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Monday, January 30, 2012

Ann Boyle, author and former literary agent, will share her wisdom about today's changing publishing landscape as keynote speaker at the third annual Write it Right writers' conference in Pottsville.

Boyle will present her keynote speech as part of the Black Diamond Writers' Network (BDWN) third annual Write it Right writers' conference on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo St., Pottsville.

Boyle will provide a breakout session on the writer-agent relationship.

Thursday, January 26, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Graduates from the Carbon County Technical Institute's Adult Education's State Approved Nurses Aid Program gather for a graduation ceremony at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Friday afternoon. Present were, front, from left, Jen Gechtberg, Kaitlyn Hill, Kristine Eickhoff, and Delores Cardone. Back, Vanessa Andrew, Rose Henning, Crystal Cavallaro, Scott Schulte, and Instructor Colleen Gooch. For more information on CCTI Adult Education programs call the school at (570) 325-4140.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Here are some coupon "Dos and Don'ts" from consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch:

DOs:

Ÿ Have your coupons organized before hitting the store. Make sure they're already clipped and neatly arranged so the cashier can keep the line moving

Ÿ Treat the cashier with respect. It's possible you know more about coupon policies than they do, but being rude will get you nowhere. If there are problems, ask politely to speak with a manager.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch outlines basic couponing how-to's.

Ÿ Review circulars and base weekly meals on sale items. For meats and veggies you've never cooked with, look up free recipes online and try something new.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Laura Kennedy of Hometown spends a few hours a week clipping coupons and coordinating sales to save big bucks.

It's a month after Christmas, the bills have started rolling in, and the cost of groceries is rising like bread dough in a warm kitchen.

The cost crunch is prompting more shoppers than ever to use coupons to stretch their dollars. For most, that means leafing through the shiny Sunday supplements, clipping coupons for a few products.

But for others, couponing is serious business. Extreme couponers devote hours a week to finding, clipping, sorting coupons and making the rounds of several stores to get the most bang for their cents-off buck.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
001 Daisy Girl Scout Nicollette McCabe lines up a putt on the "Alice in Wonderland" green during miniature golf at Library Palooza at the Palmerton Area Library.

While the streets of Palmerton were quiet under a blanket of fresh snow on Saturday, the Palmerton Area Library was filled with laughter and cheers.

Library Palooza was held at the Palmerton Area Library for local Girl Scouts and families as a chance to have some indoor fun and shake off cabin fever. The event was coordinated by Palmerton area Girl Scout leaders and scouts and the Palmerton Area Library's Teen Advisory Group.

Monday, January 23, 2012
BOB MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bailey, a 7-year-old Saint Bernard, may have a lot of fun playing in the snow, but he, along with all animals need to have the proper care and shelter to survive in frigid temperatures. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to make sure your animal stays safe this winter.

LOS ANGELES If you are too cold to be outside without a coat, your dog probably is too.

If your cat eats just one of your acetaminophen cold or flu pills, it could be fatal.

Those are just a few of the tips experts offer to keep pets safe this winter. Here are some other basic cold-weather precautions with pets from experts and animal welfare organizations.

From the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

Ÿ Keep your dog leashed in the snow and make sure it has an ID tag. Dogs can lose scents in snow and get lost.

Friday, January 20, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Dimmick Memorial Library was the recipient of a $3,000 check donated by the Carbon County Bar Association. From the left are attorney Jane Engler; Susan Sterling, library director; and attorney Greg Mousseau, CCBA board member.

Friday, January 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Diane Danielson, Palmerton Area Library director, right, displays Paula Zelienka's of Palmerton, left, watercolor of The Sacred Heart Church. Artwork by local artists such as Zelienka's will be on display during the library's annual Art Show and Lunch on Sunday, Jan. 29.

What to do on a cold winter's day?

Come to Palmerton Area Library's Art Show and Lunch on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 12 to 3 p.m. and warm up your soul. Doors will not open until noon.

The Friends of the Library will host the event, which includes lunch and artwork by local artists. The artwork will also be available for purchase.

This is the library's biggest fundraiser of the year.

The art show is looking for more artists to showcase their work. Bring no more than three pieces per artist. Pieces must be framed and ready to hang with a wire on the back.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers will hold its February meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

During the meeting, a workshop entitled "Castles to Corsets: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction" will be presented by local author Kathy Coddington

Contrary to popular belief, historical fiction is not dead. Viking warlords, knights, Scottish lords, feisty women in corsets and bonnets and bawdy ladies of the evening are still a popular draw.