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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Pat Schaeffer of Lehighton is being honored in the Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania 2015 Gallery of Hope.

Standing in the limelight is the last place Pat Schaeffer wants to be, but if there is a chance her story may help someone else, then she'll suffer through it.

Schaeffer, 70, is a survivor, and her story of courage has earned her a place on the 2015 Gallery of Hope created by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Monday, March 16, 2015
This photo of the Cliffs of Moher was taken by Lisa Boehm in early February when she and her son, Jacob, traveled to Ireland. Although she was able to see a lot during the four days they were there, this was their favorite place by far.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day when many of us are feeling just a wee bit Irish.

It's also the perfect time to think about planning a trip to the Emerald Isle to drink a pint of Guinness, kiss the Blarney Stone or search for your very own pot of gold.

Lisa Boehm was given the chance of a lifetime to travel to Ireland early last month, and she loved it.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Claire Kelly, a resident of Dublin, says you'll definitely want to head to the Guinness Storehouse Brewery at St. James Gate in Dublin, where "you can learn how to pull a proper pint."

You'll earn a certificate if you do.

Travelers may also want to visit the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield, where you can tour the facility and enjoy a comparative tasting of Irish whiskey.

Kelly says the Ha'penny Bridge opened in May 1816 and connects the north-side of Dublin to Temple Bar on the southside.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Ronin Scott Sedam

A son, Ronin Scott Sedam, was born at 6:29 a.m. Jan. 18, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois, to Nicole and Conor Sedam of Chicago.

He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Ronald and LaRae Hlavaty of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Scott and Jana Sedam of Novi, Michigan.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Lamonte Schock and Jennifer Bensinger

The engagement of Jennifer Bensinger of Tamaqua, and Lamonte Schock, also of Tamaqua, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of David and Margaret Bensinger of Tamaqua.

She is a 2005 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, and a 2009 graduate of East Stroudsburg University.

She is employed as a teacher in the Panther Valley School District.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Bruce Schock and Cynthia Dunkle of Tamaqua.

He is a 2003 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School.

He is currently employed at KME.

Friday, March 13, 2015

I don't grow vegetables for the simple reason that my home is in the woods on the north slope of a mountain.

In midsummer, I get six hours of sun. Also, I am surrounded by a forest full of critters just waiting for me to plant food.

If you do grow vegetables, or want to grow vegetables, now is the time to get started.

Consider this "to do" list for a really super success.

Starting seeds indoors

If you plan to get a head start on the growing season, this is the month you need to dust off or acquire the equipment for germinating seeds and raising seedlings.

Friday, March 13, 2015
Janet Minnich

The Carbon County Master Gardeners' program just unveiled a brand new crop of experts.

At a ceremony Tuesday at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, nine graduates were welcomed to the fold.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Northern Lehigh Little Theatre will present "The Wedding Singer." Shows are 7 o'clock this evening, Friday, and Saturday, as well as 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the high school auditorium.

It's everyone's dream to find the right person and fall in love, even if it isn't the one you thought it would be.

Such a story is certain to unfold when the Northern Lehigh Little Theatre presents "The Wedding Singer." Showtimes are 7 o'clock this evening, Friday, and Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in the high school auditorium.

The cost of admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
"Snow Deer," a photograph by Donna Roberts of Jim Thorpe, won second place in the Endless Mountains Visitor's Bureau's annual photo contest.

Each year the Endless Mountains region of Northeastern Pennsylvania sponsors a photo contest and invites residents and visitors to the area to submit their favorite photos with a particular theme in mind.

The theme for 2014, "Everything Endless Mountains," left the door wide open for contestants to snap photos of anything they thought would catch the judges' fancy.

The contest is in its eighth year. First, second, third, and grand prize winners were chosen out of nearly 200 people who submitted photos.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Pocono Arts Council will offer a special exhibit during the month of March.

One Hundred Years on the Courthouse Steps is the result of a challenge posed to the Pocono Mountain Quilters Guild by the Monroe County Bar Association.

During 2014, the bar association commissioned a fabric from a painting of the Monroe Courthouse made in 2009 by Kathleen S. Howell. Each quilter received a yard of the fabric, with a challenge to use it in a quilted wall hanging.