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Monday, September 29, 2014

Back in 1775, while the rest of the country was bemoaning high tariffs on tea, Benjamin Frankin was singing the virtues of coffee.

"Among the numerous luxuries of the table … coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occasions … is never followed by sadness, languor or debility," Franklin wrote.

Today is National Coffee Day, so drink up.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Why spend money on potting soil, fertilizers, and other items for your garden when you can make your own for free, by composting waste you already have? Turn your scraps into rich soil for planting.

This is a great way to recycle your fruit and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, grass clippings, leaves and much, much more.

The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority along with the Monroe County Penn State Master Gardeners will hold a free composting class at 9 a.m. Oct. 11 at its facility in Blakeslee.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Grant Jarrett, an award-winning debut author who grew up in the Lehigh Valley, will be at the Moravian Bookstore at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 to discuss his novel, "Ways of Leaving" (SparkPress, 2014), with a reading and book signing.

"Ways of Leaving" was named the winner of the International Book Awards for Best New Fiction announced earlier this year.

The Moravian Bookstore is located at 428 Main St. in Bethlehem.

Friday, September 26, 2014
WANTED: Your original recipes for our annual cookbook and contest

There is just over a week left to submit your recipe for the 27th annual Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest.

This year's categories include 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 be asked to re-create their winning recipes for a final judging at the Times News office in Mahoning Township, where a panel of judges will determine our grand prize winner.

Friday, September 26, 2014

In 2012 the National Cancer Institute spent 4.16 percent, or $208.1 million, of its $5.07 billion budget on pediatric cancer research.

NCI funds research for 23 different types of cancer, with the greatest amount going to breast cancer.

Here is a list of the top 10 disciplines that are funded.

Breast cancer: $602.7 million

Lung cancer: $314.6 million

Prostate cancer: $265.1 million

Colorectal cancer: $256.3 million

Leukemia: $234.7 million

Pediatric cancer: $208.1 million

Brain and central nervous system cancer: $177.5 million

Friday, September 26, 2014
A youngster who's battled cancer smiles as he walks off the field with an autographed baseball from a Arizona Diamondback before the Diamondbacks game with the San Diego Padres, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and although the month is almost over, the fight against pediatric cancer is not.

If you didn't go gold for children's cancer yet, it's OK. There's still time.

The most important thing is that you become a little more aware, and maybe, do a little to help.

Statistics are staggering

Ÿ This month, an estimated 14,583 children will be diagnosed worldwide with cancer.

Ÿ In the United States, 1 in 5 of those children will not survive.

Ÿ 50 children die from cancer each week.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Men from the Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet on at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Riverwalck Restaurant in Parryville.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe will be busy for the next few days.

Tonight, "40 Story Radio Tower," similar to Prairie Home Companion, takes the stage with music by Connor Kennedy of Woodstock, New York,

On Friday, it's Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush and his band, along with special guest, The Boiled Owls, from Jim Thorpe.

Blues-rock band Mark Doyle and the Maniacs perform Saturday.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Tamaqua Area High School has announced its 2014 Homecoming candidates. They are, first row, from left, Brooke DeHart, Madelyn Dolinsky, Rachel Keich, Hannah Zoba and Jamie Mateyak. Second row, Devin Murphy, Noah Troxell, Kyle Weaver, Brad Fedor and Tyler Resch. Homecoming will be this weekend, when the Blue Raiders host Panther Valley. The king and queen will be crowned during halftime ceremonies.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Diakon Living & Learning After 50 is holding "oldies dance Saturday" from 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Lakeside Ballroom, 40 Crystal Lane.

Music will be provided by "Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods 50s & 60s Rock-n-Roll Party Band."

For information on tickets, people should call 570-624-3018.

The dance benefits Diakon Community Services, which offers a range of programs for older adults.