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Friday, July 18, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community picnic with hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs from 4 to 6 p.m. July 19.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Carbon Career and Technical Institute students have improved their literature and biology scores on state exams, but still need to work on math skills.

This year's Keystone exams scores revealed that 59 percent of the students attained advanced and proficient levels in literature, up from 47 percent last year. In biology, this year 52.3 percent of students tested as advanced and proficient, up from 41 percent last year.

But in math, 48 percent, or less than half, of the students were found to be advanced or proficient, about the same as last year.

Friday, July 18, 2014

In recognition of its high military standards, outstanding professional skill and enthusiasm, a Jim Thorpe Navy member was chosen "Sailor of the Month" for June. Robert J. Dougherty, dental technician second class, son of Mrs. Clyde V. Hill of West Broadway, received the honor while assigned to the dental examining room at the St. Albans Hospital, Long Island, New York. He graduated from Mauch Chunk Catholic High Schol in 1957.

Friday, July 18, 2014

We asked folks on Facebook about encounters with snakes.

Here's what a few of them said:

John Stoj: He featured rattlesnakes in exhibits by the Clarion River in Western Pennsylvania back in the 1970s. The year he opened the exhibits, no copperheads were found.

Gine Kern: Encountered a rattlesnake about two years ago on a trail in Nesquehoning.

Zac Keys: Had multiple encounters with rattlesnakes when trail walking.

Katelynn Ahn: Stepped on a small copperhead while hiking Glen Onoko a few years ago.

Friday, July 18, 2014
BOB MILLER/TIMES NEWS A timber rattlesnake is seen resting outside a home in Nesquehoning.

You never know when you'll encounter a snake.

Earlier this month, a woman hiking Glen Onoko Falls was taken to a hospital to be evaluated for a potential copperhead snakebite.

An update on her condition is unknown, but such an unfortunate experience can happen to anyone.

Lew Williams, park manager for Tuscarora and Locust Lake State Parks, said that snake sightings only occur once or twice a summer.

While it is rare for hikers to see venomous snakes in those parks, it can happen in the area.

Friday, July 18, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley will sell Eldred Elementary School to Eldred Township.

Pleasant Valley School District is moving forward to turn over Eldred Elementary School to Eldred Township.

Thursday night, the directors voted 7-0, with Dominick Sacci and Len Peeters absent, to sell the building to the township for $1, if both parties agree to three conditions.

District solicitor Daniel Corveleyn outlined the conditions:

Ÿ Eldred Township's solicitor will have an opportunity to peruse the appraisal the district received Oct. 11, 2013. He will be given a redacted copy.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites children and their parents to a free Backyard Bible Club and Puppet Show from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 6 and 7 at the Lehighton Amphitheater Park (behind Lehighton municipal building).

For more information contact the Rev. Mark Akers, pastor, at 610-714-9834 or on the web at: www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mammogram screenings for uninsured and underinsured women, cardiovascular disease education for older adults, and an adaptive exercise program for adults with disabilities are among the areas of need being addressed by grants just awarded by The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Nine grants were approved at the July 15 meeting of the foundation's board of directors, providing $73,142 in funding to regional nonprofit programs that will serve more than 2,000 individuals.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Penn Forest Township municipal building will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday due to employee training. The office will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, July 18, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe police investigate a crash Thursday evening at North and West fifth streets that left one man injured and another in trouble. The yellow Nissan, driven by David Brown Jr. of Nesquehoning, struck the parked pickup at right owned by Alan Rhoads of Jim Thorpe.

Jim Thorpe police are investigating a crash that happened Thursday evening at North and West Fifth streets that sent one man to the hospital and left charges pending against another.

Police Chief Joseph Schatz said the crash happened at 5:35 p.m. David Brown Jr., 44, of Nesquehoning, drove his a late model yellow Nissan Xterra onto West Fifth, hitting a parked pickup.

Schatz said charges are pending against Brown. Brown's passenger, Michael Large, 46, of Jim Thorpe, was taken to Gnaden Huetten Hospital, Lehighton.