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Friday, October 10, 2014

In simpler times, container gardening was small-scale landscaping using flowering annuals. Enjoy their color for one season and go with something new the next.

But shifts toward food production and mixed container planting perennials with annuals have changed all that, creating the need for overwintering.

Friday, October 10, 2014
They're back! Remember the Gypsy Moth?

There is clear evidence that the gypsy moth has returned to our area in large numbers.

Anything above 250 egg masses per acre of forest is cause for concern, and ranger David Horvath at Mauch Chunk Lake Park is reporting 1,700 masses per acre at the campground and picnic areas of the lake. He expects similar results on the south side of the lake.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lehighton High School Class of 1948 will hold a luncheon at noon on Thursday at the Beacon Route 443 Diner in Lehighton.

For more information, call Jim Wentz at 610-377-4608.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Marian High School, Hometown, will celebrate Homecoming Friday when the Colts host the Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes. Homecoming candidates are, front from left, Sadie Kosar, Lauren Nietz, Katie Healey and Kayla Rodick; and back, Nico Agosti, Josh Ambruch, Chris Bruno and Nick Sully. Following the football game, a social event will be held in the school cafeteria, from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 570-476-0641.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Poster by Madison Martinez

Carbon County has some very talented students.

The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, along with the Carbon County Conservation District, announced recently that Brynn Wentz, Madison Martinez and Jennifer Stank were three of the five state level winners of the National Association of Conservation District's 2014 "Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil" poster contest.

Soil is a complex mix of minerals, air and water. It also teams with countless microorganisms and the decaying remains of once-living things. It is made of life and it makes life.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
 LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, The Sew What Quilt Guild members Brenda Wentz and right, Terri Sheckler (president), display the 1868 antique quilt which will be featured at the 8th Annual Quilt Show at the Palmerton Area Library, Sunday, Oct. 12.

The autumn evenings are beginning to get chilly and nothing feels more cozy than wrapping up in a warm quilt. Even seeing a quilt brings a cozy feeling.

To help you get that warm feeling, visit the Palmerton Area Library's eighth annual Quilt Show from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the library, located at 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

There are many quilts on display from area quilters.

Organizers are looking for more quilts for the show.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coaldale High School Class of 1964 celebrated its 50-year reunion on Sept. 20 at

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Marta's marvelous meatloaf

My search for the perfect meatloaf continues, and this one is a definite contender.

This recipe comes from Marta Gouger, Times News Editor in Chief, and I have to tell you, my kitchen smelled good before I even got this in the oven!

Although it seems like a lot of ingredients, the recipe went together quickly. It makes two loaves, so a small family could eat one now, and freeze one for later.

This is a recipe I'll be making again. Enjoy!

Marta's Meatloaf

2-and-a-half to 3 pounds ground beef

One-half cup onion, finely chopped

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
This Sept. 29, 2014 photo shows orange zest pudding with dark chocolate shavings in Concord, N.H. Orange zest, the thin outer skin of an orange, has fragrant and flavorful oils that can add sweetness to dishes. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)

When it comes to sweets, I have a surprising trick up my sleeve. And the best part about it? It probably won't cost you a penny because most likely you already have it, but throw it in the trash.

I'm talking about orange zest, the thin outer skin of an orange. I don't mean the white part, called the pith. That's bitter. The zest is just the paper-thin layer of colored skin, which has tons of fragrant and flavorful oils.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is funding a program that provides free breast cancer screenings for un/underinsured women in Carbon County.

The recent $9,975 Blue Ribbon Foundation grant was awarded to Palmerton Hospital, part of Blue Mountain Health System, to enable 95 at-risk women referred by local physicians to receive the screenings in the coming year.

Women whose mammograms indicate an abnormality will have access to a free diagnostic ultrasound provided through another funder.