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Monday, April 27, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS Grab a bowl of popcorn and a corsage and sit down for some of Hollywood's most memorable prom and graduation moments.

High school students with proms and graduations on the horizon realize that these events will provide some of the most memorable moments of their lives.

Promgoers and graduates frequently look back on this special time in their lives with fondness as they remember the special moments they spent with friends and family.

These are such extraordinary events that many filmmakers have immortalized them on the silver screen. Here's a look at some memorable prom and graduation films. You may learn a thing or two before your own prom and graduation.

Monday, April 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) – "Will you go to the prom with me?"

Teenagers are still popping the question, but they're doing it in bigger and bolder ways that can sometimes rival a wedding proposal. Some ask on stadium Jumbotrons or surprise their future dates in class with giant signs. Known as a "promposal," they can pump up the overall cost of going to the prom. Teens then post videos and photos of their promposals on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, fueling the trend.

Monday, April 27, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS Prom night and the associated festivities that accompany the night can prove very expensive.

It should come as no surprise that the cost of prom tickets, transportation and attire continues to rise as the years pass. According to a recent study from Visa, families spent an average of $1,139 on proms in 2013. This figure represents a 5 percent increase over prom spending in 2012.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Getz Sr.

Richard and Barbara Getz Sr. of Palmerton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

They were married on April 10, 1965, at St. Matthew's Church in Kunkletown by the Rev. Aiden Bohner.

Mrs. Getz is the daughter of the late Vane and Alma (Costenbader) Smale of Kresgeville. Her husband is the son of the late Walter and Elsie (Hittner) Getz of Franklin Township.

They have two children: A daughter, Sherry, wife of Louis Smith of Lehighton, and a son, Richard Jr., husband of Yvette, of Palmerton.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Brantley Lewis Brungard

BRUNGARD A son, Brantley Lewis Brungard, was born at 3:29 p.m., March 13, 2015, at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Susanna Morgan of Andreas, and Nicholas Brungard, also of Andreas.

He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his 18-month-old brother, Bryson Brungard.

Maternal grandparents are Brenda Ritter of Nesquehoning and Frank Morgan of Lehighton.

Maternal great-grandparents are Barry-Lee and Susan Ahner of Lehighton. Mariah Ahner is the maternal great-great-grandmother.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Michael Kline and Tamarra Rusnock

Tamarra Rusnock of Lansford, daughter of Greg and Trudi Rusnock, also of Lansford, and Michael Kline of Hamburg, son of Kenneth and the late Edna Kline, also of Hamburg, have announced their engagement.

They will exchange vows on Aug. 8 at St. Katharine Drexel Church in Lansford.

The bride-to-be is a 1995 graduate of Panther Valley High School. She is employed by Redner's Market in Nesquehoning.

The prospective bridegroom is a 2000 graduate of Hamburg High School. He is employed by Redner's Market in Reading.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Ethan Hogeland and Jennifer Graver

The engagement ofJennifer Graver of Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Ethan Hogeland, also of Jacksonville, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Allen and Tammy Graver of Tamaqua.

She is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School. She graduated from Kutztown University with a bachelor's degree in elementary special education. She is also a graduate of Grand Canyon University where she earned a master's degree in special education.

She is currently employed at Jacksonville Commons Middle School as a teacher for severe/profound students.

Friday, April 24, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Kristen Rosser with a "before" goat.

Turns out we're not the only ones fairly bleating with happiness as we rid ourselves of winter outerwear.

Just ask a goat. No kidding. Professional shearer Kristen Rosser stopped in at the Holly Road Fiber Farm, Barnesville, operated by Frank and Cathy Riotto, to trim the fleeces from their mohair goats.

She's a professional what? You can just imagine that conversation.

"Mom, Dad? Thanks for supporting me while I pursued that art major degree, but I've decided to become a shearer."

Friday, April 24, 2015

Nebraska City, Nebraska With partners including the Arbor Day Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a comprehensive and detailed approach to support land owners in their response to climate change.

The approach spans a range of technologies and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon storage, and generate clean renewable energy.

President Obama has made clear that no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Joint effort nets $5,945 for Wounded Warriors

A joint fundraising effort by the Trinity Praise Band and CrossFit TC Unplugged, both of Lehighton, has raised $5,945 for the Wounded Warriors Project.

The all-day event started with team CrossFit workouts at the Lehighton Rec Center.

Nearly 20 teams, each consisting of eight team members, took part in an intense 15-minute workout that raised money for the Wounded Warriors Project.