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Saturday, August 30, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Skyla Hendricks, 6, of Albrightsville, practices her medical skills as she pretends to take the blood pressure of Claire Farnschlader, of Lake Harmony, at an open house held Saturday at the Penn-Kidder Library Center, Pine Point Plaza.

One day a couple of years ago, Barbara Franzosa sat in a restaurant in Pine Point Plaza in Albrightsville, and mentioned to the owner how much she missed the public library near her former home.

"Two people at other tables said, we miss our libraries, too. So I said, well, should we try to start one? And they said yes," she said.

On Saturday, after years of planning and hard work, the Penn-Kidder Library Center opened in its new home next to Mauch Chunk Bank in the plaza, on Route 903 near the intersection Route 534.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Northampton Community College campus opened Monday.

Close to 2,000 students will make history this week when they become the first students to take classes on what may be the only brand new full-service college campus in the country.

Some of them even showed up early for 8 a.m. classes on Monday, the first day of the semester to participate in a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony heralding the official opening of "NCC Monroe" a branch campus of Northampton Community College.

"I'm speechless," said Student Governance president Carla Garis as she surveyed the buildings and the spacious courtyard.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Panther Valley School District has a stringent "no smoking" policy on school grounds.

Can this policy be applied to electronic cigarettes?

The matter was discussed during a meeting of the Panther Valley School Board on Thursday. The topic came up because people were seen using electronic cigarettes during the "Meet the Panthers" program on Wednesday.

As a result, the school board's policy committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the board room to make revisions that will outlaw the e-cigarettes.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News The original entrance to the Mary Packer Cummings Memorial School, built in 1914.  The school is located just off Route 209, between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. For more photos, see our gallery at tnonline.com.

Students using the lengthy fire escapes at the old Packerton High School like an amusement park ride are a thing of the past.

The fire escapes are gone, but the memories remain as the nearly 6,000-square-foot building, located just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe, celebrates its 100th anniversary.

"There is still a lot of history here," said Donald "Duke" Blauch, current owner. "Unfortunately to keep everything up to code, a lot of things had to be updated and replaced, but it comes with the territory when you have an old building."

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Applications for grants from The Henry L. Mickley Mabel S. Fravel Charitable Trust are now being accepted for the year 2014.

Applications are available at Slatington Borough Hall, Washington Township Municipal Building and First Niagara Bank at 502 Main Street Slatington.

The two main criteria are: the organization must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the money must be used for recreation in Washington Township and/or the borough of Slatington.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Representing the Raising the House charity, in memory of Towamensing Elementary teacher Blaine R. House, who passed away in May 2013, Kelli Costenbader, left, and Adrianne Allen thank council for this year's support and ask to hold 5K run in the borough next March as well.

In addition to addressing some residents' concerns about mounting flood insurance premiums within the borough, several other topics were discussed at Thursday's Palmerton Borough Council meeting.

In regard to the flood insurance, Franklin Avenue resident Patricia Bodor said when she purchased her home in 2005 and contracted additional work on it, she had no idea it was located in a high-risk flood zone.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
 LISA LAPOS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Big Bird Rufus showed up in our garage last winter and was right outside our garage eating our azalea bush in the high snow. He would feed off the top branches that were sticking out of the snow. Because of our dog, he has since relocated himself from our garage area, down to the front wooded area of our lot. He loves all people that he sees. Submit your photos at tnonline.com and we'll put them in our reader gallery and print the best ones in this space.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ÿ Advanced building envelope materials and lighting system controls that minimize energy usage.

Ÿ Solar panels that will provide about 40 percent of the campus annual electrical needs.

Ÿ Geothermal system that will provide 100 percent of the cooling and heating requirement.

Ÿ It is located on 78 acres of land with spectacular views of Mount Pocono and the Delaware Water Gap,

Saturday, August 30, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kidder Township Supervisors have contracted for a study of storm water runoff and how it affects Lake Harmony.

Residents of Kidder Township living on and around Lake Harmony made themselves heard in July and the township supervisors responded by voting to hire ARRO, the township's engineers, to conduct an extensive study of the storm water runoff in the township. ARRO will be paid $19,500 for the study.

Lake Harmony is a private, glacial lake in Kidder Township. The lake is not open to all residents of the township.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Amy O'Brien of Mahoning Valley leads her yoga class through some stretching exercises at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. The yoga class will be held as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 8

Since July 11, 2012, six people have remained alive thanks to the generosity of Spc. Christina Joy Leone, who was an organ donor when she died as the result of an accident that day in Richmond, Virginia.

Leone, then 21, was a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia. Born in Lehighton and a graduate of Marion High School, Leone was much decorated and was posthumously promoted to the rank of specialist.