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Saturday, September 29, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Entrepreneur Conrad Flynn operates his marketing firm from his Nesquehoning home. here. he shows a visitor a page in his book of self-imposed rules for a successful home-based business.

Clad in business casual attire, Conrad Flynn sits in the cozy office of his Hauto home, chatting with a visitor as he keeps an eye on the clock.

Flynn, 27, and the owner of Concur New Media, a marketing agency, is one of a rising number of local people who work from home.

The number of Carbon County folks who work at home, either self-employed or telecommuting, increased from 1.7 percent (430 people over age 16) to 3 percent (760 people) between 2000 and 2011, according to U.S. Census data provided by the Pennsylvania State Data Center.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Guinness Book of World Record holder Jon Pritikin bends a metal pipe during presentations held at numerous Tamaqua Area schools.

Guinness Book of World Record holder Jon Pritikin recently talked to students at the Tamaqua elementary and middle schools, Rush Elementary School and West Penn Elementary School about bullying, peer pressure and the benefits of good character.

Pritikin's "Feel the Power," program was hosted by the Tamaqua School District and the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary PTO, who partnered with the National Character Education Foundation.

Pritikin shared how he overcame a speech problem, childhood hardships and the effects of being bullied.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Craig Swartz, Palmerton - "Palmerton Booster Club, because my daughter is a cheerleader, and the NFL, because I like the Steelers."

What kind of football do you like the best: high school, college, or the NFL? Why?

Saturday, September 29, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe are, left to right : Alex Haggerty; Randall Smith, Coordinator RYLA; Brandon Lemons; Charles Trovato; Molly McArdle; and Bob Stevenson, President Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe.

As a participant in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe has a history of sending students from Jim Thorpe Area High School and Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) to a Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.

This year was no exception as four students spent a week at the leadership camp held at Keystone College in LaPlume, Pa.

The students described their experiences at a recent Rotary Club meeting held at Crave Restaurant at 66 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Greeting participants at the second annual Cody Wentz Walk/Bike Ride Benefit, pictured left to right, are Wentz's mother, Lisa Shiffert; step-father, Bill Shiffert; brother, Jerry Wentz; step-mother, Jennifer Wentz; and father, Terry Wentz. Missing from the photo are sister, Shelby Wentz; step-sister, Caitlin Roth; and step-brother, Hunter Roth.

Designed to bring community awareness to the problem of drug and alcohol abuse, the second annual Cody Wentz Walk/Bike Ride Benefit recently took place in Weissport.

Coordinated by family and friends, the event is held in memory of Cody Wentz, who died from a drug overdose on Nov. 29, 2010. He was 19 years old.

The walk began at 10 a.m. at the Canal, with other festivities following in Weissport Park.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

If you're drawn to the illusion that working from home means working when you want to while homemade spaghetti sauce simmers and your children play quietly in the next room, you may be in for a rude awakening.

Workforce experts offer advice to would-be home workers:

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved. Committee members are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
A mysterious special delivery

The U.S. Postal Service, once our country's gold-plated standard of service and efficiency, is going the way of the Pony Express.

In response to staggering financial losses and decreasing mail use, officials want to reduce service to five days a week by eliminating Saturday delivery, make wide-sweeping cutbacks of personnel and close hundreds of post offices.

Let me see if I have this right: The supposed answer to competitive pressures is to cut back service and make your business even more irrelevant. Sounds like the prescription for disaster in the making.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
 HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From Back Row, left to right: Kyle Lawrence, JTHS; Bronson Ford, JTHS; Johnathan Pieri, CCTI; Nicholas Kudlesky, CCTI; Zachary Carr, CCTI; Joshua Thompson, CCTI; and Nicholas Goldberg, JTHS. Front row, left to right; Danyelle Johannsen, CCTI; Bridgett McFadden, JTHS; TaiXi Gentile, JTHS; Lauren Zurn, JTHS; and Melissa Rivera, CCTI. Missing from photo Alyssa Dachowicz and Kimberly Ferko, JTHS, and Michael Gigliotti and Megan Roseman, CCTI.

The Jim Thorpe Rotary Club announced the students of the month from Jim Thorpe Area High School and Carbon Career and Technical Institute.

There are eight senior students selected from each school. The students were recognized at a dinner held at CCTI.

At the dinner JT Rotary member, Bill Allison, spoke with the students, families, and members about leadership and community service.

He also spoke about what the JT Rotary Club does and how the students will be interacting with the Rotary Club.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Motorized raft passes under Navajo Bridges, four miles below Lee's Ferry. The closer bridge was built in 1929 and is now reserved for pedestrians. The downstream bridge was built in 1995 for vehicles. It is the last automobile crossing until the Hoover Dam, 350 miles downstream.

The Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world, and the best way to see it is by rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Before planning a trip through the Grand Canyon, be aware that certain types of boats are permitted to travel through the Grand Canyon National Park during certain times of the year. Also be aware that the base of the Grand Canyon is typically 20 degrees warmer than at the rim. In midsummer, temperatures can exceed 110 degrees. I opted for a September trip where temperatures typically peak around 90 degrees.