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Saturday, March 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS All smiles are Carbon County CART members, l-r, Donna Krum, Kelly Hook, and Kim Mulik.

A relaxing horseback ride along the historic Lehigh Canal in the Weissport area nearly turned tragic yesterday morning.

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending.

Several areas on the canal have washouts from Thursday's heavy rainfall. One of the worst of these erosions is near Lock 7, about 1 1/2 miles north of Weissport where an overflow exists from the canal to the Lehigh River.

Matt Behler, 15, of Franklin Township, was riding his 30-year-old mare named Mollie. Trailing behind him was his cousin, Sage Miller, atop a 4-year-old horse named Neila.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the National Park Service, will oversee use of an aircraft to plant grass and other vegetation on a 500-acre section of the Palmerton Zinc Superfund site in Pennsylvania along the Appalachian Trail at the top of Blue Mountain.

This project is part of an ongoing action to repair environmental damage that was caused by emissions from zinc smelting operations in the Borough of Palmerton.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's back to the Vatican for the Catholic Diocese of Allentown, which announced this week it is in "search of clarity" concerning recent rulings on the appeals filed by members of parishes that had been closed with the 2008 restructuring of churches in the five-county area.

In a news release, the diocese said it has asked the Apostolic Signatura (considered to be the Vatican Supreme Court) to advise the diocese as to whether or not churches should be reopened for sacred worship while the appeals are being heard, or should they remain closed.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon County 4-H get the opportunity to thank Carbon County Commissioners Charles Getz, William O'Gurek and Wayne Nothstein, standing. Representatives of the 4-H clubs are, seated, from left, Cobe Frycklund, Collin Troxell, and Ally McGinley. Standing, Cole Frycklund, Nolan Wentz, and Rachel Knoblauch.

Carbon County officials recognize people who, through their talents and efforts, make the county a good place.

During the county commissioners' meeting Thursday, the board proclaimed the week of March 13 as 4-H week. Representatives from the organization were present at the event and gave each of the commissioners a gift for the proclamation.

Before presenting the recognition, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, read the proclamation.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, MATHCOUNTS team captured 2nd place in the Anthracite Chapter Math Counts competition held on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Penn State Schuylkill. Eleven area schools were in the contest. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement. It is designed to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) is holding a clothing drive, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton.

Donations of wearable used clothing (mens, womens, children all sizes) being accepted include shoes, belts and handbags, backpacks and baby accessories. Also accepted are bedding, towels, curtains, rugs, quilts, comforters as well as stuffed animals and hard toys that can fit into a 24-inch-by-24-inch box.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The 14th annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Alec Campbell Division 1 of Carbon County and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Mollie Maguire Division 1 of Carbon County, will take place along Broadway in Jim Thorpe starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 13. The event will be held rain or shine.

In preparation for the parade, Broadway will be closed to all traffic at 11:45 a.m.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bail hearings were held for eight people by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill Countuy court this week.

Mary Ruth Ramsey, 19, of Lansford, had her bail reduced to $500 percentage cash and she shall reside at 233 W. Patterson St., Lansford, and shall not relocate without approval of the court. Ramsey faces charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol filed by Coaldale Patrolman Charles Blesse, last July 9.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Renshaw the Bald Eagle screams a warning at visitors to stay away from her eggs.

Monday, Feb. 28 dawned cold and wet. Carbon County Environmental Center Program Assistant Franklin Klock arrived at work just in time to say hello to neighbors Albert Sabatini and Keely Slifer, who were taking their regular morning stroll around the grounds. Sabatini and Slifer headed off on the board walk that leads past the wild bird enclosures, and Klock toward the main building.

But Slifer came up to him in the parking lot.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Charlie Applegate in his workshop.

Most people who work with scraps of metal see scraps of metal.

But not Charlie Applegate. He sees a piece of art.

That's apparent when you pass by his Danielsville home on Mountain View Road and you see a 7-foot-tall horse, intricately crafted with pieces of metal or an eagle in flight perched in his front yard.