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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO These 3C Layer Bars from Kerry Uher of Coaldale were one of last year's winning recipes.

Summer is winding down and before you know it, the holidays will be here.

No need to panic; we've got you covered. The 27th annual Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest is underway!

This year, after serious consideration, we decided to move our annual contest to the fall in order to focus on the fun and food that surround the holidays and take advantage of the great recipes our local cooks stir up over this festive season.

Recipes will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 5 and the cookbook will be included in the Nov. 6 issue of the Times News.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a Stroke Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 in the second-floor Next Step Acute Rehab Unit Dining Room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton. The speaker will be Denise Frey, a dietitian at BMHS, who will provide healthy eating tips post stroke. Topics vary each month.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Members of Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1964 will meet at noon Wednesday at Penn's Peak. Reunion chairman Ed Solomon will provide an update on the 50-year reunion, which will be held Sept. 13 at Mahoning Valley Country Club. He reminds those who haven't made a commitment to attend, to do so as soon as possible.

Monday, August 18, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Richard Graver, owner of Graver's Orchard in Lehighton, is shown picking apples from his farm. Graver is one of the many area farmers who grow and sell their produce locally.

Your mother always told you to eat your veggies because they were good for you.

She was right.

Vegetables and fruit are healthy choices when deciding what you eat. They are packed with nutritious goodness and can help curb cravings.

And if produce is bought locally, it not only helps you live a healthier lifestyle, it also helps local farmers make a living.

To recognize the importance of produce, especially Pennsylvania-grown produce, the state House of Representatives passed House Resolution 930 designating August as "Produce Month."

Monday, August 18, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Suopira, left, takes cucumbers that she purchased from Richard Graver, owner of Graver's Orchard in Lehighton, at the Panther Valley Senior Center in Nesquehoning recently.

On any given Tuesday during the summer, you can hear the women at the Panther Valley Senior Center in Nesquehoning discussing what produce they need from "the farmer."

As the ladies chatter, a man pops his head in the entrance to say hello.

It's Richard Graver, owner of Graver's Orchard in Lehighton, there to sell his wares.

Graver has been visiting the center for over 40 years.

A third generation farmer, he picked up the tradition of selling produce at the PV Senior Center after his father retired from the farm.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pennsylvania has a lot to offer in its produce.

With agriculture one of the state's largest industries, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture started the PA Preferred program to boost the local economy and educate consumers about the importance of purchasing locally grown foods.

Started in 2004, the PA Preferred program is the official branding program of agricultural products grown or made in the commonwealth. Items could be anything from eggs to beer and produce to cheescakes.

Friday, August 15, 2014

We have all felt that tinge of dread when convenience stores replace sunscreen with school supplies, and clothing stores replace bathing suits with khakis and polos.

It's enough to make any child groan, wishing for just one more week of backyard swimming, popsicle licking, bicycle riding and sleeping in until noon.

While saying goodbye to summer break is never easy, there are plenty of things to look forward to with the start of school.

To ease the transition, both parents and students can do their part.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at the 443 Beacon Restaurant, Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton, to plan for the 50th anniversary reunion.

All class members are welcome to attend.

Any questions can be addressed to lehighton1965@gmail.com

Men of the Class of 1965 meet the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Riverwalck in Parryville.

Friday, August 15, 2014
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Kaycie Andrew of Lehighton shows the Australian jersey she traded for while playing for the USA Athletes International field hockey team. Team members traded jerseys and tokens with their international competitors. She is wearing the medal she earned as a member of the team.

A recent Lehighton graduate traveled to Australia this summer with the USA Athletes International field hockey team.

Kaycie Andrew, 20, spent 10 days in Australia with the invitational team. She has played field hockey for 10 years as a forward.

"I love field hockey. I like being on a team, and having that team atmosphere," she said. "I am very competitive."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

You're probably used to living in a home with a separate kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living space.

It may not seem luxurious now, but when you arrive at school, you'll find that your tiny dorm will combine all four of those rooms, and things can get pretty claustrophobic.

In other words, you'll have to pack smart in order to fit it all, along with all your roommate's belongings, assuming you'll be in a standard dorm with one or more roommates. Regardless, you're going to get pretty creative with the way you store your stuff.