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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Plans are underway for the 45-year high school reunion for Slatington High School Class of 1970.

Organizers are looking for anyone interested in helping plan the reunion, to be held next year.

For more information call Terry Kistler at 610-767-8711 or Dennis Solt at 610-767-2532.

Also, classmates who moved within the past five years are asked to call either Terry or Dennis.

Monday, September 8, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS There are many products on the market today for people with celiac disease or who have a sensitivity to gluten.

Sales in gluten-free foods and drinks are skyrocketing, up 44 percent between 2011 and 2013, according to one marketing company, Mintel. You probably know at least one person who has cut gluten from their daily diet. Could you benefit from a gluten-free diet?

Eliminating gluten can be a truly life-changing step for people with celiac disease and sensitivities or allergies to wheat or gluten. But for the rest of us, gluten isn't the diet buster it's been made out to be.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Should you stop eating gluten? Probably not. Only a small percentage of people have celiac or other gluten sensitivities and can truly benefit from a gluten-free diet.

Even if you suspect that you are susceptible to gluten or wheat, it's important to talk to a doctor before eliminating these foods.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stacia Hope Powell and Anthony J. Riccio, both of McAdoo.

Amanda Susan Gerhard and Eric Steven Schuetrumpf, both of Tamaqua.

Michelle L. Messner and Harrison J. Dietrich, both of New Ringgold.

Friday, September 5, 2014
In this photo taken on Aug. 22, 2014, tomatoes ripen in the organic garden beds of the Bloomington Fire Department in Bloomington, Ind. Firefighters tend to the gardens each day as part of their routine duties and eat the produce they harvest. (AP Photo, Bloomington Herald-Times, Matthew Hatcher)

The most frequent question at the Master Gardener green line on Tuesday mornings is "What's wrong with my plant?" The simple answer is the weather.

We are experiencing the right weather conditions this year for severe infections of rusts, mildews and blights.

The most worrying disease at the moment is the late blight of tomatoes and potatoes. As of early last month, the disease had already been confirmed in 15 counties across Pennsylvania.

Late blight epidemics often start in home gardens where fungicides are less apt to be used.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Penn State Extension in Carbon County is accepting applications for the 2015 Penn State Extension Master Gardener program.

The program consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with information and skills necessary to share experience and knowledge with others.

Weekly Tuesday classes will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Oct. 14 through March 17 at various locations and the Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Jim Thorpe High School Class 1965 will meet for lunch at Platz's in Lehighton, at noon on Thursday.

Call 570-778-6678 for information.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Autumn is less than a month away and DEP would like to remind citizens about important precautions to take as they are closing their pools and filling their home heating oil tanks.

Pool wastewater, if not disposed of properly, can contaminate local waterways, while poorly maintained home heating oil tanks can leak.

When chlorinated water is drained from a swimming pool into a storm sewer, it can quickly make its way to a stream or other body of water, where aquatic life can be damaged or killed.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Gallagher

Dauphin County Parks and Recreation is planning a fall workshop for science and nature educators.

Susan Gallagher, a Carbon County naturalist, will be one of the workshop's presenters.

"Making the Dead Come Alive" is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Olewine Nature Center at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg.

This unique workshop offers instruction on the proper preparation and care of natural history collections. Participants will learn how to maintain taxidermy mounts, birds' nests, eggs, bones, pickled (wet) specimens, and more.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A pageant, Little Miss, Little Mr. Summit and Junior Miss, Junior Mr. Summit, will be held at Fall Fest, hosted by The Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Oct. 4 in the parking lot at The Summit, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Contestants may preregister from now until Sept. 19.

Fall Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The pageant will begin at 10 a.m.

Two age categories will be represented: birth to 4 years old and 5-10 years old.

The pageant will be held under a tent; attire is casual.