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Friday, September 2, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tony Walck, left, president of the Carbon County Citizen Corps Council, and Megan Fredericks, administrative assistant at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, show just a few items that should be in an emergency supply kit. Members of the county Community Emergency Response Team will be at the Palmerton Community Festival next weekend to provide information on being safe during emergency situations and will give away this supply kit to one person who visits that booth.

The Carbon County Citizen Corps Council and Community Emergency Response Team wants people to be prepared during emergency situations.

That's why, Sept. 9, 10, and 11, the group will have a free informational booth set up at the Palmerton Community Festival to provide people with information and checklists on what they should know in case of an emergency. They will also give away one emergency supply kit on Sunday evening.

Friday, September 2, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS This is a sample of the damage caused at the Walnutport Canal due to the impact of Hurricane Irene.

Count the Walnutport Canal among the landmarks to have sustained extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Irene.

Specifically, there was major damage caused to the fall gate at Lock 23, according to Everett Kaul, president of the Walnutport Canal Association.

"Lock 23 collapsed under the weight of all the water that was going over, it probably had a leak underneath and washed some of the fill out and then the cement that was on top and the fall gate that was right with it," Kaul said. "It's all laying there, it's a mess."

Friday, September 2, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sara Lesnik of Effort takes it easy as she scrambles for candy and peanuts in the children's games held at the West End Fair on Thursday.
Friday, September 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Ruth Essington, right, receives a surprise ice cream sundae at her home from Kim Snyder, current president of the North and Middle Ward Playground Association in Tamaqua.Essington served as pastpresident and remained active with the playground from the 1960's to late 90's. Essington also actively volunteered with Meals on Wheels and was the local disaster volunteer for the Red Cross for many years.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home, Inc. will be meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.

Operation: Touch of Home is a local organization that collects essential and non-essential items and ships them to our local members of the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you would like to help in this endeavor, please consider joining them on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Friday, September 2, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Services Director of Outreach Vicky Benack, Executive Director Jonathan M. Rodgers and Dance Instructor Megan Rodgers.

A peek over a wooden fence along a pleasant neighborhood on East Ridge Street in Lansford reveals a serene garden, its lush greenery set off by natural stone. Beyond the garden lies a building that is the heart and soul of Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Services, a center for the nurture of body, mind and spirit.

Friday, September 2, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS District Governor Scott Dudley presented the International Lions Club President's Pin to Western Pocono Lions Club President Charles Rush of Saylorsburg at the request of International President Tam. The pin has "I Believe" on it, with a dragon encircling the outer edge of the pin.

Lions District 14 U District Governor Scott Dudley came with news, views and projects to be involved in globally and locally when he visited the Western Pocono Lions Club at the group's last meeting.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Carbon County Special Olympics Pennsylvania remains in search of volunteers for its bingo tent at this year's Palmerton Community Festival.

The festival will be held Sept. 9-11 in the borough park. Set up day is Sept. 8. Volunteers are needed from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 8, 5-11 p.m. Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 10, and noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 11 to set up, clean up, sell bingo boards, raffle tickets, drinks, tally money and play bingo.

Friday, September 2, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

2011 is the first year since 1938 that Ruth Rinker has not entered herbs at The West End Fair. She is an honorary member of the Pocono Herb Club. Rinker won a prize at the fair for being the oldest person from Hamilton Township at age 90. She still works at the fair watching the group exhibits and answering questions. The theme for the group exhibits is "Howdy Partner."

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be holding a Pennsylvania Successful Bowhunting Course at Tuscarora State Park Visitor Center on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is an online and practical course.

Students must register online at www.pgc.state.pa.us under Hunter Education Classes. They will also be given a test to qualify them for the practical part of the course held at the park.

The student is responsible for supplying their own bow and arrows for the practical portion. There is a fee, which can be paid online.

Lunch will not be provided.