Monday, July 6, 2015


Friday, July 3, 2015
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Winning a blue ribbon at the Carbon County Fair is becoming a family tradition.

For many, displaying at the Carbon County Fair has become a family tradition.

Since its inception, exhibits have more than tripled says Kristin Simmons, superintendent of the still exhibits at the fair.

In addition to displays of fruits, nuts, wines, flowers, honey, vegetables, and homemade cakes, and goodies, as well as the livestock, attract families year after year.

Friday, July 3, 2015
G. Michael Kovacs and Michele Hoffman

Michele Hoffman and G. Michael Kovacs of Palmerton have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hoffman of New Tripoli.

Her fiance is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Kovacs of Palmerton.

The couple are planning a wedding for Aug. 22 of this year.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Carbon County Fair has announced the 2015 Quilt Block Contest Theme: "Honoring Our Troops." Quilters are asked to use their imagination and colors red, white and blue.

Each block must be 12.5 inches by 12.5 inches. The fabric must be 100 percent cotton, prewashed and treated to prevent bleeding. No buttons, charms or paint is allowed. The finished block should be laundered and pressed. Do not quilt the block.

There is to be only one entry per exhibitor.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Connie Biederman

Connie L. Biederman, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, recentlycelebrated her 91st birthday.

Born in Philadelphia on July 1, 1924, she is the daughter of the late Charles and Leona Oettle.

Connie graduated from the Philadelphia High School for girls in 1942.

Following graduation she went to work at theFederal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia, where she worked for 37 years. She started as a file clerk and later became assistantcoordinator.

She married the love of her life, Fred Biederman, in 1948.

Friday, July 3, 2015

LOS ANGELES To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth.

But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.

The pops and explosions, raucous block parties and other loud noises during holiday festivities can scare dogs into leaping over or digging under fences to escape the thunderous blasts, leading them to get lost or injured.

More pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Friday, July 3, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS The holiday is a great time for relaxing, but it's not the time to be lax about water safety.

The Fourth of July weekend is a great time to get together with family and friends for a barbecue and to cool off in a pool or spend the day at the lake or beach.

While the weekend should be spent relaxing and celebrating it is not the time to be lax about water safety.

According to the United States Swim School Association, media outlets reported at least 80 drowning incidents across the U.S. during the Fourth of July weekend in 2014.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The 32nd annual Schuylkill County Fair will be held July 27 through Aug. 1 at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, 2270 Fair Road in Schuylkill Haven.

The fair opens at 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Saturday. The theme this year is "Harvest the Fun."

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Lehighton High School Class of 1957 held its 58-year reunion June 20 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. There were 46 in attendance. The class contributes $5,000 annually to a scholarship fund which is awarded to two seniors who are members of the graduating class, with $2,500 going to a senior boy and $2,500 to a senior girl who are continuing their education in a four-year college. The class has been doing this since 2007. Thosein attendance at the reunion include, front from left, Robert Bottcher, Maureen (McLaughlin) Markley, Nancy (Bray) Wolfe and Merle Wolfe.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Joelle Snyder and Andrew Hurst

The engagement of Joelle Snyder of Annville to Andrew Hurst, also of Annville, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of James and Janet Snyder of Lehighton. She is a 2011 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in education. She is employed as a special-education teacher in the Lebanon School District.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will present a free concert at 10 a.m. July 9 in the high school auditorium.

The sixth- and eighth-grade combined band will perform several pieces including "Cleveland Rocks" from the "Drew Carey Show" and the rock/pop hit "Hey Baby." Selected clarinet, saxophone, flute and low brass students will be featured during the small ensemble portion of the concert.