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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Join Robin Tracey, environmental education specialist, Tuscarora State Park Complex, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 for a dog hike. This hike is four miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. The hike will take walkers to the top of the mountain for some great views.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Naturalist Robin Tracey invites area residents to participate in a basics of kayaking course at Tuscarora State Park.

Kayaks, paddles and life vests will be provided. Maximum weight capacity is 275 lbs.

Registration for the course is required in advance. Forms are available in the park office before the event and can be filled out in person or via phone at (570) 467-2506. No online or fax registrations will be taken.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Clymer Library in Pocono Pines will be hosting a Basic Boating Course instructed by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday July 22 and Friday July 23.

There is no charge for the course. All participants must preregister and must attend both sessions. Call the Clymer Library at (570) 646-0826 to register.

The Basic Boating Course is designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water.

For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, visit www.fishandboat.com.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Beltzville State Park rangers closed the gate to the park at 9:30 a.m. Sunday when it reached it's full capacity but that did not deter thousands of individuals from walking as many as five miles to get to the main gate. Motorists were backed up as far as the Pennsylvania Turnpike in an effort to get to the lake.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the children enjoying the outer space experience at Trinity Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School were, from left, Logan Kester and Alyssa Stubits.

Space ships, alien creatures and a puppet named "Galileo," gave the youngsters attending Trinity Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School an extraterrestrial time.

The theme was "Cadets Cosmic Adventure," and was organized by Kelli Carpenter, who designed the galactic blast to ensure the children had a really good time in "outer space."

While the displays set up throughout the church were awesome to see, they were made using a variety of everyday household items.

"The wonder of God created the universe and the world for all of us," said the Rev. Robert vonFrisch.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Taylor Eckhart, 2, of Palmerton, was the youngest rider in the Albrightsville show. It was the second time she showed. She placed fourth in lead line. Taylor was riding So Naturally Bold.

A successful horseshow completed a great weekend for the Albrightsville Fire Company. On Saturday, June 26, its rescue truck placed first in the best equipped rescue pumper in the Four-County Firemen's Parade sponsored by the Walnutport-Slatington companies.

Then on Sunday the rain held off and its annual horseshow was a success though possibly with a few less horses because of the weather threat.

There were 33 classes and three high-point awards.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS There was plenty of covered seating with tables for the almost 300 neighbors, family, and friends attending Saturday's "Lehigh Street Block Party" in Jim Thorpe.

Great friends, great food, and great weather combined to make the 2010 "Lehigh Street Block Party" another neighborhood success story. The event took place Saturday in Jim Thorpe.

With plenty of covered seating, the hot July sunshine was no problem for the almost 300 neighbors, family and friends, and neighbors from years past who reunited to relax and reminisce with each other about days gone by.

The get-together was held for the third year in a row on the 600 block of Spring Street just off of Lehigh Street on the East side of town.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Here is a timeline of the closure process of Eastern Comfort Assisted Living's Palmerton-area facility:

Jan. 6, 2009: The state Department of Public Welfare notifies Eastern Comfort's President Stephen J. Miga of its intent to not renew the facility's provisional license.

Jan. 13, 2009: Miga appeals the decision

Feb. 24, 2010: The state Bureau of Hearing and Appeals denies the appeal.

March 10: Miga asks BHA to reconsider.

June 24, 2010: The Secretary of Public Welfare upholds the BHA decision.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Northern Senior High School honor roll for the sixth marking period of the 2009 - 2010 school year has been announced by Mrs. Aileen Yadush, Principal.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

Saturday, July 3, 2010

While one sign does not necessarily indicate abuse, some tell-tale signs that there could be a problem are:

· Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.

· Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse.

· Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse.

· Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation.