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Saturday, April 11, 2015

A daughter, Arabella Grace O'Donnell, was born at 4:31 a.m. March 31, 2015, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, to Nicholas Dennis O'Donnell and Kayla Ann Zambiasi of Danville.

She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Phillip and Karen Zambiasi of Minersville.

Paternal grandparents are Mike and Lisa O'Donnell of Tamaqua.

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Declan Weaver

A son, Declan Weaver, was born at 4:01 a.m. March 18, 2015, at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Hazleton, to Crystal Serfass and David Weaver of Junedale.

He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 19 and inches long.

He was welcomed by a sister, Serena Kuehl, 13, and brothers Drake Kuehl, 9, and David Weaver Jr., 7.

Maternal grandparents are the late KayAnn and John Wentz of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Caroldeen and Herbert Weaver of Henryville.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet on Wednesday to plan for the 50th anniversary reunion.

The breakfast meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at 443 Beacon Restaurant, Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton.

All class members are welcome to attend.

Any questions can be addressed at lehighton1965@gmail.com.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Are you looking to bring a splash of color into your life?

If so, the Carbon County Community Art League's Fourth Annual Art Show is taking place this weekend.

The art show is open to the public and will be held in the Emerald Grande Room of the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 397 Hemlock Drive, Lehighton from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

There is no charge for admission.

Paintings will be available for sale.

Guests will be invited to vote for their favorite local artist.

Friday, April 10, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY MELINDA MYERS Increase success and encourage even growth by growing seedlings under artificial lights.

Get a jump on the growing season by starting your favorite or hard to find plants indoors from seeds.

Starting hard to find plants, like many of the heirloom or newly introduced varieties, from seed may be the only way you will be able to add these to your garden.

Plus, you'll be extending the growing season and bringing the fun of gardening indoors.

All you need is a little space, a few supplies and of course seeds to get started.

Friday, April 10, 2015

For the last several years, we have experienced an uptick in the severity of the storms hitting our area.

Heavy rains mean an increase in erosion due to flooding and stormwater runoff.

The problem is compounded by the percentage of land covered with impervious surfaces like roads, driveways and buildings.

Stormwater runoff also carries water soluble residues from road salt, fertilizers and pesticides into our streams and lakes.

Friday, April 10, 2015
PHOTO BY EMELIE SWACKHAMER After a long winter, pansies are the perfect plant to get some color around your home.

The calendar does actually indicate winter is officially over.

But, as experience has shown, the weather is very unpredictable. Mother Nature pays no attention to what month it is.

The home landscape this time of year is in need of cheering up. There are better and brighter days ahead even though things look dirty and old.

It would be nice to see some color around the yard.

Right now at your local garden center you can have your choice of a host of colors. The greenhouses are full of pansies.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Allentown Symphony Association has announced that for the remainder of the 2014-15 Allentown Symphony Orchestra Season, tickets for students in grades 1-12 and college students up to age 25 with a student ID will receive free tickets to Allentown Symphony Orchestra concerts and Pops including Beethoven s Ninth Symphony, Byron Stripling, Allentown Symphony Orchestra s Prodigy! Some exclusions apply.

This offer is made possible by a generous grant from the Century Fund.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Paula Cole

The Mauch Chunk Opera House, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, presents Paula Cole at 8 p.m. Saturday.

A Grammy winner and seven-time Grammy nominee, Cole has sold over 3 million albums. Her performances with Peter Gabriel first attracted the world's notice.

Cole is one of pop's most compelling vocalists and continues to enthrall audiences with her trademark live performances that are intensely emotional and uplifting.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Trinity Praise Band and CrossFit TC Unplugged in Lehighton, above, are working together to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project through a workout and concert on April 18. From left are CrossFit coaches Marcia Schaffer and CrossFit owner Chrissy Mayernik; praise band members Becky McFadden, Sue Lovejoy, Brian Hoffner, Jonathan Schweitzer, and Fred Reichenbach; CrossFit coach Marcy Vincent; and praise band members Duane Reichard, seated; and Stephen Schweitzer. Not shown are coach Mary Kaye Snyder and guest musicians Paul Schweitzer, Rob Vincent and the Rev. Robert VonFrisch. Below, several musicians rehearse for the concert.

Two local groups are joining forces to raise funds for a worthy cause.

CrossFit TC Unplugged and the Trinity Praise Band, both of Lehighton, will offer a "CrossFit for Heroes" workout and "Coffeehouse for Heroes" concert on April 18 to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

While this is the first time the groups are working together, both have done multiple fundraisers in the past to benefit local causes.