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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Over 50 people attended a recent event, "A Taste of Heritage Hill," at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly. Attendees had a chance to sample a variety of soups at the community and rate them. The favorite was Cream of Broccoli. Entertainment was also provided for all.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Girl Scout Junior Troop 50363 members, West End Service Unit of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, are working to achieve their Bronze Award with an event named "Scouts Sharing Stories."

The event will be held April 21 in the Pleasant Valley Middle School cafeteria from noon until 3 p.m.

The Girl Scouts plan to host 100 fellow Girl Scouts, along with Cub Scouts in kindergarten through third grade.

Dressed as storybook characters, the Scouts will provide story time, help make bookmarks, and provide snacks and goodie bags for each participant.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1987 will be holding a meeting to plan the 25-year class reunion.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Trainer's Inn, Route 209, Lehighton.

Anyone interested in helping to plan the event is invited to attend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Ruth Elliston

Ruth Elliston, a long-time resident of Palmerton, celebrated her 95th birthday recently. She was born on March 8, 1917.

She current lives at the Village at Palmerton, and is a very active member of her community. Ruth attends exercise programs three times a week, plays bingo, enjoys scrabble with friends, and is a member of "The Villages" Wii Pro Bowling Team.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Writers with questions, such as how to find a publisher for a manuscript, how to find an agent, or whether or not to self-publish are welcome to attend the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network for an informal, open writers' roundtable to discuss writing-related questions.

Guests are invited to bring their questions, ideas and thoughts to share.

Please note this month's special meeting date will be Saturday, March 24 at the Tamaqua Public Library from 10 a.m. until noon. The group will return to its normal third Saturday of the month meeting schedule on May 19.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Carbon County 4-H Reunion Committee is holding a quilting contest in conjunction with the centennial celebration. The contest is open to anyone in Carbon County, whether they were a 4-H member or not.

One square will be chosen and sent to Penn State University where a centennial quilt will be put together and auctioned in September.

The rest of the squares will be put together and a quilt or wall hanging will be made and auctioned off at the 4-H reunion in the fall.

Quilt squares should be made of prewashed cotton fabrics only.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Vanessa Rabayda/Special to the Times News Darla Troutman, Schuylkill Women in Crisis, left, and Marie Courtney, TAFFN member, at the Pottsville Courthouse, where SWiC has an office.

Sometimes good intentions are not enough when it comes to helping victims of domestic violence or abuse, including those of Christian leaders in churches and other faith-based organizations.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, is collecting new and gently-used prom and wedding dresses for its 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 Blue Ridge Communications offices in Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford and Lehighton. The deadline has been extended until March 21.

"Without the wonderful people in our community and their generosity, this event could not be possible," says organizer Julianne Farina.

Monday, March 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS PHOTOS

Members of the Summit Hill Heritage Center (SHHC) hosted a big band and swing event over the weekend to raise funds for the center and Summit Hill food pantry.

"Everyone who came donated items to the food pantry," David Wargo, center vice president, said.

Visitor Gertrude Wenner she and her friends go to the center all the time. "The volunteers and events are always great," said Wenner.

Monday, March 19, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon County Master Gardeners are ready to take your gardening questions. Volunteers who will be manning the Green Line, a telephone helpline that provides answers to questions about everything gardening, are, seated, from left, Julie V. Foley, and John Kupec. Standing, Slate Altenburg and Maryann Serafini.

Beginning Tuesday, Carbon County gardeners, farmers or anyone who has a question about anything plants can call a helpline, operated by the Penn State Extension Carbon County Master Gardener Program.

Members of the group will be on-hand from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday from now until October on the "Green Line," a telephone helpline that provides answers to questions about everything gardening, from plant diseases and pests and pesticides, to fungus, animal problems, tree issues, soil and more.