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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
JACOB SEIBEL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Isiah "DJ Izz" Roper entertains visitors during the Hip Hop Hates Cancer event.

Spencer Bennett, a 2011 Tamaqua graduate, put on a "Hip Hop Hates Cancer" event at the Mohn Building on Center Street Friday evening to raise money for the American Cancer Society(ACS).

Bennett lined up several local amateur rappers, including himself, and dancers, such as the Tamaqua cheerleading squad, all performing to the sounds of Isiah "DJ Izz" Roper.

Roper said, "I knew Spencer from school, and I'm here to show my support."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS The mood was cheerful at a recent Red Cross Bloodmobile in Tamaqua, but the need for donors is not a laughing matter. Join the ranks of blood donors this Wednesday as the Tamaqua Salvation Army hosts an American Red Cross Bloodmobile at 105 W. Broad St. Hours will be from 1 to 6 p.m.

The need for donated blood is critical at any time, but recent accidents in this area have brought that need closer to home. In addition to the everyday demand for blood products due to certain illnesses, vehicle accidents in the past month have increased the demand considerably, right here at home.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

There's no question it's going to feel like more than 100 degrees for several days this week.

Will the actual temperature hit the three-digit figure?

The National Weather Service is warning of a "dangerous heat event" Thursday into Saturday.

On Thursday and Friday, "heat index values" are expected to be about 105.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, has co-sponsored a bill that will make sure Social Security, Medicare, and military pay and benefits will not be interrupted if the national debt ceiling is reached.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Beth Sheckler gave a presentation about astronomy before everyone moved outside to use the new Dobsonian telescope.

On July 9 members of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center met for an annual picnic, a walk through the native gardens, a concert by Roger Latzgo, an astronomy lesson and viewing and putting up a light to which insects respond.

The picnic was potluck at the pavilion.

This is the best turnout ever, said Director Dan Kunkle. The center operates on volunteers, and a group that needs more is the information specialists who man the front desk. Anyone volunteering will receive training so they are aware of what is expected.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Palmerton Area Historical Society will meet for its annual picnic at member Bert Holczman's farm, 540 Sand Quarry Road, Ashfield August 8.

The society will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, condiments and beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish and/or a dessert.

Please make a reservation by calling Jane at (610) 767-5638 before July 29.

Come any time after 4 p.m.

Rain date is August 9.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Two Bowmanstown Boy Scouts, Charles Beers and Ricky Behler, are among the 66 Boys Scouts from the area's Minsi Trails Council who are attending the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Farragut State Park, Idaho. This delegation enjoyed a 2 1/2 hour day tour to the Pacific Northwest prior to the opening day of the Jamboree. During that time, Charles enjoyed his 17th birthday celebration. His father, Forrest Beers, had attended the first National Boy Scout Jamboree held in 1937 in Washington D.C.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Join naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow and Lake View Trails at 9 a.m. July 22.

The hike is 5.5 miles in length and moderately difficult. The trails cross through two creeks and run parallel to the lake. There is a view of the dam from the trail.

Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Shine only.

Please call Robin at (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.

Tuesday, July 19, 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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Monroe County man went on trial Monday afternoon in Carbon County Court, charged with criminal attempt-homicide and several other charges.

Brian Jeams-Paul Hines, 36, of Brodheadsville, is charged with shooting Gary Hoffner, 32, of Lower Towamensing Township, in the face during a confrontation near Hoffner's home. The incident occurred on Nov. 9, 2009.

Hines is facing additional charges of two counts each of aggravated and simple assault, and one count each of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and firearms not to be carried without a license.