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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
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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.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Local food, beverage and hospitality industry businesses in Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Carbon, Schuylkill and Wyoming counties are eligible to apply for scholarships to MetroAction's Small Business Institute program. Through an innovative partnership between Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, and MetroAction, food, beverage and hospitality businesses are now able to access these training scholarships as well as flexible loans to help their businesses grow.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Join the AARP for a 28 kilometer bike ride along the scenic Lehigh Gorge Trail White Haven Access to Rockport Access and return at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 6.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. at White Haven Access of Lehigh Gorge State Park, with the ride beginning at 9 a.m. All participants are asked to bring a sack of nonperishable food items. Food donations and registration fees will go directly to Second Harvest Food Bank.

There is a registration fee.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gary Cooper and his wife Michelle felt pretty special. The former Virginia residents who moved to Mahoning Township were personally greeted by a half dozen local officials, including a township supervisor, the Lehighton mayor, a Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce President, and a couple of businessmen. They arrived in a white limo and presented the Coopers with flowers and a packet of information about the area. The Coopers were the first participants of the Chamber's new "Welcome Wagon" program.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
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