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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Jim Thorpe Police Department is gearing up for its seventh annual Policeman's Ball.

The event will take place from 6 to midnight on March 21, at Memorial Hall, 101 E. 10th St. in Jim Thorpe.

The ball, which will feature formal attire and a sit-down meal, will benefit "Autism Speaks."

Although the ball is still months away, the department is welcoming any donations to help defray the cost of the event.

If you would like to make a donation, contact the department at 570-325-4995 and speak with Chief Joseph Schatz or Officer Eric Schrantz.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1965 will meet for lunch at noon on Jan. 15 at the Boulevard Drive-In, 50 Blakeslee Blvd. in Lehighton.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off Saturday and Carbon County will be well represented with four local residents showing off their baking skills.

Competing this year will be:

Ÿ Sarah Schweitzer, Lehighton, in the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest

Ÿ Christina Tomsic, Palmerton, in the Angel Food Contest

Ÿ Connie Wentz, Lehighton, in the PA Preferred Chocolate Cake Contest

Ÿ Maya Schweitzer, age 9, in the PA Preferred Chocolate Cookie/Brownie/Bar Youth Contest

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hosts and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli lead eight talented kid bakers through tasty challenges designed to find the most impressive and creative young baker on "Kids Baking Championship," premiering at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 on Food Network.

In each challenge, the contestants (ranging in age from 10 to 13) will be tested on their baking skills and originality, as they whip up delectable desserts.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Bach and Handel Chorale will be holding open auditions on Jan. 12 and Jan. 19.

Rehearsals/auditions are held at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Jim Thorpe (in the Heights).

All voice ranges welcome, especially tenors and basses

If you can read music, sing on key, carry a tune and are looking for a challenge, this is your chance.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The women's cancer support group meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

The next meeting is 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Blue Mountain Health System, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton, in the community room on the ground floor.

The format is informal and ideal for people who are looking for personal, mutual support for cancer-related issues.

For more information please contact Karen at 610-377-6279 or Gerry at 484-629-3522.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Thrivent Financial representative Susan Lovejoy will be hosting a workshop event titled "Prepare Wisely: End of Life Strategies," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
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As the year came to a close, many employers were reviewing 2014 expenses to help plan spending for the new year. One of the main expenses for many organizations is the cost of employees' health care. These costs seem to go up every year, but why?

Monday, January 5, 2015
15 financial tips for 2015

Roughly 45 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions each January, with many of their pledges being financial in nature.

The personal finance social network WalletHub recently announced its 15 Financial Resolutions for 2015 to help progress-minded people improve their money management in the New Year.

Friday, January 2, 2015
This May 14, 2014 photo shows a gardener preparing the soil for planting in her designated plot at the South Whidbey Demonstration and Community Garden near Langley, Wash. She added fertilizer and some other soil amendments before putting more cool-season vegetables into the ground. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

The arrival of a new year is always a good time for fresh starts, and there are few things as enjoyable to start or that provide fresher returns than gardening.

But how should a novice begin?

A helpful first step is to develop a plan. Decide what you want to grow. Choose the best place for growing it. Determine how much you can safely harvest and store. Finally, lay it out.