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Friday, July 6, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Michaela Susko was crowned Miss Dance 2012 during Dance Explosion and Tumble Academy's Dance Recital on June 16. She is the daughter of David and Jean Susko of Nesquehoning, and the granddaughter of Virginia Hower of Northampton. An honor roll student, Michaela will be in eighth grade at Good Shepherd Catholic School in the fall. She has been dancing under the direction of Kira Adams for 11 years, who has helped her win numerous awards.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Lehighton High School Class of 1954 is looking for any class members who are interested in helping to plan a "Get together" for Saturday, Sept. 15, to meet at the Community Grove Pavillon on Tuesday, July 10 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 5, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This 10-month-old boy enjoys a healthy snack. Children born to women with gestational diabetes are at a greater risk of obesity and diabetes. A proactive approach, which includes healthy eating and regular exercise can reduce that risk for both mother and baby.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy, don't assume that health problems ended after the baby was born. Women with gestational diabetes have a 35-60 percent chance of developing diabetes before their child is 20 years old. Their children are also at a greater risk of obesity and diabetes.

Because of this increased risk, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has launched a new program to educate women about the risks of gestational diabetes both during and after pregnancy.

Thursday, July 5, 2012
@$:AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS We caught TIMES NEWS stringer Sheri Ryan red-handed.

It seems to be everywhere on Facebook, at picnics, on office desks, on the tips of people's tongues and of course, on The New York Times Best Seller list and it's bonding moms and single women alike across the nation.

It's the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy penned by author, E.L. James.

Sometimes touted as "mommy porn," Fifty Shades of Grey is evidently giving women what they have always wanted and some things they perhaps never knew they wanted.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Runners compete during last year's 5K for diabetes in Palmerton.

Lace up your sneakers: It's time to register for the fifth annual Palmerton 5K for Diabetes, which benefits the American Diabetes Association. The race/walk will take place Saturday, Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. in Palmerton Borough Park.

The Palmerton 5K for Diabetes will raise funds for the American Diabetic Association (ADA), whose goal is to prevent, cure and manage diabetes. The race/walk is founded and organized by volunteer Carla Majczan, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in childhood.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Hear the Declaration of Independence read as it was when the colonies declared their independence from the British.

The reading will be held on Wednesday, July 4 at noon at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 West Hazard Street.

This is the first of what will be a yearly event. Take a few minutes to be part of this event.

Monday, July 2, 2012

The next AARP Safe Driver course being offered at the Chestnuthill Park building is the eight-hour course. It will be given in two four-hour slots, from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, July 21 and July 28.

For more information contact Roland Vonderheide at (570) 619-4006.

Monday, July 2, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jackie Malloy, left, secretary of the Mahoning Valley 4-H Community Club, and Elyse Kistler, club vice president, organize clothing donated by club members during their June meeting. Club members aimed to donate 100 pieces of clothing to "Second Blessings" in Lehighton in honor of the 100th anniversary of 4-H. Over the past three months they have gathered 100 pieces of clothing, canned food items and pet supplies.

Members of the Mahoning Valley 4-H Community Club brought heavy loads to their June meeting: bags stuffed with gently-used clothing, all to be donated to "Second Blessings" at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church in Lehighton.

The club's goal was to gather 100 pieces of clothing to donate in honor of the 100th anniversary of 4-H. Judging by the stacks of jeans, T-shirts and sweaters, they likely exceeded their goal. Approximately 30 members attended the meeting.

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Bach and Handel Chorale, located in historic Jim Thorpe, is auditioning pianists to accompany its rehearsals and some performances.

Those who are interested are asked to send a letter of inquiry to the chorale office, Attention Maestro Randall D. Perry, 810 Carbon Ave., Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.

The successful candidate must be available for all rehearsals, have knowledge of playing reduced orchestrations of Bach and Handel works, and be directly responsible to the conductor.

The practice year begins Aug. 27, so earliest application is recommended.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Week long Good News Camps will be held at Mauch Chunk Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, sponsored by Child Evangelism. Camps begin July 6, July 23 and Aug. 9. Children accepted must be in first grade through age 11.

The theme of camp is "Daniel." There will be swimming, Bible lessons, hiking and picnics on the trail.

For more information call (610) 377-3632. There is a fee to attend camp.