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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will not meet in January or February. Meetings will resume at 6 p.m. on March 6.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (except for January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township. This is located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kimberly S. Noel, editor of Lifestyles Over 50, will speak at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Black Diamond Writers Network.

A certified senior adviser and owner of Spectrum Senior Consultants, Noel will share her story about how she transformed her experience and talent into a regional magazine designed for older adults.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Board members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, Carbon County welcomed their new caseworker to the local organization.

Caseworker Jenna Sargent joined the Carbon and Monroe county chapters as a caseworker this fall. She is a graduate of Wilkes University with a degree in psychology and philosophy. In addition to being a caseworker for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, she is also a Big Sister through the organization.

"I am, perhaps most importantly, a Big Sister. I wanted to be sure that I could still be a Big Sister if I took the job," she added.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Laurel Rose Seemiller

Laurel Rose Seemiller of Lehighton is the Concourse Club of Palmerton's Guiding Star for January.

A Palmerton Area High School senior, she is a member of Mock Trial, Scholastic Scrimmage, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, stage crew, Student Government, band and chorus.

A talented musician, Laurel sang a solo for the club and played a piece on the French horn. She plays in the Palmerton Community Band and the Lehighton Community Band.

She has been selected to participate in District Chorus and Regional Band.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services announces that there is an adult homemaker assistance program available to residents.

The program provides in-home assistance to income eligible county residents, age 18-59, who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or capable of assisting with the care of their home or personal needs.

Friday, January 11, 2013
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Janell Burley Hofmann, right, holds a copy of the contract she drafted and that her son Gregory, left, signed as a condition for receiving his first Apple iPhone.

NEW YORK (AP) – Janell Burley Hofmann honored her 13-year-old son's "maturity and growth" at Christmas with his first iPhone, but it came with strings attached.

Eighteen strings, to be exact, in a written code of conduct that placed the mommy blogger at the center of the debate over how parents should handle technology in the hands of their teens, especially younger ones just entering the frenetic world of social networks and smartphones.

Friday, January 11, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua area volunteer knitters seen here Tuesday night have been spending hours producing Memory Squares from skeins of yarn. The squares will be assembled into quilts for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. From left are Cindy Miller, Susan Bonner, Jill Leader and Lorraine Blickley. Missing is Debbie McKinley.

A humble group of Tamaqua area women volunteers, who call themselves the "Knit-Wits," are spending hours in volunteer service to a town they've never visited and people they've never met.

The five women have banded together to knit dozens of colorful, creative acrylic wool squares measuring six inches by six inches.

The squares, or patches, will be used to create blankets of warmth and a touch of love for victims of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services announces that there is an elderly home help assistance program available to eligible residents.

The program provides in-home assistance to income eligible county residents, age 60 and older, who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or capable of assisting with the care of their home or personal needs.

Services are provided for the purpose of ensuring safe and sanitary conditions and may include: light housekeeping; laundry assistance; and/or shopping assistance.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

All were tangy, most were mild, and a few were somewhat on the spicy side.

Aside from their delicious taste, the common denominator behind the recent Chili Cookoff held at the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton was its worthwhile cause.

Hosted by Family Promise of Carbon County, the purpose of the event was "to have a fun day," said Robert Fatzinger, executive director, of the organization.

In all, seven batches of chili were entered into the competition, and were judged according to color, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste on a scale of zero to 10.

Monday, January 7, 2013
Photo/Pa. Farm Show Peachy Apple Pie

Lorrie Rauch of New Tripoli, Lehigh County, won first place with her Peachy Apple Pie in the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie contest on Saturday at the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

"It's all in the apples," said Rauch. "If you have a good apple, you have a good pie."

Her choice was Cortland apples from a local farmer's market.

Rauch, who loves baking and competing, won the contest in 2009 and has baked a different type of pie each year she competed in the contest.