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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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We're open in the end zone to receive your favorite recipes for the annual Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest. Categories include Tailgating, Main Dish & Sides, Holiday Cookies and Candy, Desserts, Edible Gifts, and Beverages and Smoothies. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. Email recipes to Donna Hall at dhall@tnonline.com. For more information and

contest rules and

guidelines, go to www.tnonline.com.

From left, advertising sales representatives Darlene Hentosh and Donna Hall; reporter Amy Miller and Lifestyle editor Karen Cimms.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly will chair the Carbon County Alzheimer's Memory Walk this Saturday at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Opening Ceremony is at 9:30 and the three-mile walk begins at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The 2014 Homecoming Court at Lehighton Area High School are, front from left, Alana Andersen, Riley Schaeffer, Jenifer Beers, Riley Durishin and Brianna Karpowicz. Back row, Spence David, Tyler Williams, Tyler Crum, Parker Green and Thomas Ruzicka. The queen will be crowned during homecoming ceremonies Friday when the Indians take on Marian Catholic. The king will be crowned on Saturday evening at the homecoming dance.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Q. Are vitamins worth taking?

It's very important to talk with your doctor before you take any vitamin and mineral pills, especially if you take prescription medicines, have any health problems or are elderly. Taking too much of a vitamin or mineral can cause problems with some medical tests or interfere with drugs you're taking.

Vitamins and minerals are "micronutrients" your body needs in small but steady amounts. Your body can't make most micronutrients, so you must get them elsewhere.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Nancy M. Porambo of Jim Thorpe introduced keynote speaker Dr. Mehmet Oz at the American Massage Therapy Convention in Denver recently. Porambo owns The Therapy Option in Jim Thorpe, and currently serves as the 71st president of the National

American Massage Therapy Association.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Brad Fedor and Hannah Zoba were crowned 2014 Homecoming King and Queen at Tamaqua Area High School Friday during

half-time ceremonies as the Blue Raiders took on the Panthers of Panther Valley.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The next Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group, specifically for grandparents, will occur at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Lehigh Carbon Community College Jim Thorpe site, 1100 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

The group meets monthly to provide support, information, and resources to grandparents who have taken on the many challenges (and joys) of parenting their grandchildren.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Here are some fun facts for coffee drinkers and those who love them:

Ÿ 55 percent of coffee-drinking parents would be likely to "borrow" from their child's allowance if it were the only way they could have a cup of coffee that day

Ÿ Nearly 1 in 3 coffee drinkers say they could buy monthly groceries with the amount they spend in coffee shops each year

Ÿ 42 percent of coffee drinkers say that their last cup of coffee was more satisfying than their last "intimate experience"

Monday, September 29, 2014

Back in 1775, while the rest of the country was bemoaning high tariffs on tea, Benjamin Frankin was singing the virtues of coffee.

"Among the numerous luxuries of the table … coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occasions … is never followed by sadness, languor or debility," Franklin wrote.

Today is National Coffee Day, so drink up.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Why spend money on potting soil, fertilizers, and other items for your garden when you can make your own for free, by composting waste you already have? Turn your scraps into rich soil for planting.

This is a great way to recycle your fruit and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, grass clippings, leaves and much, much more.

The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority along with the Monroe County Penn State Master Gardeners will hold a free composting class at 9 a.m. Oct. 11 at its facility in Blakeslee.