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Monday, August 8, 2011
Kim Semmel, owner and director of Dance with Kim, looks on as her daughter Brittany practices a dance move. Dance with Kim will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.

For 25 years, Dance with Kim in Lehighton has been teaching students the art of dance, as well as other important life skills.

The teaching philosophy at Dance with Kim goes beyond producing great dancers and aims to produce great people. The staff teaches students respect, dedication, positive attitudes and a strong work ethic.

The dance studio, owned and directed by Kim Semmel of Lehighton, has a staff of eight women that teach classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, mommy and me and zumba. The studio also boasts a successful competition team.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The fields are rough but they can be fixed said Supervisor Penny Kleintop at the Aug. 4 Towamensing supervisors' meeting. The fields being discussed are the land purchased for a new municipal building. soccer fields, at least on a temporary basis, will be built.

Supervisor Rodney George said he could plow and plant grass on the property to smooth it out for the spring soccer season.

Monday, August 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hundreds of thrifty shoppers found bargains as volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army helped them find what they needed during the Salvation Army's community indoor sale held over the weekend. Volunteers are needed for their next large community sale. For more information, call (570) 668-0410.

Hundreds of thrifty shoppers found bargains as volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army helped them find what they needed during the Salvation Army's community indoor sale held over the weekend. Volunteers are needed for their next large community sale. For more information, call (570) 668-0410.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Geisinger Health System was recently named to the Becker's Hospital Review "100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare" list for 2011. This is the first time the health system has been named to this list.

Monday, August 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS People lined the downtown sidewalks in hopes of selling their wares. Pictured is pat Eisenberg, left, searching for a bargain, while Derian Stianche helps.

Hundreds of bargain hunters took to the streets and sidewalks of Tamaqua on Saturday as they searched for good deals as part of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's 12th annual Tamaqua Community-wide Sidewalk and Community Yard Sale.

The sidewalk sale has been a tradition in Tamaqua for many years, held on the first Saturday of August. What makes the event unique has been the addition of private residences to the festivities via the community yard sale.

Monday, August 8, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Franklin Klock of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center holds Renshaw, a Bald Eagle, named for his trainer, Frederick Renshaw Wallace. The new flight pen is dedicated to Wallace.

After nearly three years, a Carbon County Environmental Education Center project to construct a flight pen for the rehabilitation of injured birds was dedicated on Saturday.

The Frederick R. Wallace Flight Pen, a structure 16 feet wide by 16 feet high by 100 feet long, was the result of the work of dozens of financial contributors and workers including Steven Hutta of Jim Thorpe.

About a year and a half ago, Hutta was looking for an Eagle Scout project when during a visit to the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, he chanced to meet Franklin Klock of the CCEEC.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given preliminary approval to a request by the Coaldale-Lansford-Summit Hill Joint Sewer Authority to use filtered sludge from its system for the planned Blue Mountain vegetation project. Ronald Tirpak, of Carbon Engineering Inc., engineer for the authority, said the EPA has looked favorably upon the authority's plea. The EPA has discussed utilizing sludge from the Panther Valley towns as well as from Allentown, Philadelphia, and Palmerton to revegetate it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

With several inches of rain falling on Saturday in Carbon, Schuylkill, Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe counties, some residents were seeing washed out driveways and flooded basements, while others saw their streets flooded and nearly impassable.

That is what residents of East Penn Township in Carbon County noted when the Lizard Creek overflowed onto busy Route 895 on Saturday. This section in the Ashfield area of East Penn Township is prone to high water events on Route 895 when the stream over flows its banks.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Turnpike's Northeastern Extension, between the Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) Interchange and the Lehigh Tunnel, to be prepared for single-lane patterns to be in effect southbound from 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 - 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, and overnight northbound Tuesday and Wednesday, (Aug. 9, 10). These restrictions will remain in effect until all southbound traffic is switched to the new bridges by 7 a.m. Thursday, August 11.