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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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Many people have outdated or unused medications in their medicine cabinet or elsewhere in their home.

Often, these old medications are being kept for future use or are simply forgotten after an illness passes.

But keeping old and unused medications can lead to some serious problems. Taking medications after they expire may be ineffective, and may even be dangerous, because the chemical makeup and potency of drugs can change over time.

Unused medications can also fall into the wrong hands and provide an easy source for those who may be seeking to abuse drugs.

Monday, April 27, 2015
METROGRAPHICS Corsages complete a prom look.

Flowers and formal events go hand in hand. Both women and men may wear flowers at weddings, graduations and dances.

A corsage is a small bundle of flowers that is pinned to the lapel area of a woman's clothing or tied around her wrist. Some people get creative and wear corsages in their hair or on their ankles.

Corsages get their name from the French bouquet de corsage, meaning a grouping of flowers for the bodice. Initially, corsages were attached to the bodice of a dress and wearers believed the corsages helped to ward off evil spirits.

Monday, April 27, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS Grab a bowl of popcorn and a corsage and sit down for some of Hollywood's most memorable prom and graduation moments.

High school students with proms and graduations on the horizon realize that these events will provide some of the most memorable moments of their lives.

Promgoers and graduates frequently look back on this special time in their lives with fondness as they remember the special moments they spent with friends and family.

These are such extraordinary events that many filmmakers have immortalized them on the silver screen. Here's a look at some memorable prom and graduation films. You may learn a thing or two before your own prom and graduation.

Monday, April 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) – "Will you go to the prom with me?"

Teenagers are still popping the question, but they're doing it in bigger and bolder ways that can sometimes rival a wedding proposal. Some ask on stadium Jumbotrons or surprise their future dates in class with giant signs. Known as a "promposal," they can pump up the overall cost of going to the prom. Teens then post videos and photos of their promposals on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, fueling the trend.

Monday, April 27, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS Prom night and the associated festivities that accompany the night can prove very expensive.

It should come as no surprise that the cost of prom tickets, transportation and attire continues to rise as the years pass. According to a recent study from Visa, families spent an average of $1,139 on proms in 2013. This figure represents a 5 percent increase over prom spending in 2012.

Friday, April 24, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Kristen Rosser with a "before" goat.

Turns out we're not the only ones fairly bleating with happiness as we rid ourselves of winter outerwear.

Just ask a goat. No kidding. Professional shearer Kristen Rosser stopped in at the Holly Road Fiber Farm, Barnesville, operated by Frank and Cathy Riotto, to trim the fleeces from their mohair goats.

She's a professional what? You can just imagine that conversation.

"Mom, Dad? Thanks for supporting me while I pursued that art major degree, but I've decided to become a shearer."

Friday, April 24, 2015

Nebraska City, Nebraska With partners including the Arbor Day Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a comprehensive and detailed approach to support land owners in their response to climate change.

The approach spans a range of technologies and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon storage, and generate clean renewable energy.

President Obama has made clear that no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Joint effort nets $5,945 for Wounded Warriors

A joint fundraising effort by the Trinity Praise Band and CrossFit TC Unplugged, both of Lehighton, has raised $5,945 for the Wounded Warriors Project.

The all-day event started with team CrossFit workouts at the Lehighton Rec Center.

Nearly 20 teams, each consisting of eight team members, took part in an intense 15-minute workout that raised money for the Wounded Warriors Project.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Start Making Sense will perform Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

If you're looking for the perfect blend of rock, funk, dance and New Wave, this concert might be just what you're looking for.

Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', dance celebration of the New Wave art-punk and Blue-eyed soul you loved from the '80s.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Mason Jar and Music Fest will be held Saturday at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St., Summit Hill.

Doors open at 11 a.m. There will be music from noon to 3 p.m. featuring Lyle Mantz, Pat McGeehan, Josh Finsel, Buddy and Danny Gone.

The drawing will take place at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $5 at the door and include a hot dog and a Mason jar for all day lemonade. Additional food and drink will be available.

Proceeds will be used to start up the Summer Food Service program, which provides free lunches to children up to 12th grade.