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Saturday, May 7, 2011
Richard Ockenhouse, Jim Thorpe "Set aside a day and thank God we caught the guilty party."

This September will be the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. How do you think our nation should honor this tragic day in our history?

Saturday, May 7, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS County solicitor Michael Ozalas, left; and county administrator Randall Smith, right; present representatives of Blue Mountain Health System with proclamations for National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week. Accepting the proclamations are Toni Gibson, associate vice president of nursing, second from left; Terry Purcell, vice president of ambulatory and support services, center; and Theresa Long, vice president of nursing.

The Carbon County commissioners recognize the importance of quality hospitals and nurses.

That's why, on Thursday, the board adopted two proclamations in honor of National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week. National Hospital Week is held May 8 through May 14 and National Nurses Week will be May 6 through May 12.

The National Hospital Week proclamation states that the theme for the week is "Celebrating Health, Hope, and Healing," in Carbon County.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services offers elderly home help program. The program provides in-home assistance to income eligible Carbon County residents (aged 60 and older) who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or willing to assist with the care of their home or personal needs. Services are provided for the purpose of ensuring safe and sanitary conditions and may include:

* Light housekeeping assistance;

* Laundry assistance; and/or

* Shopping assistance.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Children from the Sunday school class of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, presented a musical performance during the Easter worship service. The chldren sang two songs, "He is Lord," accompanied by Max Vermillion on the piano, and "Jesus in My Life," accompanied by guitarist Kathy Crampsie. Youths participating included, from left, Megan Greenall, Abbey Vermillion, Rebecca Jones, Julia Romankow, Joshua Faenza and Max Vermillion; and back, Alex Romankow, Alexis Berger, Cassie Hein and Austin Miller.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
During a visit to Beijing's Tiananmen Square, a group of high school age Chinese girls could barely hold back fits of giggles as they asked to have their photo taken with Brandon Taylor, aka "Brad Pitt."

It was just another Monday morning as I rode Line 2 toward Fuchengmen, the closest subway station to my Beijing office. I had just missed the morning rush and a few empty seats near the end of the bench awaited my still sleepy body. With headphones firmly planted into each ear, I sat and watched as station after station rolled by.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lansford Mayor Ron Hood at a special meeting Friday evening cast the deciding vote against holding executive sessions before instead of after council's public meetings, and against allowing secretary-treasurer Renee Slakoper to work from home due to a mold problem in the borough offices above the American Fire Co. No. 1 on East Patterson Street.

Hood's vote was needed because council, with one member missing each time, had twice deadlocked on the matters.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass has granted a preliminary injunction ordering the Panther Valley School District to stop enforcing its drug policy concerning sports and other extracurricular activities.

In a 19 page memorandum opinion issued Thursday Serfass ruled that Morgan and Donna Thomas, of Summit Hill, who filed an action against the policy, have satisfied their burden "and are entitled to a preliminary injunction in this matter."

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Carbon County chapter of the Libertarian Party will hold its first organization and information meeting Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m., at Roadies Restaurant, Penn's Peak.

Matthew Schutter, a candidate for Penn Forest supervisor, says the meeting is open to anyone, regardless of party affiliation.

The local Libertarian chapter plans to keep the second Tuesday of the month as its meeting time. Future times and locations will be announced.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Randy Rabenold, adjutant; and James Wentz, chaplain of the Lehighton AMVETS, Elwood Miller Post 106, with winners of the 2010-2011 Americanism poster and essay contests. From left, front row, are Aleah Nothstein, first place, poster contest; Colton Bachman, second place, poster; Ryan Andrews, third place, essay contest; and Katie Aaron, third place poster. Back row, are Rabenold, left; and Wentz. Other winners were, Amy McConnell, first place, essay; and Cassie Binder, second place, essay.

Lehighton AMVETS, Elwood Miller Post 106, recently announced the winners of the 2010-2011 Americanism poster and essay contests, which carried the theme "Why Is It so Important to Vote?"

Randy Rabenold, adjutant, noted that the first place winners in the poster and essay contest also won third place honors in the state contest.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
This painting of the Pileated Woodpecker is typical of the bird species that John James Audubon shot, sketched and painted during his 1829 visit to Mauch Chunk and Penn Forest in preparation of his Birds of America publication-of which a recently auctioned copy has received the highest price ever for a printed publication.

In 1829, when visitors were flocking to Mauch Chunk and Penn Forest to marvel at the Switchback Gravity Railroad and the Lehigh Navigation System, products of the burgeoning coal mining industry, one man was on a mission to paint its birds.

That man, 35-year-old John James Audubon, came to northeastern Pennsylvania to create images for a volume that would become Birds Of America. During his studies for the work, he identified 25 new species and a number of new subspecies.