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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.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS District Forester Gene Odato talks to members of the audience following his talk at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Center County, Lehigh Township of Northampton County, New Jersey, Delaware Water Gap and the slate quarry along Route 145 are locations where people who attended the first of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center's 2012 speaker's series reported seeing mountain lions.

Speaker Gene Odato, a district forester for the Tuscarora State Forest District, was introduced by Ed Newcomb, a member of the nature center's board of directors.

"Go visit the Pennsylvania state forest. It is your land to enjoy and I work for you," Odato said.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Michael Heery/special to the times news Plans are underway to replace the existing Lehighton football stadium with a new multi-purpose facility to be built near the district's field hockey and track site at the high school. Pictured, left to right, are School Board President Rocky Ahner; Isset & Associates, Inc. Engineers Timothy Sisock and Rob Sarnowski; and School Board Vice President Hal Resh.

On a 5-4 vote, Lehighton Area School Board directed the District Stadium Committee to meet with School District Engineers Barry Isset & Associates, Inc. to begin planning to replace the existing football stadium.

The action would replace the current football stadium located at Beaver Run Road and Mahoning Street in Lehighton with a new multi-purpose stadium to be built between the district Administration Building and the high school, near the district's existing field hockey and track site.