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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will meet from 10 a.m. until noon on June 21 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St. in Tamaqua

Jeff Davis of Jim Thorpe will be sharing his knowledge of the publishing world of today. He is affiliated with various literary agents and organizations such as Penn Writers. His recently released book titled "Nesting with the Loons" delivers hilarious satire.

Friday, May 30, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS First-place winners of the 39th annual Carbon County Conservation District Poster Contest showcase their posters on Wednesday evening. Winners are, from left, Andrew Dotzel of Weatherly Elementary, kindergarten and first grade category; Jayden Gable of Lehighton Middle School, fourth through sixth grade category; Jennifer Stank of Weatherly High School, 10th through 12th grade category; Madison Martinez of St. John Neumann Regional, seventh through ninth grade category; and Brynn Wentz of Franklin Elementary, second and third grade category. With them is Audrey Wargo, conservation district secretary.

Carbon County students were asked to "dig deeper" for the 39th annual Carbon County Conservation District Poster Contest, and dig deeper they did.

On Wednesday evening, in the county courthouse courtroom 1, parents, students, teachers and conservation district officials gathered to honor the 21 students whose work was chosen as the best of the best. A total of 160 entries were judged in this year's contest. The theme was "Dig deeper: Mysteries of the soil."

Friday, May 30, 2014

Faith Alive United Methodist Church will be showing the documentary "Veil of Tears" at 7 p.m. on June 11.

The church is located on 678 Pine St. Palmerton (Bowmanstown).

The movie is rated PG-13 and is 90 minutes.

Refreshments will be served afterward.

For questions, contact Faith Alive Church at 610-852-2805.

Friday, May 30, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From left, Pastor Marie Terry of Coaldale, Mary Jane Sterling of Summit Hill and Dana Dunbar of Jim Thorpe, recently spent two weeks in Scotland serving as short-term missionaries.

Pastor Marie Terry of Coaldale, Mary Jane Sterling of Summit Hill and Dana Dunbar of Jim Thorpe spent two weeks in Scotland as short-term missionaries over the Christmas holidays.

They were guests of Kathryn and David Henderson of Leven, Scotland. David acquired an accordion for Mary Jane to use for programs, including sing-alongs while visiting hospitals and shut-ins, and for church services.

The three took part in street evangelism and prayer walks and provided testimonies on how Jesus is at work in their lives and how they conduct outreach programs in the United States.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Blue Mountain Health System and Palmerton Lions Club will co-sponsor a community health fair at the Palmerton Hospital Cafeteria on Lafayette Avenue in Palmerton from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 7.

The health fair will include several health assessments, health screenings, chair massages, and an opportunity to meet with representatives from the Blue Mountain Health System and agencies from Carbon County and surrounding communities.

Information and education on a variety of health-related topics and services will be available.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From left, Jordan Reis, Jerdil Castillo, Mary Lazar and Roxanne  Person recently performed with the All-State Lions Band in  Pittsburgh and will be heading to Toronto to perform at the Lions International Convention.

The 2014 All-State Lions Band was held at the Doubletree at Greentree in Pittsburgh May 16-17, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Lions State Convention.

For over 30 years, the Pennsylvania Lions have organized an All-State Band to accompany the Lions to the annual state and international conventions.

All lodging and meal expenses are covered by the Pennsylvania Lions while at the convention.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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.