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Friday, September 2, 2011

ATLANTA (AP) – Half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day and some are downing a lot.

One in 20 people drinks the equivalent of more than four cans of soda each day, even though health officials say sweetened beverages should be limited to less than half a can.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the figures Wednesday in a report said to be the government's first to offer national statistics for both adults and kids.

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Above, this undated photo courtesy of the ASPCA/Mike Bizelli shows Virginia Anderson, 95, left, as she holds her cat Lucky while posing for a photograph with Tim Rickey, a Joplin native and senior director of the ASPCA's field investigations and response team, in Joplin, Mo. The tornado that slammed into Joplin, Mo., in May killed 160 people and thousands of pets. The ASPCA set up an emergency shelter, below, next to the Joplin Humane Society and helped round up over 1,300 dogs and cats. In the month after the tornado, workers and volunteers reunited 500 of those pets with their owners, said Rickey.

LOS ANGELES (AP) A poll released Tuesday by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found that 35 percent of dog and cat owners have no plan for dealing with their pets during a disaster that forces them to evacuate.

Forty-two percent of dog or cat owners polled in the survey said they would not evacuate without their pets, 39 percent said they would leave them behind and 19 percent said they didn't know what they would do.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pennsylvanians are both marrying and divorcing at a lower rate than the rest of the country, a quality they share with many men and women of the Northeast, a new U.S. Census Bureau report says.

Later marriages have traditionally been viewed as more likely to last longer.

That's a link making itself known more favorably in states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York than places such as Arkansas, Georgia and West Virginia, where divorce rates are well above the norm, according to the data released today from the 2009 American Community Survey.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The September evening garden program presented by Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Master Gardeners will be a "Veggie Delight and Harvest Program."

It will take place from 6:15-8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Penn State Extension office on Phillips Street in Stroudsburg.

Registration forms and information are available online at http://extension.psu.edu/monroe/events/wednesday-garden-program-6, or by calling (570) 421-6430.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
AP PHOTO Eileen and Doug Flockhart stand amongst tree stumps representing each of their seven grandchildren at their home in Exeter, N.H.

WASHINGTON (AP) – America is swiftly becoming a granny state.

Less frail and more involved, today's grandparents are shunning retirement homes and stepping in more than ever to raise grandchildren while young adults struggle in the poor economy.

The newer grandparents are mainly baby boomers who are still working, with greater disposable income. Now making up 1 in 4 adults, grandparents are growing at twice the rate of the overall population and sticking close to family – if their grandkids aren't already living with them.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The 20-year reunion of the Lehighton Area High School Class of 1991 will be a pig roast on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Orioles.

If you are on Facebook, go to the LAHS Class of 1991 reunion page to view the invitation. If not, contact Jen (Harleman) Lopata at jjlopata@yahoo.com or Norm Greene at (570) 657-6457 for an invitation.

Registrations are due by Sept. 24.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The arrival of fall weather offers a good reminder for homeowners to prepare their homes for the winter months ahead.

Getting a furnace inspection, replacing filters, raking leaves and checking gutters are common tasks associated with autumn.

But there are other just-as-important tasks that could easily be overlooked.

Angie's List, a provider of consumer reviews (https://www.angieslist.com) on local service companies, offers 10 tips to add to your fall checklist.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year anniversary reunion for Oct. 22 and is in need of current contact information for numerous class members.

Addresses, phone numbers and/or email addresses would be helpful. Classmates or individuals with information about classmates may contact Jerry Zubey at (570) 668-1175; Mary Allen Cooper at (570) 386-5220; or Mary Ann Rother Bright at (570) 778-0948.

The class has established a Facebook page at TAHS class of "71" or emails can be sent to tahsclass of 71@hotmail.com.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Bunny Busters 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Club will hold its reorganizational meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Membership is open for anyone ages 8-18.

The club meets on Sunday evenings, usually once a month, throughout the year. It holds its own rabbit show in the spring, and participates in the Carbon County Fair.

Members have the opportunity to attend and compete at functions on the local, state, and national levels.

Friday, August 26, 2011
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Lehighton Area High School's Class of 1971 recently gathered for its 40-year class reunion. The event took place on Aug. 13 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Classmates attending included, front row from left, Roberta (Shoemaker) Brewster, Mary Jane (Shirar) Hanson, Sally (Koch) Long, Kathy (Hardy) Liszka, Stephanie Hipple, Robin (Hager) Haimbach, Lana Getz, Brenda (Garvin) Norden, JoAnn Kripper, Pam (Solt) Hughes and Debra Deis.