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Saturday, September 14, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A group of men with local ties enjoyed their annual retreat this past weekend at Saint Joseph's-In-The-Hills Retreat House in Malvern. Owned and operated by Catholic laity since 1912, Malvern Retreat House serves the spiritual needs of lay men and women of all ages - as well as clergy and religious of many denominations - through the retreat experience.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

In this scene Sunday in Lewistown Valley, shades of green and textures of summer are slowly giving way to the earth tones of autumn, which will arrive less than a week from now.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Al ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dimmick Memorial Library staff member Irene Hudock points to a poster acknowledging Preschool Connections who provided a $2,500 grant for the library to create the Youth Center.

While the Dimmick Memorial Library continues as a wonderful resource for reading and research materials, it is now much more. The rear of the library has been redesigned for the under 21 crowd, and its Web site sports links to an awesome variety of online services.

Physical changes that have made the library more kid friendly. "We received a grant for $2,500 from the Pennsylvania Library System's Preschool Connections," said Dimmick Memorial Library staff member Irene Hudock.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Duane Dellecker, senior certified recycling professional, addresses the audience at an information-sharing program on municipal waste management held Thursday in Lower Towamensing Township. Also pictured are, seated l-r, Heather Schanewolf, general manager of Advanced Green Solutions, Inc., Walnutport, Cindy Henning, citizen, and Jim Lambert, Executive Director of the Monroe County Waste Management Authority.

An information-sharing program on municipal waste management was held Thursday at the Lower Towamensing Township Municipal building.

About 20 people attended the program, sponsored by the township's board of supervisors. Along with Lower Towamensing, other municipalities that were represented were Palmerton Borough, Jim Thorpe Borough, Weissport Borough, Franklin Township, Mahoning Township, Towamensing Township, and Penn Forest Township.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Pennsylvania Adult Day Services Association (PADSA) will join providers throughout the nation during the week of September 15th through the 21st to raise public awareness of the accessibility, affordability, and effectiveness of Adult Day Centers as part of Adult Day Services week.

Adult Day Centers provide professional care, affordable care, and responsible care in order that families may maintain independent living as a viable and healthful alternative to long-term care nursing home placement of a family member.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

St. Jerome Regional School performing arts and music director Paul Mulhern plays the piano while Molly Carnish, 15, performs a vocal piece during Thursday night's free open stage event held that the Tamaqua Community Art Center.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Bob FORD/TIMES NEWS

City of Bethlehem Police Detective Douglas Nothstein, right, presents a plaque to Kovatch Ford President John Kovatch IV in appreciationfor the company's $1,000 donation to the Police Unity Tour. The ride, which raises awareness to fallen officers nationally, was a 300-mile, four-day ride from East Hanover, N.J. to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. This year's tour raised more than $1.7 million.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mahanoy Area School District added $330.611 to its assessment on properties for 2014 taxes through appeals filed against 27 properties in its district, including 11 in Barnesville, Ryan Township, which were granted by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board at a hearing in the Schuylkill County Courthouse.

The school district asked for the increase claiming the properties were purchased at prices higher than they had been assessed. The assessment board based its decision on the sale price.

The market value and assessment were increased on the following:

Saturday, September 14, 2013

If you've seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, you probably know a bit about paleontology and anthropology; how scientists quarry the Sahara Desert's sands searching for clues to ancient empires or to the earliest forms of mankind.

Matt Bielecki, an anthropologist in the tradition of Indiana Jones, spent three weeks sifting through the Kem Kem Beds in Morocco, North Africa. "It was very hot and dry, about 115 degrees farenheit," he said. "The bugs were insane - large flies and scorpions, and a variety of vipers - not a pleasant place."

Friday, September 13, 2013

Several Carbon County employees received permission from the commissioners on Thursday to attend various training seminars and conferences.

Area Agency on Aging: Ethel White, Mary Ann Marzen and Sandra Wisnewski to Protective Services Basic Enrollment - Investigative Interviewing, in Clark's Summit, Lackawanna County, at a cost of mileage and meals.

Children and Youth Services: Sallianne Newton and Anissa Nunnemacher to PCYA Quartly meeting in State College, at a cost of a $100 conference fee, lodging, meals and mileage.