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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Annamarie Fiducia and Josiah Behrens were crowned 2014 Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King at Jim Thorpe Area High School Friday during half-time ceremonies.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eliza Good and Mark Semmel were crowned Palmerton Area High School's 2014

Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King during half-time ceremonies Friday evening.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Carbon Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees will sponsor a free Pre-Retirement Seminar at the Hampton Inn, Lehighton from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 18,

All Pennsylvania Public School Employees (administrators, aides, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, counselors, librarians, maintenance staff, secretaries, and teachers) who anticipate retiring in the near future are invited to attend (bring along your spouse or a friend).

Speakers will cover topics of major interest to retire.

The featured speaker will address the benefits of the Health Options Medical Program.

Monday, October 6, 2014
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS Friends of the Dimmick Library volunteers Karen Bushnell, left, and Edna Brennan, hold a sign signifying the library garden at 58 Broadway in Jim Thorpe as a "pollinator friendly garden." The distinction was handed down by the Penn State Extension during a ceremony on Thursday.

Bees and butterflies are officially welcome at the Dimmick Memorial Library garden in Jim Thorpe.

Carbon County Master Gardeners presented the Friends of the Dimmick Library with a sign Thursday afternoon certifying the garden as a Penn State Extension "pollinator friendly" garden.

Located behind the Friends row house at 58 Broadway, the garden is mostly made up of perennials with a rhododendron and mountain laurel sprinkled in the front.

The garden grew out of an idea several years ago by Friends volunteers Karen Bushnell and Edna Brennan.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sara Melissa Tallary Madeira and Joshua F. Shamonsky, both of New Ringgold.

Melissa M. Mertz and Darin A. Ruch, both of New Ringgold.

Jennifer Lynn Gorski and Brett Michael Ridge, both of New Ringgold.

Catie E. Stamets, Tamaqua, and Douglas C. Camodeca, Pottsville.

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: