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Friday, May 13, 2011

Voters going to the polls on Tuesday, May 17, for the Primary Election will not have many choices, despite the fact that this is a local election year with borough council, township supervisor and school board seats up for nomination.

Party nominations will be decided for both the Democratic and Republican parties, but there are not a lot of battles for those nominations to local government.

Following is a rundown for area boroughs and townships.

Tamaqua

Friday, May 13, 2011

Citizens of Jim Thorpe voiced concerns about the skateboarding ban during public comment at Thursday night's borough council meeting. The council was questioned how parents, children, and residents of Jim Thorpe could help reinstate skateboarding.

Skateboarding was banned last year from roadways, sidewalks, and any public property. Currently there is no skate park in Jim Thorpe.

"We have tried things in the past. There was no responsibility held by anyone. The area that was given was trashed," stated Borough Council President, John McGuire.

Friday, May 13, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/Special to the Times News Robert Stettner and Reta and Bill Stein, organizers of the Victory Park Disc Golf Tournament.

The 6th Annual Victory Park Open Disc Golf Tournament was held at Victory Park in Slatington on Saturday.

Thirty-four participants gathered to compete and win trophies. The entrants were assigned to one of the four categories: 17 and under; 18 and over; 40 and over; and the Pro Division.

"The Victory Park Disc Golf attracts people from all over the area," said Robert Stettner, who presided over the tournament, with help from Bill and Reta Stein.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Five county attorneys are seeking the nomination to fill a vacancy brought after the retirement of Judge D. Michael Stine as an Associate Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County.

There is also a spirited contest in next Tuesday's primary election among eight candidates for a district justice seat in the Frackville-Ashland area and there are contests for a seat on the state Superior Court and Commonwealth Court.

County races

Friday, May 13, 2011

Next Tuesday's Primary Election will determine the slate of candidates hoping to run local governments and in Schuylkill County, there are a number of contested seats for voters to ponder.

The election is also different from other years as neither of the parties, Republican or Democratic, endorsed candidates where there are contests. It is every candidate for himself.

Friday, May 13, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Artist Nic East with his metal sculpture, Jabberwocky. On Sunday, May 15 East will give a lecture and demonstration of his stained glass art and a tour of his studio and gallery.

Galleries, tours, tastings, workshops, shows - its all part of the Jim Thorpe Art Weekend, to be held Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 in and around downtown Jim Thorpe.

The beautiful Lehigh River Valley and the Victorian architecture of Jim Thorpe has helped to transform the town into an artist's destination. Its main streets are filled with art galleries in buildings dating to the mid-1800s.

From realism to abstract impressionism, from painting to sculpture, from poetry to music, Jim Thorpe has a lot of art to offer.

Friday, May 13, 2011

They'll have an extra kick in their step as they lap around the track in their quest to slay the dragon known as cancer.

This year's Relay For Life of Palmerton and Surrounding Areas will be held from May 21-22 at the Palmerton Area High School stadium at 325 Fireline Road.

The 24-hour event starts at 10 a.m. May 21 and ends at 10 a.m. May 22. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Palmerton-based event.

Chris Borger, publicity chair, said the theme of this year's Relay is "Cancer Loses When Everyone Plays to Win." She said the goal this year is to raise $90,000.

Friday, May 13, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Danielle Ann Woods, 22, of 30 W. Holland St., Summit Hill, was arraigned before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, Thursday afternoon for allegedly stealing and forging a check from a client. Woods was employed as a caregiver for the victim at the time of the March 3 incident. Woods allegedly attempted to cash the other woman's Social Security check. Charged with forgery, theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception, she was escorted to her arraignment by Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Pennsylvania has moved a step closer to banning the sale of a trio of synthetic drugs, including the stimulant known as bath salts.

On Tuesday, the proposed legislation cleared the Senate by unanimous vote, and is now headed for the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.

Once signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, the legislation would ban the sale of bath salts, synthetic marijuana, salvia divanorum and a synthetic cocaine called "blizzard." It would also include the chemicals on the list of controlled substances.

Friday, May 13, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Jade Leitzel, daughter of Catherine and Nicholas Katynski, and a senior at Lehighton Area High School, was named the winner of the Lehighton Woman's Club art scholarship award. Leitzel enjoys art and she is shown with several abstract paintings on wood that she recently created. Her art teacher at Lehighton Area High School is Mike Reenock. Leitzel plans to attend Duquesne University in Pittsburgh to major in English.