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Monday, July 28, 2014

The next Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lehigh Carbon Community College, Jim Thorpe campus.

Note the time change of the meeting.

The topic will be "How to Build a Support System for the Grandparent who is Raising a Grandchild."

Any grandparent raising a grandchild is welcome to attend.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Ben Green and Rachel Smith

The engagement of Rachel Smith of Kunkletown to Ben Green, also of Kunkletown, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Tracey and Tracy Smith of Kunkletown. She is a 2007 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and MCTI.

She is employed by Shop Rite.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Lisa Green and the late Meril Green of Kunkletown.

He is a 2006 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and MCTI. He is employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

A wedding date is set for Nov. 1 of this year.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Erin Leigh Seibert, New Ringgold, and Ross Novack, Pine Grove.

Suzanne Lennon, Tobyhanna, and Adam M. Middleton, Coaldale.

Diane M. Cadau and Russell A. Malafarina, both of Barnesville.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Snyder of 313 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, will celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

They were married on July 29, 1950, in Zion Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. Charles Schlitzer.

Mrs. Snyder is the former Joan Schlosser. She is retired after working as the Tamaqua borough secretary for 25 years.

Her husband is a disabled veteran with over 16 years of military service with the U.S. Army.

He was last employed as plant superintendent at the former Diversified Metals Corporation in Hometown.

Friday, July 25, 2014
This Thursday, July 3, 2014 photo shows Hope Clarke, 16, left, as she wraps yarn soaked in craft glue around a balloon while Hadley Hagemann, 16, works on a giant tissue pom-pom at a crafting night hosted at Clarke's house in Arvada, Colo. After the glue dried, Clarke popped and removed the balloon to reveal a colorful orb for hanging. Crafting encourages creativity, develops imagination and counters the many hours teens spend on their computers, phones and other "screens." Activities such as crafting allow parents to connect with their teens in a healthy way. (AP Photo/Jennifer Forker)

A few months ago, I launched a diabolical plan to entice my teenage daughters to spend more time with me, and to semi-shelter them from the maddening world.

I started a Friday Crafting Night for my two girls and their friends.

Brad Sachs, a psychologist who works with adolescents and families, calls family crafting "a lovely metaphor for what parents need to do at this point in child development.

"We can't abdicate our authority; they still need us. On the other hand, we can't craft them. We need to supply them with the materials and the capacity to craft themselves."

Friday, July 25, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS The cereal aisle at the Jim Thorpe Market in Jim Thorpe. About 80 percent of the foods we eat every day are made with genetically modified ingredients.

It seems as though the food industry is becoming more and more transparent, stamping labels on packages that practically scream everything from "vegan" to "gluten free" to "all natural."

The one aspect that you won't find indicated on a label, however, is whether or not the product contains a GMO, or a genetically modified organism.

The term refers to any plant or animal that has been genetically engineered with DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria and viruses.

The first plant to be genetically modified in a laboratory was a tomato, about 20 years ago.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The 84thFrable-Fravel family reunion will take place from noon until 5 p.m. Aug. 10 at St. Matthew's U.C.C. Church Picnic Grove in Kunkletown.

There will be food, fun and games, Chinese auction, bingo, cake walk and more. Entertainment will be by Lenny & The Loafers and One Night Stand.

The public is invited; bring a chair.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Damian Boyle

Angela Kupres, daughter of Randy and Susan Kupres of New Ringgold, and Damian Boyle, son of George Boyle Jr. of Tamaqua and the late Kathryn Boyle, were united in marriage on May 24, 2014, in an outdoor ceremony in Tamaqua.

Pastor Jim Greaser officiated the double ring ceremony. Dakota McGeehan of Tamaqua was the vocalist.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose Amy Gurcsik to be her matron of honor.

Bridesmaids included Tamra Grim, Nicole Thomas, Brianna Boyle, Amanda Dunn, Melissa Dunn, Susan Kupres and Leanna Zukovich.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

YONKERS, NY Beauty products and cosmetics have become overgrown with labels covered with flowers and greenery and words like natural and healthy.

The September 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features an in-depth look at hidden health risks that can be found in cosmetics and other beauty products, ingredients to avoid and more.

"The problem is that some of these manufacturers are appealing to shoppers looking for healthier beauty products by changing what's on the container not what's in it," said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor in chief of ShopSmart.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The 82nd annual reunion of the Strohl family will be held Aug. 3 at the Palmerton Memorial Park.

Bring a covered dish for the 1 p.m. luncheon. Sodas and hot dogs will be available for purchase. A brief business meeting will be held immediately after lunch.

Bring cakes for the cake walk and a small prize for bingo. Please bring old family pictures and other Strohl mementos for discussion.