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Grant restored to fix field

Written by kathy on June 3rd, 2011

The bid announcement to hire a contractor to fix the Jim Thorpe Area High School Stadium is here >>.

The specific project is to fix the field which is basically under water and unusable by the hundreds of students in the district.

Memorial Day parade, Jim Thorpe

Written by kathy on May 30th, 2011
Nikolas Schwartz, 3, admires the list of those who gave their lives in World War II during the Memorial Day parade, May 30, 2011.

Nikolas Schwartz, 3, admires the list of those who gave their lives in World War II during the Memorial Day parade, May 30, 2011.

Veterans, volunteer fire fighters, the Jim Thorpe High School band and cheerleaders and local government service workers all participated in the annual Jim Thorpe Memorial Day parade to honor those who served in all wars. The parade kicked off at Memorial Park and ended a few blocks later at the memorial on the East Side of town. Several residents paid their respects along with the participants.

New Jim Thorpe statue unveiled

Written by kathy on May 22nd, 2011

Story from the Hazleton Standard-Speaker >> 

JIM THORPE – Standing 8 feet tall, the newest statue of Jim Thorpe shows the sports legend with his right arm extended and his fingers stretched across a discus.

The second Jim Thorpe bronze statue was unveiled during ceremonies on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Photo by Jacob Schwartz.

The bronze tribute was unveiled Saturday – the day set aside in Pennsylvania as “James Francis Thorpe Day” and the first day of the 15th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration Weekend.

“Jim Thorpe is not your local high school athlete who did good. Jim Thorpe is not your national figure who did good. Jim Thorpe is an international icon who did great,” said Jack Kmetz, president of the Jim Thorpe Sports Hall of Fame, the group that spearheaded efforts to have the statue placed in the borough bearing his name.

The dedication brought elected officials, former Olympians, area residents and local athletes to Thorpe’s final resting place along Joe Boyle Circle. Members of the Lenni-Lenape tribe offered a tribute to Thorpe, who was of Native American descent, and state Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122, read a resolution declaring Saturday as “James Francis Thorpe Day.”

Read the full story here >>.

Jim Thorpe lawsuit hits snag

Written by kathy on February 10th, 2011

Victory for the town of Jim Thorpe.

From the Times-News:

A ruling in U.S. District Court yesterday effectively thwarts an effort by Jack Thorpe to have the body of his father, Jim Thorpe the athlete, disinterred and transported to Oklahoma.

Attorney William Schwab of Lehighton, who is representing Jim Thorpe the town in district court pro bono, said yesterday’s ruling is a major victory for the community.

Judge A. Richard Caputo ruled that:

Jack Thorpe cannot receive any monetary award; not even attorney’s fees in the lawsuit.

Read the full story here >>.

Route 903 bridge to cost $22 m

Written by kathy on February 5th, 2011

From the Standard-Speaker:

JIM THORPE – Replacing the bridge that carries Route 903 over the Lehigh River from its intersection with Route 209 will cost $22 million and take more than two years to complete, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

However, multiple issues first must be addressed.

Carbon County recently received communications from PennDOT concerning the new bridge connecting East Jim Thorpe to the borough’s downtown.

It will be located about 1,000 feet from the existing span, and will run straight from North Street across the river to connect with Route 209, rather than the sharp curve that now exists.

The existing bridge eventually will be demolished.

Read the full story here >>.

Jim Thorpe passes budget with one mill hike

Written by kathy on December 11th, 2010

From the Times-News:

The Jim Thorpe Borough Council, at a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday night, adopted its 2011 budget.

The budget was originally expected to see a 1 mill property tax increase, but Borough Manager Wes Johnson challenged himself over the last month to whittle expenses down to a more palatable level for taxpayers.

The result is a very tight budget that requires only half a mill increase and produces a $71 surplus in place of a possible $128,000 shortfall, in part due to the expected revenues of the newly adopted amusement, occupational, and local services taxes.

Read full story here >>.

Landsford McCall selected as Grand Marshall

Written by kathy on December 6th, 2010

From the Times-News:

He’s usually one who likes to comment on things. But when Emmett McCall received a telephone call last week from Noel Behan, Jim Thorpe restaurateur and one of the persons instrumental in the success of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jim Thorpe, the caller’s inquiry, McCall admitted, left him speechless.

“Would you accept the honor of being our grand marshal,” Behan asked the popular Irishman from Lansford and Carbon County’s current recorder of deeds, now in his 11th year.

Read the full story here >>.

Carbon County taxes remain the same

Written by kathy on November 22nd, 2010

From the Standard-Speaker:

JIM THORPE – Carbon County is not raising taxes for the ninth straight year, but the commissioners admitted 2012 could be a challenge as revenues from state and federal sources dwindle.

The board of commissioners Thursday approved a proposed 2011 budget with estimated expenditures of $46,371,023 by a unanimous 3-0 vote. Also approved were a capital projects funds budget of $2,450,000 and a special funds budget of $2,087,146.

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Dimmick Library announces holiday contest

Written by kathy on November 9th, 2010

From the Times-News:

The fragrance of gingerbread will soon be coming from the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe.

The library is sponsoring a Gingerbread House Contest as part of Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas Festival. There is no entry fee so everyone can enter.

Categories will be: Adult (13 and up); Child (12 and under); and Group. Three prizes will be awarded in each category. First Prize in each category will receive $25, with two runners up, each receiving $10.

Read the full story here >>.