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August 2013

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.

Police cracking down on drunk drivers

Saturday, August 31, 2013

As part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" effort, Pennsylvania's enforcement will focus not only on drivers impaired by alcohol, but also the increasing number of drug-impaired motorists.

"As the Labor Day holiday approaches we are focusing on the issue of impaired driving, and unfortunately drug-related crashes are increasing in number," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. "Crashes and deaths involving impaired drivers are completely preventable. We urge motorists to drive sober, unimpaired by drugs or alcohol."

Readers Turn

Saturday, August 31, 2013
 Ed Porter, Walnutport - "Yes. I think local schools are safe."
Ed Porter, Walnutport - "Yes. I think local schools are safe."

Are Our Local Schools Safe Enough For Our Children?

Becoming American: A study in traditions

Saturday, August 31, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Slovakian graduate student Michaela Luterancikova, right, looks at the old church ledgers translated from Slovakian to English by Anne Trauger, left.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Slovakian graduate student Michaela Luterancikova, right, looks at the old church ledgers translated from Slovakian to English by Anne Trauger, left.

Exploring the lives of early 20th century immigrants from a small Eastern European country to the United States has led 23-year-old Slovak university student Michaela Luterancikova to the Panther Valley.

Luterancikova, a graduate student in British and American studies at the University of Prasov in eastern Slovakia, is interviewing descendants of Slovak immigrants for her master's thesis, "Slovak Churches in Northeastern Pennsylvania."

A nine-to-five girl

Saturday, August 31, 2013

No, I do not work an 8-hour shift. The only work I do is housework - and an occasional volunteer job. My days of regular employment ended quite a while ago.

But, I am still a 9-5 girl. I go to bed around 9 and wake up around 5. That has been my schedule since I went to college in 1958.

I discovered that I do my best mental work in the early morning. That's when I write my columns and figure out my daily schedule. That's when I am the most alert and aware. As the day goes on, my mental capacity shrivels up like an old prune.

Edmond shines as SL routs Bulldogs

Saturday, August 31, 2013

CENTER VALLEY - Travis Edmond had a breakout season last year as a sophomore for Southern Lehigh. If Friday night's performance against Northern Lehigh is any indication, the Spartans quarterback is going to surpass the marks he has already set.

Edmonds completed 12 of 15 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns as the Spartans rolled to a 49-0 shutout of the Bulldogs in a game that ended under the Mercy Rule.

Southern Lehigh built up a 28-0 halftime advantage and coasted from there.

Things were so different

Saturday, August 31, 2013

I'm 8 years old, and lying on my tummy, the scuffed toes of my Keds scraping the dirt. I breathe in the damp, earthy scent of the surrounding woods as I reach into a small cardboard box of shiny brass 22 bullets.

I carefully load a bullet into the chamber of the rifle I'm holding, snap the bolt closed, and aim at a paper target some 15 yards away.

I try to hold as still as possible so I can center the site at the tip of the barrel as perfectly as possible.

PFBC wants to legalize 'Alabama rig'

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A regulation has been proposed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board of commissioners removing the regulation which restricts anglers to using three or fewer hooks on a fishing line. Within the last few years, anglers have asked the PFBC to use the "Alabama rig," an umbrella-type rig which contains five lures on short wire lines that merge to one point to attach to a fishing line.

Jim Thorpe pounds Tamaqua

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Jim Thorpe pounds Tamaqua
Copyright 2013

If you were told the winner of last night's game between Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe ran the ball 58 times for 351 yards, you would think the Blue Raiders picked right up where they left off last season, right?

If you were told the winner of last night's Anthracite Football League opener between the Blue Raiders and Olympians would hold their opponent to only eight points over the first 47:47 of the game and limit their opposition to just 75 yards on 20 carries, you would think Tamqua wins in a landslide, right?

WRONG!

Weissport Redneck Festival opens; continues through Sunday

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Duane Dellecker, coordinator and Dick Gross, resident artist, share some Redneck humor as the Weissport Redneck Festival opens Friday night.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Duane Dellecker, coordinator and Dick Gross, resident artist, share some Redneck humor as the Weissport Redneck Festival opens Friday night.

The opening of the

Weissport Redneck Festival on Friday night started folks' Labor Day holiday weekend on a fun note. By 5 p.m. the food stands were selling barbecues, turkey on a stick, roasted corn and jambalaya. For dessert, there was ice cream, funnel cake and cotton candy.

While some stopped by for the food, others were checking out the t-shirts, novelties, jewelry, purses and country home decor.

Kiddie rides were busy for the young set and a Redneck Karaoke and a Redneck Puppet Jamboree comedy show saw many folks sitting on hay bales after sampling the food.

Will suit overturn ban on Sunday hunting?

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Many deer hunters from Pennsylvania spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars each year traveling to New York State because of the opportunity to hunt on Sundays.
Many deer hunters from Pennsylvania spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars each year traveling to New York State because of the opportunity to hunt on Sundays.

Pennsylvania hunters who travel out of state to pursue deer, bear or turkey know that all of our neighboring states now allows some form of hunting on Sundays. In fact, Pennsylvania is one of just 11 states in the nation that has no Sunday hunting for major game species.

Schuylkill man is charged with pointing gun at police

Saturday, August 31, 2013

State police have charged a West Brunswick Township man with attempted homicide for pointing a rifle at a trooper.

Edward C. Hill, 54, of Mohrsville, is in Schuylkill County Prison under $250,000 cash bail. He is also charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and other offenses.

A series of runs/walks by St. Luke's Network

Saturday, August 31, 2013

St. Luke's University Health Network is sponsoring a series of runs/walks this fall in an effort to "build a healthier community - one mile at a time."

The series of runs/walks and fitness events will be held in September and October. Each event will have a specific purpose, from honoring trauma patients to raising funds for men's cancer and local children's programs to increasing fitness and improving health in the community.

The mileage of the runs/walks will count toward the "Get Your Tail on the Trail Program" and the 1645 Mile Challenge (www.tailon the trail.org).

Accident in Palmerton

Saturday, August 31, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

This Pontiac Grand Prix, operated by Anna Rehrig, 41, of Palmerton, was traveling at a high rate of speed east on Lafayette Avenue at around 11:29 a.m. Friday when it lost control and went off the roadway, sideswiping one tree, and continuing east where it sideswiped more trees, climbed a bank, and sheered off the telephone pole. The driver, who complained of head pain and dizziness, was transported to Palmerton Hospital. Also assisting at the scene was the Palmerton Police Department.

Carbon to receive decrease in drug and alcohol funding

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Carbon County will receive 3 percent less in state and federal funding next year for drug and alcohol programs.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the commissioners discussed a piece of correspondence from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs about the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funds.

Carbon County will receive $521,615 for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years. That is $15,776 less than originally allocated.

No Header!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Department of Environmental Protection announced that the deadline for Pennsylvania small-business owners to apply for DEP's Small Business Advantage Grants has been extended to Tuesday, Oct. 8. The deadline has been extended to ensure that as many small businesses as possible can benefit from this worthwhile opportunity.

Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.

Irish out to prove 2012 no fluke

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Was 2012 a fluke? Was Notre Dame just lucky and a team that had all the breaks fall their way en route to a regular season 12-0 record.

There is no dispute that the Irish were on the right end of many breaks during the season. Some say good teams make their own breaks. But it was a season that had just about everything go the Irish way.

Caution urged on Route 61

Saturday, August 31, 2013

HAMBURG Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and state representatives Jerry Knowles (R-124) and Mike Tobash (R-125) urged motorists to use caution and be patient during much-needed upgrades to portions of Route 61 in Berks and Schuylkill counties.

"It is extremely important for motorists to be careful when traveling through the stretch of Route 61 that is currently under construction by PennDOT," Argall said. "Cautious, defensive driving in these construction zones will go a long way toward avoiding a serious accident."

'Farm of the Year'

Saturday, August 31, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Beth Leiby, right, of Leiby's Farm Market, Lewistown Valley, assists shopper Kathy Simmons, Tamaqua, in selecting choice fruits and vegetables Tuesday in Tamaqua. Leiby's Farm Market has been named the Schuylkill Conservation District Farm of the Year.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Beth Leiby, right, of Leiby's Farm Market, Lewistown Valley, assists shopper Kathy Simmons, Tamaqua, in selecting choice fruits and vegetables Tuesday in Tamaqua. Leiby's Farm Market has been named the Schuylkill Conservation District Farm of the Year.

Leiby's earns top honor in Schuylkill County

Leiby's Farm Market, Lewistown Valley, has been named the prestigious 2013 Schuylkill Conservation District Farm of the Year.

The award honors a farm that observes best practices in various areas including pest management, no-till farming and other techniques.

Finding answers on Slovak churches

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Here are the questions Slovakian college student Michaela Luterancikova asks for her master's thesis on Slovak churches in northeastern Pennsylvania:

1. When did your ancestors come to the USA? Do you know the place in Slovakia they came from?

2. Why was the establishment of the national churches important for immigrants?

3. What were the fundamentals of the national churches in the past? Do you think that these fundamentals (liturgy, services) have been adhered to in the present Slovak churches?

Tamaqua man charged with theft in Mahoning; jailed after arraignment

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Alexander Modawar
Alexander Modawar

Mahoning Township Police charged Alexander Modawar, 33, of Tamaqua, with retail theft.

Police reported that Modawar was at Radio Shack on Route 443 in Mahoning Township on Aug. 30 when he fled the area in a Jeep Wrangler.

When he was stopped by police, he had two stolen hand-held radio scanners valued at $699.98, according to the police.

Records showed that Modawar had three prior retail theft convictions. As a result, he was charged as a felony offense.

Movies all night tonight at Becky's Drive-In

Saturday, August 31, 2013

In what is continuing as a Labor Day Weekend tradition, Becky's Drive-In Theater in Berlinsville will be showing films all night tonight.

Cindy Deppe, manager, ssaid breakfast will be served in the morning.

Special tie-dyed shirts will be available for purchase.

There will be pony rides, moon bounce, and trackless fire engine rides before the features begin

The gates open at 6 pm,

The refreshment stands will be opened all night serving funnel cake, hot food, soda, candy, popcorn.

Films, which will be shown on two screens, are:

Eldred column

Friday, August 30, 2013

Fashion show at Mrs. Bush's

Many of the residents of Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes in Kunkletown remember the days of watching the fashion shows and eating a delicious slice of strawberry pie at Hess's Department Store on Hamilton Street in Allentown.

Those days are gone. But Carrie Shafer, Mrs. Bush's activity director, says they wanted to give the residents a glimpse of current fashions and another taste of strawberry pie so they're holding their first fashion show sponsored by Peebles on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. at Mrs. Bush's Chestnut View home.

Sister Act

Friday, August 30, 2013
brad hurley/times news Panther Valley's volleyball team features three sets of sisters. They are, clockwise, from bottom left, Macey Markovich, Jamie Mikovich, Marley Mikovich, Richelle Van Horn, Kelsey Van Horn and Chloe Markovich.
brad hurley/times news Panther Valley's volleyball team features three sets of sisters. They are, clockwise, from bottom left, Macey Markovich, Jamie Mikovich, Marley Mikovich, Richelle Van Horn, Kelsey Van Horn and Chloe Markovich.

Panther Valley volleyball team features three sets of siblings

The Panther Valley volleyball team had a pretty solid year in 2013. They finished the season with an 11-4 record, qualifying for the district 11 playoffs.

This season, the Lady Panthers are returning six varsity starters and are expected to make some noise in the always competitive Schuylkill League Division 1.

Returning experienced players is always nice, but this year's Panther Valley roster has an added kick.

Summit Hill to celebrate 100th anniversary of Ludlow Park

Friday, August 30, 2013

Historical Society gives $5,000; festivities are planned for 2014

The Summit Hill Historical Society hosted a joint meeting before its regularly scheduled meeting last Wednesday evening to discuss ideas to renovate Ludlow Park before its 100th anniversary during July 2014.

To help kick-off the renovation effort, the Society voted unanimously to grant $5,000 to the effort to begin funding the project which is expected to take several years to complete.

Big push

Friday, August 30, 2013

Obama media blitz targets young Americans

The administration is working feverishly with supporters to sell the Affordable Care Act, the signature piece of legislation of Barack Obama's presidency.

Expect this full court press on the public right up to Oct. 1, when state-by-state health "exchanges" will start to enroll Americans without employer-based health insurance. The Department of Health and Human Services reportedly has a $75 million public relations budget to spread the word through an all-out media blitz, door-to-door canvassing and public events.

Tamaqua news

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bloodmobile

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held in Tamaqua on Friday, Sept. 20, at St. John United Church of Christ on Pine Street. Hours will be from 1-6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds, and is in good general health is eligible to donate.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767.

Garden walk

On this date

Friday, August 30, 2013

August 30, 1991

Jack Norbeck, president of Norbeck Research of Coplay, currently has a research collection on display at the Slatington Library.

His latest exhibition is titled "Harvesters" and covers grains, sugar and cotton from the year 1850 to the present time. The display centers on the progression from horse-drawn to steam tractors.

Over 100 different companies supplied history, pictures, field signs, and models to Norbeck in order to organize his display.

Disorderly conduct

Friday, August 30, 2013

Reginald Thomas II of 68 N. Kennedy Drive, McAdoo, has been cited for disorderly conduct after becoming involved with a confrontation with his father.

The incident took place at 8:16 p.m. on Aug. 22 and reportedly began when the younger man had an argument with a resident at 69 N. Kennedy Drive.

Panther Valley news

Friday, August 30, 2013

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Morning Worship will be held at First Congregational Church at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, followed by Adult Sunday School at 10 a.m.

The church's Women's Class will hold its first meeting of the 2013-2014 year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the church social hall. The theme of this meeting is Keeping a Childlike Innocence. All area women are invited to attend the meetings.

The nursing home ministry team will visit St. Luke's-Miners, Coaldale, at 11 a.m. and MapleShade, Nesquehoning, at 1:30 p.m., both on Wednesday, Sept. 4.