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Saturday, October 20, 2012

OK. So by now you know how fantabulous I think the Grand Canyon is.

Besides the incredible scenic vistas, here are some incredible moments I had.

*Goose bumps at the Grand Canyon

George and I were sitting along the edge of the Canyon waiting for Connie who was exploring a little. Harry was doing his Bright Angel Trail hike. (Next week's story.)

Suddenly we began to hear this very loud "Whooooosh Whooooosh Whooooosh" sound. We both looked up and saw this huge bird with this amazing wing span come flying overhead.

George said, "I think that's a condor."

Saturday, October 20, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Girl Scout Katie Eidem (center) delivers her hand-made xylophone to Carbon County Environmental Center Director Susan Gallagher (left) and program assistant Franklin Klock (right).

As the final step in her pursuit of the distinguished Girl Scout Gold Award, Katie Eidem of local Troop 34229 presented a hand made xylophone to the staff of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center (CCEEC).

Eidem spent two months making the instrument completely of recycled materials. It will join a collection of other similarly made musical objects already in the Center's possession.

"I have built an instrument that will live long and inspire others," Eidem said. "I'm proud to have my work added to CCEEC's collection of recycled musical instruments."

Saturday, October 20, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Home schooler Amber Moyer, left, holds her 8-month-old son, Enoch, as her 2-year-old daughter, Tomorrow, watches her 5-year-old sister Loki use a Montessori math mat to create and solve addition problems.

Loki Rucca sits at a picnic table on a recent sunny day, happily pulling small squares printed with math questions from a wooden box.

The 5-year-old takes one that asks "6 + 2 =" and ponders for just a moment before rummaging in the box for a square printed with the number 8, which she uses to answer the question. She smiles, and reaches for another question square.

Loki is one of an estimated two million children in the United States who are being taught at home rather than being enrolled in a public or private school.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library met at the Harry Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Janet Hermann, far left, is the current president. For information about joining the group, contact the Dimmick Memorial Library.

Saturday, October 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Boy Scout Adam Foley completed his Eagle Scout project which was to reconfigure and paint the Rainbow Walk at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, refinish four benches and add two hopscotch areas.

What do you do when your rainbow becomes dull and faded?

You hope a Boy Scout comes to the rescue.

The Rainbow Walk at Pleasant Valley Elementary School had once been a vibrant walkway of the seven colors of the rainbow that led to the school's playground. But the wearing of weather and little feet took its toll and was severely faded.

Saturday, October 20, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/special to the times news Preparing a decorated door to help encourage support of Red Ribbon week at Lehighton Area Middle School are Red Ribbon Ambassadors (left to right) sixth grader Lucas Hoffner; seventh grader Kyle Strohl; fifth grader Dante Arzuaga; eighth grader Tia Brownmiller; and Lehighton Area School District Drug and Alcohol Prevention/Education Specialist Travis Andrews.

TN Correspondent

Lehighton Area School District has been busy making preparations for Red Ribbon Week next Monday through Friday, which will emphasize a strong message of anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse, and anti-bullying.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A small batch of mushrooms (Amanita Muscaria) proudly stands along the side of the road in Lehighton. But beware of these beauties becasue they are poisonous.


Saturday, October 20, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS George Sauls, the Northern Area Engineer who oversees the operation of Philadelphia's five dams, including the Francis E. Walter Dam facilitates meeting to review the 2012 Francis E. Walter Dam Recreation Plan and solicit feedback from paddlers and anglers for next year's plan.

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers' Philadelphia District hosted an annual meeting to review the 2012 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation plan and solicit feedback from paddlers and anglers for next year's plan.

The meeting was held on Tuesday evening October 16 at the Holiday Inn Express in White Haven. In 2012, the Army Corps of Engineers held 22 of 24 scheduled whitewater events and numerous releases for fisheries throughout the recreation season.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Carbon County will be purchasing computers to comply with changes to juvenile justice system laws.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency subgrant for federal Byrnes Justice Assistance grant program funds in the amount of $4,400.

The funds will be used for the Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy project.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that the project will help juvenile probation with inputting information on its clients.