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Friday, July 20, 2012

The 84th annual Smith-Schmit reunion will take place from 1-7 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at St. Matthew's U.C.C. picnic grove, located at 124 Picnic Lane in Kunkletown.

There will be music and a cake walk, as well as a concession stand.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
HGTV star, author Sabrina Soto shares tips

Tired of living in a home with drab colors and outdated furniture, but not sure where to start making changes? You're not alone.

"People are motivated, but they get so overwhelmed that they end up doing nothing," said Sabrina Soto during a recent telephone interview. A renowned interior designer, Soto is the host of HGTV's "The High/Low Project."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Among the items displayed at the "Community of Art" Arts and Crafts Show Saturday at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was needlepoint art made by Georgina Greiner, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Georgina said she made the two pieces showing a Japanese lady to compliment each other. She said they were done shortly before she entered Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center a year ago. The display at MVNRC was coordinated by Bernadette Rodrigues, activities department.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Zach Coleman, a student at Lehighton Area High School, and his adviser, Kim Mychaliszyn-Simko, attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio.

Zach Coleman, a Lehighton Area High School student, and his adviser, Kim Mychaliszyn-Simko, attended the Future Business Leaders of American National Leadership Conference from June 27-July 3 in San Antonio, Texas.

Zach represented LAHS and Pennsylvania in the Accounting I event. He qualified for the national conference by placing first at the Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference in April.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Over 550 children gathered for the Spartan Kids "mud run" this weekend at the Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton. Spartan Kids is modeled after the Spartan Sprint, an intense obstacle race testing endurance and strength. While this weekend's adult version of the race featured a five-mile course and obstacles like jumping over a pit of fire, young Spartans sprinted a quarter mile uphill before racing through miniature, age-appropriate obstacles. A story about the messy event ran on page 1 in Monday's TIMES NEWS.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pocono Medical Center's new Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center recently welcomed Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania's 2012 Gallery of Hope display to help spread the message of breast cancer awareness among patients and visitors. Albrightsville resident Carol Miele and Stroudsburg resident Kelli Mercurio are two of the breast cancer survivors whose stories are included in this year's Gallery of Hope.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The 91st Annual West End Fair in Gilbert has announced its preliminary special baking contests. Entrants may not have won first place in this PA Preferred Chocolate Cake, Cookie, Brownie, or Bar contest at any other fair in 2012. The same rule applies for the Apple Pie and Angel Food Cake Contests for 2012.

The PA Preferred Program, PA Dept. of Agriculture, and Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs (PSACF) co-sponsor the PA Preferred Chocolate Cake contest and the Brownie and Bar contest.

Monday, July 16, 2012
Beatrice Burbes

Beatrice Burbes, a resident of Hometown Nursing Home and formerly of Lehighton, will celebrate her 100th birthday tomorrow. She was born on July 17, 1912.

Beatrice is the widow of Lewis Burbes, who passed away in 1979.

She is the mother of two sons: Bruce Fritzinger, who resides in Lehighton with his wife Charlotte; and Elmer Fritzinger, who passed away 11 years ago.

A dinner is planned in her honor to celebrate this special occasion.

Monday, July 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Joe and Wendy Seigenfuss, of Tamaqua, ride their 2005 Suzuki Boulevard during the Santa convoy.

Santa, wearing his summer attire, rode shotgun while leading a convoy of about 30 motorcycles during the sixth annual Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson Christmas in July Toy Run.

The ride, held to raise toy donations and awareness for Access Services, stretched through the soft roads around Orwigsburg ending at the Access Services' Orwigsburg office at 340 S. Liberty Street.

Access Services provides services to adults and children with special needs, including in-home supports, respite care services, life-sharing through family living, wraparound services and LIFE day support.

Monday, July 16, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The deadline to apply for the 2012-3013 Leadership Carbon Program has been extended to Aug. 1. The decision to move the closing date was made during the July meeting of the Leadership Carbon Steering Committee shown here. From left, Dianna Ahner, co-chair Elissa Garofalo, Sharon Cimino, Terri Rock and co-chair Carleen Ladden. Carbon County

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein and Sandy Duda, program coordinator, are also members of the committee.