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Monday, July 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Steven Christ stands on the bridge that he constructed at Tuscarora Park as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Tuscarora State Park now has a new bridge built by Eagle Scout Steven Christ, of Hometown.

"I wanted to build this bridge because it would help out hikers and recreational walkers get into the back of Tuscarora Park," said Christ.

Christ, who is a member of Boy Scout Troop 783, spent a month planning the bridge and all of its specifications and then completed the project in two days. The new bridge spans the Locust Creek, located on the Spirit of Tuscarora Trail.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Join the park naturalist for a basic kayaking course at Tuscarora State Park at 5 p.m. September 3, 3 p.m. September 4, 4 p.m. September 9, 4 p.m. September 15 and 4 p.m. September 21.

Kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided. Maximum weight capacity is 275 pounds.

Registration is required by signing up at the park office before the event via phone at (570) 467-2506 or in person. There is a fee.

The class will be canceled in case of inclement weather. There is limited space for the program.

Monday, July 25, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Children jumping in the refreshing water after receiving a week's worth of swim lessons from the Tamaqua Bungalow pool lifeguards are, from left, Mason Job, 6; Sarah Hope, 5; Eric Richardson, 5; Timmy Berg, 5; Nate Fannock, 6; Callista Fannock, 7; Emma Hope, 8; McKayla Kester, 7; Toby Berge, 7; and Zachary Fannock, 10.

Monday, July 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Two TIMES NEWS carriers were finalists in the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association 2011 Newspaper Carrier of the Year competition. From left are, Kathy Carpenter, TIMES NEWS circulation director; Jessica Warnkin, TIMES NEWS, 2011 Youth Carrier finalist; Tom Melochick, TIMES NEWS, 2011 Adult Carrier finalist; and Larry Boggs, circulation director for the Beaver County Times and member of the PNA board, who presented the awards.

With finalists in all three categories in the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association 2011 Newspaper Carrier of the Year competition, Pencor Services, Inc. has reason to be proud.

When the dust settled, Tom Melochick, a carrier for the TIMES NEWS in Brockton, earned a second place in the Adult Division; while Jessica Warnkin, also a carrier for the TIMES NEWS in Lehighton, earned a fifth place in the Youth Carrier Division; and Alma Clauser, a carrier for the Allentown Whitehall/Coplay Press, was presented a fourth place in the Senior Carrier Division.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The 10th Schuylkill Women Outdoor Day will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 20 at the Friedensburg Fish and Game Club in Friedensburg. The event is free and open to all women ages 18 and older. The activities may include archery, canoeing, fishing, .22 pistol, .22 rifle, shotgun and black powder muzzleloader.

A special program, "Edible Wild Plants" will be presented by Kermit Henning. Female instructors teach many of the activities.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and its Jacobsburg EE Center, and the state Fish and Boat Commission, is sponsoring a "Lehigh River Clean-up" on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the staff as they canoe the lower Lehigh River and pick up plastic bottles, aluminum cans, fishing line and other trash that threatens the wildlife. Also, it is a great opportunity to see wildlife along the river. To register, contact Bill Sweeney at wisweeney@state.pa.us. Or call 610-746-2808.

Monday, July 25, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Carbon County man was seriously injured Sunday morning when he was thrown from a backhoe he was operating and trapped beneath a portion of the unit. The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. in the 5400 block of Quakake Road in Packer Township. State police at Hazleton report Thomas Titus, 70, was "bounced" off the piece of equipment and was trapped under the unit by his lower extremities. He was treated at the scene then flown via Medevac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Brutalized by a decade-long civil war, the people of Sierra Leone continue to recover after being devastated by war and poverty.

With that very thought in mind, the One Love Foundation will present a documentary film screening, Pride of Lions, Hope carries life forward in Sierra Leone.

There will be two showings: the first, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Neumann Regional School, 259 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton; and the other, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church Social Hall, 462 West Ludlow St., Summit Hill. Admission is $5 for both screenings.

Monday, July 25, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Rosemary Porembo, superintendent of Panther Valley School District, center; and Bill Lombardo, elementary school principal, second from right; accept the $5,000 "Check Into Literacy" grant from the Verizon Foundation from Daniel J. Reavy, director of external affairs, Verizon Pennsylvania, left. With them are Carbon County Commissioners Charles Getz, second from left; and William O'Gurek, right. Panther Valley was named the 2011 recipient of this grant, which will help the school purchase 680 books for its 100 Book Challenge program.

Panther Valley School District was recently named a recipient of a $5,000 Verizon grant.

During a brief presentation on Thursday afternoon, Daniel J. Reavy, director of external affairs, Verizon Pennsylvania, presented Rosemary Porembo, superintendent; and Bill Lombardo, elementary school principal; with the grant from Verizon's "Check Into Literacy" program.

Reavy congratulated Panther Valley for being named the 2011 recipient.

Monday, July 25, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The deteriorated former Kiddie Kloes factory looms over the rubble of the former industrial soap plant at 401 W. Bertsch St., Lansford. A goalpost on the Panther Valley School District football stadium can be seen at the left.

The walls came tumbling down, and what was once a sturdy hub of activity known as "the car barn" and more recently, a would-be industrial soap factory, is now a pile of dusty, broken bricks.

Now that the one-story building is gone, the Panther Valley School District is seeking bids for the installation of a chain-link fence to surround the area. Bids will be accepted until 1 p.m. Aug. 1.