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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Diakon Community Services needs volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program in the Pottsville, Tamaqua, Coaldale, McAdoo, Barnesville and Ringtown areas, says Tracy Miller, Meals on Wheels coordinator.

"All ages of volunteers are needed," she says, "but delivering meals is an ideal way for high school students to complete their community-service requirements."

Volunteers are needed Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., though some routes represent the commitment of only one hour of time.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1970 Reunion Committee is seeking the addresses of the following classmates: Bruce Messinger, Gary Potter, Denna Berger Bookheimer and Louise Kistler Fabian.

Call Linda at 610-377-5488 with any information.

The 45-year reunion will be held Aug. 1 at the Orioles Community Center in Lehighton.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Orioles Club.

Any class member is welcome to attend.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1980 will hold its 35-year reunion July 18 at the Orioles Community Center.

Organizers need to hear from classmates for updated addresses and emails.

Contact Deb (Tanczos) Yanders at or 610-377-0151 and check out the Facebook page at Lehighton Area High School Class Of 1980.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Panther Valley High School Class of 1975 will hold its 40-year class reunion Saturday at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Cocktails are at 5 p.m. A class picture will be at 6 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served. The cost is $30. There is a cash bar and a DJ from 5 to 10 p.m.

For more information contact Tracey at or on Facebook.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday to finalize plans for the 50th anniversary reunion.

The breakfast meeting will be held at the 443 Beacon Restaurant, Blakeslee Boulevard in Lehighton.

All class members are welcome to attend. For more information or questions, email

Monday, May 18, 2015

The annual Wertman Family Association reunion will be held in Danville Aug. 21-22.

It will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 21 at the Mahoning Township Municipal Building with presentations by family researchers. After dinner at the Creekside 2 Family Restaurant there will be a presentation on an Indian raid that occurred during the Revolutionary War.

On Aug. 22, there will be a catered picnic in the pavilion at St. James United Church of Christ. The annual business meeting and auction of art, crafts and other items will follow lunch.

Monday, May 18, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News While the number of houses on the local real estate market remains high, homes are selling in an average of 126 days.  Realtors report that a large selection of homes for sale and low interest rates mean more active buyers. This home on Mahoning Mountain Road was recently listed for sale.

When Kate and Joe Solt Jr. tried to sell their Lehighton home late last year, they weren't sure what to expect. It had been two years since they previously tried to sell. At that time, several real estate agents had suggested the house might be worth less than what they owed.

"We couldn't even afford to put it on the market. We were very disappointed," said Kate Solt. "I heard good things about the market getting better, so we thought we'd try again."

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Marcy Walck and David Knauft

The engagement of Marcy L. Walck of Jim Thorpe to David L. Knauft Jr., also of Jim Thorpe, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jim and Michele Walck of Penn Forest Township. She is a 2006 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School and a 2008 graduate of Central Penn College in Harrisburg. She is employed as a caseworker at the Carbon County Assistance Office in Lehighton.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Kim Marie Christie and James E. Gillen

The engagement of Kim Marie Christie, Palmerton, daughter of Mark and Yvonne Christie of Tobyhanna, to James Edmund Gillen of Albrightsville, son of Michael and Carole Gillen, also of Albrightsville, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the a 2000 graduate of Pocono Mountain High School, a 2004 graduate of Penn State University, and a 2007 graduate of Widener University School of Law.

She is an associate attorney at Strubinger & Gazo P.C.

Friday, May 15, 2015

It's easy to think that good soil habits like cover crops and maintaining a healthy top soil apply only to farms and large-scale gardens.

After all, does it really matter if your home's soil is healthy if you won't be feeding the community with its harvest?

"The thing that homeowners have to worry about is losing all of the nutrition in the soil. If you leave the land bare, the rain will just wash the nutrients away," said Eileen East, a gardening enthusiast and Master Gardener with the Penn State Cooperative Extension.