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Saturday, September 27, 2014

In 2002, the Lehigh Gap Nature Center purchased over 750 acres of property along the Kittatinny Ridge, including land along the Lehigh River and part of Lehigh Gap.

It began erosion stabilization and revegetation of the property with native, warm season grasses in 2003. In the same year, the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge officially opened to the public.

Today, native grasses and tree saplings cover Blue Mountain, as about 2,800 acres are revegetated thus far.

The refuge has an extensive trail system available for hikers, bikers and outdoors enthusiasts.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Summit Hill borough worker Ron Yuricheck installs signs in Ludlow Park in the borough that spells out rules to make it safer for pedestrians in the park. Yuricheck also placed such signs at the Community Center.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Students in the Tamaqua Elementary School's enrichment class looked as though theycould have been playing hooky Friday morning, but were actually learning some practical aspects of math and art. Students traveled to the M&S Hardware Store in Tamaqua for a demonstration by chain saw artist Jesse Green, who has appeared on the National Geographic Show "American Chainsaw." Green explained how he uses math to makemeasurements before he begins making cuts with his chain saw, noting his work is "art that needs no explanation. You know what it is and what it represents just by looking at it."

Saturday, September 27, 2014

John Costlow has been named president and CEO of Sustainable Energy Fund, responsible for the vision, leadership and overall management of the organization.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Justine Siegal, founder of Baseball For All, said, "If you tell a girl she can't play baseball what else will she believe she can't do?"

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Bob Newton, Lehighton "With the proper training, teachers handling firearms may be a good thing. Police can't be everywhere. It may be a deterrent for some of these school shootings."
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Palmerton may eventually replace some equipment at a heavily used playground.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed borough council on Thursday that reinforcement work is needed for some of the playground equipment at First Street.

"We found there's some rotting," Danielson said. "They (some of the equipment) are reaching their useful limits."

Handicapped parking debate

Also on Thursday, council heard a complaint from resident Jane Shellhammer, of 776 Edgemont Ave.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Newly appointed Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Thomas Campion is sworn in, his wife Cynthia by his side.

The newly appointed Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts and Recorder of Deeds were sworn in Friday afternoon.

Ann Dudish was sworn in as recorder; Thomas J. Campion Jr. was sworn in as Clerk of Courts. Both live in Pottsville.

Appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett, each will serve until the 2015 General Election. Newly-elected officers will be sworn in January 2016.

Dudish, a Republican, is the widow of former Recorder of Deeds A. Matthew Dudish, who died on June 26 of complications of pulmonary fibrosis. He had served in the office since 1999.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from Aquashicola and Trachsville fire companies responded to a brush fire Friday afternoon in Lower Towamensing Township. The fire was first reported around 3:30 p.m. to the rear of a home in the 1800 block of Walnut street. The flames climbed up an embankment into a heavily wooded area. Firemen were assisted at the scene by members of the Bureau of Forestry.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Plans to finalize details of this year's 11th annual fundraising event, "The Gathering," in Slatington on Oct. 4 was the main topic of discussion during Wednesday's Venture Group meeting.

The Venture Group is an all-volunteer association consisting of representatives of local volunteer civic organizations, municipal governments and other individuals that does such things as apply for grants, donate time, labor and money, and provide other necessary efforts to improve the community and help place it on the map as an attraction.