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Friday, May 13, 2011

Four days of fun-packed activities are on tap next week in Palmerton.

The sixth annual Crusaders For A Cause Carnival will be held May 19-22 in the borough park.

The carnival will take place from 6-10 p.m. May 19; 6-11 May 20, 4-11 May 21 and 2-7 May 22.

May 19 and May 22 are Kids Day, and will feature a ride discount. Entertainment will be provided by Shake Rattle and Soul, which will perform from 7-10 p.m. May 20; and Shakey Ground, which will hit the stage from 7-10 p.m. May 21. There will be food, games and crafts each day of the carnival.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency will host emergency services training sessions over the next few months. They are:

Ÿ Hazmat Awareness: June 6, with a Certification Test on June 7, at the Carbon County EMA.

Ÿ Hazmat Operations: Sept. 12, 14, 17, 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon County EMA.

Seats are still available for both classes. To register, contact the EMA at (570) 325-3097.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Plans were finalized by the Last of the Panther Valley Deep Coal Miners Club to construct a monument dedicated to the coal mining industry, past and present, near the tunnel mouth entrance of the old Lanscoal No. 9 mine, the last of the deep mines to operatin gin the valley. The monument is being made possible in part by the Bethlehem Mines. In June, 1972 when Lanscoal was finally sealed, it was the oldest operating deep anthracite mine in the world.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Lehighton Area Middle School will be holding a concert and art exhibition on Wednesday, May 18. The 17th annual Spring Art Exhibition will begin at 6 p.m., while the Spring Choral Concert will begin at 7.

Ms. Phillips and Mrs. Micheletti will exhibit outstanding student art work from their fifth through eighth grade art classes. Projects that were created this year include 3-D construction, printing, acrylic, tempera and watercolor paintings, drawings, and mixed media works.

Friday, May 13, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Floyd Cooper, a talented children and young adult book illustrator and author, shows fourth graders at Polk Elementary School how he can make art out of a scribble.

Using only an eraser, Floyd Cooper "draws" a face on an illustration board. His captive audience of fourth graders at a Polk Elementary School assembly, watch in awe.

"How did he do that?" one young boy asks his neighbor.

Cooper, a published author and an illustrator of children's books and young adult books, shows the children his favorite utensil when drawing--his eraser.

He takes it and pulls it out in a long string.

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.