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Friday, May 24, 2013

Megan M. Hanlon, 840 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, and Timothy F. Demko, 829 E. Center St., Mahanoy City.

Janell K. Karl, 613 S. Hancock St., McAdoo, and Jason Soika, 105 Haddock Road, McAdoo.

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Karen Schlenner and Eric Pruyne

The engagement of Karen Schlenner of Middleboro, Mass. to Eric Pruyne, also of Massachusetts, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Walter and Fay Schlenner of Jim Thorpe. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University where she earned a doctorate in physical therapy. She is employed by Southcoast Physical Therapy in Wareham, Mass.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of William Pruyne of Massachusetts and Karen Burrington of Connecticut. He is employed by the VA Hospital in Brockton, Mass.

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Stacey Solt/TIMES NEWS Mindy Graver, chairperson of Carbon County Safe Kids, asks Nicholas Zeigenfuss and his classmates if they can tell the difference between Arm & Hammer baking soda and carpet cleaner, showing them only the back of the package. Many students guessed incorrectly. Zeigenfuss is a second-grade student at Shull-David in Lehighton.

The Lehighton Rec Center was filled with giggles and laughter last week. It was the sound of learning.

Nearly 350 children attended the 24th annual Children's Health Fair, hosted by Blue Mountain Health System. The health fair was open to children from preschool through second grade.

"We want to give the children a good start, by teaching them healthy habits," said Mary Lou McGeehan, community education coordinator at Blue Mountain Health System. "We try to make it fun and interesting. They're learning about health and safety, but in a fun way."

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Alexandria Christine Quinn

The final Guiding Star for the Palmerton Concourse Club year is Alexandria Christine Quinn of Palmerton, the daughter of Nancy and Steve Quinn.

She enjoys playing field hockey and spending time with her family, friends and three brothers: Mark, Nicholas and Michael.

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Kaiden Curtis Klotz

KLOTZ A son, Kaiden Curtis Klotz, was born at 1:28 a.m., May 10, 2013 at St. Luke's, Allentown campus, to Lisa and Keith Klotz of Lehighton.

He weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Lynn and Norwood Haydt of Lehighton and the late Curtis Detrick, formerly of Gilbert.

Paternal grandparents are Linda and Martin Klotz of Lehighton.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Many years ago, while attempting to double a favorite muffin recipe, I was briefly called away from the kitchen. I can't remember why, but I'm going to assume some child was doing something to bother another child.

When I returned, I picked up where I thought I'd left off. It seems, however, I forgot where I was and ended up changing the amounts on some of the ingredients, but not others.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Katelyn Evans, a senior at Panther Valley High School, will compete in the second annual Raise Your Voice High School Vocal Scholarship Competition.

The competition will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 7 at at Allentown Brew Works "FIVE."

Star of the Day Event Productions (www.staroftheday.org), which started the competition last year, will sponsor the event.

There are a total of 15 area high school vocalists juniors and seniors competing for the top prize.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Pale Moon Players are holding auditions for young actors, ages 8-15, for the play "Wooing Wed Widing Hood" by Charlie Lovett.

Auditions will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 at Grace Lutheran Church, 4th and Mahoning streets, Lehighton.

No preparation is needed.

Show dates planned for July 12, 13 and 14.

For more information call (610) 377-0290.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Oliva Kupinsky, 8, of Coaldale, and her parents, Carolyn and William, and sister, Samantha, are hoping to raise funds for Give Kids the World at a dress down day fundraiser on May 23 at Panther Valley Elementary School as a way of giving back. The family recently traveled to Florida as guests of Make a Wish Foundation.

A Coaldale girl and her family recently had the time of their lives visiting "Mickey's House" and other Florida attractions.

Olivia Kupinsky, 8, her sister, Samantha, 14, and her parents, Carolyn and William Kupinsky, visited Disney World compliments of Make a Wish Foundation.

Oliva became eligible for a wish trip because of her heart problems. She was born Nov. 20, 2004, in Palmerton Hospital. Shortly after birth, Olivia began experiencing respiratory distress. She was immediately taken by ambulance to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Q. If you have high blood pressure, aren't you better off just taking old-fashion water pills instead of all these fancy drugs?

Water pills (aka diuretics) are the oldest and best studied of the drugs used to treat high blood pressure (aka hypertension). Diuretics help the kidneys flush extra water and salt from your body and decrease blood volume to lower pressure.

There are three types of diuretics: thiazide, loop and potassium-sparing. They work in different parts of your kidneys