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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Gene S. Gerhard of Weatherly, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 24, 1949.

Mrs. Gerhard is the former Mary Katherine Hauze, daughter of the late Russell and Martha (Brisel) Hauze.

She is a former employee of the old Carbon County Home (Poor House), Weatherly.

Her husband was born and raised in Packer Township, a son of the late Samuel Oliver and Hattie Elizabeth (Smith) Gerhard. He started working on the family farm and later was a laborer for Packer Township

Friday, October 3, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS It's National Walk Your Dog Week; time to get off the sofa and get moving.

In preparation for National Walk Your Dog Week, which is Oct. 1-7, Pet360 surveyed more than 4,000 dog owners to find out how often the average canine is walked by a human companion.

The survey found that only 56 percent of dog owners walk their dog at least once per day.

Even more surprising is the fact that 33 percent of respondents said they rarely take their dogs for a walk, preferring instead to let them out in the yard.

Friday, October 3, 2014
PRESS PHOTO BY DAWN NIXON

The State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton unveiled its new stage curtain on opening night of its 88th season.

The new curtain is the culmination of a successful fund drive by the theater to replace its old, worn "main rag," as main stage curtains are called.

"The State Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places," says Shelley Brown, president and CEO of the State Theatre Center For The Arts Inc., after the Sept. 20 unveiling. "We are a very old building."

Friday, October 3, 2014
DEADLINE THIS SUNDAY

What are you waiting for?

The deadline for submitting recipes for the 27th annual Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest is 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

We are accepting original recipes in six categories this year.

They are Tailgating, Main Dish & Sides, Holiday Cookies and Candy, Desserts, Edible Gifts, and Beverages and Smoothies.

A winner will be chosen in each category.

Those winners will thenbe asked to re-create their winning recipes for a final judging at the Times News office in Mahoning Township.

Friday, October 3, 2014

National Fire Safety Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11) is right around the corner. Cut down deadly fire risks by exercising good safety habits and simple prevention measures.

The Family Handyman has rounded up the "Big 7" most common causes of preventable home fires and steps you can take to keep them from starting.

Prevention costs little or nothing and will save you big in safety down the line:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Grant Jarrett, an award-winning debut author who grew up in the Lehigh Valley, will be at the Moravian Bookstore at 2 p.m. Saturday to discuss his novel, "Ways of Leaving" (SparkPress, 2014), with a reading and book signing.

The book was named winner of the International Book Awards for Best New Fiction announced earlier this year.

The bookstore is located at 428 Main St. in Bethlehem.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at LV  Heritage Museum.

Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. J. Edward Larson will speak and about and sign copies of his new book, "The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789," at Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum at 1 p.m. Oct. 12.

Larson won the Pulitzer Prize for his book "Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion," published in 1997.

Admission is free to members, $8 for adult non-members, and $3 for non-member children. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and he will sign copies following the presentation.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Above, "Hickory Run," a photograph, by art league President Kathy  Gellentien, and her painting, "Ocean Cliffs," left, will be on display at the Carbon County Art League exhibit this weekend and next.

This weekend and next visitors to Jim Thorpe's annual Fall Foliage Festival are welcome to take in a unique art exhibit at the Dimmick Memorial Library annex at 58 Broadway.

The show is hosted by the Carbon County Art League in cooperation with the library.

Art league President Kathy Gellentien says it's a show people won't want to miss.

"There will be a few new types of art," says Gellentien, "such as glass sculptures. These pieces are a very different art medium."

Thursday, October 2, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the 2014 Palmerton Area High School Homecoming Court are, front, from left, Jaclyn Wood, Madison Mummey, Maice Hourt, Janel Tracy, Eliza Good and Abbigail Reimer; and back row, Tre Nelson, Jerry Pereira, Cody Reitz, Armin Kapur, Matthew Semmel and Sean Doherty. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned at festivities this weekend when the Blue Bombers host Southern Lehigh.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Anne and Carl Griffin look at prints following Julie Zickefoose' talk

Julie Zickefoose is known as one of the two best natural history writers in the country sharing top honors with Scott Weidensaul. Both were Migration Fest speakers at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, with Zickefoose there on Sept. 20.

Dan Kunkle, Nature Gap director, first heard of her 25 years ago when she wrote a column and did artwork for Bird Watcher's Digest, and was on NPR's All Things Considered.

Zickefoose describes her Ohio home as her 80-acre piece of heaven made into a wildlife preserve. She built a 42-foot tower to be closer to the birds.