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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Smudin of Quakake are celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 4, 1975 by the Rev. Ernest Houston at Christ Lutheran Church in Barnesville.

Mrs. Smudin is the former Shirley Neifert, daughter of the late Grace (Hinkle) and Elden Neifert of Quakake. Her husband is the son of the late Gladys (Lewis) and Algerd Smudin of Tamaqua.

They have three daughters: Jamie, wife of Kory Beidleman of Clamtown; Leslie, wife of Ryan Keefer of Cressona; and Tracy, wife of Damien Earhart of Quakake.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Brian Michael Knepper and Kimberly Ann Rapa, Lehighton.

Michael Joseph Brennan, New Ringgold, and Ashley Ann Cory, Lehighton.

Michael Vincent Sweeney and Sarah Ann Valentine, Nesquehoning.

Kane Michael Kralik and Kelsey Dawn Eaton, Lehighton.

Friday, October 3, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS It's National Walk Your Dog Week; time to get off the sofa and get moving.

In preparation for National Walk Your Dog Week, which is Oct. 1-7, Pet360 surveyed more than 4,000 dog owners to find out how often the average canine is walked by a human companion.

The survey found that only 56 percent of dog owners walk their dog at least once per day.

Even more surprising is the fact that 33 percent of respondents said they rarely take their dogs for a walk, preferring instead to let them out in the yard.

Friday, October 3, 2014
PRESS PHOTO BY DAWN NIXON

The State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton unveiled its new stage curtain on opening night of its 88th season.

The new curtain is the culmination of a successful fund drive by the theater to replace its old, worn "main rag," as main stage curtains are called.

"The State Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places," says Shelley Brown, president and CEO of the State Theatre Center For The Arts Inc., after the Sept. 20 unveiling. "We are a very old building."

Friday, October 3, 2014
DEADLINE THIS SUNDAY

What are you waiting for?

The deadline for submitting recipes for the 27th annual Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest is 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

We are accepting original recipes in six categories this year.

They are Tailgating, Main Dish & Sides, Holiday Cookies and Candy, Desserts, Edible Gifts, and Beverages and Smoothies.

A winner will be chosen in each category.

Those winners will thenbe asked to re-create their winning recipes for a final judging at the Times News office in Mahoning Township.

Friday, October 3, 2014

National Fire Safety Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11) is right around the corner. Cut down deadly fire risks by exercising good safety habits and simple prevention measures.

The Family Handyman has rounded up the "Big 7" most common causes of preventable home fires and steps you can take to keep them from starting.

Prevention costs little or nothing and will save you big in safety down the line:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Grant Jarrett, an award-winning debut author who grew up in the Lehigh Valley, will be at the Moravian Bookstore at 2 p.m. Saturday to discuss his novel, "Ways of Leaving" (SparkPress, 2014), with a reading and book signing.

The book was named winner of the International Book Awards for Best New Fiction announced earlier this year.

The bookstore is located at 428 Main St. in Bethlehem.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1964 who attended the recent reunion include, seated from left, Fred Armbruster, Phyliss (Burnhauser) Barry, Beatrice (Koons) Ladd and Carol (Weiksner) Witt; second row, Irvin Walck, Catherine (Putt) Sebelin, Maria (Dart) Utsick, Michael Lennon and Harry Eisenhart. Third row, Russell Palkendo, Darlene (Witt) Benyo, Sharon (Deats) Kobal, Kay (Feuerstein) Murphy, Eleanor (Barno) Evans, Rita (Tessitore) Mulderig, Diane Paulas, Helen (Guth) Bretzik, Ann Louise (Klotz) Hayes and Al Feuerstein, official class adviser. Fourth row, Edward Moyer, Edward Cheese, Edward Solomon, William Diehm, Eileen (Windbeck) Morgan, Linda (Helmer) Bergey, Judith (Neast) Eberhardt and Nadine (Roat) Weiler. Fifth row, Eugene Duffy, Lester Dunstan, Thomas Neast, Edward Kochie, Richard Benyo, Jon Weaver, Fred Bresswein, Ronald Hydro and Jeffrey James.

Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1964 gathered Sept. 18 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club to celebrate its 50-year reunion. Thirty-five members attended.

Reunion Chairman Ed Solomon welcomed everyone and introduced the committee, which included Bill Diehm, Sharon (Deats) Kobal, Ann Louise (Klotz) Hayes, Jon and Greda Weaver, Darlene (Witt) Benyo and Bea (Koons) Ladd.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at LV  Heritage Museum.

Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. J. Edward Larson will speak and about and sign copies of his new book, "The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789," at Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum at 1 p.m. Oct. 12.

Larson won the Pulitzer Prize for his book "Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion," published in 1997.

Admission is free to members, $8 for adult non-members, and $3 for non-member children. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and he will sign copies following the presentation.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Above, "Hickory Run," a photograph, by art league President Kathy  Gellentien, and her painting, "Ocean Cliffs," left, will be on display at the Carbon County Art League exhibit this weekend and next.

This weekend and next visitors to Jim Thorpe's annual Fall Foliage Festival are welcome to take in a unique art exhibit at the Dimmick Memorial Library annex at 58 Broadway.

The show is hosted by the Carbon County Art League in cooperation with the library.

Art league President Kathy Gellentien says it's a show people won't want to miss.

"There will be a few new types of art," says Gellentien, "such as glass sculptures. These pieces are a very different art medium."