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Saturday, May 5, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Scot Brayford, MS, OTR/L, PA-C Division of Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Associates of Allentown, speaks as part of a concussion seminar Thursday in the Palmerton Area High School auditorium.

Once a concussion occurs, it's imperative to manage the injury right the first time.

That was among the many tips stressed by OAA Orthopaedics Specialists of Allentown as part of a concussion seminar conducted Thursday in the Palmerton Area High School auditorium.

Palmerton Area School District and the Palmerton Football Parents Club teamed together to sponsor the seminar, which focused on current concepts in concussion management, from injury to return-to-play.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Nurse Sandra Clarke will never forget the final plea of the dying man to stay by his side in his final moments ... or her inability to be there for him.

The experience haunted her, but also led her to develop No One Dies Alone, a program that trains volunteers to comfort the dying who have no family or friends by their side.

Clarke, a critical care nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon, wrote about her experience for a 2002 issue of Supportive Voice, a newsletter of Supportive Care of the Dying: A Coalition for Compassionate Care.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
John Buyglio, choral director, leads the students.

A crowd of more than 400 gave a standing ovation following the Tamaqua Area Music Department's annual Spring Choral Concert held Thursday in the school auditorium.

Providing their vocal talents were the Middle School General Chorus, Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Select Chorus, Jazz and Concert Chorale and the Concert Choir.

The Middle School General Chorus sang numerous songs ranging from "Peaceful River" and "On an Eagle's Wing." The Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Select Chorus sang "The Door to Freedom", Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name" and "Count on Me."

Saturday, May 5, 2012

HARRISBURG The Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Game Commission invites students across the state to watch the annual Peregrine falcon banding event during a live webcast on Wednesday, May 9.

The event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rachel Carson State Office Building auditorium in Harrisburg.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Over-60 Club of Palmerton will hold a business meeting at noon on May 15 inside Palmerton Borough Hall, located at 401 Delaware Avenue.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Judy Cooper, Weatherly team,"I think I've been in the games three years. I have zero medals but I'm working on getting some."

How many years have you participated in the Carbon County Senior Games and how many medals have you won?

Saturday, May 5, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Presenters of the Loyalty Day awards were, from left, Amanda Breiner, Ladies Auxiliary president; Wally Breiner, Post commander; and Maureen Hirochek, secretary and treasurer.

Members of the Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 and Ladies Auxiliary celebrated Loyalty Day on Tuesday.

Originally known as Americanization Day, Loyalty Day was officially recognized as an official holiday by the Congressional Act 85-529 of 1958.

It was established as a special day to counterbalance May Day which the Communists were using for their annual hate demonstrations against the United States.

James Mulholland, senior vice commander of the Post was the master of ceremonies and Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck read the Loyalty Day Proclamation.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance, Inc. (SEAPA, Inc.) will sponsor "Silver Ribbon Month" as a means to educate the public about the crime of elder abuse.

One in five seniors will experience some form of abuse in their lifetimes. It is the mission of the alliance to educate the general public, report all allegations of abuse, and to work with local authorities to prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.

SEAPA, Inc. has lapel ribbons available at no cost to show your support. Visit schuylkillelderabuse.com or call 570-628-3304 for more information.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Join park naturalist from Tuscarora State Park Complex at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 10, for a spectacular hike to Wolf Creek Falls in Saint Clair. The group will meet at the north end of the Walmart parking lot off SR61 in the Coal Creek Commerce Center. The hike is five miles long and rated difficult. It will take hikers up the mountain to Wolf Creek Falls and beyond to the reservoir. This hike is dog-friendly, but all pets must be leashed and get along well with people and other pets.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Argus and his handler, Officer Melissa Moyer, have spent the past five years serving and training together.

The West Penn Police Department has a unique four-legged weapon in its crime fighting arsenal.

Argus, who has been the department's search and rescue dog since 2007, is used for sniffing out drugs as well as search and rescue operations. Owned by the township and cared for by officer Melissa Boyer, who also serves as Argus's duty partner, handler and trainer, the male golden retriever is admired by fellow officers in the department for his energy and training.