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May 2014

MCTC introduces its 'community heroes'

Saturday, May 31, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Mauch Chunk Trust's 2014 Community Heroes, introduced at the bank's main branch in Jim Thorpe are Edward J. Moyer, left; William H. Diehm, second from left; Ralph C. Lennon, second from right, and James H. Wentz, right. Also pictured are Ida "Butts" Queen, center, and Patrick H. Reilly, third from right, CEO/President of MCT. The "heroes" were on hand Friday to meet the public and pass out "hero" sandwiches and other refreshments.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Mauch Chunk Trust's 2014 Community Heroes, introduced at the bank's main branch in Jim Thorpe are Edward J. Moyer, left; William H. Diehm, second from left; Ralph C. Lennon, second from right, and James H. Wentz, right. Also pictured are Ida "Butts" Queen, center, and Patrick H. Reilly, third from right, CEO/President of MCT. The "heroes" were on hand Friday to meet the public and pass out "hero" sandwiches and other refreshments.

Four local residents have been selected by Mauch Chunk Trust Company as "2014 Community Heroes" in recognition of their outstanding volunteer contributions.

The award recipients, nominated by community residents, will be recognized at a banquet in their honor on Wednesday, June 18, at The Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton.

At that time, Mauch Chunk Trust will present each recipient with an award and a $200 donation to the charity of his or her choice.

"We're a better people"

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dear Hon. John E. Jones,

Just some feedback from a conservative Pennsylvania Dutchman up in the mountains.

I heard what you said, that "we're a better people than what these laws represent." Then, with the stroke of a pen, you extended civil rights and helped to pull Pennsylvania out of the Dark Ages. Our state now has a clearer vision of equality.

But let's face it, in a perfect world, marriage equality would've been a given.

But, you see, some influential politicians in Pennsylvania are, perhaps, not a better people.

Reader's Turn: Are you planning a vacation this summer? Where are you planning to go?

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Drew Wehr, Lehighton "Yes, the Florida Keys."
Drew Wehr, Lehighton "Yes, the Florida Keys."

On this date

Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 31, 1956

Jim Thorpe Area's Parent-Teacher Association held a meeting at the junior high school to install new officers.

Mr. Harry Pry was named president, Mrs. Leonard Houser was named vice president, Mrs. Joseph Weiss was named secretary, and Mrs. Edward Lentz was named treasurer.The installing officer was Mrs. Evelyn Sellers, a member of the board of directors.

A dinner was shared among the P.T.A., and the drama club performed two one-act plays under the direction of Miss Helene Becker.

Longtime park worker honored at MCLP

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Heather Bacsick/Special to the Times News Members of Frederick "Rick" Johnson's family attend the dedication at Mauch Chunk Lake Park recently. Back, from left, are his brother Jody Johnson and his wife, Shelley Johnson, who is holding a picture of Rick Johnson. Seated on the bench named in his honor are his son Joseph Johnson and his mother, Connie Johnson.
Heather Bacsick/Special to the Times News Members of Frederick "Rick" Johnson's family attend the dedication at Mauch Chunk Lake Park recently. Back, from left, are his brother Jody Johnson and his wife, Shelley Johnson, who is holding a picture of Rick Johnson. Seated on the bench named in his honor are his son Joseph Johnson and his mother, Connie Johnson.

Recently, family and friends came to Mauch Chunk Lake Park to remember Frederick "Rick" Johnson. A dedication was made and a bench was named in his honor. Friends and family had a chance to come together and share memories of Johnson.

Johnson, of Summit Hill, passed away two years ago.

His wife, Shelley, said that he loved the outdoors and hunting and fishing. He loved Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

"His love is all over the park. He loved to be here. He loved the people he worked with," Shelley Johnson said.

Police seek man in connection with Nesquehoning drug raid

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Barry Warner Jr.
Barry Warner Jr.

Nesquehoning Chief of Police Shawn Smith said he is seeking a second man regarding a suspected meth lab raid in the borough on Thursday.

Smith said police are trying to locate Barry Warner Jr., 33, whose last known address was in Lansford.

According to Smith, Warner no longer lives in Lansford.

"We know he's not there and we're trying to locate him for questioning," said Smith.

No charges are filed against Warner.

He is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

A day to remember

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friday was Memorial Day, the actual Memorial Day and not the one we set aside on the last Monday of May to celebrate with a long weekend. Most people today associate Memorial Day with our veterans and soldiers, but many do not realize the true origins of the holiday weekend we enjoy as the start of summer. Let's explore this holiday and its traditions.

Social media responds to problem

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Social media companies have policies in place for dealing with cyberbullying.

"Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals," said spokesman Matt Steinfeld.

Among Facebook's rules are that "you may not credibly threaten others, or organize acts of real-world violence."

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

Edwin M. Savacool to Mark S. Savacool, 701 Fireline Road, Palmerton, property at 701 Fireline Road, $1.

Federal National Mortgage Association to Steven L. Hawk, 330 Bridge St., Lehighton, property at 527 White St., $67,000.

East Penn Township

Mark Gunkel to CAD Holdings LLC, Bethlehem, property at 61 Malaty Lane, $56,220.

Franklin Township

Janice J. Yale to Robyn A. Green, 526 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, property at 436 Walnut St., $1.

Jim Thorpe

ISO recipes for cookbook

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Camp cooks, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking for receipies.

Wild-game recipes are being collected and considered for inclusion in a new edition of the Pennsylvania Game Cookbook. Last printed in 1979, the cookbook is being brought back by popular demand, said Lori Mitchell, who heads up the Game Commission's Public Information and Media Services Division.

Let's talk turtle

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Did you see all the turtles?" Harry asked me as we whizzed on by a pond.

"No. And I don't think you saw any either," I smart-mouthed him back. "That's just a log with knobby things on them."

Schuylkill court news

Saturday, May 31, 2014

West Penn Township:

Sheila P. Frymyer and Aaron Frymyer to Aaron Frymyer: Property at 143 Blue Mountain Drive for $1.

Tamaqua:

Bridgette L. Holland to Bridgette L. Shinton: Property at 0, 119 and 123 Lafayette St. for $1.

Jamie Turner to Joseph Yarnell: Property at 0 Cherry St. for $342.80.

Shirley Ann French, executor for the estate of John Trudich, to Peter Trudich: Property at 0 Owl Creek Road for $12,000.

Pathway Properties to Wendy L. Yuengling: Property at 501 Railroad St. for $30,000.

Rush Township:

Schools, parents struggle with preventing social bullying

Saturday, May 31, 2014
TIMES NEWS GRAPHIC BY David W. Rowe
TIMES NEWS GRAPHIC BY David W. Rowe

Using social media such as Facebook, Instagram and ooVoo to connect with friends and enemies is more and more common among teens.

An increase in reports of cyberbullying has prompted schools and telecommunications companies to step up policies aimed at curbing the abuse, while experts are struggling to understand why it happens.

The problem of teens using social media to bully others surfaced recently in Palmerton and Lehighton.

Food choice has far-ranging effects

Saturday, May 31, 2014

President Eisenhower believed that if a nation became Communist, nearby countries would probably do so, too. To explain this, he coined the phrase "the domino theory," and the belief took hold.

This belief led to an action that created as much political unrest in the United States as anything since the abolition of slavery: participation in the Vietnam War.

Towamensing off to a strong start

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Towamensing Yankees opened the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth season with a 3-1-1 record.

The team posted a pair of wins over the Forks Township Falcons and also downed the Franklin Township Hurricanes.

KEYSTONE SENIOR BABE RUTH

Towamensing-Forks Twp.

Cody Peters had two hits, one of them a double, and knocked in three runs to help lead the Towamensing Yankees to a 7-1 victory over the Forks Township Falcons.

The winners finished with 13 hits in the contest.

Extensive damages in crash

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nesquehoning police reported the owner of a vehicle and a juvenile were both cited following a crash in which extensive damages were reported.

Officer Timothy Wuttke responded to an accident at the Lake Hauto Club, where a driver hit a newly installed gate system. Damages were estimated at $4,871.20, police said.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

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A busy bumblebee

Saturday, May 31, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

A lone bumblebee collects pollen from an azalea bush Wednesday afternoon between rain showers.

Be careful or opportunities will pass you by

Saturday, May 31, 2014

By MARTA GOUGER

mgouger@tnonline.com

We all have priorities in life, but sometimes we need a smack in the head to get them straight.

On the Monday following Easter, I checked my Facebook page to find that a dear woman from our church had a heart attack and died.

From police to parish UMC senior pastor says the two callings have a lot in common

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Pastor Elisandra Garcia of the Coaldale and Summit Hill United Methodist churches recently earned a master of divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem.
Pastor Elisandra Garcia of the Coaldale and Summit Hill United Methodist churches recently earned a master of divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem.

Police officers and pastors have a lot in common, according to the Rev. Elisandra Garcia, senior pastor at the Coaldale and Summit Hill United Methodist churches.

Pastor Eli makes that claim based on her personal experience and knowledge, holding a law enforcement degree from Lehigh Career Technical Institute and studying criminal justice at Northampton Community College before answering God's call to the ministry.

Nesquehoning resident charged

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Nesquehoning resident has been charged with several motor vehicle code violations following an incident that was reported on May 26.

Officer Timothy Wuttke received multiple complaints of an all-terrain vehicle operating around the New Columbus area, speeding and going through stop signs.

Wuttke responded to the area and made a stop of Kristina Horn, 124 E. Columbus Ave., driving an ATV. The ATV was towed from the scene.

Another missed opportunity

Saturday, May 31, 2014

It's happened so many times in my life; I didn't think of what I should have said until ten minutes after I should have said it.

This past Sunday, I had the honor of escorting my father, Bob Andrews, to the podium for his induction into the Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame. A great ceremony, by the way. My Dad gave his humbly brief acceptance speech, thanking everyone who helped him along the way. And that's when I should have said it.

I should have said:

"Excuse me, Mister Emcee. Wait Dad. I think we have a little time left.

Business booming at barber shop

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Jordan Reabold/Times News Anthony's Barber Shop on South Third Street in Lehighton offers a variety of cuts for all ages.
Jordan Reabold/Times News Anthony's Barber Shop on South Third Street in Lehighton offers a variety of cuts for all ages.

A new barber shop has opened in Lehighton.

After finishing barber school, Anthony Bekesy took the opportunity to open his own barber shop when Michelle's Hair Salon announced its closing.

"I got my license last spring, and I would rather do my own thing than work for someone else. The opportunity came to open this place, so I took it," Bekesy said.

His business, Anthony's Barber Shop, opened on March 4.

Despite Bekesy's age of 21, opening his first business was not a challenge, and the shop has been doing well.

When finding young wildlife: do not disturb

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Finding a fawn in the woods is not an indication it has been abandoned by its mother, who is in all probability nearby and watching her offspring.
Finding a fawn in the woods is not an indication it has been abandoned by its mother, who is in all probability nearby and watching her offspring.

It appears this is yet another year that the weather has gone from winter into summer, with spring making just a brief appearance.

And based on observations of spring gobbler hunters, the arrival of young wildlife could be a bit later this year. Still, there will be plenty of fawns, poults and other young offspring filling the woods and fields with a few weeks.

Schools report bullying incidents

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Schools are required by the state Department of Education to report incidents that endanger the safety of students. The Safe Schools report includes a list of 50 infractions, ranging from aggravated assault to possession of tobacco. Bullying falls at about the midpoint on the list.

The Department of Education's definition of bullying includes "an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, or a series of acts."

Thanks noted for JT mock car crash

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dear Editor

Single lane on Route 209 McCall Bridge starting June 6

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced the next phase of construction will begin on Friday, June 6 on the project to rehabilitate the structurally deficient US 209 Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge over the Lehigh River, Lehigh Canal and Norfolk Southern rail line in Franklin Township, Lehighton and Weissport boroughs, Carbon County.

Beginning on June 6, the southbound lanes of the US 209 Thomas J. McCall Bridge will be closed, with southbound traffic being detoured on Canal and Bridge streets. US 209 will be open with a single traffic lane northbound.

Drunken driving cases heard in court

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county prison term after previously pleading to a driving under the influence charge, while other defendants charged with drunken driving entered guilty pleas.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II presided.

Barracks' incident

Rebecca Ann Urban, 46, of Lehighton, was sentenced on charges of DUI and driving while under suspension-DUI related.

Neighborhood Watch plans National Night Out on Aug. 5

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nesquehoning wants criminals to know that the borough is fighting back against crime.

During the borough council meeting on Wednesday, Nesquehoning Mayor Samuel Kitchko said that the Neighborhood Watch group has registered the borough for the National Night Out campaign on Aug. 5.

National Night Out is a "lights on" campaign held in over 16,124 communities across the country as a way to teach residents and build relationships between the community and police officers, as well as deter crime. Locally, Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua participate in the annual event.

Nesquehoning citations issued

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations issued.

Officer Robert Blisard issued three speeding citations on May 26: one at Route 54 and Tippets Road, 64 mph in a 40 zone; two at routes 209 and 93, 56 in a 40 zone, and 57 in a 40 zone.

He also issued a citation for an incident on Route 209 between Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning on May 26.

Officer Timothy Wuttke issued a citation on April 20 at Ratcliff Street and Route 209 for an expired registration plate.

Letter to Argall and Knowles corrected

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Editor's note: We are reprinting this letter because some information was typed incorrectly in the Saturday, May 24, edition.

Dear Editor,

Mr. Argall and Mr. Knowles want to do away with the property tax. They want to replace it with a sales tax at a higher rate.

I am asking them to post in the local newspaper everything that is going to be taxed. I mean everything. Ninety to 95 percent of what you purchase under bill number 76 is going to be taxed.