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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sixteen persons are aspiring to win nominations on the Democratic and Republican ballots for positions on the Jim Thorpe Area School District Board of Education.

That race, plus three contests in Penn Forest Township, are the only contested races in the Jim Thorpe area during next Tuesday's Primary election.

School board race

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Right, Joan Bucello of Effort walked away with a tray, two vases, two candlelabras and ice cube trays at Close the Loop's Give and Take Day. Scheduled to be held at the Chestnuthill Twp. Park, due to the weather, it was held inside at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. Left to right, Susan Abdool, Otto Faber and Marsha Abdool, all of Saylorsburg, thought it was a great event. "If there's something you no longer need, someone else might need it," said Susan Abdool. People could bring in gently used items they no longer needed. Rita Lacey of Close the Loop, was thrilled with the turnout.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Care about your health?

If so, then plan to attend a community health fair that will be co-sponsored by the Blue Mountain Health System and Palmerton Lions Club.

The health fair will be held at the Blue Mountain Community Services Center at 217 Franklin Avenue, Palmerton, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Those who attend can receive several health assessments, health screenings, chair massages, and opportunities to meet with representatives from Blue Mountain Health System and agencies from Carbon County and surrounding areas.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jack Miller (left), Captain Phoenix Hose Company and head of the Pre-Planning Committee, and David Drury, General Manager and partner of The Inn at Jim Thorpe begin their walk-through of the structure in the Inn's kitchen area.

"Pre-Planning" It's another way the Jim Thorpe Fire Department conducts fire safety and prevention in the community.

In 1934, a man by the name of Eddy Maury was the last firefighter to die in the town while fighting a fire.

Reportedly, he lost his life when he fell down an elevator shaft in the then-named American Hotel.

In 1833 Cornelius Connor built the White Swan Hotel to accommodate the thousands of Mauch Chunk visitors to the town during its era as a booming coal transportation hub.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mantura Gallagher presides over Wednesday's meeting in Hometown, Rush Township. Both the county and the township are celebrating bicentennials.

The Schuylkill County board of commissioners gave the go-ahead on a variety of contracts during a regular board meeting held Wednesday at the Rush Township Municipal Building, Hometown.

The meeting drew an attendance of 40, a turn-out the commissioners said was noteworthy.

"It's the biggest or one of the biggest crowds," said Commissioner Francis McAndrew.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Leo Popick, of Barnesville, was taken to the hospital after suffering minor injuries from a two-vehicle accident just before 7 a.m. this morning at the intersections of Ben Titus Road and Claremont Ave., (SR309), in Hometown. Reportedly, Popick, the driver of a gray GMC pickup truck, while pulling out from Fairview Street onto 309 north, ran a red light and pulled into the path of John Allen, Pottsville, driving a red Ford Ranger, who was traveling south on Claremont Avenue, SR309. Rush Township Police Officer Scott Cramer is investigating.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Rob Moyer brought a cabinet drawer with many signatures on both the inside and outside. He is seeking information about what the drawer could have been used for.

A 1959 Mirror - the Palmerton High School newspaper, was received by the Palmerton Area Historical Society. President Jane Borbe was reading it before the April 11 meeting. She read a few pieces of trivia to those gathered for the meeting, such as: The 1908 class was so small the school considered not having a graduation ceremony, and Mr. Winn Evans counts his toes as well as his fingers when he computes grades.

Secretary Betsy Burnhauser said treasurer Nancy Hertzog received a Courage Award the previous week.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Anthracite Little League Parade composed of players from Nesquehoning and Summit Hill along with fire trucks and ambulance from the three Nesquehoning borough's fire companies took part in the Little League Parade along Center Street and Railroad Street to open the baseball season on Saturday.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The crosswalks situation in Palmerton was again the subject of Myor Guy Zern's report at the borough council meeting. The mayor said that since people have been struck at the crosswalks, there is more reason than ever to enforce the law more stringently. The Pennsylvania law states that a driver must stop at a designated crosswalk if citizens are waiting to cross. The mayor has instructed police to enforce the law and cite people who do not stop.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Four young men who went on a sign stealing spree were arraigned before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, on Wednesday. The quartet included Jordan Hoffman of New Ringgold, Aaron Weller of Orwigsburg, Evan Greenawalt of Schuylkill Haven and Joseph Reno of Pine Grove. All told, the men illegally removed more than three dozen signs, most from political campaigns.

Although members of the general public may be tired of what seems to be a never-ending parade of political signs, removing them prematurely could lead to trouble as four young men discovered Wednesday morning.

Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Rodgers was in the Hunter Street area at 2:22 a.m., when he heard a vehicle traveling south on Valley Road into Walker Township. From where he was patrolling, the officer suspected the vehicle could only have been traveling the wrong way on either Orwigsburg or Cherry streets.