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Saturday, July 23, 2011
Bob Ford/Times News

It was rough to be working in any kind of outdoor construction this week as Frank Jamison, foreground, and his son, Conner, from Jamison Woodcraft, found out while working on the siding of a garage in Jim Thorpe Friday morning.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
From left to right, Sir Knight Vincent A. Cowie and David Dixon Goodwin present the Cross of Honor to William H. Trout, Jim Thorpe for his service in the Knights Templar, along with S. Timothy Warco.

William H. Trout, Jim Thorpe was recently awarded the Knight Templar Cross of Honor, the highest award that can be bestowed on a Knight Templar.

The award is presented annually to a Knight Templar who has distinguished himself in service to the Order, far beyond the call of duty and beyond the service usually expected of an officer or member.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Several youths from counties in the TIMES NEWS coverage area were selected to participate in the state police Commissioner's Honor Camp. The camp is being held this week at the state police academy in Hershey.

A select group of 48 teenagers from across the state are learning about state police operations and government through the camp.

The cadets, ages 13-18, were selected from among more than 1,500 boys and girls who participated in local Camp Cadet programs last summer.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Parents and educators received valuable information on how to prevent children from becoming cyber-predators and cyber-victims during a program at the education and medical campus of Behavioral Health Associates in Weissport on Wednesday.

The free seminar was part of a county-wide anti-bullying initiative presented by Behavioral Health Associates, a non-profit healthcare foundation.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Missions Team at Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church in Brodheadsville has partnered with a women's group in Mata Mamon, a rural hamlet near La Victoria in the Dominican Republic to provide beds, housing, clothing and food for the poor.

The church is also helping raise money to purchase a used ambulance for the hospital in La Victoria. Anyone wishing to help with this project can call (570) 992-0158 or visit the website at pleasantvalleypresbyterianchurch.com.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The hottest day in several years occurred yesterday, scorching long-standing records around the region.

In Allentown, the temperature Friday reached 104 degrees at 3:42 p.m. That broke an 85-year-old record record of 101 degrees.

The 104 reading was just one point shy of the hottest day ever recorded in Allentown, which was set on July 7, 1981.

The heat wave, now almost a week old, is expected to continue through at least tomorrow, the National Weather Service says.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers Philadelphia District has announced it will hold whitewater releases Sept. 3-4 and increase fisheries releases from the Francis E. Walter Dam.

The Corps updated the recreation plan, which states whitewater events scheduled for the first weekend in September will be held if adequate water storage is accumulated in the reservoir. A rainy season has enabled the Corps to schedule the events.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Join naturalist Robin Tracey on the Oak Loop Trail at Locust Lake at 9 a.m. on July 30.

The trail is four miles in length and is difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a view of the forest below.

Part of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail" created by an Eagle Scout.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Please meet at the visitor parking lot.

Contact Robin at (570) 467-2506 for more information.

Shine only.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A pair of wild turkeys perch in a tree in Penn Forest Township. Turkeys will fly onto tree branches to avoid predators. They

usually can' t fly much farther than a quarter of

a mile.

AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Defendants appeared in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer this past week in a variety of cases ranging from alcohol and drugs to fights and child endangerment.

Kevin Michael Sanders Jr., 31, of 108 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of simple assault and endangering the welfare of children. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods following an April 5 incident.

Sanders was released after posting 10 percent of the imposed $10,000 bail.