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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.

Friday, January 2, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Rich Strack's one-act play, "The Waiting Room," opens  Saturday at Shawnee Playhouse and will run over the next three weekends. Strack's play won third place in the annual Shawnee Original Playwright Series.

Under Rich Strack's senior picture in his high school yearbook, his future plans included "sports writer."

It took 45 years to achieve that dream, but now that he has, there's no holding him back.

In addition to being a part-time sports and feature writer for the Times News, this weekend Strack will be sitting in the audience at The Shawnee Playhouse, surrounded by family and friends, watching his first play come to life.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
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In November Medicare published its intention to cover the cost of annual lung cancer screening for people with a history of heavy smoking.

Widespread screening is expected to save tens of thousands of lives each year.

William Burfeind, MD, chief of thoracic surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network, recently shared with the Times News about the decision and why heavy smokers should be screened.

Burfeind is also a clinical associate professor of surgery at Temple University.

Q. Why is this significant?

Monday, December 29, 2014
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You may have heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't buy a home unless you can put down 20 percent of the purchase price.

However, today's home buyers have many choices when it comes to the size of the down payment.

While this magic number of 20 percent will save you from paying Private Mortgage Insurance, an added insurance policy that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage, you can pay considerably less than this if you want.