jim Thorpe and Anna Cinicola, formerly of Summit Hill.

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.