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Thursday, June 28, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking over the 25 duplicate medals of Jim Thorpe's pre-Olympic victories are, from left, Anne Marie Fitzpatrick of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend Committee; Chuck Gentile, sports director at the U.S. Army War College at the Carlisle Barracks, and his wife, Wanda Gentile; Craig Zurn, president of the Jim Thorpe National Bank; and Raymond Brader of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend Committee.

While it is generally known that, at a ceremony in 1983, duplicates of the gold medals that Jim Thorpe won for his record-breaking performance in the Decathlon and Pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics were presented to his family, it is much less known that around the same time, a series of duplicate medals of Thorpe's AAU victories were likewise struck and given to his children.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
A. J. "Tony" Petrucci holds a certificate of induction into the Independent Pro Wrestling Association Hall of Fame. Petrucci has a nearly 30-year career in professional wrestling, which included tours of Australia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Europe, and Hawaii. At 60, he is still winning championships.

As a professional wrestler, A. J. "Tony" Petrucci has fought the very best; names like "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "Polish Strongman" Ivan Putski, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Hillbilly Jim and Davey Boy Smith.

Not to mention the late Andre the Giant, who was 7-foot, 4 inches and weighed 525 pounds.

He has wrestled all over America including Hawaii. He fought opponents in Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Africa, and throughout Canada and Europe.

"I got to see the world and I didn't have to join the service," he laughed.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Friday evening you will have the opportunity to send a message to a possible alien civilization to celebrate the anniversary of the Wow! transmission which researchers believe could be our first contact with an alien society as National Geographic Channel's program "Chasing UFOs" is gathering tweets on Twitter to package into a signal.

Those tweets will be beamed back to the area of space in a signal on August 15th on the anniversary of the Wow! transmission being discovered.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

To continue the operation of the bus system in Schuylkill County the commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) to file a consolidated application for transit related capital improvement projects in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting.

These capital improvement projects consist of vehicle replacements and upgrades to the maintenance and office facilities as follows:

Thursday, June 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Contractors are almost half way through the demolition of the old SR309 bridge.

Despite being only two weeks since both lanes of SR309 in Tamaqua were diverted onto the new temporary steel bridge, contractors are almost half way through the demolition of the original concrete bridge, which was deemed structurally deficient.

On June 15, traffic flow on the old bridge was stopped and diverted onto the new temporary 150-foot-long, 38-foot-wide steel Baily-type Acrow bridge, which runs over the Little Schuylkill River.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A paving project at one of its elementary schools will likely cost Northern Lehigh School District slightly over $200,000.

However, the apparent low bid of $203,559 submitted by Livengood Excavators, Inc. of Walnutport, to replace existing pavement at Slatington Elementary, came in well under budget.

Livengood's proposal one of four turned in to the district on Wednesday was $75,000 less than the district had earmarked for the project, and $1,949 less than the next lowest bid of $205,508 turned in by Muschlitz Excavating, Inc. of Bath.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Martin Brennan and Joseph Engleman of Mauch Chunk, who were reported as being held at Sunbury for an alleged train hold-up, stated today that the circumstances were exactly opposite. Both men were riding from Altoona and when they reached Catawissa, two escaped convicts, wearing prison garb, entered the freight car and after a battle, robbed them, taking their money, gold watch, and clothing. The police chief provided them with clothing and they have returned to Mauch Chunk. They said they were amazed when they saw an article which stated they held up the train.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Six area residents were among 27 defendants who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell.

Norman S. Paisley, 50, of 422 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, involved in accident by striking the side of the house at 415 Nescope St., Tamaqua, was placed on probation for 12 months and on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia must serve an additional six months probation.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Elvin and Helen Gower of Kunkletown brought their 1926 Model T Ford to St. Matthew's UCC's Laymen's Fellowship Strawberry Festival and Car Show. Elvin says he learned how to drive on his grandfather's Model T Ford pick-up so they have a special place in his heart. The car show drew in 136 entries, the largest number they've ever had.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

James Nardozzi, Nesquehoning, was elected president of the Panther Valley Chapter of Unico at a meeting held in Coniglio's Grove, Nesquehoning. His associates on the executive staff are: Michael Cerimele, first vice president; John Polumbo, secretary; Frank Molinari, treasurer; John Ricciardi, wrangler; attorney Joseph Greco, parliamentarian; the Rev. A. J. Angelini, chaplain; and Samuel Damiano, three-year trustee. The retiring president is Frank Arieta.