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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The 91st Annual West End Fair in Gilbert has announced its preliminary special baking contests. Entrants may not have won first place in this PA Preferred Chocolate Cake, Cookie, Brownie, or Bar contest at any other fair in 2012. The same rule applies for the Apple Pie and Angel Food Cake Contests for 2012.

The PA Preferred Program, PA Dept. of Agriculture, and Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs (PSACF) co-sponsor the PA Preferred Chocolate Cake contest and the Brownie and Bar contest.

Monday, July 16, 2012
Beatrice Burbes

Beatrice Burbes, a resident of Hometown Nursing Home and formerly of Lehighton, will celebrate her 100th birthday tomorrow. She was born on July 17, 1912.

Beatrice is the widow of Lewis Burbes, who passed away in 1979.

She is the mother of two sons: Bruce Fritzinger, who resides in Lehighton with his wife Charlotte; and Elmer Fritzinger, who passed away 11 years ago.

A dinner is planned in her honor to celebrate this special occasion.

Monday, July 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Joe and Wendy Seigenfuss, of Tamaqua, ride their 2005 Suzuki Boulevard during the Santa convoy.

Santa, wearing his summer attire, rode shotgun while leading a convoy of about 30 motorcycles during the sixth annual Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson Christmas in July Toy Run.

The ride, held to raise toy donations and awareness for Access Services, stretched through the soft roads around Orwigsburg ending at the Access Services' Orwigsburg office at 340 S. Liberty Street.

Access Services provides services to adults and children with special needs, including in-home supports, respite care services, life-sharing through family living, wraparound services and LIFE day support.

Monday, July 16, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The deadline to apply for the 2012-3013 Leadership Carbon Program has been extended to Aug. 1. The decision to move the closing date was made during the July meeting of the Leadership Carbon Steering Committee shown here. From left, Dianna Ahner, co-chair Elissa Garofalo, Sharon Cimino, Terri Rock and co-chair Carleen Ladden. Carbon County

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein and Sandy Duda, program coordinator, are also members of the committee.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Jessica Lech, a member of the Actors' Guild of Schuylkill County, will be the guest speaker at the Black Diamond Writer's Network on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Lech will offer advice how writers can correctly identify, capture and write dialect that will impact their character's story. Participants will learn how to develop their character's authentic voice and the importance dialogue has on a character's story.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Bach and Handel Chorale, located in historic Jim Thorpe, is auditioning pianists to accompany its rehearsals and some performances.

Those who are interested are asked to send a letter of inquiry to the chorale office, Attention Maestro Randall D. Perry, 810 Carbon Ave., Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.

The successful candidate must be available for all rehearsals, have knowledge of playing reduced orchestrations of Bach and Handel works, and be directly responsible to the conductor.

The practice year begins Aug. 27, so earliest application is recommended.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Have you noticed the summer clearance ads in the newspapers lately?

"Wait," you say, "summer is just starting."

Merchants know that it's time to stock and sell back to school and fall merchandise, so they think ahead.

It's time to think ahead to fall harvest in your garden. Start cool weather crops like lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale in flats, peat pots or open cold frames.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Our summer reading adventure continues this week with a trip to the Palmerton Area Library, where the librarians there are excited to share their favorite books with area students.

The grade level and recommended books are

First to third grade: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak; Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows; and Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.

Fourth to seventh grade: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney; Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo; and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will hold its August meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A hearing loss is easy to ignore because there are no visible cues that push it to the "Things to Do TODAY" list.

Many people who suffer from hearing loss are unaware that they are missing so much, and others think that they are getting by well enough or may reason that the degree of loss is not that bad.

What people don't know is that any amount of hearing loss can be a direct link to negative outcomes, such as loss of income, loss of a job, loss of a relationship, reduced mental health, depression and a lower quality of life.