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Monday, July 28, 2014
Drew Cortright and Lauren Strohl

The engagement of Lauren Strohl of Palmerton and Drew Cortright of Slatington has been announced by their parents.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Rodney and Zoeanne Strohl of Palmerton and graduated from Palmerton Area High School in 2007.

She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education from Millersville University in 2011 and is presently pursuing a master's degree in reading at East Stroudsburg University.

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.

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

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 Bach and Handel Chorale will be holding open rehearsals and auditions on the following Mondays: Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., in Jim Thorpe, on the second floor in the rear.

Prospective members are invited to attend any of the three listed rehearsals and complete a short audition for membership. All voice ranges/parts are welcome to audition. There is a special need for basses.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Aisling George

Aisling George, daughter of Dean and Ellen George of Albrightsville, placed first in an Irish Festival Piano Competition.

A student of Maestro Randall Douglas Perry of Jim Thorpe, Aisling participated in the Rockland County Feis.

Feis is the Irish word for festival or competition.

There were competitions in Irish dance, music and singing, as well as games and races for the children.

Aisling won first place in the beginner piano division.

The competition was held on Sunday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The annual Carbon County 4-H Picnic and Recognition event will be held at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 19 in the Koch/Wildoner shelter at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe.

The picnic is open to the whole family, the county Extension Board, 4-H Development Committee or just a good supporter of 4-H.

Activities will begin at 6 p.m. with a traditional covered dish dinner. The covered dish can be an appetizer, main dish or dessert. Hot dogs and barbecue, as well as beverages will be provided.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Helen Van Pelt, president of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society, and Bob Stevenson, vice president of the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, present a $500 scholarship to Bronson Ford.

The Mauch Chunk Historical Society recently awarded a $500 scholarship to Bronson Ford, a 2013 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, for his appreciation and knowledge of history.

The scholarship is based on an essay contest in cooperation with the high school's history department.

Ford wrote his 500-word essay about the town of Mauch Chunk during the Civil War, acknowledging the 150th anniversary.

"I've always had a love for history. I'm proud to call myself a history buff," Ford said.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The fourth One-Room Elementary School Reunion in Franklin Township will be held Sept. 27 at the Franklin Township Fire Company on Fairyland Road in Franklin Township.

Anyone who attended any of the following elementary schools is invited to attend the reunion: Long Run, Walcksville, Big Creek, Indian Hill, Harrity and Wagner schools.

If your address has changed since the last reunion, please let the organizers know by calling or emailing at longrunreunion@yahoo.com or call Althea at 610-377-3498, Patty at 610-751-0439 or Florence at 570-325-3118.