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Friday, July 8, 2011

Eldred Township supervisors received two letters of Alpine Rose updates.

In a letter from Alpine Rose's attorneys, Fitzpatrick Lentz and Bubba, it stated that "on the proceedings before Judge Labuskes of the Environmental Hearing Board in regard to Alpine's NPDES Permit were concluded but for posttrial submissions. The posttrial submissions have now been completed and on June 16 there was a view of the Alpine property by Judge Labuskes, his Law Clerk and the attorney involved with the case. Judge Labuskes has not given any specific time frame when his decision will be rendered."

Friday, July 8, 2011
Lauren Crampsie

The daughter of a former Panther Valley couple has been named to a top executive position in New York City with the renouned advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather North America.

Lauren Crampsie, who grew up in the Lehigh Valley and graduated from Lehigh University, has been appointed to the position of Chief Marketing Offices of the firm, one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Schuylkill Township supervisors and township zoning officer Bill McMullen want township residents to know that any additions and modifications to properties, including swimming pools, should be going through the township's zoning permit process.

At last night's meeting, McMullen said that any pool over 24 inches deep does require a permit to install and may also require zoning and building permits. "If you haven't gotten a permit, you should do so," he said, also recommending that people who have already installed pools should still get the permits.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of West End Boy Scout troops and Relay teams give the Pledge of Allegiance to help kick-off the 2011 West End Relay For Life. There were 39 teams with 380 participants. They raised $65,705 for the American Cancer Society to help in the battle with cancer fighting back as a community against the disease.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua was closed this morning as workers from Radocha Excavating, Coaldale, razed two Tamaqua duplexes (four homes, 5-11 on South Lehigh Street) that were destroyed during a Tuesday morning blaze that left 11 people displaced. The cause of the fire is still ruled as undetermined.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Steve Braithwaite's banana car had residents doing a double take recently as the strange looking vehicle peeled through the area.

Steve Braithwaite, Coopersburg, has spent more than two years building a banana car that he plans to drive around the world.

The car, which literally is a giant banana, was built on the frame of a late 80s/early 90s Ford F-150 pickup and seats four.

"I have always been into building hot rod cars and for a while, I had been wanting to build something unusual," wrote Braithwaite on his website.

Braithwaite and his brother, Spade, plan on leaving for their four-month worldwide journey in the spring of 2012.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
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 in 1969, a series of duplicate medals of Thorpe's AAU victories were likewise struck and given to his family members.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Rotary Club donated $200 to the Tamaqua Public Library to be used towards the cleaning or repairs of books. The donation will also help towards the library's large book and bake sale, their largest yearly fundraising event, which will be held on Saturday August 6, the same day as Tamaqua's Community-wide Yard Sale. Pictured from left are Tamaqua Rotary Club secretary Gary Price, Tamaqua Public Library director Gayle Heath and Tamaqua Rotary Club President-elect Rebecca Lentz. For more information about the library's fundraising event, call the library at (570) 668-4660.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Chris Keller, right, owner and operator of the new shop in Slatington, Spoked Up, receives a Welcome Basket from the Downtown Revitalization Task Force of Northern Lehigh Future Focus members, left to right, Dan Stephens, Future Focus president, Gerry Fedorcha, Past President of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, Walter Niedermeyer, Mayor of Slatington and Les Glanz, Future Focus Chairman. Spoked up is located at 578 Main St. and specializes in BMX bikes, parts and repairs of bikes. "We're here for bikers and to support their hobby or sport," says Chris.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Adam Thieling, NCC student and part-time employee of Chestnuthill Township, Bernie Kozen, Director of West End Park and Open Space Commission and Dave Fleetwood, Chestnuthill Twp. supervisor, are cutting down trees and clearing brush at the future site of the West End Regional Park walking trails, pavilion and small parking lot. They hoping for more volunteers to help them on the project.

The first phase of the West End Regional Park is now in progress.

A handful of volunteers have begun cutting brush and clearing trees so a bid can be released to make walking trails, erect a pavilion and small parking lot on land acquired off Evergreen Hollow Road on Merwine-Hilltop Road in Brodheadsville.

In 2002, Chestnuthill, Ross, Eldred and Polk townships acquired 244 acres from Nettie Romascavage to create the West End Regional Park.