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August 2013

Pie baking champions

Saturday, August 31, 2013
SUSAN BRYANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SUSAN BRYANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The winners of the Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship held at The 2013 Great Allentown Fair were, l-r, Amy Gress of Danielsville, fourth place; Marie White of Lehighton, third place; Michelle Argust of Tamaqua, second place, and Eva Seibert (standing in for her mother is Krista) of Salisbury Township won first place in the dessert pie category. Debra Lilly of Bethlehem won first place in the savory pie category.

A 400,000-pound test run

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Historic locomotive #425 passes through Tamaqua at 1 p.m. Friday on a test run to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton after two years of repairs and restoration. It was built on Jan. 16, 1928, by Baldwin Locomotive Works of Eddystone, Pa., and today is owned by Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad. The engine and tender tip the scales at almost 400,000 pounds. The steam engine reportedly will return to the railroad's Port Clinton headquarters Sunday.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, August 31, 2013

August 31, 1979 Ed Shubeck throws three touchdown passes and runs for another score to help Panther Valley open its season with a 42-12 victory over Lehighton. Shubeck hooks up with Dave Bonner on TD tosses of 16 and 30 yards and also hits Tom Lutz with a 23-yard scoring strike. Shubeck adds a 64-yard touchdown scamper while Bonner scores a third TD on a 60-yard interception return. The Panthers, coached by Trevor Lawrence, also receive 216 yards rushing from Dave Slonaker. One's of Slonaker's runs goes for a 97-yard touchdown.

A civilized nation?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

I read about two stories that completely broke my heart this past week.

One had a happy ending; the other did not.

In the first story, a child was born to a couple at a Christian missionary hospital in India over a year ago.

He was terribly disfigured and deformed and his parents outright refused to take him home and worse yet, members of the village where the parents resided called the hospital and threatened to poison the child if the parents brought him back with them.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, an "Atmospheric Deposition in Pennsylvania: Impacts on Watersheds" free webinar will be held on Sept. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To view the webinar, visit https://meeting.psu.edu/water1

Recorded versions of each webinar are posted at http://extension.psu.edu/water/webinar-series/past-webinars for those who cannot log on for the live version.

To register or learn more about future or recorded webinars, visit http://water.cas.psu.edu/webinars.htm.

Help your child have healthy school year

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The opening anecdote to last week's column expressed a trickle-down effect you probably already knew. Because it's certainly tougher to be a teenager than ever before, it's also tougher to be a parent.

Since a good start to a new school year is imperative if your child is going to have yearlong success, last week's column offered health-and-fitness advice that could help parents help their sons and daughters.

New recycling staff member

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dear Editor:

If you were not yet made aware, Carbon County has a new recycling person on staff. His name is David Bodnar and he works in the County Planning office. This information was announced at the SWAC (Solid Waste Advisory Committee) meeting held on August 21, 2013.

David told everyone in attendance, all six of us, that the County Commissioners appointed him and recycling was his new job priority.

Thank you, Times News

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dear Editor:

Almost daily we hear of the decline of print media in the United States. The Internet, e-books, and smart phones have changed the landscape for the reporting of news. None of us can predict what may develop tomorrow. We definitely live in fluid times!

The Palmerton Area is blessed to have a dedicated organization at the TIMES NEWS that is not only in the forefront of our "electronic age" of reporting but is also committed to continuing publication of an evening newspaper. Many of us still enjoy the tactile nature of our reading material!

Hoping to form Interact Club in Lehighton

Saturday, August 31, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton Rotary Club is currently working with Lehighton Area High School students, teachers, and administrators to form an Interact Club at the school. Interact Club is designed to help enhance students' leadership skills, personal integrity, and respect for all. Attending the Rotary meeting are, from left, LAHS language arts teacher Cristi Marchetti; LAHS seniors Jackie Jordan and Nicole Schnell; and Lehighton Rotary Club secretary Becky Wanamaker. Missing from the photo is LAHS junior Riley Durishin.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Larry A. Ahner to Adam M. Pretko, 1420 Long Run Road, Lehighton, property at 1420 Long Run Road, $107,812.50.

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe National Bank to David W. Yamrich, Cape May Courthouse, N.J., property at 604 South Ave., $105,000.

Richard J. Rowe to Richard J. Rowe, 817 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 817 Center Ave., $1.

Margaret McClafferty to Margaret McClafferty, 99 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, property at 99 W. Broadway, $1.

Lansford

Jim Thorpe author pens satiric novel: 'Nestling With the Loons'

Saturday, August 31, 2013
The Nesting with the Loons book cover depicts a man with a beer belly sitting on a chair on a little island with loons besides him. A type of Paradise, yet nesting with the loons. "Jack Snaggler lives In a crazy world, surrounded by people who are all a bit off, and he wants to escape to an island," Jeff Davis explained.
The Nesting with the Loons book cover depicts a man with a beer belly sitting on a chair on a little island with loons besides him. A type of Paradise, yet nesting with the loons. "Jack Snaggler lives In a crazy world, surrounded by people who are all a bit off, and he wants to escape to an island," Jeff Davis explained.

Signing will occur from 2-4 p.m. today at Soundcheck Records

Jim Thorpe fledgling author Jeff Davis' Kindle edition of his 2012 satiric novel, Nesting with the Loons, received seriously positive reviews and has sold thousands of copies with audiences as far away as New Mexico and Australia. Nesting has recently been released in a printed version.

With homages to the Office, Catch-22 and American Graffiti, Davis' depiction of an ordinary guy who seeks to escape from his entrapment in a bureaucratic office job speaks to anyone in America, in the world, who is looking to flee their nest with the loons and take flight to a paradise.

Panthers can't stop Bears' offense

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Perhaps one could find some symbolism when Mahanoy Area defeated Panther Valley 51-28 last night in their opening game of the 2013 football season.

A loss among the brotherhood

Saturday, August 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Fire Department, who responded last weekend to a fire at the Washington Hook and Ladder Company in Mahanoy City, stand and assess the damage after fire is extinguished. In the garage is the aerial truck of the fire department, which was destroyed. The fire happened on the same day that the Mahanoy City Fire Department was hosting the Schuylkill County Firemens Convention and Parade.

Drug Court: An excellent investment

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Editor:

Our tax dollars are an investment that we hope will yield dividends by making our area a better place to live. Unfortunately, this is not happening for the institution that eats up the largest amount of our Carbon County tax dollars - our Carbon County Correctional Facility located in Nesquehoning.

Unless you know someone who works there, who has spent time as an inmate or has a friend or relative there, or who volunteers there, you may know little about the CCF.

Forever friends are life's treasures

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Some people are mere acquaintances. They never climb the social ladder into the realm of friendship.

Perhaps most people fall into that category – either because we never get to know them very well or because there is no common thread to bind us.

Many people are what we call social friends or activity friends. They are the ones we spend time with in pursuit of something mutually enjoyable.

A few turn out to be true friends. They are the ones who are always there for us, just as we are always there for them.

Theadford leads Notre Dame over Bombers

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Notre Dame starting quarterback, Kordell Theadford, has the speed and agility to do great things in the backfield for the Crusaders. Despite the fact that one player cannot determine the outcome of a game, he can definitely determine the outcome of a few big plays in order to assist his team in the winning direction.

Theadford did just that and proved to be too shifty to stop and too accurate with passes to maintain the lead long enough to prevail over the Blue Bombers, 25-13 in both teams' opening games of the season.

Remaly brothers

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dear Editor:

Upon reading Jimmy Remaly's recent obituary, it must be said that all four Remaly brothers Jimmy, Bill, Bobby and Eddie served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and all four were honorably discharged at the cessation of hostilities. I knew them all.

Respectfully submitted,

Randy Rabenold

Lehighton

First Marine Brigade

Korea 1950

Hackenberg will get the start at QB

Saturday, August 31, 2013

By BRAD HURLEY

bhurley@tnonline.com

Can you remember the last time Penn State had a proven quarterback starting the first game of the season?

Can't remember can you?

That's because the Nittany Lions have not had a proven starter at the quarterback position lead the blue and white onto the field since 2009. That quarterback's name was Daryl Clark and by the time he finished his senior season he held five Penn State passing records.

Pirates take advantage of NW miscues

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Both teams had opportunities.

Palisades made the most of Northwestern's mistakes, while the Tigers squandered a first half lead in a 27-15 Pirates win Friday night in Colonial League action.

"I couldn't be prouder of the way they played," Palisades coach Kevin Ronalds said afterwards. "It's good to have to win a tough one right off the bat; I think we learned a lot about ourselves tonight."

Northwestern jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Frank Dangello to Cameron Richardson.

A boy named Sue

Saturday, August 31, 2013

JIM:

So Bradley Manning wants to be called Chelsea. I wonder how Chelsea Clinton feels about that.

Fort Leavenworth prison officials say he'll get no hormones and no surgery. Manning's lawyer calls this cruel and unusual punishment and vows to sue.

Advocates of transgender convicts claim (per recent news reports), "Self-castration, suicide and waves of desperation are byproducts of the denial of sex hormones to inmates yearning to switch genders." Sounds pretty grim, doesn't it?

Honored by Carbon Commissioners

Saturday, August 31, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; Wayne Nothstein, second from right; and William O'Gurek recognize Deb Ranck, the head trustee of the former Carbon County Quilters Guild, second from left, after the guild donated $500 to the Carbon County Animal Shelter. The commissioners thanked Ranck and the guild for their support of the animals and the county. The Carbon County Quilters Guild, which has disbanded, made and sold quilts over the last few years to raise the funds to donate to the shelter. It also donated $500 to Carbon County Friends of Animals.

American Community Survey

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dear Editor:

It's amazing ... I just realized that I was one of the poor slobs that were randomly selected by the Census Bureau to fill out this comprehensive questionnaire. If you are also selected you have my utmost sympathy.

Before filling out the 40 minute survey I read through the plethora of questions. In the front of the pamphlet I was told that my answers were confidential and REQUIRED BY LAW.

Some retirees are being cheated

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dear Editor:

Some, perhaps thousands of state retirees are being cheated by the State Employee's Retirement System (SERS) out of a significant portion of the retirement benefits for which they worked faithfully for many years.

Any state employee who retired, received an annuity and/or withdrew their contributions to their retirement amount and then returned to state service for several years has had the misfortune to have their retirement benefits calculated erroneously.

Unite Community Service to help those grieving after Ross Twp. shooting

Friday, August 30, 2013

There will be a Unite Community Service to pray, share and hear from many faith leaders in the community to help the grieving and healing process due to the tragic event of Monday, Aug. 5 at the Ross Township supervisors' meeting. It will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Van Buskirk-Haney Park, located on Anchorage Road, next to the Ross Township municipal building in Saylorsburg.

The faith leaders will share words designed to encourage, offering hope for the hopeless and strength for the weak.

Police: Shooting justified

Friday, August 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon, at podium, announces that no charges will be filed against an East Brunswick homeowner who shot and killed an 18-year-old neighbor after a confrontation in his home. The announcement was made yesterday during a press conference held outside the State Police Barracks in Frackville. Pictured, from left, are Sgt. Barry Whitmoyer and Trooper John D. Powis.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon, at podium, announces that no charges will be filed against an East Brunswick homeowner who shot and killed an 18-year-old neighbor after a confrontation in his home. The announcement was made yesterday during a press conference held outside the State Police Barracks in Frackville. Pictured, from left, are Sgt. Barry Whitmoyer and Trooper John D. Powis.

No charges against homeowner who killed 18-year-old intruder

Pennsylvania State Police and the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office announced yesterday during a press conference that no charges will be filed against an East Brunswick homeowner who shot and killed an 18-year-old intruder inside his home.

"We believed that it was important to announce this decision as soon as it was made," said District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon. "Initially, our thoughts go out to the families who have dealt with this tragic incident."

Stabbing incident probed in Lansford

Friday, August 30, 2013

Lansford police are investigating a domestic incident in which a man was stabbed.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon in the 200 block of E. Patterson Street.

The man was allegedly stabbed inside the residence by a woman, and then left the residence. He was found on the 200 block of E. Kline Avenue. Due to his injuries, he was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, to be treated.

Police are not releasing the names of those involved until the investigation is complete.

Nicole Ann Yeastedt weds Christopher D'Emilio

Friday, August 30, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher D'Emilio
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher D'Emilio

Nicole Ann Yeastedt, daughter of Michael and Ann Yeastedt of Jim Thorpe, was united in marriage to Christopher D'Emilio, son of Michael and Patricia D'Emilio of Northampton on Aug. 11, 2012 at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville.

The double ring ceremony was officiated by District Justice Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe. Kathryn McKeon of Jim Thorpe was the vocalist.

Matsinko, Strack, Carlucci join Picks race

Friday, August 30, 2013

BY ED HEDES

Aahhh, football season.

It's time to start thinking about X's and O's, first downs, touchdowns and french fries and not necessarily in that order.

High School football kicks off in Pennsylvania tonight and we're lucky to have eight local games on the card to get things started.

Lehighton at Marian and Jim Thorpe at Tamaqua are two games that feature four of those teams.

Donations made to area VA hospital

Friday, August 30, 2013

WILKES-BARRE, PA – American Red Cross volunteers stopped by the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center on Thursday to deliver $4,000 in donations for Veterans.

The donations include items for recreation – model cars, drawing pads, and craft supplies. In addition, the American Red Cross provided sweat suits, shoes and women's clothing items.

Burglary in Grier City

Friday, August 30, 2013

Rush Township Police are seeking the public's help in solving a burglary at 65 Crest St. in Grier City. Someone entered the property and removed iron, steel and a 1932 Ford motor.

Anyone with information is asked to call (570) 668-4242.

Concourse Club seeks artists, photographers

Friday, August 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Three of four prizes to be awarded at the Concourse Club of Palmerton's Annual Community Festival Art and Photography Show include, from left, a watercolor winter scene by Margaret Kuhet, held by Kuhet; a shuttered window with flowers donated by the Owl's Nest at the Palmerton Campus of the Blue Mountain Health System, held by Venita Horinko, show chairwoman; and an acrylic painting of Beltzville Lake by Deborah Walkowiak, held by Joan Turko.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Three of four prizes to be awarded at the Concourse Club of Palmerton's Annual Community Festival Art and Photography Show include, from left, a watercolor winter scene by Margaret Kuhet, held by Kuhet; a shuttered window with flowers donated by the Owl's Nest at the Palmerton Campus of the Blue Mountain Health System, held by Venita Horinko, show chairwoman; and an acrylic painting of Beltzville Lake by Deborah Walkowiak, held by Joan Turko.

The Concourse Club of Palmerton's Annual Palmerton Community Festival Art and Photography Show is in need of artists and photographers' work to make it a success. The event will coincide with the Palmerton Community Festival.

The Art and Photography Show will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1-4 p.m. at St. John Neumann School, Third and Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton.

There are category divisions for youth and adults which include all media paintings and black/white and color photographs.