Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 7, 1954 — Dick Koons leads a 16-hit attack as Lehighton upsets Jim Thorpe in a Tri-County Legion game, 7-2. Koons collects four hits, one a double and one a triple, and scores a run. Dick Koch adds three hits and a run, while Gerry Rothermel contributes two hits and a pair of runs. Bob “Cookie” Arner gains the pitching win, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out five. The winners, managed by “Moose” Kunkle, also receive two hits and a run from Ron Moyer. Despite the loss, Thorpe clinches the league title when second-place Hazleton loses its game.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Greek attends Crosby Hockey School

Angelo Greek got to experience the opportunity of a lifetime when he attended the Sidney Crosby Hockey School last month.

The son of Michael and Michelle Greek, Angelo was picked to take part in the five-day hockey camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins star at his hometown Cole Harbour Place in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, skating on the same rink Crosby did when he was growing up.

Though not the product of hockey fans, Angelo fell in love with the sport when he attended a Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins game at 7-years-old.

Friday, August 4, 2017
Beltzville State Park is lucky to have lots of “friends” that like to spend time on projects there. Here are some of the volunteers who are members of the Friends of Betzville State Park. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Historically, the definition of “friend” was a noun. A friend was a person, and someone felt an affection or shared a bond with that person. You could “befriend” a person, but you couldn’t “friend” a person – at least, not until Facebook came along. Today, “friend” can also be used as a verb.

Friday, August 4, 2017
Kareem Mickens

Kareem Mickens graduated from Jim Thorpe Area High School in 2010. He was a three-sport standout who competed in cross country, basketball and track where he was a two-time District 11 champion.

Friday, August 4, 2017

August 5, 1997 — Tom Kattner pitches a two-hitter to lead Nesquehoning to a 3-1 victory over Franklin Township in a Panther Valley Little League tournament contest. Kattner walks two and strikes out 10. He also helps his own cause with a hit and run scored. Nick Collura collects two hits, one an RBI double and the other a solo homer. Justin Jachowicz chips in with an RBI single, while Tyler Balliet contributes a hit and run scored.

Friday, August 4, 2017

To get the most out of this column, you’ll need to picture some things too small to see in a number too large to comprehend.

But that will allow you to entertain an emerging theory as to why the percentage of overweight and obese people in the U.S. has skyrocketed in the last quarter century.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Lehighton Area School District will be selling fall season tickets and season passes for the 2017 season.

Tickets can be purchased Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the high school main office beginning Monday, Aug. 14 until Friday, Aug. 25.

Following are the plans available:

Football season ticket - Will be $30 for adults and $15 for senior citizens/students. This will include tickets for the five home varsity games and a reserved seat. There will be no parking passes this year.

Friday, August 4, 2017

August 4, 2007 — Derek Rottet collects three hits and knocks in four runs to help the West all-stars cruise to a 17-2 victory over the East in the annual Panther Valley Little League tournament all-star game. Rottet, from Tamaqua #1, delivers two-run singles in both the first and third innings. Tamaqua #1’s Ryan Karnish adds two hits, one a double, and an RBI while teammate Luke Matsago blasts a solo homer. For the East squad, Palmerton-Towamensing’s Tim Mann hits a home run.

Friday, August 4, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) – Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley has reached a deal with prosecutors who charged him with striking a security guard at Madison Square Garden.

The Daily News ( ) reports that charges against Oakley will be dismissed and sealed after six months of good behavior.

Oakley said Friday that a trial would waste time and money that should be used to “keep the streets better for kids.”

His lawyer says Oakley didn’t need a trial to prove his innocence.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 3, 1986 — Kyle Williams collects three hits, including two during an eight-run third inning, to help Franklin Township post an 18-0 Panther Valley Little League tournament win over McAdoo. Williams delivers a key double during the big frame that pushes Franklin’s lead to 11-0. Nelson Ulshafer finishes the contest with a single and a double, while Chris Green adds a pair of hits. Todd Knappenberger adds a home run. Greg Zinner, the winning pitcher, and Green combine on a three-hit shutout.