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Friday, June 14, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Ralph Herbst, left, and EddieJo Bunker, met online and plan to be married sometime this year.

At a time when technology seems to draw us farther apart, a growing number of adults are using the Internet and social media to find new friends and partners. An eHarmony poll by Harris Interactive indicates that nearly 1 in 4 newly married couples now meet online, which means that more people who got married connected through a dating website or social media than through work, school, family or friends.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Most match-making websites, including and eHarmony, offer subscribers basic tips to ensure that online dating is as safe as possible.

It's important to follow some common-sense rules, including the following:

Use anonymous

contact tools

Most websites allow you to contact fellow subscribers without sharing your email or phone number.

Use these tools, and don't offer personal information like a home or cell phone number until you're more comfortable with an individual and feel ready to take that next step.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Schuylkill County Fair will accept fair queen applications through July 7.

The contest is open to girls ages 7-20. Contestants must submit information by July 7 along with a typed 1 1/2 page letter on why they would like to be fair royalty; two wallet-sized photos for publishing in local newspapers; a $30 check made payable to the fair association; and an information and release form found at Contestants will receive a confirmation letter.

Friday, June 14, 2013

It's easy to assume that people using online dating services are young adults. They're comfortable with technology and appreciate the ease of reaching many potential partners with one post, hopefully increasing their chances of finding Mr. or Ms. Right.

But while approximately 40 percent of the users on popular dating website eHarmony are between the ages of 18-34, members over the age of 50 are the fastest growing age group. If you're looking for a partner over the age of 50, know that one in five members is in your targeted age group.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Kathy Long works on one of two 2012-2013 Carbon County Fair wall hangings, which will auctioned off during this year's fair. Funds raised will benefit the fair. Wall hangings and quilts are made each year from the previous year's quilt block contest entries.

Looking to hone your sewing and quilting skills while benefiting the Carbon County Fair? Consider entering this year's quilt block contest.

Carefully pieced together, the entries in each Carbon County Fair quilt block contest are enjoyed by fairgoers for not just one year, but two.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Brittany Semmel

Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts LLC in Lehighton recently received the sportsmanship award at the Lehigh Valley Dance Challenge in Allentown.

Awards were presented to the DWK IMPACT dance teams in the following categories:

The Itty Bitty IMPACT Dance Team received gold awards in tap and ballet and a high gold in jazz. The team was also the highest scoring small group in their age category.

The Mini IMPACT Dance Team received gold for ballet and jazz and high gold for tap; and was also the highest scoring small group in their category.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Dance Explosion & Tumble Academy, Nesquehoning, hosts its ninth annual recital at 5 p.m., June 15 at Tamaqua Area Middle School. Students are, front from left, Sophia Callavini, Morgan Orsulak, Nadiah Schade, Julia Jachowicz, Brigid Knepper, Skora Ndikwiki, Natiya Adams; second row, Emma Dacey, Mallory Gould, Megan Greenall, Abby Vermillion, Makayla Weaver, Natalie Vermillion; third row, Alivia Green, Cailyn Gould, Sierra Klinger, Hannah Murphy, Mercedes Weaver, Alexa Ruzicka; and back, Grace Ann Williams, Dayna Greenall, Caitlin Werkheiser, Michaela Susko, Kaitlin MacDonald.

Monday, June 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sterling Koch performs during the garden party event.

Students served as the main focus during the St. Luke's Hospital Miners Campus's annual Black Diamond Garden Party held at the Harry Packer & Asa Packer Mansions and Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe recently.

The event featured fine food, drinks, live music, guided tours of the Asa Packer Mansion and Kemmerer Carriage House and rides in a tethered hot air balloon.

"It was a pleasure to meet with all the students and hear their stories," said event Chairwoman Diane Luicana.

Monday, June 10, 2013
Catherine E. Condly

Catherine E. Condly, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, has been selected by Unit 899 of Oplinger-Hower American Legion Auxiliary in Walnutport to attend Keystone Girls State.

This "Experience in Government" will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg from June 23-29. It is the 68th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Approximately 200 girls are brought together through sponsorship by local auxiliary units and other organizations to study government on city, council and state levels.

Friday, June 7, 2013
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Angeline Castagna

Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts LLC, Lehighton, recently held an awards banquet at Mahoning Valley Country Club, where over $2,000 in performing arts scholarships were awarded.

Riley Zimmerman, 15-year-old daughter of Penny and Trevor Zimmerman of Lehighton, was named Senior Dancer of the Year for 2013. Riley was awarded a $300 performing arts scholarship.

Angeline Castagna, 12-year-old daughter of Carmel and the late Carmen Castagna of Tamaqua, was named Dance with Kim's Junior Dancer of the Year 2013. Angeline received a $200 scholarship.