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Thursday, May 24, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Abstract expressionist artist Linda Lefevre stands just outside of the entrance to the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, located at 20 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, which will be offering art workshops for children ages 9-14 on four consecutive Saturday mornings in June followed by an exhibition of the children's artwork created and a reception on Sunday, June 24.

The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, located at 20 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, will be offering art workshops for children ages 9-14 on four consecutive Saturday mornings, June 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 9-11 a.m.

This will be followed by an exhibition of the children's artwork created and a reception on Sunday, June 24, from noon-4 p.m.

Also, the exhibition of the children's artwork will then continue on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mush Dahl Road in West Penn Township has been closed after it was determined a corrugated pipe carrying a stream beneath the roadway had a structural collapse. Township officials notified emergency services Wednesday morning that the road may be closed for a month. The site is near the intersection with Chain Circle. Mush Dahl Road is a main corridor for area residents between SR309 and SR443 in Clamtown.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

In collaboration with lake managers and local governments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up for an active summer season by continuing to educate and inform the public on water safety measures to help reduce the risk of fatalities.

The safety of their patrons is the number one priority for recreation activities at their lakes. The public can best support their efforts by taking advantage of educational opportunities afforded to them by rangers and familiarizing themselves with state rules and Corps' regulations to enjoy a safe recreational experience.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Earl Edmondson, Tamaqua, unearthed a rare soda bottle from Tamaqua's heyday and would like to learn more about its origins.

An old Tamaqua soda bottle dating back to the town's industrial heyday has been unearthed and is raising questions about its origins.

The mystery began several days ago when Earl Edmondson, employed by Tamaqua Borough as an assistant mechanic, was working on a job in the Dutch Hill section when, he says, his eyes were drawn to something shiny on the ground.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) today announced that his bill extending the sunset date of two critically important environmental protection grant programs unanimously passed the Senate. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

Senate Bill 1398 would extend the sunset date of the Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup Program and the Underground Storage Tank Pollution Prevention Program to June 30, 2017. Both programs were set to sunset in June of this year unless reauthorized by the legislature.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The 65th opening of the Palmerton Memorial Pool will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Break out those swim goggles, suntan lotion and swimsuits.

The 65th opening of the Palmerton Memorial Pool will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday.

It will open at 1 p.m. Sunday, and at noon on Monday, Memorial Day. Weather permitting, it will be open those days until 8 p.m.

Next week Tuesday through Thursday, the pool will be open from 3-8 p.m. On Friday, June 1, regular operating hours begin, when the pool will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-8 p.m. Sundays.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ms. Carole Geary, Pleasant Valley School District's Assistant Superintendent/Curriculum, announced at the last Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors meeting that the school district was awarded a Keystones to Opportunity Grant in the amount of $221,024.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The NBC Nightly News camera team was in Brodheadsville Wednesday taping Monroe County's Penn State Cooperative Extension's Strong Women/ Change Club program this morning, and interviewed the instructor, Carmela Heard, Kunkletown. They will be featured as part of a story interviewing the Strong Women program founder, Dr. Miriam Nelson from Tufts University. The segment is to be featured today, Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Nightly News.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Father William Campion, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton, recently celebrated his 35th year in the priesthood.

He's performed religious rites for the better course of three-and-a-half decades.

Firmly entrenched as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton, Father William Campion shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

On May 14, Campion celebrated his 35th year in the priesthood, a milestone he said he's extremely grateful to have achieved.

"It's been 35 very happy years," Campion said. "It's not a job; it's life for me."

Campion said he's always intrigued by the newness of each day that is the priesthood.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Photograph courtesy of Matt Perdie A month into his walk, Matt Perdie stands in front of the U.S. Capitol. "I am getting a good glance that the government that I believe is making things a lot harder for Americans," Purdy said. On May 25 at 7 p.m., there will be a showing of his walk across America, part one, at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

Three years ago, 24-year-old Matt Perdie of Jim Thorpe began a 3,600-mile walk across America that would take him more than one year and wear through nine pairs of shoes.

A freelance videographer, Perdie recorded his odyssey, and plans to release a series of five or six DVDs of his journey. The first DVD is being released today. There will be a release reception with a showing of the 114-minute feature-length DVD on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Mauch Chunk Museum.