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Monday, July 11, 2011

Carbon County Fair board monthly meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 15 at Blue Mountain Health System Community Center on Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton. For more information about the fair, go to their website at www.carboncountyfair.com or call (610) 826-1862.

Monday, July 11, 2011

PathStone Child and Family Development program is now taking applications for Early Head Start and Head Start. Children must be age eligible and meet the income guidelines. Families who receive unemployment benefits, work at a low paying job or receive SSI are a few of those who may be income eligible.

Early Head Start serves children from birth to 3 years old. Pregnant women are also eligible for the program. Families living in the Panther Valley, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and Weatherly school districts are eligible.

Monday, July 11, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A 36-year-old Lehighton woman was seriously injured early Sunday morning when involved in a crash along SR895 in West Penn Township. Police chief Brian Johnson reports Christy Ruch, of 300 North Second St. was traveling east when she lost control of her Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicle traveled across the roadway at least twice before rolling onto its roof. Johnson said the woman stated she was at a fireworks show in Emerald and was on her way home and possibly fell asleep.

Monday, July 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Piles of cut tree branches litter Kennedy Park in Lansford following last week's high winds.
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.