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Thursday, August 14, 2014

You're probably used to living in a home with a separate kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living space.

It may not seem luxurious now, but when you arrive at school, you'll find that your tiny dorm will combine all four of those rooms, and things can get pretty claustrophobic.

In other words, you'll have to pack smart in order to fit it all, along with all your roommate's belongings, assuming you'll be in a standard dorm with one or more roommates. Regardless, you're going to get pretty creative with the way you store your stuff.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
This product image released by Yoobi shows Yoobi Pretzel Erasers. The average family with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, up five percent from last year, according to the trade group‡-s 2014 Back-to-School Survey. (AP Photo/Yoobi)

NEW YORK (AP) It's school supply time and there's no shortage of nifty backpacks, pencil cases, erasers and more for kids young and older.

"Most people are looking for something unique," said Larina Lin, founder of the site, which sells supplies imported from Japan.

The sum families will spend on supplies this year is up slightly over last year, according to the National Retail Federation, based on a poll of 6,178 U.S. consumers conducted in July.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1966 is planning a reunion picnic for Sept. 6, at the West Penn Grove.

For more information, call 570-805-4055 or 570-386-2202.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
AP PhOTO/Kathy Willens Carolyn Allen, left, a 69-year-old widow who has suffered two strokes, is shown with roommate Marcia Rosenfeld, who owns the apartment in Brooklyn, New York, where Allen lives. Rosenfeld's two-bedroom apartment is too big for her, and even with a  senior citizen's rent break it was too expensive, so she is happy to have Allen help share living expenses.

NEW YORK (AP) It's not exactly "The Golden Girls," but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it'll do.

Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some much-needed companionship.

"It's a wonderful arrangement," said the white-haired Rosenfeld, who when asked her age will only say she's a senior citizen. "The way the rents are these days, I couldn't stay here without it."

Monday, August 11, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Charles and Drewann Troutman hold the book "Empty Cradle, Broken Heart." The book helped them through the passing of their son Bennett. They now donate these books to St. Luke's Hospitals through their nonprofit organization Books From Bennett.

Bennett Daniel Troutman never saw his mother's smile as she cradled him in her hospital bed.

He never felt his father's touch as he lovingly stroked his cheek.

But in the toughest moments of this Lehighton couple's lives, he showed his parents the importance of faith and strength.

On Sept. 13, 2013 nearly four months premature Bennett was stillborn.

The tragedy of losing their first child broadsided Drewann and Charles Troutman after nearly two years of unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant.

Monday, August 11, 2014

In the days following the stillbirth of Drewann and Charles Troutman's son, Bennett, Drewann's aunt, Kimberly Williams, gave the grieving parents a book to help them cope.

The book, "Empty Cradle, Broken Heart" by Deborah L. Davis, helped them mend their broken hearts.

The couple now gives this book through their nonprofit organization, Books From Bennett, to families who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal deaths.

The book covers questions no parent wants to face.

According to the book's Amazon page:

Monday, August 11, 2014
Gone, but never to be forgotten

Bennett Daniel Troutman may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

To honor his memory, his parents, Drewann and Charles Troutman, created Books From Bennett, a nonprofit organization that aims to help families who are touched by the loss of a child.

"There were decisions we thought we would never have to make," Drewann said. "There wasn't a whole lot of time to process it all. That's one of the reasons we started Books From Bennett."

Friday, August 8, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital X-ray technician Heather Boyle uses new radiology equipment unveiled Thursday by Blue Mountain Health System. Around $400,000 worth of equipment will reduce radiation levels and wait times for X-ray results, according to Blue Mountain officials.

Radiation levels during X-ray procedures at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton are decreasing thanks to new equipment unveiled last week.

Blue Mountain Health System cut the ribbon on a new radiography and fluoroscopy room with $400,000 worth of updated technology.

Doctors said the equipment not only reduces radiation levels but also cuts down the wait time for X-ray results.

Friday, August 8, 2014

This June, I covered two graduations in our area. Watching the students accept their diplomas made me slightly envious, and I wished I could feel the excitement of starting a new chapter in my life once again. Then, seeing tears well up in their eyes as they embraced friends and family, my jealousy subsided. I remember that overwhelming feeling of saying goodbye to high school, which had become so comfortable and familiar to me, and I was glad that feeling had passed.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
This July 28, 2014 photo shows Peach Carnival Parfait coral bells with flashy leaves from which emerge rather dainty and subdued flowers in New Paltz, New York. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

Coral bells (Huechera spp.) are plants that earn their keep even when not in bloom.

Here is a perennial, especially some of the newer hybrids, that is loved as much for its leaves as for its flowers.

And in many regions the leaves put on their show year-round, although in northern climes they are apt to be ragged or covered with snow in the coldest weather.