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Thursday, May 9, 2013

An Eastern Screech Owl was being shown by Rachel Taras, an education specialist at Hawk Mountain, as people gathered for a volunteer day at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Everyone who volunteered in the past 10 years received an invitation.

As a catered dinner was enjoyed, music was provided by Bella Musica, a string ensemble.

A short video that will be used to introduce people to the Center was being shown in the conference room. It was put together by Kathy Romano, Lee Sivak, Donna Gasser, Phil Fair as narrator and Brian Birchak who tied everything together.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A revised plan to redraw the boundaries of Pennsylvania's legislative districts won the unanimous approval Wednesday of the state Supreme Court, which rejected renewed appeals by citizen challengers and Democrats who argued the plan, like the previous version, was driven by political considerations and did not meet constitutional guidelines.

Thursday, May 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sunny weather has drawn people to area state parks over the past few days. Locust Lake State Park was busy with activity over the weekend. Courtney Green and Michael VanBilliard enjoy time with their son Gage VanBilliard, 3, while sitting at the lake's edge.

Sunny weather has drawn people to area state parks over the past few days. Locust Lake State Park was busy with activity over the weekend. Courtney Green and Michael VanBilliard enjoy time with their son Gage VanBilliard, 3, while sitting at the lake's edge.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) will host his annual 'Senator for Day' event at Penn State's Schuylkill Campus today. The event, which will be held in the Student Community Center on campus, will feature 11 school districts from throughout the 29th Senatorial District.

Kicking off at 8 a.m., the Senator's program separates the students into four committees – Education, Transportation, Finance and State Government – declaring the students "Senators" for the day.

Thursday, May 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS St. Luke's new Tamaqua Medical Center, located at 137 Railroad St. in Tamaqua.

More than 300 community members and area visitors toured St. Luke's new Tamaqua Medical Center during a community open house held this week at the center.

St. Luke's administrators, physicians and staff held the event to provide people a chance to tour the new 7,600-square-foot facility and meet the clinicians who now offer an array of health services at the new downtown location.

Thursday, May 9, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim McElhenney of Jim Thorpe lines up a shot during the basketball shoot competition at the Lehighton Recreation center.

The South Team again prevailed Wednesday in the second day of the Carbon County Senior Games.

The teams are divided into North and South. The South Team is composed of Lehighton and Palmerton; the North Team is composed of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder, and Weatherly.

By the close of Wednesday's basketball shoots, the top scorer was Lehighton, with 164 points, followed by Palmerton with 56, Jim Thorpe with 55, then Panther Valley with 45, and Weatherly with 3.

The individual results for the basketball shoot contests were:

Thursday, May 9, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A mural of the Dorsey Brothers was unveiled prior to the Panther Valley Band Concert. The mural was instructed by artist-in-residence Stephen Bennett.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lansford council on Wednesday was poised to award the job of replacing roofs on buildings at the borough's swimming pool. But, after a representative of one of the bidders questioned whether another company's bid bonds were properly submitted, council wiped the slate clean and agreed to seek another round of proposals.

Council on April 10 opened bids from four companies vying for the job. The bids were to replace the roofs on the pavilion; a building whose roof is tagged "roof 1;" the snack shop, and the office.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburgh, PA.

Thursday, May 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A colorful rainbow appears between houses along Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua.