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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Members and guests attended the annual picnic of the Lewistown Valley Garden Club, held at Leiby's Grove.

The Rev. Robert Adams offered the invocation. A pot luck meal was served, followed by a business meeting.

Joan Fritz and Charlotte Lorah led games, and prizes were awarded.

The next meeting will be Aug. 26 at the social hall of Zion Church in the Lewistown Valley. The speaker will be Monroe Cressley, who will present a program on bees.

The lunch committee for the meeting is Ruth Berber and Mary Bridygham.

Meetings are open for anyone wishing to attend.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The founder of a veterans clinic asked Polk Township this week to schedule a hearing in time for the Oct. 1 projected opening.

"We'd like to be up and running so our homeless vets are not out in the snow and cold weather," said Mark Bayliss, co-founder of the VALOR Clinic in the Jonas Hotel.

The conditional use hearing date was set for 1 p.m. Aug. 20.

Emergency reports

William Tippett, chief of the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company, reported that it responded to 18 calls in May, eight in June and 15 in July.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On Monday evening as David Hiles of Summit Hill was checking one of his properties in the borough at the corner of Pine and White streets, he found something that he couldn't believe.

One of his small American flags was pulled from the ground and what appeared to be human excrement was on it.

The property has a greenhouse and small fish pond on it. Hiles said that he checks the property every morning and evening, and didn't see anything at 7:30 in the morning.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

PPL wants to build a $4 billion to $6 billion transmission line that would cut through the Marcellus shale regions of northeastern Pennsylvania.

The 500-kilovolt line would run about 725 miles from western Pennsylvania into New York and New Jersey, and also south into Maryland.

The 10-year project would reduce electricity costs by enabling the development of new natural gas powered plants along the new lines, and make the energy grid more secure, PPL said in a news release issued today.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dianna Schmick of Lehighton was one of the recipients of scholarships presented last night for the Allentown-Reading district of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

A graduate of Lehighton Area High School, she plans to attend Kutztown State College.

David Gingold, vice president and director of the Northeast Division of the ILGWU, presented the awards, each for $250.

Her mother is a member of Local 111, based in Allentown.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Chris Botek of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Mahoning Township stands next to the tree that won the grand championship in judging at the National Christmas Tree Growers Convention last weekend. As a result of winning the competition, Crystal Springs will provide the official White House Christmas Tree for the fourth time since 2006.

For the fourth time since 2006, the official White House Christmas Tree is coming from the Lehighton area.

Crystal Spring Tree Farm, located along Route 902 in Mahoning Township (next to Mahoning Township Elementary School) has won the honors of providing the tree. Crystal Spring also provided the tree in 2006, 2010 and 2013.

In three of those four years, Crystal Spring gained the honor through the national convention.

A tree farm is eligible to provide the tree only once every four years, but that rule was broken last year.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August, designated as National Immunization Awareness Month, is right around the corner.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians would like to remind all Pennsylvanians to make sure they are up to date with immunizations. This is especially important for parents of school students.

In 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Health published new school vaccine regulations.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Six-year-old Abby Jardines, left, and Makenna Montefour, 7, both of Jim Thorpe, work on a sand castle at Mauch Chunk Lake Park Wednesday afternoon. They were at the lake as part of the Jim Thorpe Summer Recreation Program sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Rotary.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

For a moment, the children thought they might have landed on the moon. But instead, MoonMan from the Da Vinci Science Center of Allentown, paid a visit to the Western Pocono Community Library. Accompanying him were, from right, Karen Knecht, director of Education and Exhibits; and left, Judy Belaires, director of Advancement and Community Relations. They brought with them fun crafts and experiments for the children. "Space: A Journey to Our Future" is the current exhibition at the center, which is located at 3145 Hamilton Blvd. in Allentown.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Golfers tee off Wednesday morning on the 10th hole at the Blue Shamrock Golf Club. The 6,000-square-foot shamrock-shaped tee box is one of the numerous changes Blue Ridge LLC has made to the venue since taking over ownership in February.

Tim Nagle believes everyone loves change.

The general manager of the recently opened Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton showed his faith in that philosophy by installing a 6,000-square-foot shamrock-shaped tee box on the course's 10th hole.