A beautiful Earth Day in Jim Thorpe but Don’t Mess with our Mountain!

It’s another beautiful day to celebrate Mother Earth right here in Jim Thorpe.

Shelley Holland from Horizons on Race Street puts together a great program every year and this year is no exception. From a river clean up at 9 a.m. to yoga and meditation, a hula hoop contest, face painting, a terrarium workshop, book readings and lots of live entertainment, there’s a plethora of fun to be had. For more information and a complete schedule, visit

Particularly appropriate today is a Mother Earth Meditation in the Race Street Park. The SOS committee asks that folks meditate on protecting Flagstaff Mountain, from which Race Street and the National Historic Landmark, St. Mark’s Church is carved.

Carbon County Commissioners announced at their Thursday meeting that they “wanted to get it right” and they are scaling back the Susquehanna Street Project and would not remove any rock from Flagstaff Mountain, which is the church’s foundation.

Though hesitant to believe it, the Save Our Sanctuaries (SOS Committee) was heartened to hear the church would be saved.

Until, in a WFMZ 69 news interview on Friday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said, “We may have to go into the hillside a couple of feet but it’s nothing major.”

Stop the Susquehanna Street Project Tshirt image of St. Mark's Church with an SOS flag at the tower.

T-shirt sale proceeds go to the SOS Committee legal fund. Sizes M-XL:$10, XXL-XXXL:$12.00 if interested call 570-657-0198, or they’ll be available at OK Cigars, or St. Mark’s.

The door to messing with our mountain has not been closed, so the SOS committee will continue to pressure the county to abandon the project. We’ll continue to raise funds to cover legal expenses with upcoming fundraisers and T-shirt sales.

For a $200 donation or more, donors can receive a signed David Price watercolor print of Christmas Eve on Race Street. For more information, sos-cc.info

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