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Saturday, May 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Putting up wire around the southeast end of the Hometown Commons to prevent shooping bags or ther debris from entering the park are Dave Clewell, Dominic Cerimele and Wayne Deitzel.

Since 2009, volunteers with the TIDE (Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises) Beautification Committee, as well as employees with about a dozen local businesses, have collected over 6,000 pounds of garbage in and around the Tidewood Industrial Park in Hometown.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

HARRISBURG Pennsylvania, this week, reported the earliest detection of a West Nile virus-carrying mosquito since testing began in 2000. The infected mosquito was found May 3, in Exeter Township, Berks County, the departments of Environmental Protection and Health announced.

"The unseasonably warm weather in March caused the virus cycle to begin early this year," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "Our staff will continue to monitor mosquito populations and conduct spraying to reduce the threat to public health."

Saturday, May 12, 2012
BRANDON TAYLOR/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Red Fort is one of Old Delhi's main attractions, drawing foreign and India tourists alike to its red sandstone walls and intricately carved throne rooms and halls within. For more photos and tales of each leg of Brandon's journey, visit his blog at www.btay200.wordpress.com, or follow him on Facebook.

This is the first in a series of columns on Brandon Taylor's recent trip to India.

Growing up, one of my favorite Disney movies was "The Jungle Book." I mean, what's not to like about a boy raised deep in the jungles of India by a fun-loving group of animals that sing and dance? In recent years, I've taken to Bollywood films, movies produced in India's entertainment capital, Bombay. These films are known for their epic stories, deep character development and spontaneous dance sequences. In short, they're fantastic.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

In recognition of local military veterans, Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club is hosting a "Youth Fishing" day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, Main Road, in Franklin Township. The ponds are adjacent to the Franklin Township Little League fields. The ponds at the Phifer Ice Dam Park were stocked by the Club with trout for this event.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Kidder Township Environmental Advisory Committee will host its spring workshop from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 2 at the Kidder Township Municipal Building, SR1003, Lake Harmony.

There will be free presentations on gardening and native plants, with free refreshments and door prizes.

Call (570) 722-0107 to register for this free annual event.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Chris Noecker of Tamaqua demonstrates how to take aim, using her unloaded Hi-Point 9 mm handgun. She's had a License to Carry Firearms since 2004.

Worried about rising crime rates, Tamaqua mother of two Chris Noecker in 2004 applied for a License to Carry Firearms from Schuylkill County.

"It was prompted by concerns for my safety and the safety of my sons," she said. "I researched various guns and decided which one was in my price range and would be something I could handle."

Noecker, who learned shooting and firearm safety as a child, was one of the 107,285 people in Pennsylvania that year to obtain what is commonly called a "carry permit."

Saturday, May 12, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sister Bernard Agnes I.H.M., principal at Marian High School in Hometown, accepts a check for $16,000 from Susie Gerhard, Marian Director of Development and Alumni Affairs following the Spring Gala, held April 20 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. The gala included a silent auction, coordinated by Gene Binder and attorney Joseph Velitsky, and a dinner. Dinner committee members included Cathryn Porambo (chairwoman), Susie Gerhard, Tom Gerhard, Margaret Kweder, Renee Srinivasan, Diane Luciana, Wendy Talbot and Deborah Hurst.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

"Why did the mother cross the road?"

A: "To get some peace and quiet."

When my sister's family and mine get together at my mom's on a Sunday, we're a noisy group. There's constant chatter, the television is blaring with the latest hockey, soccer, football game on, and one of us thinks we all are hard of hearing so she shouts everything.

When we're ready to leave, Mom always says, "It's going to be so quiet after you all go."

We're not sure she's saying it with regret or with relief!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

The new Route 903 exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Penn Forest Township won't be open until the fall of 2014 at the earliest.

Bids for the second phase of the two-part project are tentatively scheduled to be opened on Aug. 22.

Bill Cappone, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, said construction should start six to eight weeks after the awarding of the bid.

He said it is a two-year construction project so the best-case scenario would be the fall of 2014, although it might be during the winter that it opens.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Erica Tout, 11, Nesquehoning - "Try your best in college, and do your best to be successful. Try not to fail."

What advice do you have for this year's high school graduates?