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Monday, May 5, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Debbie Balch, administrative assistant for Care Net of Carbon County, left, fits Bonnie Lynn Reason, 11 months, into a car seat, as her mother, Crystal Reason, of Lansford, watches. Car seats are required to keep children safe when riding in a vehicle.

As new parents prepare to leave the hospital, the staff makes sure the new parents know how to properly restrain the child in the seat, making their first ride, and every ride thereafter, as safe as possible.

"We want to be sure every family is using a child safety seat," said Deanna Shisslak, certified child passenger safety technician for Lehigh Valley Health Network's parent education program, "and if they don't have a seat, we want to be able to assist the family in securing a child safety seat.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Parents should keep in mind that car seats won't last forever.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Shannon Yorke, a certified car seat technician, said the life span of a child's car seat is about six years because the plastic can break down and become brittle and may not withstand a crash.

"When you think about it, the seat is in extreme weather conditions, such as really cold during winter and really hot in the summer," she said.

"The plastic is constantly going through changes as far as weather, so after a certain period of time it isn't reliable anymore."

Monday, May 5, 2014

Children need to be safely restrained when riding in a vehicle. To make sure they are secured properly, there are a few tests parents can do.

Inch test

According to SafeKids Worldwide, the inch test looks at if the seat is tightly secured in the vehicle.

Once the seat is installed, tug the base to see how far it moves. If it moves more than an inch from side to side or front to back, then the belt or latch system needs to be tightened.

Pinch test

The pinch test is done when the child is in the seat.

Friday, May 2, 2014

A respected member of the community, who passed away last year was remembered fondly Tuesday evening by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

Friends and colleagues joined historical society members at the Broadway Grille and Pub in Jim Thorpe to honor Susan Sterling and celebrate her life.

Historical society President Helen Van Pelt presented a plaque to Sterling's husband, Jack. It read "The Mauch Chunk Historical Society honors Susan Marie Gilkeson Sterling for her many years of service to the society and to the Jim Thorpe Community."

Friday, May 2, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jill C. DeLong, education support chairperson for PASR, left, and Nan Cressley, the computer paraprofessional from Franklin Township Elementary school attend a luncheon at the Harvest Cafe at the Carbon County Technical Institute Wednesday morning.

The Carbon County Chapter of Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees presented the final educational grant for the 2013-14 year Wednesday to Nan Cressley, a computer paraprofessional at Franklin Elementary School in the Lehighton Area School District.

The organization met for a luncheon at the Harvest Cafe at the Carbon County Technical Insitute in Jim Thorpe.

A 24-year employee of the district, Cressley teaches computer skills to all grades and is also in charge of writing and coaching students with the reading of the morning messages presented each day.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
ABOVE: It's a hard-knock life for these orphans. Front from left, Olivia Bartholomew, Lily Heydt, Colee Fikentscher, Mikaylah Pruitte and Erin Remmel. Second row, Trinity Murphy, Stephanie Dykas, Grace Choi, Heater Moore and Rebecca Ripley. Top row, Brooke McElmoyle as Annie. TOP LEFT: Alexis Young (Miss Hannigan), Zac Dykas (Rooster) and Rudeene Jackson (Lily). BELOW: Gina Rodriguez (Grace), Brook McElmoyle and Josiah Behrens (Daddy Warbucks).

The sun will come out this weekend when Jim Thorpe Area High School Drama Club presents the hit Broadway musical "Annie."

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the high school.

Set in the early 1930s, "Annie" is the story of a precocious orphan determined to run away from the orphanage and find her parents.

Along the way, she teams up with a mutt she names Sandy, until they are caught and returned to the orphanage and into the hands of its villainous director, Miss Hannigan.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Bach and Handel Chorale performs its anniversary concert  Saturday, accompanied by the Festival Orchestra.

The Bach and Handel Chorale celebrated 30 years of music Saturday with an anniversary concert and reception at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe.

The program opened with an orchestra piece, "Sonata for Three Trumpets, Tympani and Orchestra" by George Phillip Telemann.

A blessing for the chorale and Festival Orchestra was offered by the Rev. F. Peter Muhr, pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in the Heights, where the chorale rehearses.

"You are a treasure to the Jim Thorpe community," said Muhr.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Say 'Olé!' to Cinco de Mayo

You certainly don't need to be Mexican to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Held each year on May 5, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army's victory over France. We North Americans love a good reason for a party so it's no surprise that the holiday gets more attention here than in Mexico.

With the help of QVC's resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable, you can go loco and throw the best fiesta around.

Here are some of Venable's favorites. From a refreshing beverage to mouth-watering appetizers and entrées, he has the entire meal covered.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Nachos Grande is a fun way to make any day Cinco de Mayo.

I don't have one drop of Mexican blood. No matter. I would eat Mexican food every day of the week if I had the choice. And not just the Americanized versions either. I've eaten in authentic Mexican restaurants I remember one particularly excellent one in Princeton, N.J. and have truly loved the food.

The dish I'm featuring this week is so easy, it's hardly a recipe. You pretty much just assemble it.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1969 will hold its 45-year class reunion at the Mahoning Valley Country Club on Saturday, May 31. Cocktail hour is 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Class photo will be at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner will follow.

The morning after the reunion, there will be a breakfast at 10 a.m. at the Beacon 443 Diner.

Reservations are due by May 1 and should be sent to Melodie Klotz at 130 Maple Avenue, Lehighton.