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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Megan Taylor, Environmental Education Specialist at the Hickory Run State Park Complex stands at the Sand Spring Trailhead at the start of the first hike in the Hickory Run 2011 hiking series.

It's into the woods with a program for hikers and geocachers led by Megan Taylor, the Environmental Education Specialist at the Hickory Run State Park Complex.

A Thursday morning hiking program began on April 28, and will continue until October 20. Participants will meet every other Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the designated meeting place.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bookmark Contest Winners

As part of National Library Week, the Palmerton Area Library held its annual Bookmark Contest open to all preschool and elementary students in the area.

The winners were chosen for originality and best library promotion. Three winners were chosen in each of three age levels.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At a recent Nesquehoningf borough meeting, representatives of the Little League Association asked council why the basketball net was taken down from behind the Nesquehoning Recreation Center. The reason was that the basketballs kept hitting the police cruisers which are located next to the field. Since there is important equipment hooked up on top of the trunk of the cruisers it was pertinent to move the basketball net. The Nesquehoning Woman's Club purchased the new rim and net and the pole was moved further away from the police station.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Even with Osama bin Laden's death, memorials such as this one located in the lot of a strip mall along SR903 in Kidder Township will not let residents ever forget the horror of 9-11, nor the recent events on terrorism and justice.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The nursing staff at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital will celebrate Nurses' Week with a benefit for the Carbon County Friends of Animals and the Carbon County Animal Shelter with a Zumba Fitness Marathon. The event will be held Saturday, May 7, from 1-4 p.m., at the Tamaqua YMCA.

Donations of items for cats and dogs are being accepted. Sponsor sheets are available.

For more information, contact Kandy Kraemer R.N. at Kndyk914@aol.com or call (570) 386-2787.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Family Promise Variety Show will feature some of the best local entertainment in the area. The variety show, produced by John Drury, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Family Promise, a nonprofit organization that provides temporary shelter, meals and fellowship to meet the basic needs of families with children without permanent housing in Carbon County.

For more information, call John Drury, at (570) 325-4436 or email jdrury@ptd.net.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the teams of the Jim Thorpe Little League parade down North Street on their way to the opening day ceremonies at McGarvey's Field Saturday under bright blue sunny skies.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission is discussing adoption of uniform park user rules. That idea was presented by Doug Makofka of the Trail Tenders.

Attorney William Schwab, East Penn Township's representative, said that the Central Carbon County Reginal Comprehensive Park and Green Space plan calls for uniform park user rules in the five communities that are part of the plan, but that the rules are not formalized.

Communities involved in the CCCRC plan are Mahoning, East Penn and Franklin Township and Weissport and Lehighton boroughs.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Is it true that West Penn Township has no minorities living within its boundaries? Or has the U.S. Census Bureau dropped the ball?

In a communication received at township headquarters and released at Monday's board of supervisors meeting, the American Community Survey (ACS) of the United States Department of Commerce claims that the township has 4,204 residents of which none are black, Hispanic, Latino, African American or Asian. In other words, all are classified as white, except possibly 10.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Penn Forest Chairman Paul Montemuro said that no one approached the Board of Supervisors about installing wind turbines or a Wind Farm in the township and the township isn't saying much else until next month's meeting, he said.