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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Hybrid tomato with seeds and a decorative pod containing three Castor Beans, saved for early indoor planting next spring.

Don't say "Good-bye" to many of your favorite garden vegetables, herbs and flowers. For a change say "Good night, I'll see you next year," and give saving seeds a try.

In addition to giving one a feeling of self-sufficiency and saving money, it may be possible to maintain a variety that is not available commercially. Some plant breeders even search out old time varieties when attempting to improve commercial plants.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Care Net of Carbon County will be hosting its 11th Annual Fundraising Banquet benefiting Care Net services on Friday, Oct. 19, at Blue Mountain Community Church, 25 Oak St., Palmerton.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and bidding on silent auction items. The dinner and program begin at 7 p.m.

Reservations are required by contacting (610) 379-0411.

Community members are welcome to attend.

Monday, October 15, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley High School crowned its 2012 Homecoming King and Queen on Friday, Oct. 5 during pregame festivities. Crowned

Homecoming King was Joe Whildin, while Amber Guzman was crowned

Homecoming Queen.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 9-11 a.m., Oct. 22, at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute Beauty Salon, West 13th St., Jim Thorpe.

The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Monday, October 15, 2012
Book signing and movie

On Thursday, Oct. 18 Gene Duffy will share his decade-long Hollywood experience with the signing of his new book, "As the Matzo Ball Turns." The story chronicles an aspiring actor's 10-year encounter with hit men, celebrities and old Jewish ladies, and features a very famous deli where he toiled while trying to rise through the ranks of Hollywood.

Monday, October 15, 2012
The history of Carbon County is revealed in the paintings of Mary Kocher, and for the first time roughly 140 of her historic scenes have been collected and published. The book is titled "A Mary Kocher Retrospective 2012".

The history of Carbon County is revealed in the paintings of Mary Kocher, and for the first time roughly 140 of her historic scenes have been collected and published in the book, "A Mary Kocher Retrospective 2012."

Kocher will have a book signing on Thursday evening, Oct. 18 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Harry Packer Mansion, 19 Packer Hill Road in Jim Thorpe.

Kocher, now 91 years old, brought her painting interest to Carbon County 68 years ago, and soon began creating images of its historic buildings many of which no longer exist.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Find out how choosing the right foods can improve your health.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Heritage Hill Senior Community will host Nancy Matyas, registered dietitian from Blue Mountain Health Systems, who will speak about selecting healthier food choices.

Those attending will be able to sample some delicious and nutritious snacks.

Please register by Oct. 15 by calling Lisa Marie or Janice at (570) 427-4500.

Heritage Hill is located at 800 Sixth St. in Weatherly.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group is providing the opportunity for a Service of Healing at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Zion UCC, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton.

The Rev. Allen Heckman will lead those present for the fifth annual Service of Healing, which will include prayers, laying on of hands, and anointing.

Women and men who feel the hardship of physical illness, plus the burdens that may be financial, psychological, mental, or social, are invited to this handicap-accessible church site.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
CAJETAN BERGER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mary Kocher, 91, right, and Heather Wojcik, 19, represent the oldest and youngest member of the Carbon County Arts League. Both artists had their art in the exhibit.

The Carbon County Art League (CCAL) held a free art show last weekend, that featured over 70 works by 20 local artists in the Hampton Inn conference room.

Since no official judges were present, each visitor to the exhibit voted for their favorite painting. The winner, Marjorie Long, received $100 for her painting of Main Street in Jim Thorpe. This same painting won first prize at the CCAL's show during the summer.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @$:Quilted Crow co-owners Jane Heckman, left, and Cindy Mengel-Smith show the blocks that will be used in the store's "Quilting Pink for a Cure" project. Local quilters are asked to purchase a block kit for $5 (the two block options are shown) and bring them back to be added to a breast cancer awareness quilt. The finished quilts will be raffled to benefit the American Cancer Society. All blocks must be completed and returned to the store by Nov. 15.

It's time to "quilt pink" for a cure.

The Quilted Crow in Lehighton is looking for quilters to complete block kits for its "Quilting Pink for a Cure" project. Each quilt will be raffled off to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

"Right now, we have enough blocks to make one quilt," said Cindy Mengel-Smith, co-owner of the Quilted Crow, who noted that each quilt includes 25 pink and white blocks featuring the familiar pink ribbon that symbolizes breast cancer awareness.