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Thursday, February 24, 2011

An article that ran in Wednesday's edition incorrectly stated that student Logan Thomson was named to the Region 5 Band Festival for a third straight year. This is actually the first time Thomson has been named to the region festival. She was named to the District 10 Band Festival three straight years.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Eldred Township Supervisor Sharon Solt noted that Wednesday, March 2 Monroe County will begin its kick-off of its 175th anniversary. It will be held at the Monroe County Commissioners meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the administration building, 1 Quaker Plaza, Stroudsburg.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Contestants and Legion Officials gather on stage after the completion of the Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Pa. American Legion which was held this past Saturday in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium. Pictured from left to right are Chuck Weber, Nicole Watts, Aaron Campbell, Reginald Johnson, Hortense Toliaferro, Christopher Anderson, Harry J. Wynn III, and Joseph Kluk Sr.

The Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Pa. American Legion was held Saturday in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium.

This year's competition saw three contestants hoping to advance to the State Oratorical Contest which will be held in Harrisburg.

While each contestant's primary speech was of a prepared subject of their own choosing, they were then each given the same "Constitution-based" subject to speak on for a five minute follow-up speech.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Jack Thorpe  in tribal costume

John "Jack" Thorpe, son of athlete Jim Thorpe, died in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Tuesday, at the age of 73.

He joins the spirit of his father, who is buried in Jim Thorpe.

At the time of his death, Jack Thorpe was suing the Borough of Jim Thorpe for the return of his father's remains.

Last June Jack Thorpe filed a federal lawsuit against the borough, seeking to have his father's remains returned to his homeland and re-interred near other family members in Oklahoma. He cited in the lawsuit the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Three area Military Officers were recently selected for promotion in rank within their respective services.

Captain Brian Hummel, U.S. Army was selected for promotion to the rank of Major.

Hummel, originally from Tamaqua, is an Army AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter Pilot currently stationed in Fort Benning, GA serving as a flight instructor pilot with the 1st Air Cavalry Division. He will deploy with the same group to Afghanistan in April 2011.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several cars were damaged Wednesday afternoon when a male driver suffered a medical problem while driving east on SR443 in Lehighton. The incident began when several motorists notified the Carbon County Communications Center of an erratic driver operating a van east just east of the Graverville light and swerving into the opposite lanes and off the roadway. A short time later an accident was reported on the parking lot of the Beacon Diner. When police arrived they found an incoherent male behind the wheel of the van suffering a diabetic problem after his blood sugar took a sudden drop.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® is in need of individuals to step forward and volunteer their time and friendship, in order to assist with wish fulfillment. As members of "wish teams," volunteers are an important component of fulfilling wishes. Working together, the "wish team" meets with the wish child's family, acts as a liaison between the Foundation staff and the family, and aids in determining the most suitable wish for the child. Through their empathy and warmth, volunteers help to make the wish process as carefree and unforgettable as possible for every member of the family.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Todd Zimmerman of Mantzville has visited Egypt three times and continues to advocate the establishment of the Sadat World Peace Center. He has plans to visit Egypt later this year on the 30th anniversary of Anwar Sadat's assassination.

Todd Zimmerman has watched the overturn of power from the Mubarak regime in Egypt and other developments in the Middle East with interest.

Zimmerman has visited Egypt three times and was planning another trip for later this year, the 30th anniversary of the assassination of former president Anwar Sadat, in order to call attention for the need for the World Peace Center that Sadat once proposed.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Quick response by several Northampton County fire companies is being credited for saving a home along Three Mile Lane in Lehigh Township. The fire was first reported as an electrical fire but was soon upgraded to a working dwelling fire. The site is just off SR145 along the Lehigh River in a very confined area. Firefighters found smoke coming from the two story wood frame dwelling on the second floor. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Homecoming Service was held this morning in St. John's United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, with 485 people in attendance. This service was the third in a month-long series of dedication services for the new church. The homecoming banquet held after the morning service had 425 people attending. Paul H. Miller served as the master of ceremonies. Miss Annie Stein was honored as the member with the longest continuous membership, having been confirmed in 1896.