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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Q. I'd like to be able to do CPR, but I'm squeamish about doing mouth-to-mouth on a stranger. Any suggestions?

There is an emergency technique called Hands-Only CPR. This is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It consists of two easy steps: Call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the victim's chest. That means 100/minute uninterrupted compressions until paramedics arrive.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine offers this helpful video of Hands-Only CPR at this website:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Jim Kressler

Jim Kressler recently celebrated his 95th birthday. He was born March 17, 1918. As a boy, he grew up on a farm and worked in Bucks County.

In the 1930s he moved to the outskirts of Jim Thorpe, on top of Kattner's mountain. He married his brother's sister-in-law. It was amazing how two brothers fell in love and married two sisters.

Jim and Lucy Kressler lived at Behren's Dairy, where he worked. Jim was instrumental in helping transform the swamp into a spring fed lake known as Bear Creek Lakes.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The deadline to register for the annual Black Diamond Writers' Network Write It Right writers' conference is March 31.

The conference itself will be held from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

"The Write It Right conference is the perfect opportunity for both beginning and experienced writers to learn new skills to help them reach their personal or professional goals," says Kathy Ruff, BDWN board member. "We offer something for everyone, no matter what the genre."

Monday, March 18, 2013
Bridget McFadden

He danced down the street to the band playing in his head. The taste of stale, moldy hot dog in his mouth.

His odor was the scent of dumpster. People couldn't be near him for too long due to his strong stench. He wore torn, baggy clothing that didn't match. His face was dirty and his hair in knots. He marched down the sidewalk until he found his usual spot in the park.

Monday, March 18, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Dr. Frank and Mrs. Sharon Penater, honorees of the Blue Mountain Health System's 16th Annual Gala.

A chic, deep-blue velvet hat setting off her blue eyes, Sharon Penater sits next to her husband, Dr. Frank Penater, in the conference room of Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten campus. Behind the couple are dice as big as apartment-size refrigerators, big replicas of fifty and one hundred dollar bills, and a flashy red casino sign.

The hospital system's 16th Annual Casino Night Gala is coming up on April 20, and the Penaters will be the event's honored guests.

Monday, March 18, 2013

It's time to clean out your closet and help area children.

Gently-used prom and wedding dresses are being collected for the annual Prom & Wedding Dress Sale to be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Most dresses will be priced at just $10 (cash only).

All proceeds from the event will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Organizers are accepting new and gently-used dresses and accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes, from now through March 20.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nancy M. Smulligan, 15 Elm Avenue, Barnesville, and Allen R. Breiner, 127 Market St., Tamaqua.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Brendan Nash Carpenter and Lindy May Snipes, 236 Vine St., Susquehanna.

Friday, March 15, 2013
@$:STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Trinity Praise Band performing at the Coffeehouse of Hope included, from left, Fred Reichenbach, Susan Lovejoy, Becky McFadden, Brian Hoffner, and Stephen Schweitzer. Not pictured are Duane Reichard and Rev. Robert Von Frisch.

A local coffeehouse held last weekend was an outstanding success for one local group, raising funds for a local charity and raising hope for local families.

The Trinity Praise Band's Coffeehouse of Hope was held Saturday with a standing-room-only crowd at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton. All funds raised benefited "Dylan and Gavin's Rainbow," a ministry established by the Krum family of Lehighton to support families with a child facing a serious illness or medical condition.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stephanie J. Beavers will present, "The Editor is Your Friend, a.k.a. Don't Forget the Editor!" at the March meeting of the Black Diamond Writers Network, Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Beavers will take a detailed look at the importance of editing, cover different types of editing, and present examples of some of the most common mistakes writers make. She will also discuss the value of a good editor to a writer.