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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Carbon PASR (Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees) will host a special event for school retirees on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Registration is 9-9:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast buffet.

"All school retirees are encouraged to attend this informative session," said Vince Spisak, retirement planning committee chairman.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The fourth Parryville School Reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association, 902 Mill Road, Lehighton. Doors open at 3 p.m.; dinner will be served at 5 p.m.

Deadline for reservations has been extended to Friday, Sept. 7.

Please contact Irene Hopstock at (610) 377-1646 for more information or to make your reservation.

Anyone who attended classes at the Parryville School is welcome.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will hold its September meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Anne Frazier Walradt, a freelance teacher, writer, and editor, will speak about how writers can create with comedy. Learn how to embed humor in your stories by starting with a comic premise and a comic vision.

Monday, August 20, 2012
AP PHOTO Coconut-Lemonade, Orange-Banana-Cinnamon and Strawberry-Ginger-Limeade slushies are a hit on hot, summer days.

Slushies have taken on a surprisingly critical role in my family's summer. And it's my 7-year-old's fault.

The summer camp he attended sold them at the camp store. I resisted at first, telling him he didn't need the sugar and neon chemicals used to concoct the icy blends. But like all spineless parents, enough nagging and I eventually relented, giving him permission to cool off with one small slushie once a day.

Then a 100 degree day hit. And while my son was off slurping his slushie at camp, I sat sweating in my home office. Suddenly, things seemed most unfair.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Palmerton Area High School Class of 1952 will hold a 60-year reunion Oct. 5-7.

Anyone who has not received a notice should please call Peter Blynn at (610) 826-6402, who will send information regarding the reunion

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1967 is having its 45-year class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, beginning with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m.

Reservations are due by Sept. 22.

If more information is needed by any class members, call Loren at (610) 826-2397 or LaRae at (570) 386-2108.

Friday, August 17, 2012
BMHS hosts health fair in Albrightsville

Blue Mountain Health System (BMHS) has been holding health fairs this summer, bringing convenient health services to communities.

In July over 40 people took advantage of the free screenings offered by BMHS in the Lehighton location and another 22 people attended a health fair Wednesday in Albrightsville.

"BMHS is committed to raising the community's awareness of convenient, local health care services, such as the ones located right here in Penn Forest Township," said Gary Higgins, director of Rehabilitation Services for BMHS.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jessica Lech, a member of the Actors' Guild of Schuylkill County, will be guest speaker at the Black Diamond Writer's Network on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Lech will offer advice about how writers can correctly identify, capture, and write dialect that will impact their character's story.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Tina Mazziotta settles in to enjoy a book.

Louise Kreitz sits at the kitchen table in a cozy Lansford home, paging through a brightly-colored book about puppies. At the other end of the table is Margaret Ruscavage, who is just finishing up a picnic dinner of hot dogs and macaroni salad, topped off with fresh strawberry shortcake for dessert. In the comfortable living room, Tina Mazziotta settles into a soft, comfortable chair to leaf through a book.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, will host a special event, "Become an Alzheimer's Whisperer," presented by Dr. Verna Benner Carson, from 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20.

Carson is a nationally recognized leader in the care of the Alzheimer's patient, having written eight books and 80 articles on the subject.

She will discuss her books and help guide family caregivers of individuals affected by Alzheimer's to find ways to calm the fears of the person and to enter their world to heal their broken spirit.