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Monday, January 12, 2015

For those people who wish to purchase health insurance, now is the time.

"Open enrollment," the one time of the year that all people can buy or switch health insurance plans, began in November and runs through Feb. 15.

"This is the only time you can enroll or make a change to your existing coverage without having a life-changing event," said Lori Tucker, a licensed insurance agent and the owner of Lori Tucker Agency in Danielsville.

Monday, January 12, 2015

January is National Thank You Month, the perfect opportunity to pause and express your gratitude for the gifts you received during the holidays, or to just thank someone who has special meaning in your life.

Here are etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore's seven tips on how to write the perfect thank-you note:

1. Keep it short and simple. A thank-you note doesn't have to be long, it just has to say thank you. The average thank-you note contains 4-5 lines.

Monday, January 12, 2015

We've all heard about the January White Sales, but the first month of the year is also a good time to buy other items as well.

According to Consumer Reports' product research experts, January is a great time to buy:

Ÿ Bedding

Ÿ Linens

Ÿ Toys

Ÿ Treadmills and ellipticals

Ÿ TVs

Ÿ Winter clothing

For the latest from Consumer Reports', go to consumerreports.org.

Monday, January 12, 2015

As taxpayers prepare for their 2014 returns, tax professionals are hearing one question above all others: How will my health insurance and the Affordable Care Act affect my taxes?

Last year was the first year that the ACA's individual health insurance mandate, and subsidies to help pay for insurance, took effect.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Pennsylvania Farm Show opens Saturday

Carbon County bakers will be well represented this year at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Four area bakers, three of whom have made this trek before, will head to Harrisburg Saturday to prove they make the best cakes, pies and brownies.

We wish them lots of luck!

Connie Wentz

Connie Wentz of Lehighton has made the trip many times; so many in fact, she doesn't remember the exact number, but guesses it's at least 10. This year she is representing the Carbon County Fair as winner of the PA Preferred Chocolate Cake Contest.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Mock Turtle Marionette Theater presents "Magic Day" at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Charles Brown IceHouse in Bethlehem.

Internationally known magician, Joe Keppel, will present a magic and vaudeville performance followed by a hands-on magic workshop as part of Mock Turtles Saturday's Child series.

Kepple's show,"Magic, Mayhem, and Motion," will combine his performance of magic and comedy with lots of audience participation.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"e-Love," a funny and charming musical, opens Jan. 16 at The Pines Dinner Theatre in Allentown.

It is a contemporary look at the trials and tribulations of the perils of meeting that perfect someone. Two lonely singles at home on their laptops have signed up with e-Love.com, discovering true love where they least expect it.

The show schedule is as follows:

Matinees (12:30 p.m.,with dinner; 2 p.m. show): Thursdays and Sundays.

Evenings: (6:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show): Fridays and Saturdays.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Jim Thorpe Police Department is gearing up for its seventh annual Policeman's Ball.

The event will take place from 6 to midnight on March 21, at Memorial Hall, 101 E. 10th St. in Jim Thorpe.

The ball, which will feature formal attire and a sit-down meal, will benefit "Autism Speaks."

Although the ball is still months away, the department is welcoming any donations to help defray the cost of the event.

If you would like to make a donation, contact the department at 570-325-4995 and speak with Chief Joseph Schatz or Officer Eric Schrantz.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1965 will meet for lunch at noon on Jan. 15 at the Boulevard Drive-In, 50 Blakeslee Blvd. in Lehighton.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off Saturday and Carbon County will be well represented with four local residents showing off their baking skills.

Competing this year will be:

Ÿ Sarah Schweitzer, Lehighton, in the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest

Ÿ Christina Tomsic, Palmerton, in the Angel Food Contest

Ÿ Connie Wentz, Lehighton, in the PA Preferred Chocolate Cake Contest

Ÿ Maya Schweitzer, age 9, in the PA Preferred Chocolate Cookie/Brownie/Bar Youth Contest