Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Monday, March 30, 2015

Savvy shoppers know a good deal when they see one and chances are there will be plenty of savvy shoppers at Penn's Peak Tuesday for the annual Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Prospective brides and starry-eyed young women with special occasions on their calendars can find the dress of their dreams, while helping make a dream come true for a sick child.

The event this year will take place from 3 to 7 p.m.

Monday, March 30, 2015
Christine Yanek

Christine Yanek, a guest at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrated her 90th birthday on March 30.

She was married to Bernard J. Yanek for 54 years before his death in 2001.

Christine has threechildren, Donna Murmello, Bernadette Brasavage and John Yanek.

She has nine grand-children and seven great-grandchildren.

She enjoyed her work in the Hazleton General Hospital dietary department until her retire-ment.

Her hobbies include cooking, baking andcrocheting.

Monday, March 30, 2015

It's hard to find statistics on book clubs, but anectdotal evidence suggests that book clubs in all forms are experiencing a surge in popularity.

You can join a book club at any local public library. If the group's schedule doesn't mesh with yours, you could join a group of friends to discuss the latest best-sellers.

If you're even more pressed for time, you can start an informal "club" and swap thoughts and new book suggestions on Goodreads.com.

Monday, March 30, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Diane Danielson, the librarian at Palmerton Area Public Library, with an electronic copy of "Shakespeare Saved My Life." The book is being offered as part of a worldwide electronic book club, which is open to all Carbon and Lehigh library members.

Looking for a new book to read and discuss? Look no further than your local library.

While library book clubs are nothing new, the Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library is taking book clubs to a new level by joining the Big Library Read, a global e-book club. The program runs through Tuesday afternoon.

The book club is part of a global reading experience sponsored by OverDrive, the company that hosts the Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library, a group of public libraries in Carbon and Lehigh counties.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Dustin Roth and Jill Andrews

The engagement of Jill K. Andrews of Jim Thorpe and Dustin Roth of Lehighton has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jason and Pearl Sheckler of Jim Thorpe. She is a 2010 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School.

She is currently enrolled at LCCC and will graduate in 2016 with a degree in business management.

She is currently employed at Atlantic Home Loans of Bethlehem.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Jeff and Sandie Roth of Lehighton. He is a 2007 graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

To help you compile your wedding, engagement, anniversary or baby's birth information for publication in the Times News, forms are available in our main office at 594 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton, as well as in our satellite offices in Tamaqua and Lansford.

Wedding pictures and stories will be published free of charge up to six months after the wedding.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Mark Stevens and Jennifer Arner

The engagement of Jennifer Pamela Arner of Fairfax, Virginia, and Mark Alastair Stevens, also of Fairfax, was announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dr. Kirk and Pamela Arner of Lehighton.

She is a 2007 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 2011 graduate of Muhlenberg College. She graduated from George Mason University-School of Law in 2014.

She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in December and is currently a law clerk to a judge of the Fairfax Circuit Court in Virginia.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States.

Originated in New York in 1902, by 1912 it had established programs in 26 cities.

In 1947, the organization set ground in Philadelphia. By the late 1990s, 950 children were being mentored by the program across the country.

Friday, March 27, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY OF KRISTINA MAUER Kristina Mauer, and her "little," Jayla, having fun at Knoebels  Amusement Park this past summer.

It can happen within a large family, inside of a crowded classroom, or even during social events where everyone seems to be having a good time.

A child feels isolated or alienated.

Through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, volunteer mentors help children feel connected.

"We recruit, screen and train volunteers who are over the age of 16 and have completed the 10th grade," said Jenna Sargent, a certified caseworker for the organization, a Catholic Social Services program headquartered in Stroudsburg.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Researchers as far apart as Georgia Tech and the University of Plymouth in the U.K. have observed the increase in bees moving into urban environments.

Some species that are in trouble in rural areas are thriving in city gardens.

According to the National Wildlife Federation, cities are becoming home and habitat to a surprising variety of wildlife including bears, coyote and fox.