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Friday, June 3, 2011
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A mourning dove has made a hanging basket at a home on West Ludlow Street in Summit Hill. The bird doesn't seem to mind the attention she receives from visitors.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Protestant Slovak Cemetery Association will hold a meeting on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church hall in Nesquehoning.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Conservation volunteer, Dave McSurdy, will present an "Indians of Pennsylvania" program at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in the Locust Lake Amphitheatre.

The program presents the artifacts and the story of Pennsylvania's original inhabitants.

The artifacts are made of stone, bark and clay and include animal skins.

The program will be presented inside the Locust Lake pavilion in case of inclement weather.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, June 3, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Now is the time of the year when feeding stations really come alive with birds of all shapes, colors and sizes. This male rose breasted grosbeak was spotted at a group of bird feeders in West Penn township recently enjoying himself on several tubes of oiled sunflower seeds. This bird will never turn down a good meal of insects or fruits as well. Although this grosbeak enjoys most of central northern United States and the southern portions of Canada for the summer months it spends its winters as far away as the West Indies, Mexico and South America.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Naturalist Robin Tracey will host a hike on the "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, June 10.

The trail is 4.5 miles long and moderately difficult.

The trail winds through several diverse habitats with a view of the Tuscarora Lake cove.

Please meet at the Tuscarora State Park Visitor Center.

Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and get along well with people and other pets.

Pre-registration is required for this event by calling Robin at (570) 467-2506 or online at dcnr.state.pa.us under the calendar of events.

Shine only.

Friday, June 3, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, who was born in Germany and now resides in Long Island, N.Y., spoke to students at Panther Valley Middle School. Teacher Pauline Davis invited Marion to the class of her seventh graders and they listened to her background surviving the Holocaust. She is now a well known author. The program took place in the Panther Valley High School auditorium. Seen left to right are Nina Hibbard, Marion, Sierra May, Mirceded Anthony, and Jesse Thomas.

Friday, June 3, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This "lonesome dove" takes a backward look as it turns its head around almost completely while looking over its shoulder - talk about limbered-up.

Friday, June 3, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Saint Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe held its 3rd Annual Duck Derby and children's festival at the Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club which had offered SJRA the use of their facilities and pavilion for kid's games, food, and a bake sale. About 2,300 plastic ducks that floated down the Mauch Chunk Creek nearby raised $8,700 of which $2,150 went to prizes with the balance going to the support of Saint Joseph Regional Academy.

Friday, June 3, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Still hidden from the outside hustle and bustle in a nest deep within a pine tree, this baby Robin has rapidly grown to the point where it would soon be ready to face the whole new world that awaits it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Going on vacation and worried about bringing home some unwanted souvenirs? Blue Mountain Health System will offer a bed bug boot camp at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at Hyperbaric & Wound Healing Center & Conference Center, 6th and Iron Streets, Lehighton.