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Saturday, June 29, 2013
The Oorang Indians, a fledgling NFL franchise, was more of a Wild West show than a serious football team. Jim Thorpe was the coach and his brother, "Jack Deadeye" Thorpe, who played guard, center, tackle and wingback, was a member of the 17-player, all-Indian football team.

Once upon a time, Jim and "Jack" Thorpe played pro football together. The year was 1923, and the team was the Oorang Indians, a fledgling NFL franchise that was more of a Wild West show than a serious football team.

Jim Thorpe was the coach and his brother, "Jack Deadeye" Thorpe, played guard, center, tackle and wingback as a member of the 17-player, all-Indian football team.

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Close the Loop offers Pa. blue glass mulch and many other vibrant colors of tumbled landscaping glass, along with recycled rubber pavers, rubber mulch and landscape timbers and curbs made from waste tires.

Rita Lacey of Kunkletown is trying to make more Americans understand and learn the importance of recycling, and be open to supporting companies that sell recycled products. That's why she began her own business called Close the Loop, a PA Benefit Corporation.

After 13 years in Kunkletown, Close the Loop now opened a new more- central location on Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road in Gilbert next to the American Legion.

Saturday, June 29, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dale Freudenberger was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Lehighton Rotary Club. As Anthracite Regional Coordinator for Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, he discussed the new Lehighton trailhead - which is located on the site of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad Station and tracks in Lehighton. Participants at the meeting are, seated l-r, Rotary District Governor-Elect Irene Carey, Assistant Governor Barbara Belon; standing l-r, Freudenberger, and Lehighton Rotary Club Immediate Past President Erica Heery.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players"...William Shakespeare's "As You Like It."

Last fall, my niece Abby and I were making cupcakes. As we were working in the kitchen I said, "We need a little music." Abby, who was 12 at the time, loves music and singing. She has a beautiful voice. She had performed in Towamensing Elementary's musicals since she was in fourth grade and sings in our church's choir.

"Have you ever heard the music from "The Phantom of the Opera?" I asked.

"No," was her reply.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

JIM:

When I was a kid, Mad Magazine ran a regular feature called "Spy v. Spy." Two pointy nosed guys - one all black and one all white - vied with one another with hilarious results. The comic strip was a put up of the CIA and the KGB, and the Cold War in general.

The CIA was easy to lampoon. Its widely publicized, inept efforts to assassinate Castro - exploding cigars, a wet suit lined with poison, even a defoliant to cause his beard to drop out (killing his persona, if not him) - seemed absurd.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

We are about to celebrate the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2013.

"It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776

Saturday, June 29, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee's unanimous vote to recommend the confirmation of Judge Correale F. Stevens to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Stevens, a former Luzerne County district attorney, county judge and state representative, most recently served as the president judge of the state Superior Court.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Colony collapse disorder continues to plague the bee population.

It means honey bees are disappearing in alarming numbers.

This is a big deal because, for one, bees play an important role in our food supply.

Some alarmists quote Albert Einstein: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live."

This probably isn't true and Einstein never actually said it. But bees are very important.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

More than 20 years ago, I wrote a column about being in the bologna generation. I had been caught between my mother's generation and my daughter's. I was squeezed between two age groups - like a piece of bologna in a sandwich. I wasn't the top or the bottom - I was the filling.

When you are part of the bologna generation, you have concerns about both the elderly and the young members of your family. You strive to meet the needs of both. Most of the time, you feel inadequate.

Saturday, June 29, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Some improvements could be forthcoming to the downtown park in Lehighton, thanks to a $339,000 grant the borough has received.

"Downtown revitalization" was at one time common terminology in Lehighton, referring to the First Street, Second Street, and Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard areas of the borough.

Little activity has occurred in the past few years but the phrase has indications it could be revived.

Nicole Beckett, Lehighton Borough Manager, noted this week that two major things are restoring portential to the concept: