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Friday, July 11, 2014
Ariana Rose Costigliola

Dance Explosion and Tumble Academy in Nesquehoning recently crowned its 2014 dance royalty.

Dance Princess is Ariana Rose Costigliola, who is the daughter of Domenico and Kayla Costigliola.

She is 4 years old and attends preschool. This fall she will begin her second year of dance classes and will study ballet and gymnastics.

Dance Queen Alexa Ruzicka is 13 years old. She resides in Coaldale and is the daughter of Jack and Laura Ruzicka.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nature is the theme for Lehigh Gap Nature Center's second annual juried art exhibit.

The show is open to media including painting, drawing, printmaking, works on paper and sculpture.

The jurors will be Kay Stauffer and Anita Collins.

The exhibition will run from July 25 to Aug. 3.

Entries must be submitted on or before July 15. Notification of acceptance will be by July 17.

Delivery of accepted artwork is July 24 with drop-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LGNC's Osprey House, 8844 Paint Mill Road in Slatington.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The fourth One-Room Elementary School Reunion in Franklin Township will be held Sept. 27 at the Franklin Township Fire Company on Fairyland Road in Franklin Township.

Anyone who attended any of the following elementary schools is invited to attend the reunion: Long Run, Walcksville, Big Creek, Indian Hill, Harrity and Wagner schools.

If your address has changed since the last reunion, please let the organizers know by calling or emailing at longrunreunion@yahoo.com or call Althea at 610-377-3498, Patty at 610-751-0439 or Florence at 570-325-3118.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A son, Ryder James Warren, was born at 8:44 a.m. on June 27, 2014, at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, to Katie and Chad Warren of Lock Haven.

Maternal grandparents are Daniel and Laurie MacDonald of New Ringgold.

Paternal grandparents are Celia and Woodrow Warren of Lewisburg.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Mertz family reunion will take place on Saturday at Phifer Ice Dam in Franklin Township beginning at noon, with dinner at 1:30 p.m. Meeting to follow.

Please bring covered dish for dinner and a donation for either the cake walk or Chinese auction.

Drinks will be provided.

For more information call Tina at 570-952-4846 or Missy at 570-952-4845.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
HALEY SAWYER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The United Way of Carbon County is preparing for the seventh annual "Cruise to the Music," set for June 19 at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe. From left, Fran Flickinger, board member; Donna Lennon, vice president and event co-chair; Lisa Bleicher, president and event co-chair; and Angela Nardini, public relations.

The United Way of Carbon County will host its seventh annual "Cruise to the Music" from 1 to 10 p.m. on July 19 at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park.

Ninety-five percent of the money collected at the event will benefit 17 area nonprofit organizations.

Last year, "Cruise to the Music" raised between $10,000-14,000. This year's goal is $15,000.

The biggest and possibly most exciting part of the night will be the "celebrity" dunk tank.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
AP Photo/Lee Reich In this undated photo, strong fragrance in addition to beautiful blossoms double the pleasure of Strawberry Hill rose, from rose breeder David Austin, in New Paltz, New York.

Wave after wave of scent has filled the air since my garden awakened in spring.

Most prominent have been the aromas from daffodil blossoms, plum, flowering currant, and now dame's rocket, pinks and roses.

Of course, it's not for us that flowers waft those sometimes delectable aromas.

Evolutionarily speaking, we don't return the favor with anything more than the carbon dioxide that we and all other animals breathe out, and that plants use for photosynthesis.

Flowers release their aromas to attract pollinators.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A new exhibit by artist Jack Cesareo, "The Cupcake & the Bicycle Diaries Around the U.S." will open at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation on Saturday.

The show runs through Aug. 17 at the gallery, located at 20 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Cesareo started working at the foundation in 1988 and continued working for three and a half years to transform the space.

"I invited Jack to exhibit his photography, paintings and sculpture for the enjoyment of the people in Jim Thorpe and visitors," says Anita Shapolsky.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Jim's Homemade Guacamole (with bacon).

When my husband first made his version of guacamole, I was surprised to see that he added bacon.

"That's not guacamole," I insisted.

He likewise insisted it came from a long-ago friend, who was Mexican. Over the years, when we'd eat in a Mexican restaurant, or have guacamole in other places, I would be quick to point out: "See. No bacon."

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
This May 5, 2014 photo shows Memphis-style baby back ribs in Concord, N.H. Back ribs usually are sold in either full slabs (13 ribs) or half slabs (7 ribs), and are the most expensive cut of rib. When they come from a pig that was less than a year old, they are referred to as ‡¨baby‡Æ back ribs. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

It was one of those culinary epiphanies. I realized you rarely get great barbecued ribs from a restaurant. They have to come from backyards.

My rib-awakening came during the world's largest barbecue contest, Memphis in May. All it took was that first bite of a grill-smoked rib for me to recognize the real deal. There is nothing like homemade ribs.

And here is the dirty little secret: They don't take nearly as long as the competition guys would like you to think they do. And they are much simpler to prepare than legend has it.