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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

All Palmerton Area School District schools will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The musical duo of Brad and Luke filled Josiah White Park with music performed in the Gazebo located there during the 15th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration.

The 15th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration was held this past weekend, in the town that bears his name, by the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce with festivities at Josiah White Park in the downtown section of town.

The weekend's activities there started out Saturday with beautiful weather with large crowds in attendance to honor "the World's Greatest Athlete" on his 123rd birthday.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

High winds caused minor to major damage to many homes and businesses around our area yesterday. Pictured is the roof of a LC&N storage bay blown off by high winds in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Members of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Weissport pavilion.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

After a lengthy discussion between Mahoning Township supervisors and officials from the Carbon County Municipal Authority about possible ways to make sure developers have enough capacity if they are required to attach to the Carbon County Municipal Authority's sewer system, supervisors voted 5-0 at last night's meeting to place a note on a plan for the Nosal subdivision requiring the developer to pay for 3 EDU's to ensure capacity in the system.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Camera buffs and Civil War enthusiasts will have plenty of reason to polish their lenses before the upcoming holiday as photo opportunities will present themselves around the valley. Members of the Pennsylvania 81st Volunteer Infantry will make two local appearances in full uniform on Memorial Day. According to Ted Dombroski, spokesman, the group will take part in the Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade on Monday and then will take the short drive to Tamaqua to appear in a ceremony about 1:30 p.m. at Soldiers Circle GAR Monument in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Members of the Summit Hill and Lansford American Legions are busy these days decorating the graves of veterans at cemeteries in those areas with American flags.

The flags are being placed at the gravesites in anticipation of the upcoming Memorial Day observance.

Family members of veterans whose graves have not been recognized with a flag are asked to point out the omission(s) by contacting either the Summit Hill or Lansford posts.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be holding its meeting Wednesday, May 25 at the Big Creek Grange at 7 p.m.

Newly elected officers are Luke Graver, president; Aubin Sevrin, vice-president; Carissa Sevrin, secretary; Alyssa Wentz, treasurer; and Courtney Getz, news reporter.

The following projects are available through the livestock club: beef, swine, sheep, goats, dairy beef and poultry.

4-H is the youth component of Penn State University. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

Monday, May 23, 2011
In brilliantly colored Native American garb, these two drummers accompanied Don Wild Eagle and members of the Wolf clan while performing Native American dances and ceremonies.

After weeks of dreary, cloudy skies, the spirit of Jim Thorpe must have been smiling down upon the town that bears his name Saturday as beautiful crisp, clear, sunny blue skies greeted all who gathered at his earthly resting place to honor him for his 123rd birthday by unveiling and dedicating a larger than life bronze statue.

The centerpiece of this celebration was a large tarp-clad object near the passing highway on the extensively re-landscaped grounds of his mausoleum.

Monday, May 23, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Celebrating a $700,184 slice of Monroe Local Share Account funds for Blue Mountain Health System are, from left: Carbon County Redevelopment Authority board member Bill Merluzzi; Carbon County. Redevelopment Authority Executive Director, Phyllis Rochette; state Senator David G. Argall; Andrew E. Harris, president and CEO, Blue Mountain Health System; state Sen. John Yudichak; state Rep. Doyle Heffley; Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein; county commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek; and Joseph Guardiani, Director, Fund Development and Government Relations for Blue Mountain Health System.

Blue Mountain Health System's gamble on a gaming revenue grant has paid off to the tune of $700,184.

The money, from the Monroe Local Share Account, will be used to develop the hospitals' information technology, laying the groundwork for the health system's federally-mandated electronic health records system.