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Monday, October 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Left to right are first place walker Mary Kay Horvath, Summit Hill; third place female winner Janelle Bowman, Delaware; first place male winner Robert Muscovitch, Jim Thorpe; Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Hospital - Miner's Campus; frst place female winner Brandy Hackash, Lake Hauto; and third place male winner Jason Bowman, Delaware.

Numerous runners and walkers took in St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus' St. Luke's Miners Cares for Kids 5K and Kid's Fun Run in Lansford. In addition to the run and walk, the event, which was held outside the grounds of the Lansford Pool, incorporated numerous activities revolving around healthy eating and safety while playing.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Lisa Murphy, 14, Tamaqua - "Lots of snow. I love snow. The reason for this is be

What's your weather prediction for the winter: Mild, mediocre, hard; little snow, lots of snow?

Saturday, October 5, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Matthew Mellen and his grandfather Bob Hoopes, play wi

Tagging Monarch butterflies who are on their migration at this time of year is always part of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center Migration Fest which was held Sept. 28.

Due to a drought in Texas and Oklahoma when the butterflies were returning from Mexico, many died and the number at the Nature Center was well below normal.

It takes four generations for the Monarchs to return from Mexico because they stop and feed and breed so a new generation can continue the journey.

Dan Kunkle, director of the center, said the Monarchs' migration is the most phenomenal migration there is.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Intern Wyatt Puent, Don Heintzelman, and speaker Jean

Don Heintzelman, who has been counting raptors since they were still being shot by the thousands, probably counted 300 bald eagles in his lifetime.

This year 294 had been counted by the time of the Migration Fest, Sept. 28, at Lehigh Gap Nature Center. There are still two months to count.

It was Maurice Broun, the first curator of Hawk Mountain, who asked Heintzelman to start a count at Bake Oven Knob, which continues to this day by an intern, Wyatt Puent, and volunteers from the center.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A midsummer-like breeze ripples the water Tuesday at Tuscarora State Park near Tamaqua as October is welcomed by unseasonably warm temperatures and a long run of sunny, dry weather.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS American Planning Association's One of 10

The American Planning Association announced yesterday the designation of Broadway, the main street of Jim Thorpe's historic district, as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013.

Each year during National Community Planning Month, APA's Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces to highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Janene M. Holter, Senior Supervisory Specia

Janene M. Holter, Senior Supervisory Special Agent of the Office of Attorney Generaland a Tamaqua Area High School graduate, recently spoke to local residents on the numerous scams, rip-offs and frauds that are being perpetrated and which particularly target senior citizens.

The main focus of the seminar was to educate citizens on how to protect their private information and to question how easily we are to part with it.

The seminar covered such areas as home-improvement scams, sweepstakes, lottery and charitable contribution scams as well as estate planning schemes.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Ten-year-old Christian Bellapianta of Scotrun checks out this miniature version of a 1944 Willys created on a garden tractor chassis over 4 years by Harold L. Hillbert from Fleetwood during Redball Military Transport Rally held at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Photo illustration by Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

It's happened to most of us: You pull a forgotten package of food from the back of the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, and peer at the tiny expiration date. Hmmm ... four days ago.

Does that mean the food will make you sick if you eat it?

Many people throw away food items that are beyond the labeled expiration date, and that leads to massive food waste, says the lead author of a recent policy brief on food date labeling.

Americans waste 160 billion pounds of food each year, according to American Wasteland, by Jonathan Bloom.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will be offering free walk-in flu vaccine clinics. The clinics will be open only as long as the vaccine supply lasts.

A clinic will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Blue Mountain Medical Plaza, Bank St., Bowmanstown. Shots will be given free to adults 18 years of age and older.

Another vaccine clinic will be held from from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Palmerton Hospital campus, Colombia St. entrance (2nd floor). The shots will be given free to children 12 years and older and adults.