Saturday, July 30, 2016


Saturday, June 25, 2016

The black gnat problem this year is horrendous. The outdoor quality of life is near zero under the onslaught of these blood thirsty pests. The state administers and provides a spray suppression program that vastly reduces the gnat problem. The program is administered in conjunction with individual counties. According to the State’s gnat suppression website Carbon County, and its commissioners, declined to participate in the suppression program.

Friday, June 24, 2016

A sesquicentennial observance refers to the 150th anniversary of a “significant event.”

Such an event occurred in 1866 when the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania decreed that Lehighton shall be a borough.

As befits all significant events, Lehighton’s past, present and vision for a promising future will be celebrated through week-long events starting with opening ceremonies at noon on Saturday,and culminating with the sesquicentennial parade at noon, the closing ceremonies at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. onJuly 2.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Just two days before Omar Mateen murdered 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, House Speaker Paul Ryan released a national security plan called “A Better Way.”

The four-step plan on the campaign’s website zeros in on how to “defeat the terrorists,” “protect the homeland,” “tackle new threats” and “defend freedom.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Times News readers are a generous bunch. They are eager to help those who face adversity and those who have been through a traumatizing, life-altering event.

Unhappily, con artists are equally aware of this generosity and prey on those with a good heart.

A number of funds have been started for the families of victims of the Orlando shootings. Additional funds have begun for the family of the 2-year-old Nebraska child who was snatched by an alligator at Walt Disney World and killed.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As a community we are faced with a potential crisis. The Bethlehem Water Authority has leased the watershed to Iberdola/Atlantic Wind for a wind farm development. The project will consist of 37 industrial wind turbines that are 525 feet high, these will be some of the tallest wind turbines in the country.

Monday, June 20, 2016

After nearly five years of stonewalling and lawsuits, PPL and the Public Utility Commission have finally has come clean on what happened after a freak October snowstorm in 2011 when a company executive intervened resulting in his

Tamaqua neighborhood being restored to power four hours earlier than a higher priority neighborhood in Nesquehoning.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Although I had to be out of town for business when Nestle announced it was withdrawing its application at the Eldred Township Board of Supervisors’ meeting, I have no difficulty imagining the emotion that filled the room. That emotion comes from countless hours from many people who worked so very hard. The planning commission was bombarded with questions, concerns and observations at every turn.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thank you to everyone for the great turnout for our Lehighton Memorial Day service in the park! It turned out to be even more grand than I expected, except for the sound system. Most of us in attendance could not hear what I’m sure were very fine speeches which took those people a lot of time to prepare. Either the sound system is not so good, or the speakers were not told how to speak into the microphone so they could be heard. I’m sure by next year’s Memorial Day service in the park, everything will be just fine.

Friday, June 17, 2016


I’ve owned a home on South First Street since October 2004. As I am now retired I have been trying to sell it and move to an apartment to cut down on living costs. It is a shame that I cannot get even what I paid for it nearly 12 years ago.

Friday, June 17, 2016

To the editor,

The government will spend billions of dollars on the Zika virus. The government will also spend billions of dollars on windmills and solar panels.

Windmills and solar panels have killed thousands of birds and bats. Birds and bats eat insects. The fewer birds and bats, the more insects there will be. The more insects there are, the more diseases they will transmit to humans.

The following is taken from an article written by Paul Driesser and Mark Duchamp: