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Monday, November 21, 2011

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno released a statement on Wednesday in which he said, "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."

How lame is that, Coach?

Would you have accepted that excuse from one of your players? "With the benefit of hindsight, Coach, I wish I had run the route we rehearsed a thousand times in practice." See how stupid that sounds? It doesn't take "hindsight" to know that when some monster is raping children in your locker room, you call the police.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A pedestrian was seriously injured Friday evening after she was struck by a vehicle in downtown Jim Thorpe.

According to Jim Thorpe police, at approximately 6:32 p.m., Michele Leonard, 55, of Sussex, N.J., was attempting to cross Route 209, near the courthouse annex, in Jim Thorpe, when she was struck by a vehicle, driven by Cruzmaria Gonzalez, 66, of Lehighton.

Patrolman Leo Clements Jr., the investigating officer, arrived at the scene shortly after the accident. Leonard was injured and flown by helicopter to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill.

Monday, November 21, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Meed's Memorial United Methodist Church in Nesquehoning get ready to serve a free Thanksgiving dinner to the community. More than 257 people ate a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings with a 3 p.m. and a 5 p.m. seating. The church has been serving the meal for a number of years extending a day of friendship to all who attend.

Monday, November 21, 2011

State Representative Doyle Heffley has written a "letter to the editor" regarding the realignment of legistlative district.

The matter has become controversial in that the only town affected will be Summit Hill. Under the plan, Summit Hill will be switched from the 122nd Legislative District (Heffley's District) to the 124th Legislative District, which is served by Jerry Knowles of Tamaqua and covers much of Schuylkill County and a section of Berks County.

Monday, November 21, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Sandra Williamson of Palmerton stuffs her turkey into a bag as volunteer Ed Weiss and Palmerton Lions President George Unangst watch outside St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmerton on Friday.

A Palmerton family market has done its part to ensure those less fortunate don't go hungry this Thanksgiving holiday.

Out of the goodness of their hearts, the three families who own Country Harvest Family Market on Friday donated turkeys and chickens to the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC).

The turkeys and chickens were given out both at the Country Harvest Family Market, as well as St. John's Lutheran Church to CACPAC, a ministry of 15 Palmerton Area churches.

Sandra Williamson of Palmerton was eager to receive her allotment of food.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Summit Hill Borough Council will begin working on its new budget when it meets in special session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Council President Joe Weber indicated he would like to start budget talks earlier but a state audit was scheduled for this week.

The budget has to be adopted by the end of the year. Weber noted that the budget can be reopened for alterations in January.

Complicating the situation in Summit Hill is that the borough changed treasurers about a month ago after the previous one resigned for another position..

Monday, November 21, 2011

The third annual Breakfast with Santa will take place at Roadies Restaurant at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The event is sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications, Penn's Peak, Roadies Restaurant and Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Breakfast with Santa will benefit children through the local Dream Come True Chapter, with a donation of $1 from every breakfast.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tamaqua area residents are invited to the inaugural Tamaqua Community Advent Breakfast Dec. 3 at 8:30 a.m., hosted by Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk and Greenwoods sts.

The ecumenical event is sponsored by the Tamaqua Ministerial Association, the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, and newly formed the Tamaqua Area Fellowship Network.

An Advent message, music and a candle-lighting ceremony are part of the breakfast program.

Monday, November 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Confused drivers could be seen driving directly up to the road closure. This created issues for local businesses, who had to deal with a constant flow of vehicles turning around on their property.

Despite PennDOT's placement of more than 30 detour, closure and caution signs, many drivers still found themselves lost or confused over the weekend as they negotiated Tamaqua's 18.8 mile SR309 detour.

"Placement and location of closure signs weren't adequate enough," stated Dave Mattson, Tamaqua Chief of Police, adding, "No adequate signs were placed at the SR443 west and SR309 intersection," adding, "Northbound and southbound SR309 traffic should not have been allowed to travel all the way to the closure."

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Tamaqua man was given a jail sentence for burglary of two business places in Tamaqua and was one of 18 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced in Schuylkill County court by President Judge Willilam E. Baldwin.

Damon Lee Cluff, 18, of 245 Cedar St., on charges of burglary of Tommy's Italian Specialty Shop and Padora's Six Pack House, was sentenced to serve three to 23 months in the county prison and received credit for serving 23 days.