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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Riley McCall

Intuition may have been the most influential factor in Riley McCall's lifetime aspiration regarding service learning.

"I've been day-dreaming about volunteering for the Peace Corps since high school," she said. "My family didn't believe me, but it's true. It (the decision to spend 27 months in Africa) feels so right for me; I am very excited about going there."

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Projects at the Lehigh Canal Park are moving along, but the impending storm this weekend has members of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission concerned about the damage that could occur to the towpath.

The Commission has not yet finished making repairs from the last high water event that took place in March.

Scott Everett of the Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor Commission said that a blade (a trail marker) has been installed at the trail head at Weissport and that the aging sign at the entrance also needs replacing.

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Donald Fegley Jr., CEO, Fegley Oil Company Inc. "I have delayed equipment purchases, expansion projects and sold underutilized equipment."

"During these trying economic times, what are you doing to save money?"

Friday, August 26, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Rick E. Forgay II, president and CEO of Business Leadership Mastery, who will provide executive leadership to Flagstaff Resort Land Holdings Ltd.'s project, which includes a hotel, sky tram and visitors center, and zipline ride, speaks to representatives of area businesses and organizations on Thursday evening in Flagstaff Ballroom.

High above the town of Jim Thorpe sits a ballroom that has a scenic view that can rival the Grand Canyon.

Flagstaff Resort Land Holdings Ltd. wants to take that view and build a resort, sky tram system, and zip line around it.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene appears to be on her way to our area.

The latest postings by the National Hurricane Center points to a direct hit in the Chesapeake Bay area at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

Mark Nalesnik, director of the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, said there are conference calls with state and federal officials scheduled later today.

The latest information he has indicates we could have winds of 40-60 miles per hour with several inches of rain.

Of the wind, he said the area is used to dealing with these conditions.

Friday, August 26, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Andrew Pisulak, president/owner of Palmerton Lumber Company, shows his company's scarecrow to Joan Turko, coordinator of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Display. For a fee of $10, Palmerton Lumber will make stands for any business that needs them.

Got scarecrows?

Business owners in Downtown Palmerton are encouraged to, right smack dab in front of their establishments.

It's all part of a Scarecrow Display promoted by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce in the month of October.

Businesses on Delaware Avenue have been invited to participate and have a scarecrow placed in front of their establishments, or, if they prefer, in their windows, said Joan Turko, coordinator of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Display.

Friday, August 26, 2011
George Sauls, the Northern Area engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordered water releases from the Francis E. Walter Dam in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.

Although it's too early for the tracking forecasts to predict how much of Hurricane Irene's rainfall will extend into northeastern Pennsylvania, George Sauls is taking no chances.

Sauls, the Northern Area engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, oversees five dams in northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Francis E. Walter Dam – the major reservoir for the Lehigh River basin.

"In anticipation of Hurricane Irene, we are going to start lowering the recreation pool at Francis E. Walter Dam," Sauls explained.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The preliminary results are in and the news is not great for the Panther Valley School District.

After meeting AYP (adequate yearly progress) last year following the PSSA exams, the district has taken a step backwards and is once again in "warning" status as a district. The elementary school is in school improvement II. The middle school is in warning status. The high school is in corrective action II.

Friday, August 26, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Mary Kunkel, director of Carbon County Dommestice Relations, seated left; and Roberta Brewster, court administrator, seated right, accept the proclamation naming August as Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month in Carbon County from the the commissioners, standing from left, Commissioners Charles Getz, William O'Gurek, and Wayne Nothstein.

August has been named Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month in Carbon County.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board adopted a proclamation that supports the programs in place in the county and state.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, thanked Mary Kunkel, director of Carbon County Domestic Relations, and Roberta Brewster, court administrator, for the departments' efforts.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tourism is a priority in Carbon County.

That's why county officials created the tourism grant fund after they implemented the 3 percent hotel tax in 2007.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board unanimously voted to approve a memorandum of understanding between Carbon County and the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau that supports the grant initiatives in Carbon County. The memorandum of understanding also authorizes the release of $60,000 from the Hotel Room Excise Tax fund for the county's tourism grant.