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August 2013

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.

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
 Ruth Porter, Walnutport - "Yes. I think they are."
Ruth Porter, Walnutport - "Yes. I think they are."

Are Our Local Schools Safe Enough For Our Children?

Becoming American: A study in traditions

Saturday, August 31, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Martin Chalupa, left, shows Slovakian graduate student Michaela Luterancikova information about his father, who immigrated to the United States from Slovakia in 1903.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Martin Chalupa, left, shows Slovakian graduate student Michaela Luterancikova information about his father, who immigrated to the United States from Slovakia in 1903.

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.

County in danger of losing $4 million in grant money

Friday, August 30, 2013

Funding needed for the Packerton Yards project

Carbon County officials are hoping to retain a $1 million grant earmarked for the proposed Packerton Yards Business Park. If the grant is lost, the county is at risk of losing an additional $3 million in funds.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-1 to adopt a resolution acknowledging construction costs for the proposed industrial development of the 59-acre plot that straddles Mahoning Township and Lehighton.

Cited for DUI

Friday, August 30, 2013

A Drums man will be cited by McAdoo Police following a traffic stop on Aug. 3.

Tyler Nelmes of 252 E. County Road was operating a white Dodge Dakota pick up truck, traveling south on Kennedy Drive at 9:10 p.m., when he came to the attention of the an officer on patrol. The truck's license plate lights were not working and Nelmes failed to use a turn signal.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Nelmes. There was also an open can of beer in the back seat as well as a full case of beer on the floor.

Real estate firm in Palmerton operates under new name

Friday, August 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Keller William Real Estate team include, front l-r, Sue Kromer, administrator, Tiffani Christman, marketing director, Jim Christman, associate broker; back l-r, Rachel Rzepiela, administrator, Mary Rogal, agent, Mary Jo King, buyer specialist, Matthew Kessler, agent, and Tom Rogal, agent. Missing from photo is Amanda Raudabaugh, agent.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Keller William Real Estate team include, front l-r, Sue Kromer, administrator, Tiffani Christman, marketing director, Jim Christman, associate broker; back l-r, Rachel Rzepiela, administrator, Mary Rogal, agent, Mary Jo King, buyer specialist, Matthew Kessler, agent, and Tom Rogal, agent. Missing from photo is Amanda Raudabaugh, agent.

It may be under a new name, but its core values remain the same.

Keller Williams Real Estate in Palmerton will hold its grand opening from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

As part of the occasion, an iPad and other items will be raffled off to all those who attend. Refreshments will also be served.

Located at 362 Delaware Avenue, the business has been in operation since December. Prior to that, it had done business as Christman Realty since 1999.

Gilbert's American Legion Post 927 installs officers

Friday, August 30, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The American Legion Post 927 Riders 2013-2014 officers are, from left, Glenn Smith, road captain; Wanda Murphy Smith, chaplain; Debbie Shaver, secretary; John Farmer, 1st vice president; and Everett Shaver, president.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The American Legion Post 927 Riders 2013-2014 officers are, from left, Glenn Smith, road captain; Wanda Murphy Smith, chaplain; Debbie Shaver, secretary; John Farmer, 1st vice president; and Everett Shaver, president.

The American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert held the installation of officers in its various groups, on Saturday, Aug. 24 in its outdoor pavilion. Officers and guests were honored at a dinner afterward.

The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders comprise the American Legion family.

John Krebs, 30th District Commander performed the installation duties.

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.