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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Special Olympics of Carbon County will host a Track and Field Competition at the Jim Thorpe High School stadium as part of the Birthday Celebration Weekend on Saturday, May 21. Athletes from Columbia, Montour, and Luzerne counties will be attending.

The Opening Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and athletes will be attending the unveiling of the newest statue at the mausoleum of James Thorpe. That program begins at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A contested race for nomination to four open four-year terms on Summit Hill Borough Council shook out with Democrats Francis O'Gorman Jr. was the top vote-getter with 464 votes; incumbent Michael Kokinda II was second-highest with 429 votes; incumbent Michael Alabovitz with 388 votes and Jesse Walck came in at 331 votes, according to unofficial tallies.

Trailing were Karen L. Ruzicka with 258 votes; Thomas A. Tkach with 231 votes and Louis Alexander with 205 votes.

There were 8 Democratic and 67 Republican write-in votes, but the names have yet to be released.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rod E. Green, an incumbent supervisor, had no opponent in his re-election bid yesterday.

The Republican got 328 complementary votes.

There were no candidates on the Democratic ticket.

For a 6-year-term as auditor, Betty J. Wolfe, a Democrat, was not opposed and got 241 votes.

She will have opposition in November, with Republican Howard R. Boehringer Jr. also seeking the six-year term. He got 276 votes.

There were no candidates for a four-year-term or for constable in the township.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Five incumbent members of the Tamaqua Area School board won both nominations of the Republican and Democratic parties and assured themselves of another four year term.

There were five candidates seeking the four spots and all cross-filed.

On the Republican side the winning order follows Wanda Y. Zuber 1,545, Robert W. Betz 1,515, Eileen A. Meiser 1,489, Daniel E. Schoener 1,478 and Larry A. Wittig 1,421. The fifth hopeful, Tracy A. Perry got 713.

On the Democratic side the order follows Zuber 571, Meiser 564, Betz 542, Schoener 496 and Wittig 462. Perry received 458.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The AARP Safety Program is offering a four-hour classroom refresher/defensive driving course at the Chestnuthill Park Building on Saturday, June 18. The course, open only to those who have previously taken the eight-hour course, will run from 1-5 p.m.

For individuals who need the 8-hour course, it is being offered on two Saturdays July 16 and July 23.

For more information or to make a class reservation, call (570) 619-4006.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The landscape of Panther Valley School Board won't be changing much, according to unofficial results of Tuesday's primary election. All candidates, except for Democrat Michelle Markovich, cross-filed for the five open seats.

Total Democratic votes were: incumbents Anthony DeMarco, 1,126 votes; William J. Hunsicker Sr., 1,013; newcomer Michelle Markovich, 923; Jeffrey Markovich, 911; R. Mickey Angst, 790 votes. There were also 118 write-ins.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Six candidates vied for nomination to four open four-year terms on Nesquehoning Borough Council.

According to unofficial tallies, the top four vote-getters on the Democratic side were Frank Jacobs with 340 votes; Robert J. Marouchoc with 303 votes; Donato DeMarco with 288 votes; and Mark Stromelo with 286 votes.

Democrats Salvatore A. Digiglio had 257 votes; and Michael T. Sniscak came in with 214 votes.

Republicans Richard Zabroski received 148 votes and Michael R. Frey got 122 votes. there were 33 Republican write-in candidates.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Sunday School, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, is hosing a benefit Spaghetti Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Proceeds benefit Richard "Digger" Bloom.

A Sunday School class at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, is gearing up to serve an All You Can Eat Community Spaghetti Dinner, to raise funds for a man who was injured in a swimming pool accident last year. The spaghetti dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the church. For ticket information, call Jan at 570-386-2073. The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, applesauce, drink and a homemade dessert.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Three incumbents and a newcomer won nomination to three open four-year terms and one open two-year term on Palmerton borough council, according to unofficial tallies.

Democratic incumbent Christopher Olivia won 356 votes; Jeremy Barbosa won 314 votes to four-year terms; there were also 3 Democratic write-in votes.

Democrat incumbent Randolph M. Gursky won 402 votes to the two-year term. There was 1 write-in candidate for that office.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Four candidates competed for nomination to three open four-year terms on Jim Thorpe borough council.

According to unofficial tallies, Democrats Betsy Ahner had 553 votes; John T. McGuire got 533 votes and Joseph F. Krebs received 458 votes. There were also 88 Democratic write-in candidates.

Republican Louis M. Hall received 218 votes, and there were 54 Republican write-in candidates.

The names of the write-in candidates have yet to be released.