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Friday, July 1, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for the Carbon County Environmental Education Center's Conservation Camp Monday through Friday, August 8 to 12.

The week long event is at Hickory Run State Park and allows children ages 8 through 12 the opportunity to connect with nature through hands-on, feet-in activities.

Campers will enjoy hikes, crafts, games, whitewater rafting, campfires and plenty of healthy, outdoor play.

For more information or to register, call CCEEC at (570) 645-8597.

Friday, July 1, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The new camp store, located in the camping area of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, is now open for business. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Campers visiting Mauch Chunk Lake Park will not have to worry if they forgot to pack an item for their trip.

The Carbon County-owned park now has a new, "nicely equipped" camp store that should meet almost all of campers' needs.

On Wednesday, the park and county officials officially opened the new store during a grand opening ceremony. The camp store, fashioned in the style of a log cabin, is located inside the camping area of the park, right near the exit onto Lentz Trail.

Friday, July 1, 2011

County officials say Mauch Chunk Lake Park is ready for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

On Thursday, the commissioners said everything is ready for the holiday, as thousands of area campers and visitors will travel to Carbon County as a getaway destination.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said David Horvath, parks director, reported that all campsites and cabins in Mauch Chunk Lake Park have been rented for the weekend.

"I think we're ready," O'Gurek said. "We're fully staffed and I think our facilities are second to none. We expecting a good weekend."

Friday, July 1, 2011
AP Photo/Reading Eagle, Tim Leedy An Oct. 15, 2009 photo shows Berks County Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Pagerly with his partner Jynx in in Sinking Spring. Pagerly died in a shootout Wednesday night as law enforcement officials tried to serve a warrant at a rural Pennsylvania home. Burglary suspect Matthew Connor also died in the shootout.

ALBANY, Pa. (AP) – A burglary suspect who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy trying to serve a warrant had left a suicide note days earlier and was dressed in camouflage when he was killed in a shootout with police, authorities said Thursday.

The 25-year-old suspect, Matthew Connor, and Berks County Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Pagerly died in the exchange of gunfire after police arrived at the Albany Township home of Connor's girlfriend Wednesday night with a warrant for his arrest, state police said.

Friday, July 1, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The purple traps are placed in specific areas, usually along major roads, to catch and study infestation levels of the Emerald Ash Borer, an introduced pest of ash trees. Pictured is one of the traps located on the Hometown Hill, SR309.

"What are those hanging purple things all over the place?"

That is what people are asking each other regarding sporadic sets of purple hangers, resembling Asian hanging lanterns, placed high in trees adjacent to major roads throughout the area.

They are actually entomology program traps placed there by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to catch and study the infestation levels, if any, of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

Friday, July 1, 2011

he Theater Club, a spinoff of the Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater, is holding its next workshop on Sunday evening, July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Carbon County Cultural Project, next to the Flow restaurant at 268 W Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

The workshop on Ad-Libbing A Character on the Fly will be led by Mark Davalos. Davalos is a professional wrestling instructor who has appeared on three episodes of the Jerry Springer Show.

Friday, July 1, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Penn's Peak Radio is in the process of collecting items to be sent to our troops overseas and the Panther Valley Senior Center has joined in the event. At the center Elaine Stockmal and Margaret Dolena on left and Helen Mongi on right gathered the items to be taken to Penn's Peak Radio next week. A list of needed items appears on the Penn's Peak website.

Friday, July 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lead investigator and creator of NEPA Paranormal, Bob Christopher, points to floating dust on one of his surveillance monitors. Christopher stated dust is commonly mistaken for paranormal activity.

'Ghost Detectives', a paranormal reality television show featuring NEPA Paranormal, a group of paranormal investigators from Wilkes-Barre, will focus on the Tamaqua Elks Lodge and its paranormal history during one of its series shows to appear late tonight.

Friday, July 1, 2011

HARRISBURG – State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) on Thursday announced the General Assembly has released $50 million of its reserve account to restore funding for public schools.

"After hearing from many different taxpayers at numerous town hall meetings throughout all of the six counties I represent, I am pleased to say we listened to their message and are releasing $50 million from the General Assembly reserve account to offset cuts to education," Argall said.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., July 11, at the Schuylkill Medical Center-South. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Look Good, Feel Better is offered in a group setting, providing participants with cancer education, information and support.