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Monday, July 1, 2013

Street paving

The Jim Thorpe 2013 street paving project will begin on Tuesday, July 2, at 7 a.m. Raindate is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3. Streets which will be done are Main Street, Canal Street and Germantown Road. Please make your plans accordingly and expect delays.

Girl Scout weekend camp

Girl Scouts in the heart of Pennsylvania Service Unit 309, will be hosting summer weekend camp Aug. 2-4. The Camp Evergreen theme this year is "Once Upon A Camp." There will be hiking, cooking out, nature study, arts and crafts and much more.

Monday, July 1, 2013

State senators David G. Argall, John Yudichak and Lisa Boscola, and state representatives Doyle Heffley and Jerry Knowles have weighed in on the new $28.375 billion state budget. All five released prepared statements saying they believe the spending plan is a good one.

The 2013-2014 budget was approved Sunday by a bipartisan vote of 33 to 17.

"I'm pleased to see us pass the third-in-a-row on-time state budget that continues to hold the line on state taxes," Argall said.

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Harrisburg man, who last April was found guilty by a jury of robbing two banks in Schuylkill County, was sentenced to a long term in a state correctional facility. Three McAdoo men were among eight sentenced for criminal charges by county judges.

Kevin E. Smith, Harrisburg, was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin on two robbery charges to serve 42 to 84 months in a state prison and make restitution of $13,414.21 to the Halifax Bank in Tower City and $6,714.89 to the Miners Bank in Tremont. He was cited by state police.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, the flag will fly at the park in memory of the late Anthony Vaccaro.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Consumers looking for information about Health Care Reform have a new resource. Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) has just launched a new and improved Health Care Reform section on its website at www.bcnepa.com/reform.

Monday, July 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteering their time at the popcorn machine are Karen Hass with daughters Alyssa, 3, and Mary-Kate, 14.

Volunteers and parishioners with the Zion's Stone Church in West Penn organized their third annual community picnic yesterday.

The community event included music, baskets, food, games, dunk tank, moon bounce, duck pond, duck river races, face painting, basket extravaganza, prize wheel, carnival games, horse drawn carriage rides and so on.

Monday, July 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Riders take to the starting line.

About 300 dirt bike racers, ages 5 to 77, took to the mud, woods and rocky hills west of Tamaqua during five races held via the 9th annual RORR (Reading Off Road Riders) ECEA Series Hare Scramble.

"Tamaqua offers more challenges for racers compared to other southern races," said Dale Sweigert, RORR Vice President.

Monday, July 1, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The light for the 35 foot flagpole at the Coaldale Veterans Memorial has been completely refurbished in time for the Fourth of July. Jim Swanson, left, did the electrical work gratis and Bill Gaddes did the restoration. Now "Old Glory" will receive its just illumination both day and night. Monies were provided by the WW II memorial Fund. There are no services planned for the Fourth of July, but citizens are encouraged to visit both the Veterans and the Women's Memorials to pay their respects.

Monday, July 1, 2013
George H. Duell Jr.

A special Independence Day event will be held Thursday in Slatington.

In keeping with what has become tradition, the 33rd annual Heritage Day Celebration will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Slatington Baptist Church, 509 Main St. (at the corner of Main and Second streets).