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Monday, March 19, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon County Master Gardeners are ready to take your gardening questions. Volunteers who will be manning the Green Line, a telephone helpline that provides answers to questions about everything gardening, are, seated, from left, Julie V. Foley, and John Kupec. Standing, Slate Altenburg and Maryann Serafini.

Beginning Tuesday, Carbon County gardeners, farmers or anyone who has a question about anything plants can call a helpline, operated by the Penn State Extension Carbon County Master Gardener Program.

Members of the group will be on-hand from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday from now until October on the "Green Line," a telephone helpline that provides answers to questions about everything gardening, from plant diseases and pests and pesticides, to fungus, animal problems, tree issues, soil and more.

Friday, March 16, 2012
Giada ElisabettaCerimele

A daughter, Giada Elisabetta Cerimele, was born to Joseph and Jennifer Cerimele of Summit Hill, on Jan. 4, 2012, in Pottsville Hospital. She weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces; and measured 18 inches long.

Giada was welcomed home by her big brother, Angelo Cerimele, 3.

Maternal grandparents are Nancy and Barry Miller of White Bear, Summit Hill. Maternal great-grandparents are Joseph and the late Sally Ann (McCartney) Valitsky, and Dorothy (Nothstein) Miller and the late Claude Miller, all of Summit Hill.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Meeghan Rossi, 15, an Ambassador Girl Scout; and Brooke Turner, 15, a Senior Girl Scout, both from Troop 34229, sell cookies outside Redner's Warehouse Market in Nesquehoning. Girl Scouting isn't just about selling cookies, which have been a long-standing tradition since 1917. It's also about teaching girls about technology, science, the outdoors and other girl-centric programs.

While much has changed since Girl Scouts of the USA was founded in 1912, some things remain the same. The organization was founded on a belief that all girls should be resourceful, self-reliant, and prepared for life as a professional and active citizen. These values remain visible in modern troops, who are currently celebrating 100 years of Scouting.

"Girl Scouts isn't just cookies, camping and crafts," said Betsy Mattes, a leader of Palmerton Troop 37. "It's about technology and science, and all of the fields that were once off limits to women.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Arlan W. Conrad

Mr. and Mrs. Arlan W. Conrad of Mertztown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

The Conrads were married on March 17, 1962 in Fleetwood, Pa.

Mrs. Conrad is the former Norma K. Hill, daughter of the late Mabel M. and Norman (Mickey) Hill of New Ringgold. She is a former New Ringgold resident.

Mr. Conrad is the son of William and Edna Conrad of Mertztown.

They have one daughter, Regina, who is married to Jason Kohl of Mertztown.

The couple will celebrate the occasion with a party given in their honor.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Joelle A. Chinni and C.C. Simmons, both of Coaldale, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Hazleton High School.

Her fiance is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, Denver, Colo. He is employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The couple plan to wed on Aug. 25, 2012.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will hold its April meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 14 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Local author, Judi Fennell, will conduct a two-hour workshop entitled "Novel in a Nutshell," that will review the elements necessary to make a story work in today's market and give it something extra.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Betsey Ord Baun receives prestigious theater Gold Medallion Award.

Betsey Ord Baun has always been drawn to the stage, and it has been a major part of her life. Recently, the executive director of Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc. (SETC), was recognized by her peers for outstanding contributions she has made to the theater by being awarded the Gold Medallion Award for 2012 from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region IV.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Soda Bread.

With a history spanning more than two centuries, soda bread is a traditional Irish specialty. The first loaf, consisting of little more than flour, baking soda, salt, and sour milk, made its debut in the mid-1800s when baking soda found its way into Irish kitchens.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Lucy Anna Versuk

A daughter, Lucy Anna Versuk, was born at 3:03 a.m. on Nov. 21, 2011 to Jeanette Pupko and David Versuk of Lehighton.

The baby made her arrival in the backseat of her maternal grandmother's car, on the way to the hospital.

She weighed 6 pounds, 14.5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Diane and John Pupko of Quakake and Steven Pupko of Grier City.

Paternal grandparents are David and Terry Versuk of Lehighton; and Denise Tracy of Lehighton.

Paternal great-grandparents are Dennis and Loretta Tracy of Lehighton.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1987 will be holding a meeting to plan the 25-year class reunion at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Trainer's Inn, Route 209, Lehighton.

Anyone interested in helping to plan the event is invited to attend.