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Monday, May 23, 2011
Perry Shelton

Love of his country and his hometown has made Perry F. Shelton an active community member, and a patriotic one at that.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum in Lansford will be celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with its 'Old Fashioned Miner's Picnic', tours of the No. 9 coal mine and museum, a car show and flea market, and music.

The big event is scheduled for Sunday May 29 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. on the grounds of the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford. The event is open to the public and all are welcome. There is a nominal fee for tours of the coal mine and museum, but all other activities are free!

Monday, May 23, 2011

The USS Carbon County Ship 260 Navy Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 23 at the VFW in Nesquehoning. New members of the club are welcome.

The club auxiliary meets on the second Thursday of every month. It was incorrectly reported in Friday's TIMES NEWS that the auxiliary meets at the same time as the Navy Club.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Lehigh Gap Nature Center purchased a material marketed to prevent bird collisions with windows called CollidEscape, a perforated vinyl sheeting that goes on the outside of windows. The side towards the interior is colored black and coated with a peelable adhesive. The side facing the outside is a white printable surface. From the outside, the material appears opaque and non-reflective.

In the United States alone, well over 100 million birds are killed each year, not by hunters, not by wind turbines, not by cats, but by the invisible killer – glass windows.

"This is probably the most ignored environmental problem there is," said Lehigh Gap Nature Center director Dan Kunkle. "It is the biggest human-caused killer of birds in the world, and it is ignored. People don't want to know about it."

"Everybody knows that birds hit windows," he continued. "It's happened to everybody."

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Sue Oliphant, Tamaqua - "It's about time. I appreciate that the troops put their lives on the line for us."

What were your first thoughts when you learned that Osama bin Laden had been killed and buried at sea by American forces?:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jim Thorpe, historic seat of Carbon County and gateway to the resort areas of the Pocono Mountains, begins the summer season for touriss. Among the special events is the re-opening of the Cockroach Gourmet Restaurant, 25 Race Street, through Labor Day. Proprietor and chef Bruce Conrad has planned specials and as last year will exhibit arts and crafts of local and noted artists on the walls of his restaurant.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Student interest in Dual Enrollment, a partnership between the Palmerton School District and Lehigh-Carbon Community College that allows students to take courses while still in high school, remains at an all-time high.

The school board heard a presentation on Dual Enrollment from Richard DeSocio, high school guidance counselor at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe, is hosting the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the World War I Monument.

The parade will start from Memorial Park and travel on 10th Street to left onto Center Street and then right onto Ninth Street, where it will stop at the Fairview Hose Company for a memorial service at the World War II Monument. The parade will then continue down North Street to Sixth Street and right onto Center Street to Second Street where it will end.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Announcing a $204,000 Safe Routes to Schools grant for Rush Township, are left to right: Gary Bender, grant writer, Schuylkill County Office of Economic Development; Dominic Yanuzzi, Alfred Benesch & Company; Alan Baranski, vice president, NEPA Alliance; Stephen W. Simchak, chairman, Rush Township board of supervisors; Frank Staudenmeier, county commissioner; Bill Hanley, aide to Congressman Tim Holden; Mantura Gallagher, chairman, Schuylkill County board of commissioners; and Frank McAndrew, commissioner.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Firefighters from Citizens Fire Company Unit 2 as well as other Schuylkill and Carbon County firefighters responded to a structure fire that started around 5 p.m. Friday evening at the home of Anne and Paul Posey on North Lehigh Street in Tamaqua.

"A very quick response from firefighters saved our home and I am very grateful to them," said Anne Posey.

Firefighters and rescuers from Summit Hill, Coaldale, and Tamaqua responded. No serious injuries were reported.