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November 2013

Route 248 East closed in area of Palmerton

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pennsylvania Route 248 Eastbound is closed due to debris on the side of the roadway.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the closure is between Delaware Avenue and Pennsylvania Route 946 in Palmerton.
Check back for more information as they become available.

Wait nearly over for firearms deer season opening

Saturday, November 30, 2013
With this year’s latter start to the statewide firearms deer season hunters may have more opportunity to hunt in the snow, which aids in tracking and seeing deer.
With this year’s latter start to the statewide firearms deer season hunters may have more opportunity to hunt in the snow, which aids in tracking and seeing deer.

Break out all the clichés about good things coming to those who wait. Or, for Pennsylvania's deer hunters, maybe not, as they are just happy the wait is nearly over for the opening of the two-week statewide firearms season, Monday, Dec. 2.

This is the latest opener for the statewide firearms deer season, which ends Saturday, Dec. 14, in years because of the way the calendar falls this year. With the opening day of the season held the Monday following Thanksgiving, the season gets underway a week later than it does in some years.

Hawk Mountain given $100,000 state grant

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Photo courtesy of Hawk Mountain Hawk Mountain is working to protect two critically important parcels: a forested slope on its eastern approach, and 60 acres of riparian habitat located directly below the North Lookout in Schuylkill County.
Photo courtesy of Hawk Mountain Hawk Mountain is working to protect two critically important parcels: a forested slope on its eastern approach, and 60 acres of riparian habitat located directly below the North Lookout in Schuylkill County.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has been named the recipient of a $100,000 Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant.

The award is one of 116 greenways, trails and recreation projects to receive dollars through Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Funds, administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, and will be used to help protect a 25.3-acre forested slope that buffers Hawk Mountain and the Appalachian Trail in Berks County, and a 60-acre riparian parcel beneath the North Lookout at Hawk Mountain in Schuylkill County.

Last of the lucky generation?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

For decades, reaching for any part of the American dream almost guaranteed a better living standard than the previous generation.

For those willing to work hard and gain the needed education or training, the reward was usually having more than your parents did.

Those days might be over.

At least by anecdotal evidence, many kids today are having a hard time matching what their parents had.

A job that would last?

Not as easy to come by as in previous generations.

A guaranteed pension plan?

Gone with the wind.

Doing more with less

Saturday, November 30, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Stephanie Reppert, Tamaqua, a cataloguer at the Tamaqua Public Library, uses one of the facility's computers Tuesday morning to do research.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Stephanie Reppert, Tamaqua, a cataloguer at the Tamaqua Public Library, uses one of the facility's computers Tuesday morning to do research.

Tamaqua library struggles with funding cutbacks

How can a facility with less money offer more services to more people?

That's the question faced by the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 South Railroad St., a heavily-utilized resource facing a unique situation.

All public libraries are struggling to stay afloat after being hit hard by cuts in grants and state funding over the past few years. But as the second largest library in Schuylkill County, the issue is one of trying to serve an expanding population base when money is dwindling.

"We're seeing population growth in our service area," librarian Gayle Heath said.

Numerous incidents reported in Mahoning

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Several incidents were reported by Mahoning Township Police.

On Feb. 16, at 3 a.m., police said they observed a vehicle traveling 35 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. In addition it allegedly swerved over the center line, and the shoulder of the road. The driver Candace Lloyd, 37, of Nescopeck was found to be under the influence of a drug, police said. A blood test showed the presence of Alprazolam (Xanax). As a result Candace has been charged with two counts of DUI, driving on roadways laned for traffic, and minimum speed regulations. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15.

PSU looks to end season on positive note

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Nittany Lions look to end their season on a good note this week as they travel to Camp Randall Stadium to take on the 14th ranked Wisconsin Badgers (3:30 ET, ESPN).

Unfortunately, for Penn State (6-5, 3-4 BIG 10) Wisconsin is really good and besides Ohio State it's probably the toughest team on their schedule. The Badgers (9-2, 6-1 BIG 10) present a lot of challenges for a Nittany Lions defense that has struggled a ton this season.

772-pound bear heaviest of two-day total of 2,044

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A male bear with an estimated live weight of 772 pounds is the heaviest of the 2,044 bears taken by Pennsylvania hunters after the first two days of the four-day statewide firearms season. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials will release the final totals for the season later, as well as the number taken during the five-day archery and other early seasons.

Over the first two days of the season, bears were taken in 51 counties. Tioga County produced the most bears with 154.

Reward offered over copper theft

Saturday, November 30, 2013

On October 29, Moyer Well Drilling of Gilberts Hill Road, Mahoning Township, reported a burglary.

Township police said a lock had been cut off a rear door. The firm told police a half roll of copper wiring valued at $500 had been stolen.

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

New Tamaqua pastor felt calling at early age

Saturday, November 30, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Darryl Kensinger is the new pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Darryl Kensinger is the new pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua

Four decades ago, Darryl Kensinger pulled up a chair at the family table and bent his head for the blessing, which was a family tradition. As he listened to the familiar words, he started thinking about their true meaning.

It was an evening in August. He was 12.

"I remember clearly the moment I felt the calling, and I immediately told my parents that I wanted to preach," said Darryl Kensinger, who is the new pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua. "It led to a family discussion on the meaning of words and the importance of prayer."

The beauty of the county seat

Saturday, November 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Some of the most prominent landmarks of the town of Jim Thorpe are seen in this photo. St. Marks Episcopal Church, the Carbon County Courthouse, and the Asa and Harry Packer Mansions.

Family loses cat in Parryville fire

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Family loses cat in Parryville fire
Copyright 2013

A Parrryville family is being helped by the Red Cross after a fire damaged their home at 326 N. Fireline Road, Parryville. The fire broke out about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

James Brown Jr., lieutenant with the Parryville Fire Company, said Gary Conklin, his wife, Mindy; and two children are mourning the loss of a pet cat, which perished in the fire. Brown said one of their pets did survive, but he didn't have any information about the pet which was rescued.

Thanks-mas

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I'm writing this before Thanksgiving. So my head is still swimming with lists of things to do, items to not forget on my next (hopefully last) trip to the grocery store, trying to figure out what time I should start the turkey and wondering if one bottle of wine will be enough ... for me ... to get through hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house.

I, for one, will not venture out on Thanksgiving to shop. Thanksgiving is a day that should be totally devoted to family and giving thanks for all our blessings.

Outgoing Lehighton school director chastises members

Saturday, November 30, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Dave Krause
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Dave Krause

Lehighton Area School Board Director Dave Krause bid farewell to the school board at the last meeting.

With 112 school board meetings under his belt, he dispensed advice on how he feels the school district can improve.

"Unfortunately, the past two years have been somewhat of a disappointment and a step backwards especially in regards to academics and facilities," Krause said.

Tamaqua teen achieves Eagle Scout

Saturday, November 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Connor Veglia, 18, of Tamaqua, built benches and picnic tables for his Eagle Scout project.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Connor Veglia, 18, of Tamaqua, built benches and picnic tables for his Eagle Scout project.

A Tamaqua teen recently completed his Eagle Scout project to earn Eagle Scout status. His project included three separate project sites.

Connor Veglia, 18, has earned 48 merit badges during his active 11-year scouting career. Veglia was nominated and achieved his Order of the Arrow - "Brotherhood and Ordeal" through the Black Rock District, Hawk Mountain.

Routines

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Life can be wonderful and exciting. It can also be boring and dull. But, even boring and dull days can be very comforting.

Some folks laugh at senior citizens who follow a set routine. The young'uns chuckle at the "early bird specials" in restaurants. They chortle at the "early-to-bed, early-to-rise" sleep habits. They poke fun at the shuffleboard games, the low-impact exercises, and the bathroom habits of their elderly relatives.

Be wary of drillingon Broad Mountain

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Editor:

I had the opportunity to take a driving tour of Game Lands 141 on the Broad Mountain. Very nice and very informative. Since the tour however, a lot of questions are stirring in my head.

The bridges they put in are great. Their construction is suitable for Patton to cross with an army of tanks.

Our early history

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Harrison Hoppes, the former 1953 Lehighton High School Senior Class President and Valedictorian has retired to his boyhood hometown of Lehighton. During his career, Hoppes chalked up degrees in engineering, management and a doctorate in business administration, and attained positions of chairman, corporate vice president and director of operations in a variety of high-tech companies.
Harrison Hoppes, the former 1953 Lehighton High School Senior Class President and Valedictorian has retired to his boyhood hometown of Lehighton. During his career, Hoppes chalked up degrees in engineering, management and a doctorate in business administration, and attained positions of chairman, corporate vice president and director of operations in a variety of high-tech companies.

Lehighton native pens book 'Behind the Blue Mountain'

Harrison Hoppes is back. The former 1953 Lehighton High School senior class president and valedictorian has retired to his boyhood hometown of Lehighton.

During his career, Hoppes chalked up degrees in engineering, management and a doctorate in business administration, and attained positions of chairman, corporate vice president, and director of operations in a variety of high tech companies.

Snow days

Saturday, November 30, 2013

As I write this week's column the list of schools that have canceled or are operating on a two-hour delay are scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen.

A light dusting covers the ground and there is a mixture of rain, sleet and freezing rain slated for later in the day.

Winter begins.

Unofficially of course, but with the frigid temperatures and chilly precipitation, it's here.

The evils of the 'knockout game'

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Editor,

Concerning the sadistic"knockout game," only an insecure punk would partake of such cowardice action. They think they're cool, and a real tuffie, but the opposite is true.

Wait until one of them morons cold cock an armed second amendment advocate, we'll see who gets up off the ground.

Is the knockout game a hate crime? I'd say 'yes.' Only God haters would do such mischief. Let the tv babysit the youth, and have violent games teach them, and the streets empower them, and this kind of evil hybrid will continue to replicate.

Mouse in your house?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The State Game Commission (Wildlife Management Agency) says the most inexpensive and effective way to get rid of a mouse problem is to set traps. Available at most hardware stores and feed mills, mouse traps should be baited with cheese or peanut-butter and placed at locations where mouse droppings or damage have been found. Set more than one trap and move them around until you start catching mice. Don't stop until sightings and damage stop.

Auditions being held for sign language TV Network

Saturday, November 30, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Performers auditioning for Sign Language Network flank producers. Clockwise from bottom left: Nicolas Zablotsky, an unknown applicant, Gabrielle Fritz, Raymont Anderson, producer Theressa DuBois, talent manager Sheenah Niobe, David Konyk, Samantha Midkiff, Brooke Stern, and Sophie Burkhart.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Performers auditioning for Sign Language Network flank producers. Clockwise from bottom left: Nicolas Zablotsky, an unknown applicant, Gabrielle Fritz, Raymont Anderson, producer Theressa DuBois, talent manager Sheenah Niobe, David Konyk, Samantha Midkiff, Brooke Stern, and Sophie Burkhart.

Actors, singers and dancers are being auditioned for 200 openings to support a new Lehighton-based Sign Language TV network scheduled for a February 2014 kickoff.

The as yet unnamed channel will provide 24-hour broadcasting on a national basis on both cable television and Internet streaming with sign language support for the deaf on all programming- news, weather, drama, variety and talk shows.

Charged with DUI by Mahoning police

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jeremiah David Victor Jackson, 33 of Philadelphia was stopped on Oct. 5 by Mahoning Township police for alleged careless driving on SR443.

Police said Jackson repeatedly drove off the road, and did not have his lights on after sunset.

Police also said a blood test showed a BAC of .127 percent.

Jackson has been charged with two counts of DUI, careless driving, driving on right side of roadway, and period for required lighted lamps.

Lehighton Elementary schools wrap-up Red Ribbon Week

Saturday, November 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Proudly displaying their "Chain of Promise" are East Penn Elementary School Red Ribbon Ambassadors, from left, third graders Tyler Solt and Rachael Carr and fourth grader Hailey Miller. The paper chain signifies that each classroom has made a promise to "Make healthy choices in life no bullying and no drugs."
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Proudly displaying their "Chain of Promise" are East Penn Elementary School Red Ribbon Ambassadors, from left, third graders Tyler Solt and Rachael Carr and fourth grader Hailey Miller. The paper chain signifies that each classroom has made a promise to "Make healthy choices in life no bullying and no drugs."

Elementary schools throughout Lehighton Area School District recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week. The weeklong event emphasizes a strong message of anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse, and anti-bullying.

"This is the second year the elementary schools have participated in this nationwide celebration," said elementary guidance counselor Deb McKain. "This year's theme is 'A Healthy Me is Drug Free.'"

Hunters encouraged to donate deer meat

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The venison will be given to state's food banks

Were's the beef? Or more accurately, where's the meat?

That's a question that few food bank organizers can answer. Although the state's food banks are bolstered by many food donations, the element of a balanced diet that's most often lacking is meat.

Since 1991, hunters have been helping to tip the scales in their favor by participating in the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program (www.sharedeer.org), headquartered in Harrisburg. There are 40 states which take part in the program, and Pennsylvania ranks among the most successful.

Reader's Turn: Nov. 30

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Stephanie Reppert, Hometown: I think it's silly. I think our consumer-driven culture is over the top. By December 26, the bathing suits will be out. Stores being open, it's not fair - the point of a holiday is that you get a day off.
Stephanie Reppert, Hometown: I think it's silly. I think our consumer-driven culture is over the top. By December 26, the bathing suits will be out. Stores being open, it's not fair - the point of a holiday is that you get a day off.

Question: What do you think about stores being open for shoppers on Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving cooking adventures

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. If you braved Black Friday I hope you survived relatively unharmed and with everything you were hoping to find at the malls or stores.

Everyone has their own traditions around the holidays and Thanksgiving is no exception. When I was younger while my grandparents were living, my mother usually cooked on Thanksgiving. Through most of my childhood everyone who was available came to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.

Police getting new cruiser Video camera, computer will be installed

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Lehighton Police Department will be getting a new police cruiser.

The borough council agreed to buy a police car that is equipped comparable to a state police unit.

The new police car, which will have a video camera and a computer, is being purchased from Sunbury Motors at a cost of $46,272. One other bid was received from Whitmyer Auto Group of Mount Joy at a quotation of $47,170.

Sergeant Joseph Lawrence of the police department said four firms were solicited to submit bids.

Carbon County property transfers

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Michael A. DeFrancisco Sr. to Walter Beishline, Box 452, Tresckow, property at 37 W. Oak St., $70,000.

Franklin Township

Josephine Cutola to Albert F. Lombardo, 955 Green St., Lehighton, two transactions, lots 4 and 6, Pine View Acres, $1 each.

Jim Thorpe

Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, McLean, Va., property at 42 E. Fifth St., $1.

Kidder Township

Wayne E. Kinsey to Wayne E. Kinsey, West Chester, Pa., Lot 13A, Kinsey Plan, Lake Harmony, $1.

Lansford

When your home gets invaded by critters

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The pitter-patter of little feet can be an endearing sound. But not if it's coming from your attic.

It's the time of year when the weather turns chilly, nudging mice, squirrels, chipmunks and even raccoons to seek the warmth of humans' homes. While the wild creatures may be cozy inside, they're also liable to chew on wiring and insulation, get into pantries to raid cereal boxes, and leave urine and feces throughout the house.

Adult education

Saturday, November 30, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Adult Education Site Supervisor Francine Garenty-Kluck sits in CCTI's Nurse Aide classroom where she organized the Fall class which is completing their certification program.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Adult Education Site Supervisor Francine Garenty-Kluck sits in CCTI's Nurse Aide classroom where she organized the Fall class which is completing their certification program.

Programs return after a two year absence at CCTI

After curtailing many of its Adult Ed programs over the past two years due to recession-driven funding cuts, adult education has returned to the Carbon County Career & Technical Institute.

For those who have been patiently wondering about CCTI's Adult Ed's status, fearing that it may not return, perhaps a quote from Mark Twain is in order, "The report of my death was an exaggeration," he said.