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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Western Pocono Community Library will hold a book discussion during Banned Books Week at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This year the library is holding an Adult/Teen Book Discussion on "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. Since this book has now been made into a movie, it seems a good time to read, discuss and decide why there is talk about the banning of it.

This book is one of the 100 most challenged books in the past 20 years.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will hold a Meet & Greet at Country Junction, Route 209, Lehighton, from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

To learn more about this event, or about adopting a greyhound, please go to www.poconogreyhound.org, or call 570-856-0377.

Monday, September 22, 2014

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe, will hold a free community dinner of pork and sauerkraut from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28. The times were incorrect in a notice in Friday's edition.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Special to the Times News Front, from left, Erin Shigo, Matthew Curreri and Shannon Streff. Back: RYLA coordinator Randy Smith, Patti Borger and Jim Thorpe Rotary President Dr. Clem McGinley.

The Jim Thorpe Rotary Club recognized three students who attended last summer's Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference. The students were Shannon Streff and Matthew Curreri from Carbon Career and Technical Institute and Erin Shigo from Jim Thorpe Area High School. Rotary members honored the students at their regular Tuesday lunch at the Molly Maguire Pub in Jim Thorpe.

Monday, September 22, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Prodigy Studios will participate in this year's scarecrow contest sponsored by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are, from left, Joan Turko, coordinator of the event; Tony Oriolo, owner of Prodigy Studios; and Carol Ziegenfuss, keyboard instructor at Prodigy Studios.

It's that time of year again when straw men will undoubtedly begin to crop up in Palmerton.

But not to worry. Any sightings of the creative figures are designed as part of the borough's fourth annual scarecrow contest.

Sponsored by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, the displays will be available during the participants' business hours throughout October.

Each year, the event grows in popularity, according to event coordinator Joan Turko.

Monday, September 22, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS An estimated 100 scouts and volunteers will set up camp this weekend at the 915-acre Owl Creek Reservoir, Tamaqua, as part of a major fall camporee.

Just over a week from now, a large contingent of youths and adults from Schuylkill and Carbon counties will converge on the Owl Creek section of Tamaqua for a first-ever major fall camping event.

The Boy Scouts of Black Rock District, Hawk Mountain Council, will hold a "camporee" at the 915-acre Owl Creek Reservoir from Friday to Sunday.

"With Scouts, leaders and volunteers, we are at approximately 100," said Adrienne Wrona on Tuesday. Wrona, of Schuylkill Haven, is Black Rock District executive.

At least 10 of the 26 troops in Schuylkill County have signed up.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Carbon County Tax Claim Bureau will conduct its annual Public Upset Tax Sale at 10 a.m. on Friday in the commissioners' conference room, third floor, of the courthouse annex building in Jim Thorpe.

The purpose of the sale is to collect all unpaid taxes, municipal claims, and other relative costs.

Anyone having any questions concerning this sale can contact the tax bureau office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or phone 570-325-3635.

Monday, September 22, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The David Fleetwood Memorial Trail was dedicated on Sunday before the first Dave Fleetwood Memorial Trail Run and Leisure/Fun Walk. On hand for the unveiling were, from left: Fleetwood's widow, Pam Fleetwood; Chestnuthill Township Supervisor Chairman Chuck Gould; Chris Doerbecker, West End Park and Open Space Commission chairman; Chestnuthill Township Supervisor Chris Eckert; and Bernie Kozen, executive director of WEPOSC.

When David Fleetwood lost his life tragically in August 2013 in a shooting at the Ross Township supervisors' meeting, his wife, Pam, remembers telling her cousin that she normally could find something positive in the bad things that happened in her life, but she didn't think it was going to be possible after that fatal night.

A little over a year later on a cloudy Sunday morning, she stood in front of almost 300 people and said, "God though, along with his angels here on earth, had other plans."

Something positive did come out of that terrible tragedy.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Police continue searching for Eric Frein in Barrett Township, in Pennsylvania's Monroe County, on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Frein is suspected of fatally shooting a state trooper and wounding another at the Blooming Grove state police barracks a week earlier. (AP Photo/The Times-Tribune, Jason Famer)

Residents of Barrett and Price townships stayed inside and away from windows today as law enforcement authorities intensified their search for Eric Frein, accused of the sniper ambush killing of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and the wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass at the state police barracks at Blooming Grove, Pike County on Sept. 12.

State police this afternoon formed line-of-sight coverage along Bear Town Road, Stoney Run Lane and Blue Ridge drive in Canadensis, close to Frein's family home. The heavily-wooded area remains virtually shut down to the public as of late this afternoon.