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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Join naturalist Robin Tracey at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4 for a hike to the Pinnacle on the Appalachian Trail.

The hike is 10.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. Meet at the lower parking log in the Weiser Forest District, off Route 61 South in Port Clinton. There will be a car pool to the trailhead.

The trail has great views of the forest and the overlook at the Pinnacle is breathtaking.

Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited.

This is a dog friendly hike but pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Boy Scout Troop 101 of Gilbert will be hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross and invite you to come out and help save a life on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Salem United Church of Christ in Gilbert (located behind Turkey Hill off Rt. 209.

The boys in the troop will have for you snacks, drinks as well as information on Boy Scouts if you have anyone interested, or know anyone interested, in joining the Boy Scout Program.

Just show up or call the American Red Cross for an appointment time.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Safe Kids presented 46 first aid kits to coaches of Little League players. From left are, Donna Grather, pediatric trauma nurse at Lehigh Valley Hospital; Ann Wells, occupational therapist for Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21; Ron Steigerwalt, vice president of the Franklin Township Athletic Association; Mindy Graver, Safe Kids coordinator; Kira Kuehner, junior volunteer of Safe Kids; Josh Steigerwalt, player; Evalynn Kuehner, Safe Kids team member; Wayne Wentz, president of the Franklin Township Athletic Association; and Cierra Steigerwalt, player.

Coaches and parents of Franklin Township Little Leaguers know more about reducing injuries that occur in youth sports.

Carbon County Safe Kids and Franklin Township Athletic Association held Youth Sports Safety Clinics at Phifer's Ice Dam and Christman's fields. As a combined effort with Health Works athletic trainers and Brain STEP team members armed coaches, parents and league organizers with all sorts of information.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, Dan Stevens, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus thanked Brian Reilly, Branch Manager of First Niagra Bank of Slatington, center, and Dave Druckenmiller, area manager of First Niagra Bank, for the $5,000 grant that allowed landscaping to be done at the Slatington Memorial Park.

A dedication ceremony was held to recognize the recent landscaping done to the Slatington Memorial Park, located at Main and Second St., thanks to a $5,000 grant from First Niagra Bank.

Dan Stevens, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, said, "If you stood here one year ago, you saw bricks and grass. It was the site of the old high school and now it is a beautiful park for the community to enjoy and we thank First Niagra Bank for helping us accomplish that."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

More than 200 people attended the dedication services of a Freedom Tree, a dwarf Japanese red maple, on the grounds of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Lansford, The tree is dedicated "to Lt. Anthony R. Giannangeli and all Prisoners of War and Missing in Action." The ceremony was sponsored by the Panther Valley Chamber of Commerce, which purchased the tree. Present were the parents and daughter of Lt. Giannangeli. He has been missing since April 2, 1972 when his plane was struck by a missile in Laos.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 797 Tuesday, which amends the Workers' Compensation Act to include cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters who have served for at least four continuous years, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/ Schuylkill) said today. The bill is a companion to a measure introduced by Sen. Dave Argall (R-29).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Now that summer is here children will be spending more time on the computer. To assist our community to learn how to prevent our children from becoming a cyber-predator or cyber-victim Behavioral Health Associates has organized a FREE informative seminar for Pa. residents.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township supervisors presented a check of $30,000 to Bruce Wolfe, fire chief, Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company. From left are, Wolfe, and Rod Green, chairman; Larry Smith, and Paul Kocher, vice chairman.

Franklin Township supervisors opened up the June meeting on Tuesday night with a check presentation of $30,000 to Bruce Wolfe, fire chief, of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News

Sterling Koch performed for a large crowd during the second Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series held recently on the platform of the Tamaqua Train Station. The concert was sponsored by Longhi Financial. The Chamber's next concert, which will be held to celebrate their 5-year anniversary, is scheduled June 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with entertainers Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer performing the blues. For more information about the concerts, visit the Chamber's website at www.tamaqua.net or call (570) 668-1880.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Palmerton man accused of allegedly improperly touching a girl has again had his case continued.

Franklin R. Berger, 38, of 1045 Mauch Chunk Road, was scheduled to have his preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Instead, Berger, who is charged with two counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors, will go before Appleton at 10:30 a.m. July 20.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Palmerton Borough Police Chief Randy Smith: