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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Here are some facts about alpacas:

Ÿ Alpacas are members of the Camelid family and are native to the Andes Mountain range of South America.

Ÿ They are primarily found in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. They provided both clothing and transportation to the Incas and were first commercially imported into the United States in 1984.

Ÿ Alpacas prefer the cooler climate, but can adapt to any climate.

Ÿ There are over 100,000 alpacas registered in the U.S.

Ÿ Alpacas are raised to be bred or for their fiber. They are generally not a food source.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Raising alpacas

Dennis and Evalynn Kuehner own 51 acres of land in Lehighton and wanted to do something agricultural with it.

When Evalynn suggested alpacas to her seasoned-farmer husband, he said, "What's an alpaca?

After a year of visiting more than a dozen alpaca farms, Dennis Kuehner found himself not only well informed about alpacas, he was certain he wanted to raise these gentle animals, known for their soft, cashmere-like fur.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Members of Lehighton Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 have adopted an organization every year for several years. This year's organization was Trinity Food Pantry, which received $230. The girls have also donated to the Carbon County Friends of Animals, Carbon County Animal Shelter and the Lehigh Valley Zoo; as well as food, a food basket and a turkey to needy families.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Jenna Kroboth

Catrina Strubinger, 15-year-old daughter of Jerry and Carolyn Strubinger of Lehighton, was named Senior Dancer of the Year 2011. Catrina was awarded a $300 performing Arts scholarship.

Kaitlyn Shlanta, 11-year-old daughter of Andrew and Cindy Shlanta of New Ringgold, was named Dance with Kim's Junior Dancer of the Year 2011. Kaitlyn received a $200 Performing Arts Scholarship.

The Edward Zarsky Memorial Scholarship for $100 was awarded to Devyn Hauser. She is the daughter of Bill and Lisa Hauser of Palmerton.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program is looking for recipe entries from Pennsylvania residents for the "Simply Delicious, Simple Nutritious" vegetable recipe contest. The original press release from the program contained some incorrect information. That release ran in the May 20 edition of the TIMES NEWS.

Friday, May 27, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Derek Marouchoc of Boy Scout Troop 744 in Nesquehoning, kneels behind one of the signs he made along the nature trail at Air Products in Hometown. Marouchoc completed his Eagle Scout project by identifying trees and plants along the trail and building 38 identification posts, which now line the path.

On the grounds of Air Products Plant in Hometown, a nature trail exists, lush with flora and fauna of the area.

But residents visiting the trail had no way of knowing what the names of the plants and trees that lined the winding path were as they walked.

That has all changed now, thanks to the efforts of Derek Marouchoc, a Panther Valley High School senior and member of Boy Scout Troop 744 in Nesquehoning, who is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Some of the present and past officers of the Penn Kidder PTA attending the Penn Kidder PTA Volunteer Staff Appreciation Luncheon in the school's gym were, left to right : Trish Kellar; Christine Baldwin, Treasurer; Marge Steen, President; Nadia Corino, Secretary; Cheryl O'Rourke; and Nesa Ciobanu, Vice President.

Friday, May 27, 2011

More than 70 local professionals, ranging from a politician to a massage therapist, spent time talking to Tamaqua Area Middle School students during the school's annual Career Day.

Career Day is a day where professionals are invited to talk to students concerning the benefits and duties of their profession.

One of the speakers was Donald Serfass, who is the managing editor-features at the TIMES NEWS. He spoke about the field of journalism.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
Sophia Anne Kupetz

KUPETZ Bernard and Jennifer Kupetz of Tamaqua, welcomed a new addition to their family on May 6, 2011. Sophia Anne Kupetz was born in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown, weighing in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces. She was 19 1/2 inches long.

Sophia has an older brother, Stephen, 18. Her sister, Emalee, is deceased.

Maternal grandparents are Nancy Moser of Tamaqua and the late Clyde Moser.

Paternal grandparents are Bernard Kupetz and Maryann Kupetz, both of Tamaqua.