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Thursday, September 19, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS A number of seniors from the Weatherly Senior Center gather during the annual senior picnic at the Orioles Community Center on Tuesday. They include, seated, from left, Ronald Hensel, Dorothy Contrady, Evelyn Wagner and Joanne Bunk. Standing, Dorothy Wagner, Judy Cooper, Paul Wagner, Grace Hensel, Joan Chambers, Sally Chippi, Nancy Younker and Phyllis Martienssen.

It was a day of fun for a number of Carbon County senior citizens Tuesday during the annual senior picnic.

During the event, which was held at the Orioles Community Center in Lehighton, 160 men and women from the five county senior centers were treated to games, prizes, dancing and a day out with friends and food.

Anne Horrigan, of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging and the coordinator of the Carbon County Senior Games, explained that the picnic was hosted through the senior centers and Area Agency on Aging and was open to the public.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NLHS Class of 1983 hosts its 30-year reunion at 3 p.m., Sept. 28 at Walnutport Canal Pavilion.

BBQ; beer and soda will be provided. Music will be by DJ Jake.

For cost information call Roxanne (Knappenberger) Marunich at (610) 767-7165. RSVP and make payment by Sept. 20 to: NL Class of 1983 and mail to Wendy (Fogle) Bauer, 577 Mountain View Drive, Hamburg, PA 19526; or Riverside Service Center, c/o Roxanne (Knappenberger) Marunich, 20 Main St., Slatington, PA 18080.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Students who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference attend a Jim Thorpe Rotary meeting at Crave Restaurant in Jim Thorpe Tuesday afternoon. Standing in photo, Rotary President, Bob Stevenson, Riley Carroll, Jim Thorpe Area High School; Owen Henninger, Carbon County Career and Technical Institute; Josiah Behrens, Jim Thorpe Area High School; Ashley Pera, Carbon County Career and Technical Institute; and Randy Smith the RYLA coordinator for the Jim Thopre Rotary.

The Jim Thorpe Rotary Club annually sponsors students from the Jim Thorpe Area School District to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference, organized by Rotary District 7410. The 2013 RYLA Conference was held at Keystone College in LaPlume, Pa.

The five-day conference began on July 7 and ended on July 11, with a program presented by the students that demonstrated their leadership skills. Students who were to enter the 11th grade were selected by their respective schools, based on good academic record, demonstrated leadership potential and qualities.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows carmalized onion and squash bisque in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

There is something so perfect, so satisfying about a bowl of warm squash bisque on a cool fall evening.

And it is such a versatile dish, it is easily doctored in so many ways.

Using that blend of versatility and comfort as our inspiration, we created a fast and easy squash bisque that becomes a base for whatever autumn flavors you are craving.

You could, of course, keep it basic and simply top this bisque with a dollop of sour cream. But we also suggest six variations of toppings, including shrimp, bacon and pulled pork.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Aunt Gerry's Italian Fried Chicken and a side of Noodles and Fruit.

Many years ago, while living and working in northern New Jersey, more than an hour away from my parents, I was lucky enough to be "adopted" by my Aunt Gerry, who at the time was married to my mother's brother, and their children.

My husband was a full-time student who also worked a full-time job. I would have been alone a lot if it weren't for my Aunt Gerry, who lived just a few miles away, in Teaneck.

I spent so much time there, my uncle may have begun to think he had six kids instead of five. I ate dinner there two to three times a week at least.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Roasted cauliflower soup with bacon and thyme. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The first time I roasted a head of cauliflower was a pivotal food moment for me. It changed my vegetable eating life. Before that, I was able to eat one or two pieces of cauliflower, and even then only if they were smothered in cheese sauce. But once I learned how roasting dramatically changes the flavor of cauliflower, I could eat an entire head straight up. It's really that good.

I still remember watching the pale ivory cauliflower changing colors and emitting these dark, caramelized cabbage-y scents from the oven. I was skeptical, but patient. My patience paid off.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Despite the cool, overcast weather, the Penn State Extension Office's new pollinator garden was buzzing with activity during a recent open house.

Local Master Gardeners began the garden in May of this year, ripping out grass at the extension office's site near Mauch Chunk Lake Park and planting flowering and native plants.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It's that time of year again. The flu vaccine is available. Getting vaccinated every year is the best way to protect against the flu.

There are two types of vaccines: the flu shot and the nasal spray.

The flu shot is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and those with chronic medical conditions.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater will host auditions for its upcoming holiday performance, "Another Holiday Show," which will perform the weekend of Dec. 14.

The show is a "light-hearted musical" that features old and new music, and is about preparing for opening night of "another holiday show."

Those age 9 to adult are invited to audition. The cast will include four supporting males, five supporting females, a children's choir, ensemble members, a leading male and his side kick (neither the leading male or the side kick will need to sing or dance.)

Monday, September 16, 2013
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao poses with a slide depicting his self-portrait.

On Wednesday evening the Carbon County Art League welcomed Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, Nigerian Art Ambassador to the United Nations, to speak at its meeting, held at the Penn Kidder Senior Center in Jim Thorpe.

Alao gave a slide presentation of his work along with an overview of his philosophy on art in diplomacy.

His message is simple.