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Friday, May 17, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Elissa Garafolo - president/executive director of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. stands on the steps of the Carbon County Courthouse as she leads a tour of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee in Jim Thorpe.

State Sen. David Argall (R-29), chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee chaired a public hearing on the future of Pennsylvania's Main Street and Elm Street programs on Thursday in Jim Thorpe.

"I'm the new chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee," Argall said as he toured the Historic District of Jim Thorpe. "In the last 30 years we've seen a lot of progress here in Jim Thorpe. We are here to learn from those involved what's worked, and what hasn't worked, so that other communities can gain from their experience."

Friday, May 17, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County commissioners present the Victor Pituch Good Sportsmanship award to representatives of the Panther Valley Team at a banquet Thursday marking the end of the 2013 Carbon County Senior Games. From left are: Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein, Commissioner William O'Gurek, Games Director Victor Pituch, PV Team representative Sue Dopira, Games Coordinator Anne Horrigan, and PV Team representative Tom Zuber.

After seven days of fierce but friendly competition, the 25th Carbon County Senior Games wrapped up Thursday with a banquet and celebration.

"The Senior Games 2013 were absolutely wonderful. It's because the people keep coming every year, and they make it wonderful. They are so easy to work with, and to watch them enjoy themselves is a joy for us," said Games Coordinator Anne Horrigan of the Area Agency on Aging.

Friday, May 17, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 18th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will take place this weekend. Festivities will kick off with a Native American Indian tribute featuring Don Wild Eagle at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Thorpe being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Setting aside contracts and legal battles, the town of Jim Thorpe will celebrate the life and legacy of its Native American Indian namesake this weekend. The 18th 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 featuring Don Wild Eagle at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Thorpe being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Friday, May 17, 2013

In the election article in Thursday's TIMES NEWS regarding the battle for tax collector in Mahoning Township, it was incorrectly stated that Republican Wanda Cunfer has no opposition.

Another Republican candidate is Todd Koller.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error.

Friday, May 17, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Harley Schlier, 4, of Lehighton, is all smiles as she takes a spin on the Pony Cart ride as part of Kids Ride Special Day on Thursday at the eighth annual Crusaders For A Cause carnival in Palmerton.

They rocked and they rolled with not a care in the world.

Such was the relaxed mood Thursday for the opening of the eighth annual Crusaders For A Cause carnival held in the Palmerton Borough Park.

The absolutely glorious weather made for a fantastic start to the four-day event, said Christina Obrecht, president of Crusaders For A Cause.

"It's beautiful today," she said. "It should pick up after dark, and definitely tomorrow [Friday]."

Friday, May 17, 2013

Children's activities

The Preschool Story hour will be at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays. The last regular story hour will be June 7.

Tail Waggin' Tutors will resume in October and will take place on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. until noon. Pre-registration is required at (610) 826-3424.

For more information on the watercolor painting class offered on Tuesdays, call the instructor at (610) 824-4961.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Lehighton AMVETS will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Lehighton V.F.W. Election of officers for 2014 will be held.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Offices of sheriff and DA up for election this year

The offices of sheriff and district attorney in Schuylkill County are up for election with the two major political parties seeking nomination of candidates in the Municipal Primary Election, which will be held Tuesday, May 21. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. There is also nomination for a magisterial district judge seat.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Participants in Carbon County Senior Games's bingo and card contests Wednesday, the final day of contests, stayed intent on their numbers.

The South Team, composed of senior citizens from Lehighton and Palmerton, kept its lead over the North Team, composed of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder, and Weatherly.

At the close of the card games, the top total scorer thus far was Lehighton, with 648 points, followed by Jim Thorpe with 312, then Panther Valley with 175, Palmerton with 117, and Weatherly with 22.

The team results were:

Bingo:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

S.S. Palmer Elementary School principal Mary Brumbach has announced the third marking period honor roll and principal's list.

Honor roll

Third grade: Bryan Behler, Autumn Benedict, Noah Blichar, Jessica Dooley, Emma Drehemsis, Jacob Gergar, Kadin German, Zakiya Griffin, Olivia Hollenbach, Haily Hottenstein, Carl Jacob Kern, Alleigh Leverence, Mason Marlatt, Brynn Merkel, Avery Miller, Alexia Roseberry, John Schaible, Bradyn Shelly, Shaun Shirk, James Silfies, Valerie Solt. Crysta Strohl, Jesse Strohl, Mason Stroup, Joshua Suto, Francesca Webb, Aidan Wentz, Kai Yuhas