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Thursday, July 7, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua was closed this morning as workers from Radocha Excavating, Coaldale, razed two Tamaqua duplexes (four homes, 5-11 on South Lehigh Street) that were destroyed during a Tuesday morning blaze that left 11 people displaced. The cause of the fire is still ruled as undetermined.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Steve Braithwaite's banana car had residents doing a double take recently as the strange looking vehicle peeled through the area.

Steve Braithwaite, Coopersburg, has spent more than two years building a banana car that he plans to drive around the world.

The car, which literally is a giant banana, was built on the frame of a late 80s/early 90s Ford F-150 pickup and seats four.

"I have always been into building hot rod cars and for a while, I had been wanting to build something unusual," wrote Braithwaite on his website.

Braithwaite and his brother, Spade, plan on leaving for their four-month worldwide journey in the spring of 2012.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking over the 25 duplicate medals of Jim Thorpe's pre-Olympic victories are, from left, Anne Marie Fitzpatrick of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend Committee; Chuck Gentile, sports director at the U.S. Army War College at the Carlisle Barracks, and his wife, Wanda Gentile; Craig Zurn, president of the Jim Thorpe National Bank; and Raymond Brader of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend Committee.

While it is generally known that, at a ceremony in 1983, duplicates of the gold medals that Jim Thorpe won for his record-breaking performance in the Decathlon and Pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics were presented to his family, it is much less known that in 1969, a series of duplicate medals of Thorpe's AAU victories were likewise struck and given to his family members.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Rotary Club donated $200 to the Tamaqua Public Library to be used towards the cleaning or repairs of books. The donation will also help towards the library's large book and bake sale, their largest yearly fundraising event, which will be held on Saturday August 6, the same day as Tamaqua's Community-wide Yard Sale. Pictured from left are Tamaqua Rotary Club secretary Gary Price, Tamaqua Public Library director Gayle Heath and Tamaqua Rotary Club President-elect Rebecca Lentz. For more information about the library's fundraising event, call the library at (570) 668-4660.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Chris Keller, right, owner and operator of the new shop in Slatington, Spoked Up, receives a Welcome Basket from the Downtown Revitalization Task Force of Northern Lehigh Future Focus members, left to right, Dan Stephens, Future Focus president, Gerry Fedorcha, Past President of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, Walter Niedermeyer, Mayor of Slatington and Les Glanz, Future Focus Chairman. Spoked up is located at 578 Main St. and specializes in BMX bikes, parts and repairs of bikes. "We're here for bikers and to support their hobby or sport," says Chris.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Adam Thieling, NCC student and part-time employee of Chestnuthill Township, Bernie Kozen, Director of West End Park and Open Space Commission and Dave Fleetwood, Chestnuthill Twp. supervisor, are cutting down trees and clearing brush at the future site of the West End Regional Park walking trails, pavilion and small parking lot. They hoping for more volunteers to help them on the project.

The first phase of the West End Regional Park is now in progress.

A handful of volunteers have begun cutting brush and clearing trees so a bid can be released to make walking trails, erect a pavilion and small parking lot on land acquired off Evergreen Hollow Road on Merwine-Hilltop Road in Brodheadsville.

In 2002, Chestnuthill, Ross, Eldred and Polk townships acquired 244 acres from Nettie Romascavage to create the West End Regional Park.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Carbon County Fair is seeking crafters and display vendors for the fair to be held Aug. 10-14 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton. Vendors selling craft items are encouraged to participate, as there will be a specially designated craft tent. All food vendor spaces are filled at this time.

A vendor's midway decorating contest, "Going Hog Wild at the Barnyard Boogie," will be held this year, with an opportunity to win free or partially funded space at next year's event.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board placed 40 teacher aides into a furlough pool, due to the transfer of programs or classes and elimination of positions currently funded by nonappropriated or reduced grants. The action was taken at a recent meeting held at the Maple Avenue Campus in Marlin, Norwegian Township. At a previous meeting, 27 professional and non-professional staff members were furloughed.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The 41st Annual Men of Marian Summer Picnic will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 29-31. The three-day picnic/festival will be set up on the school grounds.

Festivities will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. with music provided by "Kartune." The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday and feature entertainment from the country band "Crazy Heart." Sunday's event will begin at 4 p.m. with music from the ever-popular "Remember When."

A huge flea market will again be a part of the picnic.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Schuylkill County commissioners called the report submitted by Children and Youth Services Agency "heartbreaking," when it was reported 45 children entered placements during the second quarter of the fiscal year.