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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Representing the Raising the House charity, in memory of Towamensing Elementary teacher Blaine R. House, who passed away in May 2013, Kelli Costenbader, left, and Adrianne Allen thank council for this year's support and ask to hold 5K run in the borough next March as well.

In addition to addressing some residents' concerns about mounting flood insurance premiums within the borough, several other topics were discussed at Thursday's Palmerton Borough Council meeting.

In regard to the flood insurance, Franklin Avenue resident Patricia Bodor said when she purchased her home in 2005 and contracted additional work on it, she had no idea it was located in a high-risk flood zone.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
 LISA LAPOS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Big Bird Rufus showed up in our garage last winter and was right outside our garage eating our azalea bush in the high snow. He would feed off the top branches that were sticking out of the snow. Because of our dog, he has since relocated himself from our garage area, down to the front wooded area of our lot. He loves all people that he sees. Submit your photos at tnonline.com and we'll put them in our reader gallery and print the best ones in this space.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ÿ Advanced building envelope materials and lighting system controls that minimize energy usage.

Ÿ Solar panels that will provide about 40 percent of the campus annual electrical needs.

Ÿ Geothermal system that will provide 100 percent of the cooling and heating requirement.

Ÿ It is located on 78 acres of land with spectacular views of Mount Pocono and the Delaware Water Gap,

Saturday, August 30, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kidder Township Supervisors have contracted for a study of storm water runoff and how it affects Lake Harmony.

Residents of Kidder Township living on and around Lake Harmony made themselves heard in July and the township supervisors responded by voting to hire ARRO, the township's engineers, to conduct an extensive study of the storm water runoff in the township. ARRO will be paid $19,500 for the study.

Lake Harmony is a private, glacial lake in Kidder Township. The lake is not open to all residents of the township.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Amy O'Brien of Mahoning Valley leads her yoga class through some stretching exercises at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. The yoga class will be held as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 8

Since July 11, 2012, six people have remained alive thanks to the generosity of Spc. Christina Joy Leone, who was an organ donor when she died as the result of an accident that day in Richmond, Virginia.

Leone, then 21, was a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia. Born in Lehighton and a graduate of Marion High School, Leone was much decorated and was posthumously promoted to the rank of specialist.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

This sister and brother duo won ribbons at the West End Fair for their 4H entries. Sophia Alcamo, 11, a sixth grader at Pleasant Valley Elementary and her Buff Orpington, Stella, took a first place. Vinny Alcamo, 14, a Pleasant Valley High School freshman and his Luna, a mixed breed Bantam, won a second place. The fair ends its seven-day run today.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

If a decorative washer and dryer pair are at an entrance, and the bar stools have been fashioned from toilet seats, you might be at a redneck festival. The annual Weissport Redneck Festival will be held over Labor Day weekend. Among the events is photography with horror flick characters. Front, covered in Spandex, is Chase Faulstick, Palmerton. From left are Adam Driscoll, Scranton, seated "victim" Cody Hunsicker, Lehighton, and Charles Knight, Palmerton. They were in a booth for Halls of Horror, Palmerton.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Pennsylvania 715 Bridge over McMichael Creek in Monroe County will be closed and detoured to allow workers to make repairs to the stone arch. The posted detour will route traffic on Camp Akiba and Sterling roads. Expect delays and use caution driving through the area.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Frank DeStenfano of Albrightsville donated this picnic table he made for VALOR Clinic for the enjoyment of its soon-to-be clients, all homeless veterans.

Frank DeStenfano of Albrightsville just can't understand the mentality of someone who would cause damage to VALOR Clinic in Jonas.

"It is such a good cause. So many people have been volunteering here, painting, constructing, making it look nice for our veterans. Who does that kind of thing?" he wonders.

He's referring to the recent vandalism to the former Jonas Hotel which is now the VALOR Clinic, a program for homeless veterans which will open Oct. 1.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
"I've had springers or Labs all my life, even got them out of the pound, and they are great dog breeds. Sometimes people give up on a dog, and it's not the dog's fault. They are good retrievers and great around the house." Jack Tuite and Sandy, Tamaqua

Question of the week: What breed of dog is the most awesome, and why?