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Friday, July 3, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS The holiday is a great time for relaxing, but it's not the time to be lax about water safety.

The Fourth of July weekend is a great time to get together with family and friends for a barbecue and to cool off in a pool or spend the day at the lake or beach.

While the weekend should be spent relaxing and celebrating it is not the time to be lax about water safety.

According to the United States Swim School Association, media outlets reported at least 80 drowning incidents across the U.S. during the Fourth of July weekend in 2014.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The 32nd annual Schuylkill County Fair will be held July 27 through Aug. 1 at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, 2270 Fair Road in Schuylkill Haven.

The fair opens at 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Saturday. The theme this year is "Harvest the Fun."

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will present a free concert at 10 a.m. July 9 in the high school auditorium.

The sixth- and eighth-grade combined band will perform several pieces including "Cleveland Rocks" from the "Drew Carey Show" and the rock/pop hit "Hey Baby." Selected clarinet, saxophone, flute and low brass students will be featured during the small ensemble portion of the concert.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

"Grease," the most famous rock 'n' roll musical ever written, opens July 10 at the Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown, and runs through Aug. 23. Matinees are 12:30 p.m. for dinner and 2 p.m. for the show on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Evening shows are 6:30 p.m. for dinner and 8 p.m. for the show on Fridays and

Saturdays. For tickets and more information, call 610-433-2333 or online at

www.pinesdinnertheatre.com.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  Author Richard Wright holds a copy of his new book, "Southside of Heaven."

Richard Wright believes that at some point in time, there will be another person whose face looks a lot like yours.

In his case, he shared a womb with his doppelganger, a twin brother. But Wright believes there may still be someone out there, in either the past or the present, who shares his likeness.

Wright has taken that theory, and applied it to his breakout novel, "Southside of Heaven," a historical romance that tells the story of a New York City cop who searches for his identity, and finds it in the past.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What books are you tucking into your beach bag this summer?

We're working on a story about those delicious beach reads and we want to hear what you're planning to read this summer.

Tell us what you're reading or share your recommendations with us and you'll be entered to win an autographed copy of a terrific book from novelists Whitney Barbetti, Lisa Clark O'Neill or Brenda Janowitz.

Send your recommendations to kcimms@tnonline.com or mail them to the Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, attention Karen Cimms, by July 6.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Unforgettable Fire performs the music of U2 this Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, in Jim Thorpe.

UF lead vocalist, Tony Russo, fills the opera house with his powerful Bono-like voice, delivering stirring renditions of the classic U2 songs, from the beginning to the present.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The FDA is phasing out artificial trans fats from the food supply, but people should limit their intake of saturated fats, too, which can also cause heart disease.

There are three main types of fat: unsaturated, saturated and trans fats.

Unsaturated fat

These are the good fats, and doctors say they should be the majority of fat that people eat. For cooking, they usually come in the form of liquid oils, not solid fats.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The men of Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Riverwalck Restaurant in Parryville.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON You may not even know you are eating them, but trans fats will soon be mostly gone from your food.

The Food and Drug Administration said recently it will require food companies to phase them out over the next three years because the agency says they are a threat to public health.