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Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Weatherly High school homecoming court includes, seated, from left, Karlee Hinkle, Jessica Adamczyk, Alexis Berger and Jaquiline Watkins. Standing, from left, are Dylan McDonald, Tara Galada, Lindsay Douglas, Charlie Wallish, Alexis Boyarski, Devon Bizarre and Joey Haganey.

The Weatherly School District will hold a districtwide Homecoming with contests and athletic events. The events are being organized by the high school SGA. The elementary and middle school activities are under the direction of the Middle School SGA.

To prepare for the Homecoming weekend, the senior class will be decorating the bridge in town. The junior class hung ribbons leading up to and including the school complex in orange and black.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS New nationwide School Lunch Program guidelines mean healthier lunches. One requirement is that students have access to fruits and vegetables at each lunch and are required to take at least one fruit or vegetable to quality for the meal rate. On this day, Lehighton Area High School students had nearly a dozen fruits and vegetables to choose from. Further down the line were slices of whole grain pizza.

If you stepped into a school cafeteria this year, you might notice something different. Gone are the cartons of whole milk and junk food. In their place are a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.

These changes are happening in school lunch programs across the country in response to the USDA's newest school meal requirements.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The USDA recently unveiled new standards for the National School Lunch Program, which affects the food served in school cafeterias across the country. Changes include:

Ÿ Offering both fruits and vegetables at each meal

Ÿ Increasing whole-grain food offerings

Ÿ Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy products

Ÿ Adjusting portion sizes and calories for the student's age

Ÿ Reducing sodium and saturated and trans fats

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

If you have a child in grade school, you've likely noticed school lunches are a bit different this year: More fruits and vegetables, less fat, and more whole grains. These changes were made in response to the USDA's new School Lunch Program guidelines, which are meant to ensure students nationwide receive healthier lunches.

But what if your student is a picky eater, and doesn't eat the lunch offered at school each day?

It's time to get creative and overhaul your child's packed lunch.

Understanding the guidelines

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Honored at the 13th Bowmanstown Grade School Reunion was Oliver Solt, 99 years old, from left are, Kerry Solt, Oliver Solt, Sue Mermon, and Todd Solt; and back row, Kelly Solt, Jean Sherry, Eugene Mermon; and Rosemary Solt.

The 13th Bowmanstown Grade School Reunion was held Saturday at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance building.

The speaker was Ronald Strohl, who shared his memories of the Bowmanstown School.

The invocation was offered by Lawrence Rehrig.

Honored guest was Oliver Solt, who was 99 years old on Aug. 24. Oliver was attended by his family, sons, Todd and his wife, Rosemary; and Kerry, and his wife, Kelly; and daughter, Sue Mermon, and her husband, Eugene Mermon; and granddaughter, Jean Sherry.

Monday, September 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.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1977 will hold its 35-year class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Oriole's Club in Lehighton.

The festivities will run from 12:30 p.m. until 11 p.m., and will include lunch, dinner and a band.

Class members can make reservations by calling Marshal at (610) 393-7135 as soon as possible.

Monday, September 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.

Monday, September 17, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Taking part in the 100th Anniversary Alumnae Tea were, from left, Stephanie Rehnert, leader of Senior Girl Scout Troop 3802; Katie Hosler, Madeline Walbert, Stephanie Riggio; and Kathy Hosler, Lehighton Service Unit manager.

Lehighton Girl Scouts celebrated Girl Scouting's 100th reunion by hosting a 100th Anniversary Alumnae Tea Sunday at Zion United Church of Christ.

Kathy Hosler, service unit manager, welcomed the Girl Scouts and the former and present leaders to the event, which focused on remembering the good times they have shared.

Carla Hickey, director of Community Partnerships, North Team, was the keynote speaker. She presented a PowerPoint presentation on the 100 years of leadership development.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish High Holiday celebrating the start of the year 5773 on the Jewish calendar, begins on Sunday, Sept. 16 at sundown.

The term Rosh Hashanah, "beginning of the year," is rabbinical, as are the themes of the festival: repentance, preparation for the day of Divine judgment and prayer for a fruitful year. The two-day festival, which falls on 1-2 Tishre in the Jewish calendar, will conclude at sundown on Monday. In many senses, Israel begins its year on Rosh Hashanah.