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Friday, July 18, 2014

Rep. Julie Harhart, R-Lehigh/Northampton said the state Legislature's final budget dedicated $10.5 billion for K-12 education, including an increase of $20 million for special education, which is receiving its first increase in six years, as well as $100 million in new money for block grants that gives schools the flexibility to direct money where they need it.

In the 183rd District, the Northern Lehigh School District received $10,539,414, which is a 4.5 percent increase of $454,279.

Friday, July 18, 2014
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Wet conditions along East Mauch Chunk Street have been traced to a borough water main leak. According to Dan Reigel of Reigel Plumbing, the only house affected is an unoccupied property. Reigel confirmed Thursday that workers are expected to address the problemSaturday. A separate water main leak is being addressed on Elm Street.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rush Township is buying a new backhoe, worth $154,368.

During a meeting Thursday, the supervisors said they'll get a 40 percent discount of $61,747 by purchasing through Co Stars, and get around $30,000 by trading in the township's 2005 backhoe. That knocks the cost down to $64,820. The township is purchasing a 2014 Case 580 Super N Wide track loader backhoe.

Chairman Shawn Gilbert and supervisor Robert Leibensperger voted in favor of the purchase, while supervisor Jeanine Motroni voted against it.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Organizers of this weekend's Wind Gap Gun Show are not concerned about visitors' safety in light of an accidental shooting at a show in Bloomburg a few weeks ago.

At that show a vendor accidentally shot a woman in the leg while demonstrating a gun and holster.

The vendor, Geoffrey Hawk, told police he thought the gun was unloaded when he demonstrated a concealed-carry wallet holster to the woman, Krista Gearhart, 25, of Orangeville.

Gearhart was treated and released for a thigh wound at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pocono Arts will conduct two fun workshops for children, ages 8-12, in August. The Pocono Arts Council is located at 18 N. Seventh St. in Stroudsburg.

Simple Printmaking will take place from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 4.

In this workshop students will have fun experimenting with different printing tools.

Projects will include creating greeting cards and designing wrapping paper.

The Art of Cartooning will take place from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 18.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community picnic with hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs from 4 to 6 p.m. July 19.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Carbon Career and Technical Institute students have improved their literature and biology scores on state exams, but still need to work on math skills.

This year's Keystone exams scores revealed that 59 percent of the students attained advanced and proficient levels in literature, up from 47 percent last year. In biology, this year 52.3 percent of students tested as advanced and proficient, up from 41 percent last year.

But in math, 48 percent, or less than half, of the students were found to be advanced or proficient, about the same as last year.

Friday, July 18, 2014

In recognition of its high military standards, outstanding professional skill and enthusiasm, a Jim Thorpe Navy member was chosen "Sailor of the Month" for June. Robert J. Dougherty, dental technician second class, son of Mrs. Clyde V. Hill of West Broadway, received the honor while assigned to the dental examining room at the St. Albans Hospital, Long Island, New York. He graduated from Mauch Chunk Catholic High Schol in 1957.

Friday, July 18, 2014

We asked folks on Facebook about encounters with snakes.

Here's what a few of them said:

John Stoj: He featured rattlesnakes in exhibits by the Clarion River in Western Pennsylvania back in the 1970s. The year he opened the exhibits, no copperheads were found.

Gine Kern: Encountered a rattlesnake about two years ago on a trail in Nesquehoning.

Zac Keys: Had multiple encounters with rattlesnakes when trail walking.

Katelynn Ahn: Stepped on a small copperhead while hiking Glen Onoko a few years ago.

Friday, July 18, 2014
BOB MILLER/TIMES NEWS A timber rattlesnake is seen resting outside a home in Nesquehoning.

You never know when you'll encounter a snake.

Earlier this month, a woman hiking Glen Onoko Falls was taken to a hospital to be evaluated for a potential copperhead snakebite.

An update on her condition is unknown, but such an unfortunate experience can happen to anyone.

Lew Williams, park manager for Tuscarora and Locust Lake State Parks, said that snake sightings only occur once or twice a summer.

While it is rare for hikers to see venomous snakes in those parks, it can happen in the area.