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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Michael Sommers, Panther Valley Elementary, first grade "Spending time together with my family."

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ÿ During the time between the close of bear season in 2011 and the opening of archery season in 2012, the Pennsylvania Game Commission captured 731 bears. Forty-four percent were captured in response to nuisance complaints.

Ÿ Bears are harvested in 56 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The top five counties in 2012 were Lycoming (341), Clinton (265), Tioga (227), Potter (179) and Centre (143). Hunters bagged 55 in Carbon County and 32 in Schuylkill County.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would lift packaging restrictions on potatoes.

The bill would allow spuds to be sold in packages of any weight. Now, the state requires them to be packed in bags of less than three pounds; three pounds; five pounds; 10 , 15, 20, 25, 50 and multiples of 100 pounds.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Country singer Brad Paisley performed at Penn's Peak on Feb. 4, 2003. Paisley today is a mega star and headlines shows in major arenas. Tomorrow, Penn's Peak celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Tomorrow, Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe will be holding its 10th anniversary celebration with a free concert event and a benefit for the local Dream Come True chapter.

The celebration includes concerts by two bands: 70s Rewind and Clyde Barrow of Clyde Barrow and the Legendary Barbusters.

There also will be a prize raffle to benefit Dream Come True, as well as drink and food specials. The raffle has prizes valued up to $1,600.

Roadies Restaurant will also be open.

Penn's Peak is located along Maury Road in Penn Forest Township.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lisa Krouse will demonstrate the spinning of wool and alpaca fiber into thread during Fiber Fest to be held today in Mahoning Township.

The nascent Mahoning Valley Fiber Guild puts forth an open invitation to all that are interested in the world of fiber. They will be hosting exhibits from raising animals for fiber to spinning and weaving.

The Fiber Fair takes place today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lomah Farm, 330 Breezewood Dr. in Lehighton. The event is free.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jack Sterling assembles a new book drop at the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe. The former book drop lasted 19 years.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A group of Carbon County residents voiced their opposition of two plans adopted by the county that are guides to coordinate development and redevelopment.

Prior to the county commissioners adopting the comprehensive plan and greenway plan, a special hearing was held. During the hearing, a number of residents spoke out, saying that the plans do not address the concerns of the citizens, only deals with the upkeep of greenways and development of trails, and fails to show places where development and growth is necessary.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe, on Thursday announced that seven state grants totaling more than $3 million have been awarded to projects throughout Luzerne and Carbon counties.

The local grants were approved under the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funded through proceeds of Act 13. They include $250,000 to Lehighton Borough to renovate the historic Colonel Jacob Weiss Park in downtown Lehighton.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Irene Hudock, a Dimmick Memorial Library staff member, is looking for tastefully designed Gingerbread Houses for the library's sixth annual Gingerbread House Contest. Children displaying their creations are, l-r, Quinn Heinbach, 3; Andrew Rodgers, 3; Blake Dart, 3, and Grace Olmsted, 5.

If you are looking for a nifty project for the family to do together and enjoy through Christmas, then Jim Thorpe's Dimmick Memorial Library may have just what your family is looking for.

Library staff member Irene Hudock is looking for tastefully designed gingerbread houses for its sixth annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. By tastefully designed, the gingerbread houses should be both lovely to look at and delightful to taste.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
 SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gary Marshall of Artistic Wildlife Creations of Slatington says if you're lucky enough to get a bear you should cool the carcass quickly.

You'd think the odds were fairly good. About 161,000 hunters have purchased a bear license, and the state's bear population is estimated at about 16,000 one bear for every 10 hunters.

Sometimes you eat the bear but, more often, the bear beats you. Statewide, in 2012, those 160,852 bear hunters downed 3,632 bears. Roughly, one in 44 hunters will bag a bear.

The odds are best during the state's rifle season, which opens today. Last year, 13 bears were taken in the early season, 262 during archery season, and 672 during the extended season, which was open in select areas.