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Friday, October 25, 2013
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The Jim Thorpe Area High School Class of 1983 recently held its 30-year class reunion at the Mauch Chunk Rod & Gun Club. Kneeling from left are, David Zurn, Judy (Labenburg) Henry, Wendy (Solt) Serfass, Theresa (Dedinsky) Popek, Bill Hutt and Ronald Sheehan. Second row, Michael McLaughlin, Bud Rumley, Julie (Martonyak) Hoffman, Allen Bennyhoff, Kathy (Kilgore) Malarky, Annette (Doughtery) Brown, Rodney Gibbon, Janet (Roos) Snyder, Denise (Cunfer) Lignore, Linda (Bocina) Sini, Chris Brady and Herman Baier.

Friday, October 25, 2013
Meeghan Rossi

Meeghan Rossi, a 2013 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Gold Award is the highest honor awarded by the Girl Scouts of the USA and challenges Girl Scouts in grades nine through 12 to make a positive impact in the world or their community.

After identifying an issue, a Scout working toward her Gold Award must assemble a team, create a plan and gather feedback, and educate and inspire others to also make a difference.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314 of the Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary recently honored past presidents as well as the current president. From left are, front, Evelyn Nansteel and Jean Rice; and back, Mildred German, LaRue Fritz, Gladys Balliet and current president, Deborah DeCindio.

Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314 of the Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary recently honored past presidents and its current president, Deborah DeCindio.

Past presidents attending the meeting were Gladys Balliet, Jean Rice, LaRue Fritz, Mildred German and Evelyn Nansteel. Other past presidents are Frances Keener, Joyce Kopack and Sara Hofford.

Balliet served as president in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. She also served as council president in 2005.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Joelle N. Babatsky, 2624 Gila Drive, Easton, and Francis A. Harmonosky, 3 W. Market St., Tresckow.

Ariel Robertson and Donald R. Shopfer III, 117 E. Pine St., Mahanoy City.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Pleasant Valley High School's Homecoming festivities will take place during Friday night's football game against East Stroudsburg. The nominees for Homecoming Queen are: front row from left, Kiki Adams, Katie Stanovick, Mackenzie Dorney, Sarina Tufano, Nina Rose Giambalvo and Aracelis Velez. The nominees for Homecoming King are, back row from left, Anthony Shahin, Zach Deegan, Stephen Berry, Chris Burke, Austin Yoffredo and Cole Bernier.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

NY Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Calling Series, Caridad Pineiro, will discuss social media when the Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

The Pocono/Lehigh Romance Writers group, a chapter of Romance Writers of America, is dedicated to promoting excellence in romance fiction writing by providing continuous support to its members. Visitors are welcome for two visits before they're required to join RWA and chapter.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC Harvest Festival will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the church at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

All children and their families are invited to come for candy, games, crafts, food, a movie and bonfire (weather permitting).

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151 or go to www.gracestpaulsumc.org.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Members of the Class of 1953 of the former Summit Hill High School held their 60-year reunion on Sept. 7 at LaDolce Casa, Tamaqua. Twenty-five class members were in attendance. The class had 62 graduates, 25 of which are deceased.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Homemade Apple Sauce

When life gives you apples way too many apples what can you do? You make applesauce of course!

In last week's Comfort & Joy column I shared that I had gotten carried away with all the wonderful apples available after a recent stop at a local orchard. In the past few weeks, I've made several apple pies, apple crisp, cheddar and apple soup, sauteéd apples, you name it. The other day we even stuffed a whole chicken with two heads of garlic, a couple sliced onions and a handful of quartered apples; it was delicious.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
This photo shows a "goblet grave" with yogurt frozen into the shape of a skull and crossbones floating in a glass of grape juice in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Whipping up a batch of Halloween-inspired treats shouldn't require a scary amount of time or energy.

Because by the time you've carved an army of pumpkins, costumed your pint-sized ghouls, purchased bushels of candy, and hung the requisite number of fake spider webs and black cat cutouts, time and patience for cooking up spooky grub may be in short supply.