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Monday, November 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Police and firefighters responded late Friday night to an overturned 1993 Ford green pickup truck on Tuscarora Park Road, between Tamaqua and Tuscarora. When they arrived, they noticed the overturned truck and a lot of debris on the road. They said that there was no driver in or around the vehicle. A local search of the area was done without success. Rush Township Police plan on filing charges against Michael Sperbaum, Mahanoy City, the registerant of the overturned pickup. Rush Township Police closed the road for the duration.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The 2012 election is less than a year away. Until recently, the outlook for President Obama winning the election for a second term was not good. This has changed in the last few days. In a poll released November 9, President Obama handily beat both Mitt Romney and Herman Cain. The Democrats are gaining ground and Republicans, who are caught up in the race for the Presidential nomination, are losing popularity. I believe that this is a result of the mudslinging by the Republican contenders.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Pazzazz Chow Chow puppies are engaging, friendly and welcoming to visitors. Karen Tracy, owner, is raising these puppies to be future show dogs and great pets.

Karen Tracy is finally taking steps to reopen Pazzazz Boarding Kennel.

Her thriving, successful boarding kennel that had produced the finest linage of Chow Chow dogs in the United States was destroyed by a propane gas explosion and fire nearly three years ago that has had far reaching effects on her, her business, her dogs and her clients and their owners.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
LaRue Blose, Walnutport - "Yes, we give more today then we used to and we are living on a fixed income. We see the need for it in today's world."

Do you think people, as a whole, are more charitable or less giving today

than they were a generation ago?

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Carol Zickler/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe VFW and Legion accompanied Director of Veterans Affairs of Carbon County, Henry Desrosiers, to MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning, and presented a Veterans Day program. Sixteen veterans from the facility attended the program and had their lunch in the bistro. Participants included, front l-r, MapleShade guests Pauline Graaf, who served in the Provo Marshall's General Office; veterans William Leopold, and John King; middle row l-r, John Gallagher, Francis O'Donnell, Angela Nardini (vocalist), Henry Desrosiers, and Gilbert Henry (chaplain). Back are Ralph Clay, Petty Officer First Class in the Navy Reserves; and Air Force Master Sergeant (Ret) Patrick Rodgers, who both spoke to the group.

As 16 veterans sat in a program at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning, the men and women reflected on their times serving their country.

The program was presented by the Jim Thorpe VFW and American Legion Post, along with Carbon County's Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers.

Pauline Graaf served in the Provo Marshalls Office, and Diana Demianenko said she was in the U.S. Marines. Each one reminisced about their days and where they served.

Angela Nardini sang several patriotic songs and Gilbert Henry, chaplain, gave the prayers.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Peter's E.C. Church, 117 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 19. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. There will be songs, Bible lessons, games and snacks. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I don't like some of the commercials for No Excuses Jeans. But I like the name.

In daily living, no excuses is one slogan that should be branded upon our brains.

It's often easier to make excuses as to why we can't do something than it is to buckle down and do it.

These past few weeks I've had the pleasure of meeting some people who live by the slogan, no excuses. Instead of clinging to reasons why they can't make positive lifestyle changes, they set their minds to meeting goals. The results were astonishing.

Let me tell you about some of them.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Jim Thorpe Borough Council has dealt a setback to a Cumberland County mother and son who want to build a small replica of a castle behind Mauch Chunk Opera House.

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Jim Thorpe Borough Council, the council made a decision on the revocation of the Sewage Enforcement Officer permit for the "Castle" property on Hill Road. The council voted to sustain the decision and revoke the permit.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
BRANDON TAYLOR/TIME NEWS A villager picks tea leaves in a field outside Meijiawu. While most tea leaf picking is done in the spring before summer rains douse the tea plants, locals still take to the hills and valleys in the western hills of Hangzhou to pick leaves for the many tea houses and restaurants in the villages nearby.

There's a saying in China: "Above is heaven, below is Hangzhou." Having visited this city in east central China, I can vouch for this ancient Chinese adage, one that suggests the magnificence of heaven has somehow trickled down to earth. But I would suggest a slight amendment to the assessment: Above is heaven, below is Hangzhou … and people, and people, and people.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

All Saints Episcopal Church, Second and Coal streets, Lehighton, will offer a free community Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. The menu will include turkey, filling, string beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and apple pies. All are welcome.