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Thursday, May 29, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Shirley Stein, center, of Lehighton was happy recently to join her daughter, LaRae Hlavaty, far left, also of Lehighton, her granddaughter Tara Haas, and her great-granddaughters Avery Ilse Haas, who is 2 1/2 years old, and Nellie Elizabeth Haas, who is 5 months old, for a four-generation photo. Tara and her family currently live in Denver, Colorado.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Carbon County Fair Queen for 2013 is Carissa Troxell.

The Carbon County Fair is looking for young ladies to participate in the 2014 Queen Program. The purpose of the fair queen is to encourage the promotion of the fair, its history and community impact; educate the public on the agricultural industry; and foster a greater public understanding of the importance of each of these to the community.

The fair will be held Aug. 4 through Aug. 9 in Palmerton.

Friday, May 23, 2014
  Six thousand colorful tulips surround the Tamaqua home of John and Doris Kehlor, 405 N. Lehigh St., a perennial tourist attraction.

According to the property owners, only a few days remain to catch a glimpse of Tamaqua's top springtime tourist attraction.

The spectacular display of nature's colors and textures is once again drawing visitors to the community's North Ward section for a glimpse of the botanical wizardry of John "Wes" and Doris Kehlor, 405 N. Lehigh St.

"It's really at its peak right now," said Doris Kehlor late last week.

"But it could last another week." There still may be a few days left to see the spectacle.

Friday, May 23, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley Middle School students who recently took first place at the local K'nex STEM Design Challenge, include, front row, from left, are Megan Weber, Tatum Terry, Justin Ogozalek and Cordell Brettle. Back row, Janet Branchide, Justin Gunderson, Hunter Kerestes and Noah Berk. Missing from the photo are Loudon Breiner and Vanessa Papay.

A group of Panther Valley Middle School students took first place at the local 2014 K'nex STEM Design Challenge, held April 11 at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, which are all integrated into the challenge. STEM programs are also being introduced into the school curriculum.

The challenge for the students was to design an environmentally friendly people mover constructed out of K'nex pieces and including at least one motor.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Daelene Long

As summer approaches, being outside and active is a great way to improve your physical health. But did you know that being outside in the sunshine can also improve your mental health?

Studies have shown that our brain creates more serotonin a natural mood-enhancing chemical on sunny days than on darker days, according to WebMD. Vitamin D, which we absorb naturally from sunlight, helps our bodies with neuromuscular and immune function and the reduction of inflammation.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The next Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Lehigh Carbon Community College, Jim Thorpe Center, 1100 Center St.

The discussion will be on how children are affected and the roles they take on.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a series of training classes on diabetes self management from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on four Tuesdays: June 3, 10, 17 and 24, in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton campus, 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

The course will be facilitated by certified diabetes educator Susan Generose.

Classes will cover:

Ÿ Meal planning: How to count carbohydrates and plan healthy meals

Ÿ Exercise ideas: Tips to keep active and find time to work out

Ÿ Basics of monitoring: How to check your blood sugar

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a mammogram clinic from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Palmerton campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton for those who are uninsured or underinsured. It includes a free mammogram and clinical breast exam with a health care professional.

Breast cancer screening looks for signs of cancer before a woman has symptoms. Screening can help find breast cancer early, when the chance of successful treatment is best.

Monday, May 19, 2014
FILE - In this April 21, 2012 file photo, a National Park Service worker tends to the White House kitchen garden on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, during a preview for the media of the Spring Garden Tour. Plants that can offer high yields with low watering include leafy vegetables such as kale, lettuce and spinach; beans, snow peas and sugar snap peas; and some varieties of cucumbers and squash. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)

How can you get the most yield from a garden where space is limited, and water is too?

Plant smart, and pay attention to the soil.

"Your garden is only as good as your soil," says David Salman, chief horticulturist at High Country Gardens, a Santa Fe, New Mexico, catalog that specializes in native and low-water plants.

Find out what nutrients your soil has and what it's missing with a soil test, available through local cooperative extension offices at a nominal fee (home soil-test kits are less reliable, according to the Colorado State University Extension).

Friday, May 16, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER

The Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District was abuzz Saturday morning with the annual science fair and art show.

One of the highlights of the art show was a group of five chairs decorated and donated by the eighth-grade art class to the "Chair-ity Fundraising Event," which is sponsored by the Penn Kidder Library Center.

The fundraiser, an auction, which will take place in July, features a wide variety of chairs decorated by local artists, signed by sports teams or donated by businesses.