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Saturday, September 27, 2014

HARRISBURG Proponents of eliminating school property taxes cheered a win last week, but it might have been a hollow victory.

State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester, recently told a Delaware County business group Senate Bill 76, which would eliminate the unpopular tax, "will not become law" even though it cleared a key committee vote, according to a Chadds Ford Live report from over the weekend.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation

I recently read an interesting article titled "Enabling the American Dream" by Ed Burghard. The article made me ask myself exactly what is the American Dream?

Fundamentally, the American Dream is about hope the hope that every individual of whatever status has the chance to be all that he or she can be.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A ride over the picturesque Switchback Railroad between Summit Hill and Mauch Chunk is now at its best, continuing into October. The air is exhilarating, the sun gorgeous in its brilliancy, the vision of endless miles of panorama, enrapturing the varied woodland taking on its magic process of color. It presages the dawn of melancholy winter.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Just like the olden days, people at last year's canal festival cooked over an open fire.

The Walnutport Canal Association is planning for its annual festival weekend on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19.

The weekend begins with a 6K Towpath Trot at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Register for the walk begins at 8 a.m. at the pavilion. Cost is $20 before Oct. 12 and $25 after that date. People can also register on the day of the run.

A fun run will begin at 9 a.m. for ages 13 and under. Registation for the fun run will be held from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

For information on the 6K run, call 610-737-3900 or email

Saturday, September 27, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Robert "Ski" Siesputowski shows students in the life skills class at Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe a photo of the USS Independence, as well as his plank-owner's certificate, which is issued to crew members serving on the ship during its commissioning.

Students in the life skills class at Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe believe in Navy veteran Robert "Ski" Siesputowski's mission.

On Thursday, Siesputowski spoke to the class about his campaign to try to save the USS Independence, a decommissioned Naval aircraft carrier that has been tagged for dismantling next year.

Siesputowski is determined to save the ship from becoming only a memory because he was part of the ship's first crew, having served as a second class radarman from 1959 to 1960.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left, Gabrielle Augustine of Palmerton and Justine Siegal, Massachusetts, founder of Baseball For All, at the LG Cup's first International Women's Baseball Tournament in South Korea. Baseball For All's team represented the United States. Gabrielle played all four games.

Gabrielle Augustine loves diamonds. Baseball diamonds, that is.

And because of that love of baseball diamonds, the 22-year-old had the opportunity to play baseball a few weeks ago in South Korea.

Augustine has been playing organized baseball since she was a little girl living in Palmerton.

"I've been able to throw a baseball since I was 3 years old. Dad played his whole life and taught my sister, Stephanie, and I to play," she says.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Jason Prosser watches his son Zachary, 3, get a snack as he is picked up from day care in SeaTac, Washington. Prosser and his wife are one of many middle-class couples struggling with accelerating costs for critical services such as health care and housing. At the same time, their income has been stagnant for the past three years.

WASHINGTON (AP) Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.

The day care center they found near their Seattle home tops $10,000 a year. Next year, their son, now 3, can attend a Catholic preschool less than half as costly.

"It'll be nice to have enough relief next year," Prosser said. "It's just funny that the relief will be a private school."

Saturday, September 27, 2014

In 2002, the Lehigh Gap Nature Center purchased over 750 acres of property along the Kittatinny Ridge, including land along the Lehigh River and part of Lehigh Gap.

It began erosion stabilization and revegetation of the property with native, warm season grasses in 2003. In the same year, the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge officially opened to the public.

Today, native grasses and tree saplings cover Blue Mountain, as about 2,800 acres are revegetated thus far.

The refuge has an extensive trail system available for hikers, bikers and outdoors enthusiasts.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Summit Hill borough worker Ron Yuricheck installs signs in Ludlow Park in the borough that spells out rules to make it safer for pedestrians in the park. Yuricheck also placed such signs at the Community Center.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Students in the Tamaqua Elementary School's enrichment class looked as though theycould have been playing hooky Friday morning, but were actually learning some practical aspects of math and art. Students traveled to the M&S Hardware Store in Tamaqua for a demonstration by chain saw artist Jesse Green, who has appeared on the National Geographic Show "American Chainsaw." Green explained how he uses math to makemeasurements before he begins making cuts with his chain saw, noting his work is "art that needs no explanation. You know what it is and what it represents just by looking at it."