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Thursday, July 28, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Rose Reese, a certified dog trainer who is working to become a certified TTouch practitioner, gets ready to illustrate what she is learning about the Linda Tellington-Jones' TTouch system during Tuesday's Carbon County Animal Response Team meeting. With her is Mickey, a 6-year-old Shetland Sheepdog, who she demonstrated the methods on.

An animal can sense what a person thinks, so if you are agitated with the animal, they will show agitation in their behavior as well.

Rose Reese, a certified dog trainer, explained to members of the Carbon County Animal Response Team during the group's monthly meeting on Tuesday, that the simple act of touching can help an animal relax, heal and learn actions.

The method she illustrated was Linda Tellington-Jones' TTouch system, which uses the power of touch to connect with an animal, make them feel at ease, and provide a healing touch.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith was awarded two commendations for his recent involvement of the Carbon County Correctional Facility's Postage Stamp incident and the bath salts apprehension in town. Presenting the awards is Mayor Tony Walck on behalf of council.

Nesquehoning Council voted to replace the late council member Frank DiMiceli Wednesday evening. Voted to fill the position was Frank Jacobs, a former councilman who was the leading vote getter in the May primary election. Abstaining from the vote was Michael Sniscak and Richard Zabroski. Jacobs thanked those who voted for him.

During the visitors segment, resident Mickey Angst thanked council for placing the pedestrian crosswalk signs on Catawissa Street. He said a lot of people praised the borough for their action.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Hometown Army National Guard FRG, Family Readiness Group, routinely hold fundraisers to raise donations for troops overseas. Pictured socializing during a recent spaghetti dinner fundraiser from left are guest Sis Lechleitner, FRG chairperson Heather Rossetti, FRG treasurer Darci Woleslagle, and guest Al Lechleitner, who served in the Hometown Army from 1978 to 1997 with the 103rd National Guard Armored Division. For more information visit the FRG on Facebook or call the armory at (570) 668-1850.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Greenwood Street Bridge and that part of Greenwood Street will be closed for bridge repairs from August 1 to August 14.

The Greenwood Street Bridge (County Bridge 136) in Tamaqua will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, August 1 for repair and maintenance work.

The bridge will remain closed for about two weeks, and it will be reopened to traffic as soon as possible after the work is completed.

Schuylkill County contracted with Bill Anskis Company of Elysburg, to perform the bridge repairs. The work started on June 6 and may take up to 90 days to complete.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Workers prepare halupki for the 41st Annual Men of Marian Summer Picnic, which will take place July 29-31, on the school grounds. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Friday with music provided by "Kartune." The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday with entertainment from the country band "Crazy Heart." Sunday's event will begin at 4 p.m. with music from "Remember When." A flea market will again be a part of the picnic.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Volunteers are needed to assist at the 12th Carbon County Fair noted Liz McElwee, volunteer coordinator.

"It's all about having fun and so many of our volunteers return year after year," said McElwee. "They enjoy doing what they do best…volunteering and they enjoy being part of our fair family."

Each year at least two volunteers are recognized by the association during the opening ceremony.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Carbon/Monroe County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director Danadee M. Miller-Boyle reminds farmers, ranchers and landowners to nominate farmer and rancher candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the August 1 deadline.

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Palmerton Area Library, located at 402 Delaware Ave., offers a variety of activities.

Summer Reading program: Friday July 29 at 10:30 a.m., "Bugs, Baboons, and Story Tunes" will be presented by singer and guitarist/banjoist Tom Sieling, and will feature humorous, participatory songs for kids that engage the whole family.

Adults, teens and kids, sign up for the "Read Around the World" contest and compete in your age group for fun prizes. Add a link to the chain for each book you read during the summer months.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua YMCA kids spent a day during their YMCA Summer Fun Camp this week to clean parts of Tamaqua. Pictured cleaning outside the Tamaqua Community Center are Bradley Hornung, 12, Coaldale, Leah Sharer, 8, Tamaqua and camp counselor Katie Hummel.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Otis Thorpe will be among the many talented blues singers to perform this weekend at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival held at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

Celebrating 20 years of Blues in the Poconos.

That tradition will continue when the inaugural Pennsylvania Blues Festival emanates this weekend from Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

The event will kick off Friday evening from 8 p.m. to noon with a performance by Studebaker John & The Hawks from Chicago inside the air-conditioned Adventure Center.

It will continue from 1 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Gates open one hour before performance start both days.