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Friday, April 22, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Employees of Pennsylvania Monument, Hazleton, install a granite base at the Jim Thorpe memorial on the east side of the borough early this morning. The base is for a second statue honoring Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe, whose mausoleum is seen in the background. The new statue will be unveiled on May 21. The first statue, seen between the base and truck, was unveiled by the Jim Thorpe Sports Hall of Fame four years ago.

Friday, April 22, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Mr. Scott Stouffer, Health and Physical Education teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary and Chestnuthill schools, calls out nutritional items in Nutrition Bingo at the Pleasant Valley School District's 11th Annual Academic Fair, with the help from East Stroudsburg University students, Jessica Sekely and Zach Bouan, as Jonathon Smith, a second grader in Polk's Mrs. Lauchnor's class and Joshua Ingersoll, a second grader in Chestnuthill's Mrs. Sauers' class, play the game.

When Pleasant Valley School District holds its Academic Fair, it celebrates its students' intelligence, creativity, versatility, ingenuity, talents and artistry by featuring work they have done throughout the school year.

This year's 11th Annual Academic Fair featured musical performances, science projects, book reports, dioramas, the popular Safety Town, technical presentations and displays and so much more. From reproductions of King Tut's sarcophagus to the Pompeii volcano, Stonehenge, beautiful weavings, wood crafts, wire art, ceramics to science experiments.

Friday, April 22, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Patrick Frank was volunteering his time to build new shelves in the concession stand at the Little League field in Palmerton. He said he likes to help out and the people who run the stand have so little usable space.

Friday, April 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rain didn't stop the Easter Bunny from hiding his eggs during the 25th Annual Beta Sigma Phi Community Easter egg hunt held recently at the Bungalow park in Tamaqua. The event was free to the community. Sorority members pointed out their appreciation to all the volunteers and members came out in the rain to help. Chris Snyder of Tamaqua holds an umbrella over her daughter, Norah, 4, prior to the start of the egg hunt. Prize winners pictured with the Easter Bunny are, from left, Derek Bennett, 9, Matthew Brozyno, 6, and Metta Pavia, 3.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Carbon County Trail Tenders of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor will hold their first cleanup of 2011 along the D&L Trail north of Weissport from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Weissport Trailhead adjacent to Bridge Street at 8:45 a.m. The cleanup will be held at historic Lock 6 north of Weissport. Volunteers are reminded to bring their own water and snack, and pruning loppers if they have them. The D&L will supply other tools.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazleton, received a 90 day extension on its subdivision plan in North Union Township from the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at a meeting held Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Friday, April 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The new Lowe's will cover over 122,000 square feet and is anticipated to open by late August.

If you traveled past the old Lehighton Wal-Mart location in the past two weeks, you were sure to see the non-stop movement of construction vehicles in addition to the construction of the outer shell of the new Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Center store.

Planners anticipate the outer shell of the new Lowe's store to be done by next week. Greg Duncan, assistant Mahoning Township engineer, pointed out that weather has been a big factor in the delay of the store's construction.

If weather permits, planners anticipate the new store to open by late August, if not earlier.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Four men who went on a spree setting fire to vacant homes and farm barns were among seven who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced in the Schuylkill County Court by Judge John E. Domalakes.

Justin J. Geiger, 20, Orwigsburg, pleaded nolo contendre (no defense) instead of a guilty plea to a charge of arson and was sentenced to serve 23 months on probation, pay $50 to CJEA (Criminal Justice Enhancement Account), a $50 monthly supervision fee for each month on probation and make restitution of $313,133.99 jointly or several with Jonathan Eichert and Shawn Hoy.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Carbon County's retirement fund portfolio performed well during the first quarter of the year, Carbon officials report.

During the county retirement board meeting on Thursday, county controller Robert Crampsie, who is also the secretary of the retirement board, reported that the first quarter performance report shows that the retirement fund is up $3,654,190 from the year's adjusted beginning balance of $61,573,857; and has a year-to-date rate of return of 5.93 percent.

Friday, April 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Magician and guest speaker James Warren displays a magic trick to Jason Schank, 11, left, while Christian Slane is given the task of holding the cards during the Tamaqua DARE graduation.

More than 400 people attended the Tamaqua Area D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education, graduation held recently at the Tamaqua High School Auditorium in support of the students' completion of their 10-week program.

The 10-week DARE curriculum is taught to all fifth grade students in the Tamaqua Area School District and St. Jerome's Regional School. More than 180 students graduated from the program.