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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Jim Thorpe Class of 1965 will meet for lunch at the Mahoning Valley Country Club at noon Thursday.

After lunch everyone is invited to travel to Galen Glen Winery for wine tasting.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System and the Palmerton Lions Club will co-host a Community Health and Information Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday on the main floor and cafeteria at the Palmerton Hospital Campus at 135 Lafayette Ave.

Screenings, including (fasting) cholesterol and blood glucose, blood pressure, arthritis, balance and pulse oximetry will be offered along with EKGs at no cost. Chair massages will also be available.

Monday, April 20, 2015
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Memorial Library is experiencing a financial strain and has been forced to cut its hours.

After years of working with dwindling financial support, the Lehighton Area Memorial Library has made drastic cuts.

You won't be able to enter the library on a Monday, because the library was forced to cut its operating hours to Tuesday through Saturday. Its doors are also shut an hour earlier during the week.

If you're a regular patron you've likely noticed staffing changes as well.

"The library is currently in a state of definite financial strain," said Becky Wanamaker, director at the Lehighton library.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Public libraries in Carbon County are on a mission to educate the community about where their money comes from.

It doesn't come from local taxes. Unlike public libraries in Lehigh and Monroe counties, which are supported in large part by a local tax base, there is no annual tax to support Carbon County libraries.

Instead, a small but critical portion of the money needed to run Carbon County's public libraries comes from a mix of state and municipality funds. Private donations and fundraisers make up the bulk of local libraries' budgets.

Friday, April 17, 2015

St. Luke's University Health Network is sponsoring a diabetes support group.

Monthly meetings will begin April 29 in the health network's Miners Campus in Coaldale.

The April meeting will be held from from 6 to 7 p.m. in the second-floor cafe.

For all other monthly meetings, the group will meet in the ground floor community room.

Each month, a different diabetes topic is explored. Topics are based on ways to improve blood sugar control and quality of life. Meetings include a question-and-answer period.

Reservations are not required and there are no fees.

Friday, April 17, 2015
Special to the Times News Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow, offers tips to help owners reduce their pet's carbon paw print.

Every Earth Day, Americans make an extra effort to become more environmentally conscious. However, as pet owners are projected to spend approximately $60 billion dollars on their four-legged friend this year (much of which will lead to excess waste), it's even more important to reduce their carbon paw print as well.

Friday, April 17, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stephanie Mau as Annie Sullivan, left, practices a scene with Lily McDonald as Helen Keller.

The Strawberry Playhouse will open its spring season with "The Miracle Worker," a Tony Award winning American classic written by William Gibson.

The play, directed by Lucille Fala-Brennan, will be performed at the playhouse, located at 60 Church St., Tuscarora, at 7:30 p.m., on April 24 and 25, and May 1 and 2; and at 2 p.m. on April 26 and May 3.

"The Miracle Worker" is a true story of the determined teacher, Annie Sullivan, who helped Helen Keller overcome deafness and blindness to learn to communicate with the outside world.

Friday, April 17, 2015
BPT Help the environment by planting a tree, recycling or protecting water resources.

(BPT) Whether you're motivated by a workplace initiative, a personal goal or the opportunity to teach your children lifelong positive habits, now is a great time to become more environmentally friendly.

Earth Day is April 22, so now's the time to develop eco-friendly habits.

Here are three ways your family can create positive environmental change starting today.


Research shows that less than 2 percent of waste in the United States is recycled, yet almost half of all trash can be recycled.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shawnee Playhouse will perform Saturday Night Suds, beginning with the opening of "Sex Please, We're Sixty!"

On stage April 17 through May 10 is the saucy senior scandal, "Sex Please, We're Sixty!" by Michael Parker and Susan Parker, writers of "Sin, Sex and the C.I.A." and "Whose Wives Are They Anyway?" This show is recommended for mature audiences. Performances will take place at 2 p.m. April 17, 19, 24, 26 and May 1, 3, 8, 10; and at 8 p.m. April 18 and 25 and May 2 and 9.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Panther Valley Harmony Scholars will perform this Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium. Pictured, from left, are Nathan Miller, Ali Capobianco, Tayler Nalesnik, Michelae Negron, Alyssa Bartelt, Huntre Keip, Michael Hutt and Matthew Hudicka. In front is Andrew Benek.

Is it a play? Is it a musical?

No, it's Harmony Scholars a unique, fun and entertaining performance guaranteed to make you smile, laugh and perhaps even dance in your seat.

This Friday and Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Panther Valley High School students will perform as Harmony Scholars for the 23rd year.

This year's performance is directed by Kathy Crampsie and Patty Vito.