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November 2013

Was Thanksgiving sad this year?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sometimes a thought really hits home.

Last week, my friend Pat Eisenberg sent me a social media message via Facebook.

It dealt with Thanksgiving, the holiday season, and the pain it can bring. Pat wanted me to share it.

It said, in part: "It's important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large, wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and sometimes we're overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness.

Jones is NL's 'Mr. Versatility'

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Dick Jones has been a fixture for the Northern Lehigh sports programs over the years. Jones recently completed his 50th season as the timekeeper at Bulldog football games.
Dick Jones has been a fixture for the Northern Lehigh sports programs over the years. Jones recently completed his 50th season as the timekeeper at Bulldog football games.

Richard "Dick" Jones has seen plenty of multi-sport student-athletes at Northern Lehigh get called "versatile."

But for the last half-century, Jones has been the real "Mr. Versatility" for the Bulldogs.

Jones' connection to the Northern Lehigh School District starts back in 1949 when he was just 16 years old. Jones worked for then Slatington High School in the summers while he was still a student in the building. He continued that summer employment through his college years at Kutztown University until he got a teaching job at the high school in 1956.

Game from other states qualify for meat program

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hunters returning from an out-of-state hunt with elk, moose and/or caribou meat can also donate that to the program, as long as the meat has been processed by a licensed meat processor.

Deer meat has been part of America's diet since the time of the Pilgrims.

Three ounces of venison is healthier to eat than three ounces of beef. The venison has 140 calories, 26 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of fat. The beef provides the same amount of protein, but has 179 calories and 7.6 grams of fat.

Normal memory lapses are a pain

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Being of a certain age, I'm having what is considered normal memory lapses. While my doctor assures me, these instances are not considered a warning for dementia, I worry about my mind.

I've spent many a moment wandering through my house looking for my glasses.

To counter the "missing keys" problem, I've learned to put my keys at the same place.

I've given up trying to remember names of acquaintances and have learned to admit defeat and ask them their names.

I haven't missed any appointments since I put everything into my phone.

Christmas sale benefits Lehighton food pantry

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Sarah Dalton, a volunteer with the Trinity Thrift Store in Lehighton, sets out ornaments in preparation for the store's annual Christmas sale, which benefits the Trinity Food Pantry in Lehighton. The sale is going on now through Tuesday.
Sarah Dalton, a volunteer with the Trinity Thrift Store in Lehighton, sets out ornaments in preparation for the store's annual Christmas sale, which benefits the Trinity Food Pantry in Lehighton. The sale is going on now through Tuesday.

On a tight budget? Start your Christmas shopping this weekend at the Trinity Thrift Store in Lehighton. The store will is hosting its annual Christmas sale at Trinity Lutheran Church's Luther Hall now through Tuesday.

The sale will be held today, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. It's a chance to find unique gifts at low prices and to help feed local families with your purchases.

Every dollar received will benefit the Trinity Food Pantry, which provides food assistance to needy families in the Lehighton Area School District.

Old Redford and the sea

Saturday, November 30, 2013

"All Is Lost" is a harrowing tale about a sailor lost at sea.

What's the big deal about that, you might say?

The big deal is that the sailor is played by none other than Robert Redford.

And, at 77, the filming of "All Is Lost" was also likely a harrowing experience for Redford.

"All Is Lost" is all Redford. The character he plays, simply called "Our Man," is the only person in the film, and he's on-screen for virtually the entire film.

The film begins with a voice-over narration by Redford and then a title card tells us it's "Eight Days Earlier."

No more property tax

Saturday, November 30, 2013

For over 30 years, Pennsylvanians have been calling for real property tax reform. Skyrocketing property taxes have paralyzed our state. Our neighbors have been losing their homes. The elderly have to determine whether they pay their taxes or visit the doctor. Young families need to decide if they want to stay in Pennsylvania or leave.

November 30, 2001

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jim Thorpe's interborough bridge was built 50 years ago this month, but instead of celebrating the anniversary, state and local officials are counting the days until the structure can be replaced.

The bridge, which carries 8,000 vehicles across the Lehigh River daily has greatly deteriorated.

Although PennDOT intents to tear it down and build another span nearby, construction is a few years away.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, November 30, 2013

November 30, 2001 Byron Haupt scores 12 second-quarter points to help Lehighton build a lead, and the Indians cruise to a 72-54 win over Palmerton. Haupt finishes with a game-high 18 points as Lehighton hands Jason Weaver his first victory as the Tribe's head coach. Ray Lenhart contributes 12 points in the win while Pete Balogach adds 10 and Danny Miller chips in with nine. For the Bombers, Craig Steigerwalt and Tony Chupa each hit for 14 points.

Shotgun reported stolen in Mahoning

Saturday, November 30, 2013

On November 26th a 20 Gauge Benelli Montefeltro Shotgun was reported stolen by a male hunting along Upper Nis Hollow Drive in Mahoning Township.

Audie Mertz, officer in charge of the Mahoning Township Police Department, said the shotgun is blue with a wooden stock. It has two serials numbers (H186202J) and (N140718U).

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mahoning Township Police at 570-386-2241.

Irish finish regular season today at Stanford

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Notre Dame went back to the run game last week after abandoning it in the second half of the Pitt game, and the results were positive enough to give the Irish a 23-13 win over BYU and move their record to 8-3 with one regular season game left.

ND also got physical, the South Bend media noted, not only on offense but on the defensive side of the ball in beating a pretty good Cougar team that entered at 7-3 and ranked No. 13 in the nation in offense.

Thinking about obesity may keep you from it

Saturday, November 30, 2013

In an article published in early October in his syndicated column, "Stone Age Doc," Dr. Phillip J. Goscienski wrote that grains, sugar, and dairy products food sources not used by humans hundreds of thousands of years ago when our present "body chemistry" was being formed now comprise more than 70 percent of the world's caloric intake.

Retail theft arrest

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported the arrest of Houis Edwards, 60, of Saylorsburg, for retail theft.

The incident occurred at Kinsley's ShopRite store, along Kinsley Lane, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, about 2 p.m. on Nov. 22. Troopers accused Edwards of taking merchandise valued at $39.99 without paying for it.

Get out and shop small this Saturday

Friday, November 29, 2013
GRAPHIC BY DAVE ROWE
GRAPHIC BY DAVE ROWE

Jeannie Carl of Jim Thorpe is hoping to find some unique finds this weekend while enjoying a day in downtown Jim Thorpe.

"We always shop 'Mom and Pop' (shops)," she said recently, noting that her goal is to find the perfect Christmas gifts without traveling to big name department stores in the Lehigh Valley. "The shops in Jim Thorpe have gifts you can't find anywhere else ... not something manufactured in mass quantities. I believe in supporting the 'little guy.'"

Carl added that another reason she likes small town stores is because of the owners.

Tamaqua students tops in phone book drive

Friday, November 29, 2013

Three students from the Tamaqua Elementary School took top honors in the 2013 Schuylkill County Phone Book Collection Drive and were honored by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting Wednesday.

Kathlyn Romig, fifth grader, won top honors by collecting 232 phone books and received a check for $150. Two sisters, Brooke and Katryna Williams, both collected 222 books to share second place and each received a check for $113.

Incident at bus stop reported

Friday, November 29, 2013

An incident at a bus stop resulted in charges being filed against one person.

State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred at Broad Moutainview Drive and Primose Lane, in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, about 2:20 p.m. on Wednesda, Nov. 27..

Troopers allege that Billie Ann Monahan, 33, of Jim Thorpe, assaulted Danielle Rodgers, 34, also of Jim Thorpe, by striking, pushing, and otherwise subjecting her to physical contact in a public place.

Monahan will be charged via summons with one count each of summary offenses of harassment and disorderly conduct.

Penn Kidder Lions name November Student of the Month

Friday, November 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rashawna

Chambers, Albrightsville,

second from the left, has been selected by the Penn-Kidder Lions Club to be the November Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Donna Cowan,

second from the right. With

Rashawna and her mother are the Rev. Kenneth Cathcart, far left, and Lion Enuncio Rivera.

Lehighton Christmas in the Park celebration

Friday, November 29, 2013

Lehighton Downtown Initiative will present a bigger and better "Christmas in the Park," Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

The annual event will be held at the bandshell in the upper park in Lehighton, rain or shine. Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Smith and the Lehighton Band will provide musical entertainment with favorite Christmas Carols, while Senior Girl Scout Troop 583 will provide hot cocoa.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, November 29, 2013

November 29, 1997 John Stanko and Brad Yuricheck combine to go 9-of-10 at the free throw line during the fourth quarter as Panther Valley hangs on to defeat Jim Thorpe, 54-53, in the consolation game of the Schuylkill Haven Tipoff Tournament. Stanko finishes with a team-high 16 points for the Panthers, who turn a six-point third quarter deficit into a seven-point lead in the final frame. Josh Black ends with 13 and is named to the all-tournament team. PV, coached by Cas Kosciolek, also receives nine from Brad Yuricheck.

Arrest made in fire company theft

Friday, November 29, 2013

An arrest has been made in a theft incident at a Schuylkill County fire company.

State police at Frackville said Derek Davidson, 29, of Shenandoah, has been charged with theft and related counts for an incident that occurred at the Continental Fire House in Gilberton, that occurred sometime between Nov. 1 and 5.

Davidson is accused of taking two large bean soup pots and several steel stand/supports from the firehouse.

Drivers injured in Schuylkill crashes

Friday, November 29, 2013

Two drivers were injured in two, one-vehicle crashes, investigated by state police at Frackville on Schuylkill County roads.

A crash was reported at 2:23 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, along Interstate 81 in Ryan Township. Troopers said Kyle D. Matis, 21, of Carlise, Cumberland County, as driving a 2007 Honda Accord southbound and passed a truck. He then made a lane changed into the left lane in front of the truck. As he made the change he had to brake for another vehicle in front of him. When he braked he lost control of his car on the icy roadway.

Alcohol suspected in Lehigh crash

Friday, November 29, 2013

Alcohol may have played a role in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 1:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, along Holbens Valley Road, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said James E. Bachman, 42, of New Tripoli, was driving a 1998 Audi A4 eastbound and negotiating a right curve when the car entered the westbound lane. The car traveled about 60 feet east in the westbound lane before re-entering the eastbound lane.

Socks for Seniors

Friday, November 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mary Ann Dulaney, left; Ruth Weiss, owner of Tommy's Italian Restaurant, Coaldale; and Jess Kutza, with the Socks for Seniors boxes. Items can be dropped off at numerous businesses in Carbon and Schuylkill counties.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mary Ann Dulaney, left; Ruth Weiss, owner of Tommy's Italian Restaurant, Coaldale; and Jess Kutza, with the Socks for Seniors boxes. Items can be dropped off at numerous businesses in Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

Spreading warmth and joy for the holidays

The Socks for Seniors Project is in full swing once again this year, says Mary Ann Dulaney, a coordinator for the project, thanks to an informative article published by the TIMES NEWS in 2012, which sparked interest in the community.

Dulaney and her daughter, Jessica Kutza, coordinate the project together with the assistance of 16 area businesses, and are collecting donations of warm socks and other items to distribute to local nursing home and rehab center residents for the holiday season.

Arrest made in theft of fuel

Friday, November 29, 2013

An arrest has been made in a theft of fuel incident that occurred in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Harold McGurl, 40, of Ashland, has been charged in connection with an incident that was reported on Nov. 14. The fuel was stolen from an excavator parked in a clearing adjacent to Jeff's Swamp Road, a mile west of the intersection with Lincoln Road, in Tremont Township.

Two citedfor incident at inn

Friday, November 29, 2013

Two Schuylkill County residents were cited following an incident at an inn. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred about 9:53 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Days Inn located in North Manheim Township.

Troopers said Adam Mull, 28, and Ayda Ybarra-Duran, 32, both of Tower City, were involved in a physical altercation. During the course of the altercation Mull grabbed Ybarra-Duran by the throat and put her in a headlock. Ybarra-Duran also punched Mull in the right thigh and scratched his neck.

Santa's Winterfest open for family fun

Friday, November 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Sitting in Santa's chair, Dean and Angie Moyer, owners of Waldorf Entertainment, operate Santa's Winterfest, which is open weekends through Dec. 22.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Sitting in Santa's chair, Dean and Angie Moyer, owners of Waldorf Entertainment, operate Santa's Winterfest, which is open weekends through Dec. 22.

With its life-size Christmas characters and holiday activities, it's a must-see attraction.

Welcome to the fun factory that is Santa's Winterfest, located in the fairgrounds at Country Junction in Lehighton.

Opened last weekend, Santa's Winterfest will continue to run weekends only, through Dec. 22. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors will see such featured attractions as Santa's Festival, as well as Twinkletown.

Elks Hoop Shoot first place winners

Friday, November 29, 2013
Elks Hoop Shoot first place winners
Copyright 2013

The Tamaqua Elks held their 42nd annual National Hoop Shoot for boys and girls ages 8-13 years old. The winners of the contest will now advance to districts that will be held at Epiphany School in Sayre on January 25th. The Following were the winners; L-R: Ashley Jones (10-11), Zoe Seltzer (8-9), Brady Sherry (8-9), Derian Stianche (12-13), Luke VanBuskirk (10-11), Emily Titus (12-13).

Student jailed for air gun

Friday, November 29, 2013

Bail set at $100K for JT incident

A Jim Thorpe Area High School student was arrested and jailed Wednesday after authorities learned he had brought a gun to school.

Sabir Duncan Johnson, 18, of Albrightsville, was charged by borough police with a misdemeanor one count of possession of a weapon on school property and misdemeanor three count of persistent disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned before District Judge Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe and committed to the county prison in Nesquehoning after failing to post $100,000 straight cash bail. A preliminary hearing is set for 1:15 p.m. on Dec. 11.

Worldwide Children's Remembrance Observance to take place in Carbon

Friday, November 29, 2013

Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton, will again offer an annual candle lighting service to remember children who are gone too soon. The second Sunday in December of each year is designated as "Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day." It is a time to commemorate and honor the memory of children who have died at any age from any cause.

On that day, at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 8 Zion U.C.C. will host a program that will include reading, music and candle lighting, along with the opportunity to recognize children's, siblings' and grandchildren's names.

Thanksgiving feast donations

Friday, November 29, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7217 collected enough food to furnish a complete Thanksgiving dinner for 10 families in need. Several baskets of food contain not only a turkey, but some received a chicken and a ham, along with several canned goods and more. They received donations of money and food items at Redner's in Northampton, Country Harvest in Palmerton and Pathmark in Walnutport. Pies were donated through Faith Ohl from a fundraiser by Dance with Kim for costumes.

Crashes probed

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on two crashes investigated by troopers.

A one-vehicle crash was reported about 2:52 p.m. on Nov. 22 along White Church Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Howard A. Kresge, 82, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus northbound and attempted to make a right-hand turn at the "T" intersection with Warner Drive, and failed to complete the turn.

His vehicle traveled into a ditch on the southbound side of the road with the front end impacting with the ditch.