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Thursday, May 19, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Germantown Grove Club member Brad Hurley (left) and Air Force MSgt Patrick Rodgers, son of Germantown Grove Club founder Phil Rodgers, help fifth grade L.B. Morris student Luke Hartrum display his catch of the day.

The Dolon-Jones-Martino Post 304 Special Kids Fishing Party for kids from schools all over Carbon County was held last Thursday and Friday along the stream running through the Germantown section of Jim Thorpe.

The event was sponsored by the Germantown Grove Club and the Jim Thorpe American Legion Post 304 and this was the 57th year for this event which hosted approximately 240 students over its two day run.

It was all started in 1954 as an American Legion function by Germantown resident Phil Rodgers and others.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Residents who live in the Palmerton Area School District will likely see a 12.6 percent increase in their property tax rates next year.

The school board on a 7-2 vote on Tuesday agreed to grant proposed final adoption to the 2011-12 proposed budget, which calls for a 5.506-mill increase. Directors Carl Bieling and Carol Dwyer were opposed.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Newly-elected Carbon County Judge Joseph Matika with his wife, Jeanine, during a victory celebration at their Lehighton residence last evening. Attorney Matika will fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge David W. Addy, who died at the age of 52 on Dec. 17, 2009, just four years after he was elected to the bench.

The issue of who will serve as Carbon County's newest judge was resolved Tuesday.

Attorney Joseph Matika of Lehighton won on both the Democrat and Republican ballots over opponent attorney James Lavelle of East Penn Township.

Had voters split the votes by party, then the judgeship wouldn't have been decided until November. Both candidates cross-filed.

Both are assistants to District Attorney Gary Dobias.

Matika, of the Summit Hill law firm Velitsky and Matika, isn't scheduled to be sworn-in as judge until January.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Christine A. Fauzio won the Democrat's nod for supervisor candidate in Penn Forest Township, yesterday.

She defeated opponents Harry J. Connolly and Keith L. Knappenberger in party voting.

Fauzio netted 149 votes, Connolly got 122 votes, and Knappenberger recevied 112 votes.

She will oppose Republican Salvatore L. Baldassano, who wasn't opposed, in November.. He got 284 votes.

For a six-year term as auditor, Donna M. Briglio won over Coletta Oshin, 227-80, on the Democratic ticket.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Incumbent Lansford Borough council members have won their parties' nomination for election to three of the four open four-year terms, according to unofficial tallies.

The top vote-getter was Democrat Rose Mary Cannon, with 232 votes. Democrat Mary Kruczek received 212 votes, and Republican Andrew Snyder got 127 votes. There were also 102 write-in votes on the Democratic side and 54 on the Republican side. The names of those candidates have yet to be released.

In addition to Cannon, Kruczek and Snyder, Democratic Councilman Tommy Vadyak's term was also open.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Special Olympics of Carbon County will host a Track and Field Competition at the Jim Thorpe High School stadium as part of the Birthday Celebration Weekend on Saturday, May 21. Athletes from Columbia, Montour, and Luzerne counties will be attending.

The Opening Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and athletes will be attending the unveiling of the newest statue at the mausoleum of James Thorpe. That program begins at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A contested race for nomination to four open four-year terms on Summit Hill Borough Council shook out with Democrats Francis O'Gorman Jr. was the top vote-getter with 464 votes; incumbent Michael Kokinda II was second-highest with 429 votes; incumbent Michael Alabovitz with 388 votes and Jesse Walck came in at 331 votes, according to unofficial tallies.

Trailing were Karen L. Ruzicka with 258 votes; Thomas A. Tkach with 231 votes and Louis Alexander with 205 votes.

There were 8 Democratic and 67 Republican write-in votes, but the names have yet to be released.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rod E. Green, an incumbent supervisor, had no opponent in his re-election bid yesterday.

The Republican got 328 complementary votes.

There were no candidates on the Democratic ticket.

For a 6-year-term as auditor, Betty J. Wolfe, a Democrat, was not opposed and got 241 votes.

She will have opposition in November, with Republican Howard R. Boehringer Jr. also seeking the six-year term. He got 276 votes.

There were no candidates for a four-year-term or for constable in the township.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Five incumbent members of the Tamaqua Area School board won both nominations of the Republican and Democratic parties and assured themselves of another four year term.

There were five candidates seeking the four spots and all cross-filed.

On the Republican side the winning order follows Wanda Y. Zuber 1,545, Robert W. Betz 1,515, Eileen A. Meiser 1,489, Daniel E. Schoener 1,478 and Larry A. Wittig 1,421. The fifth hopeful, Tracy A. Perry got 713.

On the Democratic side the order follows Zuber 571, Meiser 564, Betz 542, Schoener 496 and Wittig 462. Perry received 458.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The AARP Safety Program is offering a four-hour classroom refresher/defensive driving course at the Chestnuthill Park Building on Saturday, June 18. The course, open only to those who have previously taken the eight-hour course, will run from 1-5 p.m.

For individuals who need the 8-hour course, it is being offered on two Saturdays July 16 and July 23.

For more information or to make a class reservation, call (570) 619-4006.