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Friday, August 8, 2014

This June, I covered two graduations in our area. Watching the students accept their diplomas made me slightly envious, and I wished I could feel the excitement of starting a new chapter in my life once again. Then, seeing tears well up in their eyes as they embraced friends and family, my jealousy subsided. I remember that overwhelming feeling of saying goodbye to high school, which had become so comfortable and familiar to me, and I was glad that feeling had passed.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
This July 28, 2014 photo shows Peach Carnival Parfait coral bells with flashy leaves from which emerge rather dainty and subdued flowers in New Paltz, New York. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

Coral bells (Huechera spp.) are plants that earn their keep even when not in bloom.

Here is a perennial, especially some of the newer hybrids, that is loved as much for its leaves as for its flowers.

And in many regions the leaves put on their show year-round, although in northern climes they are apt to be ragged or covered with snow in the coldest weather.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Russian olive is an invasive plant common in Pennsylvania.

What may seem like a lovely, colorful shrub that suddenly overcomes your backyard may actually be a destructive, invasive plant.

Invasive plants are identified by their ability to grow and spread aggressively, even in harsh conditions, making them detrimental to native species and the ecosystem as a whole.

Their ability to create monocultures is possible because they are free from natural restrictions in their native land, like parasites, diseases and herbivores.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
This June 30, 2014 photo shows cheesy zucchini salsa in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Zucchini bread is fine and all, but when you're staring down a mountain of summer abundance, how much of it can you really eat?

Convinced we could find more – and more creative – ways to use up a bounty of zucchini, we decided to explore out-of-the-box ideas for summer's most notorious love-hate vegetable. The result? Some delicious ideas that will have you if not embracing then at least better tolerating your zucchini.

10 Fresh ways with zucchini

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS A batch of Sweet Zucchini Relish may take a little while to make, but it's worth the effort.

I don't know what it is with zucchini, but I've yet to come across someone who complains that the vegetable doesn't grow well for them.

Instead, they can usually be seen most of the summer lugging a half dozen wherever they go, trying to foist them off on friends and co-workers without a garden of their own.

When we had our first garden in the Garden State no less we had more zucchini than we could ever hope to give away. I made zucchini bread, zucchini soup, zucchini with eggs I was getting pretty sick of zucchini to be honest.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites children and their parents to its Back to School BBQ at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Lehighton Grove Park.

There will be free hot dogs and sno-cones, children's games and crafts. They will be distributing free school supplies to those who attend.

For more information contact the Rev. Mark Akers, pastor, at 610-714-9834 or on the web at www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at the 443 Beacon Restaurant, Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton, to plan for the 50th anniversary reunion.

All class members are welcome to attend.

Any questions can be addressed to lehighton1965@gmail.com

Men of the Class of 1965 meet the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Riverwalk in Parryville.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Luther Snyder and Miriam Borosh laugh as they go through donated clothing at St. Johns Lutheran church in the heights section of Jim Thorpe.

The Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights will open its doors to begin its annual giveaway on Thursday and will continue through Aug. 23.

All are welcome to partake of the free clothing, shoes, boots, winter coats, dress suits, linens, baby items and small household items.

All items are free.

"A large amount of donations poured in this year and the workers of the church have been busy sorting, sizing and stacking the mountains of clothing and other items," says Bonnie Hoffman, one of the organizers from the church.

Monday, August 4, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Tokosh

Eugene Tokosh and Florence (Pancheri) Tokosh will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 5.

They met at a movie theater in 1941. Eugene "caught Florence's eye" and he asked her if he could sit beside her. When he noticed Florence, he said to his brother Paul "I'm going to marry that girl."

At the time Florence was 17 years old and Eugene was 20. They dated for three years and were married in Sandwich, Massachusetts, while Eugene was serving in the Navy during World War II.

He served on the USS Sarita, an attack cargo transport, in the Pacific Ocean.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Matthew Brasavage, Freeland, and Christina Janine Graham, Weatherly.

Ronald Edward White, Nesquehoning, and Danielle Ann Mertz, Summit Hill.