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May 2014

Schools, parents struggle with preventing social bullying

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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.

Two Mahoning residents facing drug charges

Saturday, May 31, 2014
David Smith
David Smith

Two Mahoning Township residents are facing drug related charges as a result of an incident on Friday.

Police said that at 11:52 a.m., on Route 443, a Ford Ranger traveling east on pulled into the path of a Mahoning Township Police Department SUV.

The vehicle then turned onto Mall Road into the path of an oncoming westbound midsize pickup. The pickup was forced to brake and swerve as a result.

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.

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.

A busy bumblebee

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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

What is right and what is left?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Are you right; will you be left? Are you left; will you be right?

My thought is there are two definitions of the right and the left. One has to do with nationalism; that is, the presence of it or the lack of it. The far right would be nationalism to the point of aggression. The right would be the patriots who hold their principles in the Constitution as it is written. The left would be those who prescribe to the "one world" global philosophy.

Be careful or opportunities will pass you by

Saturday, May 31, 2014


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.

"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.

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.

Supervisor appointed to planning commission

Saturday, May 31, 2014

At the Eldred Township May meeting, Vice Chairman Mary Ann Clausen announced that Supervisor and secretary Sharon Solt has been appointed to the Monroe County Planning Commission Executive Board to represent the township and the West End municipalities.

Need for newalarm company

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.

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


Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 31, 1981 A two-run triple by Karen Klotz highlights an eight-run third inning and Lehighton cruises to a 10-4 victory over East Stroudsburg in a District 11 Class AAA softball playoff game. The Indians, coached by Joel Christman, receive two hits and two RBIs from Barb German while Beth Bevington adds two hits and scores a pair of runs. Winning pitcher Beth Smith tosses a six-hitter and also contributes at the plate with a hit and two runs scored.

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.

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.

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.

Commencement in Tamaqua

Saturday, May 31, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Commencement in Tamaqua Tamaqua Area High School Principal Stephen Toth is flanked by, left, Salutatorian Tyler Ruch and right, Valedictorian Jared Sharpe. Commencement was held Friday at the school. A full article on the commencement will be appear in a special tab in the Times News on Thursday, June 26.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Deeds recorded


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

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."

Eldred passes Zoning and SALDO amendments

Saturday, May 31, 2014

There was a public hearing among all the CJER townships held at the West End Fire Company on May 1 to consider the adoption of the 2014 Zoning and SALDO amendments, as well as the official map.

At that hearing, all three Eldred Township supervisors were present and voted unanimously for the adoption of the amendment ordinances and official map. The zoning ordinance became Ordinance 2014-1 and the SALDO Ordinance became 2014-2. Additionally, the other three townships adopted their own individual amendments.

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.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Another one bites the dust

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Where are all the Catholic schools?

Oh that's right, they're closing.

After 128 years of providing a Catholic education, SS. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton is closing.

Parents and students learned of this in a letter sent home in the students' backpacks.

What a cowardly way to inform one of such an important decision. Questions have been asked with no answers provided by either the diocese or pastor.

No one seems to care about the students. If it's costing them (the diocese) money, close it down.

Court news

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Divorces started

David R. Sterling, 430 S. Third St., Lehighton, filed against Jillyan A. Sterling, same address. They were married Feb. 14, 2004.

Robert B. Gorski, 1082 Old Stage Rd., Albrightsville, filed against Jill R. Gorski, same address. They were married April 7, 2007.

Mikisha Acevedo 222 W. Ridge St., Lansford, filed against David J. Acevedo, 1132 N. Spring St., Apt. 2, Reading. They were married Nov. 2, 2007.

Diane L. Brong, 1807 Route 534, Albrightsville, filed against Jeffrey A. Brong, 1101 Walnut St., Freeland. They were married June 24, 2000.

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.

Cited for underage drinking

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nesquehoning police reported an arrest for underage drinking.

Officer Carl Breiner filed a nontraffic citation against Elijah Frey, of 221 E. Railroad St., for an incident at the borough foot bridge off Willow Lane which occurred on May 9.

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.

Businessman Katz buying Philadelphia newspapers

Saturday, May 31, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Businessman Lewis Katz and philanthropist H.G. "Gerry" Lenfest will take over Philadelphia's two largest newspapers from their partners with an $88 million auction bid.

Katz and another businessman, George Norcross, had bought The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and the news website for $55 million in 2012. But they began feuding and competed to take control at Tuesday's auction.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

While covering the Memorial Day services at Kennedy Park in Lansford on Monday, an elderly gentleman suddenly collapsed to the ground.

I turned around and watched as people rushed to his assistance.

Fortunately, two nurses happened to be among the spectators and were able to attend to him until the ambulance came (which took way too long, in my opinion).

As for me, all I could do was stand there, watch and pray.