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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Join naturalist Robin Tracey on the Oak Loop Trail at Locust Lake at 9 a.m. on July 30.

The trail is four miles in length and is difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a view of the forest below.

Part of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail" created by an Eagle Scout.

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

Please meet at the visitor parking lot.

Contact Robin at (570) 467-2506 for more information.

Shine only.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A pair of wild turkeys perch in a tree in Penn Forest Township. Turkeys will fly onto tree branches to avoid predators. They

usually can' t fly much farther than a quarter of

a mile.

AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Defendants appeared in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer this past week in a variety of cases ranging from alcohol and drugs to fights and child endangerment.

Kevin Michael Sanders Jr., 31, of 108 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of simple assault and endangering the welfare of children. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods following an April 5 incident.

Sanders was released after posting 10 percent of the imposed $10,000 bail.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Friday that work to replace the Penn Forest Road Bridge over Wild Creek in Penn Forest Township is complete and the bridge is now open.

During construction, Penn Forest Road was closed and detoured between Hell Hollow Road and Smith Road. The posted detour utilized Route 903, Maury Road, Long Run Road, Fairyland Road, Route 209, and Trachsville Hill Road.

Minichi, Inc. of Old Forge, Lackawanna County, was the general contractor on the $538,700 project.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/times news PPL crews were quick to place temporary supports on a snapped pole and restored power to residents and businesses in Mahoning Township Friday afternoon.

A truck pulled down a Verizon communications pole and an attached PPL power line at the Carbon Plaza Mall and SR443 lighted intersection Friday afternoon, knocking out power to 877 residents and businesses in Mahoning Township.

The mishap occurred at about 1:30 p.m. – during the hottest part of the day – when a Barletta construction truck was leaving the new Lowe's site. Utility crews were quick to place temporary supports on the snapped pole and power was restored in a short time.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Monroe County doctor was arrested Friday following an undercover investigation and allegations that he illegally prescribed and dispensed large quantities of prescription narcotics.

Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Dr. Rodrigo Estonilo, 65, 1213 Big Ridge Estates, East Stroudsburg, Monroe County. Dr. Rodrigo maintains the medical practice Neurosurgery Pain Rehabilitation Center, 100 Eaglesmere Circle, Suite 22A, East Stroudsburg.

Friday, July 22, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

State Sen. John Yudichak (D Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe), reads chapter five of Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the UFO by David A. Adler as Kierston Kibbler, foreground, and Kayla Moyer listen. Yudichak read to a group of children Thursday at the Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Twenty-nine permits were issued in June by the Schuylkill County Zoning Office and the estimated cost of construction was $5.7 million. Obtaining permits were the following:

Brian J. Schlauch, North Union Township, residential garage, $13,600 estimated cost of construction; Miller Real Estate Development, home in East Brunswick Township, $244,000; James Capriotti, North Union Township, home, $180,000; David and Jill Krewson, East Brunswick Township, three car detached garage shed, $30,000; Mark Timcho, North Union Township, shed, $3,500.

Friday, July 22, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The expression on "Ben's" face seems to indicate that he just got caught with his paw in the cookie jar. But that's not the case. "Ben" is a2-year-old male boxer mix availablefor adoption at theCarbon CountyAnimal Shelterin Nesquehoning.His expressive look should charm any dog lover. For moreinformationon this friendly dog call the shelterat (570) 325-4828.

Friday, July 22, 2011

HARRISBURG The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission this week approved a 2012 rate schedule that will result in overall toll-revenue growth of three percent. The measure, effective Jan. 1, 2012, is expected to generate approximately $23 million in new revenue for calendar-year 2012. It entails a 10-percent toll increase for cash-paying customers but no rate increase for those who pay with E-ZPass.