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Monday, July 29, 2013

A "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" hike will occur at 1 p.m. on July 31.

The trail is 4.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. This trail will take you through many diverse habitats and runs along Locust Creek. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with pets and other people.

Meet at the upper beach parking lot at Tuscarora. For more information, contact Robin at (570) 467-2506. Shine only.

Monday, July 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer instructor Craig Bulger shows Bryan Ramirez, 15, of Tamaqua, the layout of the tree during the prep stage of construction.

Volunteers and students with the Tamaqua Community Arts Center spent a few weeks creating a permanent ceramic work of art in hopes of building community and continued financial support for the center.

"Each piece of the giving tree was made by hand and painted by our Clay Camp students," said volunteer instructor Craig Bulger, who serves as ceramic artist in residence for the center. "The children learned creativity, cooperation and the joy of giving."

Monday, July 29, 2013

A planning and information meeting, for the Telethon 35th Anniversary, will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the CancerTelethon.org headquarters building, located at 33 W. Ridge St., Lansford.

The 2014 telethon is set for April 5 and 6.

For more information, go to CancerTelethon.org or contact Joe Krushinsky, executive producer and telethon chairman, at krushinsky@gmail.com or (202) 297-3274. Volunteers and new members are always welcome.

Monday, July 29, 2013
"Bugs At Bedtime and Other Adventures" is the first of what is planned to be a three-book bedtime series. The book of children's poems contains 20 bug-themed poems and 10 poems of other adventur

Mark Driesbach's "Bugs At Bedtime and Other Adventures" is the perfect book for taking children through that magical transition from a super-active playday to the quiet land of sleepy time.

Bugs At Bedtime immerses children in a world that is just their size, one that they play in, and one where fear and curiosity capture their imaginations - the world of bugs.

Monday, July 29, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Joren Husic sets up the Dobsonian telescope in hopes that there will be a window in the clouds for viewing, during picnic of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

The educational center at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center was named after an osprey flew down the river when buying the land was being considered. On July 13 another osprey, namesake for the Osprey House, went up the river as members met for the annual picnic.

The program for the night was about the April prescribed burn on the mountain and the new introductory video. In addition, Joren Husic displayed the Dobsonian reflective mount telescope, but it was too cloudy for decent viewing, and Stephen Kloiber set up a black light to attract insects.

Monday, July 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lynne Rainey and Chris Barnum are all smiles as they dance to the music.

A sea of arms flailed in the air as they danced to the catchy rhythms.

Indeed, the hand claps and body movements that accompanied this year's Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton showcased improvisation at its best.

The event, which celebrated 22 years of Blues in the Poconos, featured 15 national acts on several stages over the three-day weekend.

Many guests could be seen inside the tent area Sunday listening to the sound of the Alexis P Suter Band, which performed a Gospel Show.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Tamaqua's East End Park Association will be hosting a free movie in the park starting after 8 p.m. today. They will be featuring "Oz, The Great and Powerful".

The park is located on Mountain Avenue. Volunteers encourage everyone to come.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Borough of Weatherly will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year and many activities are being planned.

From Friday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 18, a three-day celebration will kickoff the anniversary activities. All events will be held at Eurana Park.

On Aug. 16, the band Kartune will perform from 5 to 9 p.m., and Bingo will be played.

Monday, July 29, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dan Kunkle, Corey Husic and Scott Showak are working in a rocky plot to determine what is growing in that two by four meter area.

A prescribed burn on 13 acres of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center has obviously served its purpose. Director Dan Kunkle said statistics prove this point.

The week of July 22 was devoted to monitoring the site where the burn occurred, and comparing it to the nearby sites that were not burned.

He said the new topsoil that has been created by the annual dying and decay of the warm season grasses, which were the first thing planted on the mountain, does not have metals in it. There are microorganisms, bacteria, fungi and invertebrates.

Monday, July 29, 2013
Vincent Chitswara/Special to the Times News

A man suffered minor injuries after crashing his Toyota Tacoma into a guiderail Saturday afternoon while traveling north on the Interstate 81 northbound on-ramp in Kline Township. The truck crashed into a center guiderail and sign; ending part way on the southbound on-ramp and curved median. No more information was available as of press time. State police, Kline Township Police, McAdoo firefighters and fire police responded.