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Friday, May 18, 2012
Dylan Avery, 3, of Whitehall, successfully lures in his shark in the Catch A Shark Game Thursday at the Crusaders For A Cause Carnival held in the Palmerton Borough Park.

More vendors, along with absolutely gorgeous weather, can prove to be quite the prerequisite for success.

Perhaps that best explains why this year's Crusaders For A Cause Carnival was able to get off to such a sublime start on Thursday.

The seventh annual event kicked off in a big way in the Palmerton Borough Park, as many a child took advantage of a rides discount as part of the Kids Ride Special Day.

Kelly Avery, of Whitehall, said she and her son, Dylan Avery, 3, attended the event for the first time and gave it a thumbs up.

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Lansford man faces child endangerment and other charges after taking his year-old son on a motorcycle ride down a borough street.

Patrick Kelly Jr., 26, 19 E. Kline Ave., faces the charges from an incident which took place on April 6 on E. Kline Avenue. Charges of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of riding on motorcycles were filed by Officer Christopher Ondrus.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Kay I. Crebs (Mrs. Frank Crebs) of Lehighton R. 1 has received a certificate qualifying her as a Certified Graphonalyst. The International Graphoanalysis Society, based in Chicago, Ill., granted the certificate to Mrs. Crebs after she successfully completed an 18 month extension course in the principles and techniques of handwriting analysis.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Join Tuscarora State Park naturalist and volunteer "Pap" Knauss from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 27, on the "Spirit of Tuscaroa Trail." The trail is 4.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The trail winds through several diverse habitats with a beautiful view of the Tuscarora Lake cove. Those planning to hike should meet at the upper beach parking lot at Tuscarora State Park. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along well with people and pets. Pre-registration is required by calling Robin at (570) 467-2506 or online at www.dcnr.pa.gov under the calendar of events.

Friday, May 18, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 16th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festivities will kick off with a Native American Indian tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum on Saturday at 10 a.m. The ceremony will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Thorpe winning the 1912 Olympic gold medals.

It's been 100 years since King Gustav V of Sweden presented gold medals to Native American Indian Jim Thorpe for the athlete's performance in both the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Olympics.

The king proclaimed, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world."

In his usual modest way, the quiet athlete responded, "Thanks, King."

This weekend, the community that bears his name will celebrate the life and legacy of Thorpe. The 16th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, May 18, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, Hailey Parks and Joshua Weidenbaum, both Sophomores at Pleasant Valley High School, won first places in the Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference and now qualify to compete in the Nathionals. Their adviser is Ms. Melissa Ruschak, business teacher at PVHS.

Pleasant Valley High School students competed at the Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference at Hershey Lodge in April and walked home with several wins. Two students won first place awards which qualifies them to go on to the National level to be held in June in San Antonio, Texas. They are, Hailey Parks and Joshua Weidenbaum.

Friday, May 18, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Margaret Surdovel

Northern Lehigh Area High School senior Margaret Surdovel has been named the Slatington Woman's Girl of the Month for May.

She is the marching band president and is a member of the Concert Band, Concert Choir (President), Lehigh County Chorus, the Class of 2012 Historian, vice president of Interact Club, president of Library Club, a member of School Theatre Productions, Newspaper, Yearbook and SADD.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Jay Smarr, local folk musician, will be performing at Tuscarora State Park visitor center from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 27. This informative yet musical program highlights the struggles and disasters of coal miners in Northeast Pennsylvania. Document and researched original compositions are presented by first explaining their origin, then musically through song. Jay Smarr accompanies his vocals with guitar, claw hammer, banjo, fiddle and a form of clog dancing. Coal mining photos, books and chronicles are also shared with the audience.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at Lengyel's Restaurant at 83 W. Catawissa St. in Nesquehoning.

The program will include a presentation by the Labor Representative for Highmark Insurance and by Barbara Sipler regarding the State Budget impacts.

The Chapter will discuss the endorsement process for local candidates and the Chapter's outreach to retired union members.