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Monday, July 11, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District will host an informative presentation about the benefits of using solar energy and the energy efficiencies created to power the district area's schools. The proposed project would supply all the power necessary to provide electricity to Tamaqua Area School District's Middle and High schools, as well as Rush Elementary School, West Penn Elementary School, and Tamaqua Elementary School.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazleton, owners of subdivisions in East Union and North Union townships in Schuylkill County, recorded in the courthouse recent sale of 28 lots in its Eagle Rock Resorts Development in East Union Township to the following:

Easter N. Keuge, Martinsburg, W. Va., an undivided 1/50 interest in lot in WSS Subdivision, full consideration $34,900.

Leo M. and Marjevi B Juan, Woodmere, N.J., 1/50th interest in lot in WSS Subdivision, full consideration $34,900.

Monday, July 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Last week's high winds caused havoc for PPL crews, as power lines throughout our area suffered the similar consequences. Pictured is a snapped pole located next to the White Birch Golf Course in Barnesville.

Monday, July 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Park Ranger William Kalymun fires rubber buck shot at a bear at the Tuscarora State Park. Rubber buck shot doesn't penetrate or cause permanent harm to the bear, as it is only used to intimidate the bear.

About two dozen visitors at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville were suprised Saturday evening when a 110 pound black bear came out of nowhere and started foraging for food in garbage cans located less than 50 feet from them.

Most of the beach goers left the park immediately while a few stayed a safe distance away to take photos of the bear, who didn't seem to be bothered by all the onlookers.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A mating pair of Osprey at the original Pocono hacking platform used to reintroduce Ospreys to Pennsylvania 30 years ago after the bird had become extinct from the state due to concentrations of DDT in their fish diet that led to thin and cracking egg shells.

In 1972 DDT was banned in the United States, but it was too late for one species, for there were no more Ospreys in the entire state of Pennsylvania.

Recognizing this environmental disaster, an East Stroudsburg University professor harkened to the call of the silent spring and undertook a then controversial plan to reintroduce the Osprey – a fish-eating bird of prey – to the Poconos. Today, Osprey are no longer an endangered species in Pennsylvania, and the Poconos are home to Pennsylvania's largest Osprey community.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering in Newport, Pennsylvania, an event that drew nearly 300 autoharp performers, Amy Clarke of Jim Thorpe was selected by the audience as the Favorite Open Stage Performer.

At the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering in Newport, Pennsylvania, an event that drew nearly 300 autoharp performers, Amy Clarke of Jim Thorpe was selected by the audience as the Favorite Open Stage Performer.

Recently retired, Clarke is returning to her roots as a singer and autoharpist.

"I can't remember when I wasn't singing," Clarke said.

Her dad, Bob Kissell, and mom, Bea Kissell, always sang. Her mother's mother, Jessie Fritz, sang in the Echoes of the Valley.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured ringing the colliery bell 13 times is American Legion's 13th District Deputy Commander Ed Smith.

Members of the Tamaqua American Legion held a "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony on July Fourth at the Depot Square Park. The colliery bell in Depot Square Park rang a symbolic 13 times to honor the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

The ceremony was part of a nationwide ceremony, held each year on the fourth of July, to honor the original 13 colonies. The public was also encouraged to attend the ceremony.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Scaeffer's Harley-Davidson is hosting its' Fifth Annual Toy Run, Christmas in July, today to benefit Access Services of Schuylkill, Carbon and Berks counties. All toy donations benefit needy children and young adults with developmental disabilities and special needs in our area. Motorcycle participants can join the ride by donation one, new, unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals) appropriate for infants through the age of a young adult. The ride will begin at 1 p.m. at the store located at 1123 Brick Hill Road in Orwigsburg.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Coal Miners Heritage Festival, 9 Dock St., Lansford, will host a Miller-Keystone Blood Center blood drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 10, in addition to celebrating the area's coal miners and coal mining history.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lehighton Area High School announces honors list for the fourth marking period.