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Friday, February 24, 2012

The Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter is collecting new and gently-used prom and wedding dresses for its fourth annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale. The organization is also collecting accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes.

Items can be dropped off at the Blue Ridge Communications offices in Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford and Lehighton until March 14.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Blanche Rudolph, 95, left, and Jim Davis, 85, right, were crowned the Valentine's Day Queen and King recently at Lehighton Senior

Center's Valentine's Day party. The royal pair each received a

heart-shaped box of candy, a candy rose, a mug of candy and cards.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Students turning 16 this month at Weatherly High School are part of an innovative new program geared for them to become better drivers when they get their driver's license.

Beginning today, students will have age appropriate specific information that will help tune them into the law as it applies to them.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The TIMES NEWS 25th Annual Cookbook and Recipe Contest is under way.

Categories this year are Main Dishes; Desserts; Salads and Side Dishes; Slow Cooker; Money Saving Meals; Salad Dressings, Sauces and Marinades; and Celebrations.

Recipes must be created or modified by the person submitting the recipe or a member of that person's family.

The winner in each category will receive a $50 grocery store gift card and a $50 restaurant gift card. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 grocery store gift card.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured are the Panther Valley Middle School students who raised the most money for Hoops for Heart. From left are, Alex Lebo, grade seven; Yanitza Figueroa, grade six; and Hunter Kennedy, grade six.

Approximately 254 Panther Valley Middle School students recently participated in the American Heart Association's Hoops for Heart.

The annual event is designed to not only raise funds to help fight heart disease, but to also educate kids on how to care for their hearts and the importance of maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise.

Students solicited donations from friends, family and businesses prior to the event and raised over $2,800, which was $1,300 more than last year.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Devon Bizarre, a junior at Weatherly Area High School, was recently named the second runner up in a statewide pin design competition. Her design was chosen as one of six finalists out of over 100 entries submitted by students around the state.

A Weatherly Area High School junior recently placed in a statewide pin design competition.

Devon Bizarre, 17, of Weatherly was named the second runner up in the PETE & C (Pennsylvania Education Technology Expo and Conference) Pin Contest on Feb. 15, during the PETE & C's annual conference in Hershey.

The winner of the pin design, which will be used as the annual commemorative pin for next year's conference, was Payton McCombs of Butler Area Vocational School District.

First runner up was Brandon Rupp of West Shamokin High School.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
SHNS PHOTO BY RANDY PENCH/THE SACRAMENTO BEE Loretha Loggins, 83, right, visits with client Anna Chow, 87.

The morning's activities were in full swing at the Sutter SeniorCare program in Sacramento, Calif., and the adult day health clients had gathered in the dining room for coffee.

Loretha Loggins, a vivacious longtime volunteer, made her way from table to table, chatting.

"I love the little seniors," said Loggins, a retired nursing assistant. "We laugh and have a good time."

She's 83, and many of the center's clients are younger by a decade. Or two.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Members of the public who are interested in learning to become a writer, or seeking information on being published are welcome to attend a lecture offered by the Black Diamond Writers' Network.

"Write it Right Get Published" will take place as follows:

Ÿ Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7-7:45 p.m.; Pottsville Free Public Library, 215 W. Market St.; (570) 622-8880.

Ÿ Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Lehighton Area Memorial Library, 124 North St.; (610) 377-2750.

Ÿ Monday, Feb. 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St.; (570) 668-4660.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The 25th annual TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest is in full swing.

Categories are Main Dish; Desserts; Salads & Side Dishes; Slow Cooker; Money Saving Meals; Salad Dressings, Sauces and Marinades; and Celebrations.

The winner in each category will receive a $50 grocery store gift card and a $50 restaurant gift card.

Every entrant will receive a large grocery store tote bag; and every 25th entrant will received a $25 restaurant gift card.

The grand prize winner will receive an additional $250 grocery store gift card.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Join Autumn Jordon to learn more about writing romances at the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network.

The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

The meeting will be followed by a brief critique session for those interested in sharing some of their work or a roundtable discussion. The meeting is free and open to the public.