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August 2013

Jim Thorpe in competition for 'most fun small town' status

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Deadline for on-line voting is Sept. 3; winners will be named in Oct.

The town of Jim Thorpe is being featured on the Best of the Road 2013 Contest with Rand McNally.

Jim Thorpe is competing for the "most fun small town in America." The contest is taking place online at www.bestoftheroad.com.

Jim Thorpe was featured last year in the contest and was a finalist for the "most beautiful small town in America."

There are a few days left and voting will run until Sept. 3.

Nazareth tops PV

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Over the past couple seasons the Nazareth and Pleasant Valley openers have been good ole' fashioned shootouts.

There was a combined 78 points scored between the two team's a year ago, but this time around offense was not easy to come by. Both teams didn't look comfortable early, but it was Nazareth that found some consistency on offense and also put in a solid defensive effort, taming the Bears for a 31-9 victory.

'Economic potential' of heritage corridor is topic of program

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Business owners in search of ways to maximize the economic potential of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor could be in luck.

A presentation that will offer tips to "Learn How You Can Maximize the Economic Potential of the Trail" will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Slatington Trailhead Pavilion in Slatington.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the program from noon to 1 p.m.

Tribe, Bears get soccer wins

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Linda Rothrock/special to the times news Northern Lehigh’s Nate Czarnecki (4) and Catasauqua’s Nicholas Rossnagle race to gain possession of the ball.
Linda Rothrock/special to the times news Northern Lehigh’s Nate Czarnecki (4) and Catasauqua’s Nicholas Rossnagle race to gain possession of the ball.

Lehighton and Pleasant Valley posted shutout victories in boys soccer to highlight Friday's scholastic sports action.

BOYS SOCCER

Hazleton-Lehighton

Anthony Rossino had a hat trick to spark Lehighton to a 7-0 non-conference win over visiting Hazleton.

Zach Christoff recorded a goal and an assist for the Indians. Drake Didyoung, Frank Bokan and Anthony Farano added single scores. Dan Baka and Cole Christman both notched two assists.

Nazareth-Pleasant Vy.

Just callme crotchety

Saturday, August 31, 2013

It's raining. Again.

Which makes me about as crotchety as Clint Eastwood in his latest movie "Trouble With the Curve."

Whine. Whine.

Which means another day I won't be in the pool. Summer is winding down to a few precious few. When Harry sees the calendar say Sept. 1, he's ready to shut the pool down. I'm always hopeful that summer will extend herself for a couple of weeks to give me a little more time to splish and splash.

There are other ways I can tell summer is coming to an end.

Lehighton controls Marian

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Lehighton controls Marian
Copyright 2013

Controlling the line of scrimmage leads to long drives.

Long drives often result in scoring touchdowns.

And scoring touchdowns brings about victories.

On Friday in Hometown, that obvious formula worked to perfection for Lehighton as it opened the season with a solid 27-14 non-league win over Marian.

We need to come together

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dear Editor:

I've just read the EXCELLENT letter from Mr. Gangwer, Weatherly! TIMES NEWS, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

I must comment you for printing it, and compliment Mr. Gangwer on the writing of it.

Finally! Someone with true Patriotic steadfastness, nerve and wisdom to speak the truth about what is needed for our dear nation.

I might only add that all our Christian/Jewish leaders need to open their eyes and hearts and minds to come together for the sake of the United States of America, as we once knew it.

Guilty pleas

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Admit robbing several local businesses

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that two former New Jersey residents pleaded guilty yesterday before Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick and admitted to participating in multiple armed robberies of stores and businesses located in Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon counties between December 2011 and February 2012.

Why reading is so important to me

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The sad fact is that people do not read as much as they once did. In our fast-paced world, reading takes time, concentration and commitment. Although it pays rich rewards, many choose shortcuts. The proliferation of social media has taken a significant toll on the idea that a person can enjoy reading.

Where does the love and joy of reading come from?

In my case, it was fired up by my immigrant mother, who never missed an opportunity to tell me what reading and learning would mean to me.

August 31, 1973

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mary Ann Lawson recently participated in a twirling contest at the Shippensburg State Fair and copped six awards out of six categories. They were two first place awards, three second place and one third place.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lawson, she is a freshman at Panther Valley High School and featured twirler of the varsity band.

She entertained on Sunday at the Panther Valley Chamber of Commerce picnic. Her routine drew much applause.

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.

No Header!

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.

No Header!

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.

Carbon commissioners discuss solid waste, including recycling

Friday, August 30, 2013

Carbon County officials say they want to work with the municipalities on solid waste issues.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board discussed the recent Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting, which had representation from only four municipalities.

Commissioner William O'Gurek said the county, even though it abolished its solid waste department, has responsibilities under Act 101, the municipal waste planning, recycling and waste reduction act.

Testimony claims wage law leads to job losses

Friday, August 30, 2013

STROUDSBURG – Pennsylvania's prevailing wage laws lead to higher taxes and to the elimination of jobs, according to testimony of municipal officials at a hearing before the House Labor and Industry Committee in Stroud Township, Monroe County.

Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe), chairman of the committee, presided over the hearing. The large crowd at the hearing included not just municipal officials but also officials with organized labor organizations.

Getting it down on paper

Friday, August 30, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Some of the highlights of the book talk about the first white people to settle in the area, later known as Chestnuthill Township, were members of the Moravian Mission at Meniolagomeka (located in Smith Gap, now Eldred Township.) They were there from 1749-1755.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Some of the highlights of the book talk about the first white people to settle in the area, later known as Chestnuthill Township, were members of the Moravian Mission at Meniolagomeka (located in Smith Gap, now Eldred Township.) They were there from 1749-1755.

Veteran Norman Burger pens Chestnuthill Township history book

Norman Burger has seen and done a lot in the world. But when it came time to retire, for him there was no place like home.

Burger was born and raised in the Kresgeville area of Monroe County. The son of Norman and Jennie (Diehl) Burger, he is one of eight children. He graduated from Polk High School in Kresgeville in 1958 and then graduated from East Stroudsburg State College with a degree in math and physics and a minor in chemistry.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.

West End historical societies

Friday, August 30, 2013

The historical societies in the West End are working together to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Chestnut Hill Township. It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 (rain date Sunday, Sept. 8) at the West End Fairgrounds, on Fairgrounds Rd. in Gilbert. A parade will begin at 10 a.m. There will be music, food, displays, games and more immediately following.

The 250th Anniversary Committee encourage social, business and religious organizations, plus citizens interested in preserving and celebrating the joint history to help make it a success.

Franklin Twp. man faces drug charges

Friday, August 30, 2013

A Franklin Township man who allegedly swallowed a large amount of cocaine to hide the drug from police faces charges stemming from the incident.

Anthony J. Formisano, 43, faces drug and other charges stemming from the incident, which happened at 5:35 p.m. Thursday.

According to a report issued by Lehighton state trooper Shaun M. Flynn, state police at Fern Ridge and Lehighton responded to 20 Court St., Franklin Township on a report that a wanted person, Formisano, was there.

State police arrived at the place and arrested Formisano.

Dombrosky-Peters

Friday, August 30, 2013
Rick Peters and Kathy Dombrosky
Rick Peters and Kathy Dombrosky

Paul and Betty Dombrosky of Andreas have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kathy of Walnutport, to Rick Peters of Walnutport, son of the late Allen and Joyce Peters.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Tamaqua High School and the VoTech dental assisting course. She is employed by Stephen P. Puddu D.D.S.

Her fiance is a graduate of Northern Lehigh High School and is employed by Jenkins Machine Inc.

A fall 2014 wedding is being planned.

Lehighton Band begins 150th anniv. celebration

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Lehighton Band is preparing for its 150th anniversary season next year.

Paul R. Smith, director, said, "It should be an exciting year with special concerts and other events taking place."

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.