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Monday, February 9, 2015

Here is a listing of the Carbon County food pantry locations operated through Shepherd House and additional relevant information:

Beaver Meadows

Serves households in Packer Township and is located in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 19 Second St.., Beaver Meadows.

The pantry is open the third Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m.

Contact Jennifer Barnasevitch at 570-455-6835.

Jim Thorpe

Serves households in the Jim Thorpe School District and is located in Ebenezer Evangelical Congregational Church, 441 Center Ave. The phone number is 570-325-2855.

Monday, February 9, 2015
Upgrade your fireplace to improve energy efficiency

Heating and cooling your home typically comprises nearly half of the average American's utility bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Unfortunately, a portion of that expenditure is lost.

While most homeowners know that insulating, patching and weatherizing can reduce heat loss, there is one major energy eater in your home that you may not have considered that charming staple of dens, family rooms and anywhere people gather: the fireplace.

Monday, February 9, 2015
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Carolyn Long, pantry co-coordinator; attorney Gregory Mousseau, chancellor of the bar association; Stanley Haupt, director of Shepherd House; Shirley Radler, secretary; and Ron Long, co-coordinator of the pantry.

The Carbon County Bar Association recently presented a check in the amount of $2,000 to Shepherd House Inc.

Shepherd House operates nine food pantries in the Carbon County area serving hundreds of families in need each month.

In 2014 alone, Shepherd House provided assistance for 13,483 households.

A total of 37,146 individuals, including 19,666 adults, 11,876 children and 5,604 elderly were provided a total of 334,323 meals to help sustain them.

Last year, 1,459 new Carbon County families were added to the list of those in need.

Monday, February 9, 2015

A class on Retirement Basics by Thrivent will be hosted at the Summit Hill Heritage Center from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17.

This short class takes into consideration basic retirement issues including IRAs, etc.

Each participant will receive a workbook.

Coffee and tea, plus a snack will be provided by the center.

The heritage center is located at 1 W. Hazard St. in Summit Hill.

Monday, February 9, 2015

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is reaching out to the community by holding a seminar on "First Time Home Buying."

It will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at its Bethlehem Branch at 257 Brodhead Road.

The seminar will focus on such topics as: first time home buying program, FHA lending options, steps to homeownership, review of a sales contract, avoiding mortgage fraud, advantages of owning a home, the benefits of getting pre-approved and what to expect at loan closing.

Friday, February 6, 2015

In honor of Valentines's Day, we're looking for the secret to a long-lasting and happy marriage.

If you've been married over 60 years, we'd love to hear from you.

Tell us what keeps you and your significant other smiling.

Send your tips to us at and be sure to check out next Friday's Lifestyle page for some secrets from the experts.

Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) – Handle it, InStyle.

Kerry Washington took to social media late Wednesday to gush about her March cover for the magazine, but her skin tone in an image she posted on Instagram and Twitter appeared significantly lighter than in real life.

The difference wasn't lost on dozens of commenters, while others were as "THRILLED" as the "Scandal" star.

Wrote one sad fan: "Glad you made the cover kerry, but this isn't right. I'm sorry. It's not. Don't let them do that to you."

Another chimed in: "Why is she white in this picture."

Friday, February 6, 2015
Mark Zern

Mark Zern of Lehighton is celebrating his 95th birthday.

He was born in Lehighton on Feb. 6, 1920, and has lived there all his life. He is a 1937 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 1948 graduate of Temple University.

Between high school and college, Mark served as a medic in the Army during World War II. On July 28, 1946, he married Eleanor Hill, also a Lehighton native.

Friday, February 6, 2015
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin A cup proclaims the superpowers of mothers. Guys, if you want to get the girl, try  bringing flowers to her mother. It may sound old-fashioned, but winning Mom's OK is still a big deal in the fast-changing, app-tapping, hookup-happy world of dating. A new poll finds that 6 in 10 young women say when they're thinking of getting serious with someone, their mother's approval is "extremely" or "very" important.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers to her mother.

With Valentine's Day coming up, it's something to think about: Winning over mom may sound old-fashioned, but it's still a smart strategy in today's fast-changing, app-tapping, hookup-happy world of dating.

In a new poll, 6 in 10 young women say when they're thinking of getting serious with somebody, their mother's approval is "extremely" or "very" important.

"She makes the call," said Jessica Wilhelm, a 19-year-old college student and self-described "mommy's girl."

Friday, February 6, 2015
Photo courtesy Metrographics Grab your family or friends and take a "walk across PA."

Penn State Extension will once again be taking a virtual walk this year visiting the natural beauty of Pennsylvania State Parks.

Gather your family and friends or co-workers to form a team of up to five. Team members will try to average walking or exercising 10 miles per week to meet the goal of Everybody Walk Across PA.

Walk with your team or on your own at a time and place convenient for you the program will be virtually visiting the state parks, you do not have to walk there. Of course if they are convenient for you, what a wonderful place to walk.