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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA), a K- 12 public cyber school, is hosting a local information session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Lehighton office, 613 Blakeslee Blvd. Dr. E., Ste. 204, to educate parents and families about CCA's unique curriculum, which uses technology and more to deliver individualized education for each student. Since CCA is a Pennsylvania public school, there are no costs for tuition, fees or supplies.

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Danielle Fox/TIMES NEWS Lori-Jo Yarosh, director of sales and marketing for BrightStar Care, passes out emergency supply bags for Mark Nalesnik at an emergency prepardness workshop hosted by the Carbon County Link to Aging and Disability Resources.

The Carbon County Link to Aging and Disability Resources hosted a workshop at the Whispering Pines banquet hall of Penn Forest Fire Company on Friday to educate elderly citizens on how to prepare for emergency situations.

The event was under the direction of Julie Roviniski-Mann, Carbon county Link coordinator. Link operates through the Pennsylvania Office of Aging and was described by Roviniski-Mann as a "one-stop shop" for resources for senior or disabled citizens.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Feed the People is serving a community dinner from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. The group invites all to gather for a franks and sauerkraut dinner. For more information call (570) 657-1480.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

For the past couple of months, my family and I have been trying to plan for our vacation.

We have diligently set aside a little money each week and allowed it to accumulate.

Since I have overcome my fear of flying (for the most part), I really have had this burning desire to see all of the places I have dreamed of visiting since I was a child.

We have spent many hours researching possible destinations on the Internet.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

George Orwell was born 110 years ago this past week - on June 25 to be exact. Orwell's prolific work "1984" was something we all read in high school, but didn't really believe could happen in the 20th century United States.

Saturday, June 29, 2013
The Oorang Indians, a fledgling NFL franchise, was more of a Wild West show than a serious football team. Jim Thorpe was the coach and his brother, "Jack Deadeye" Thorpe, who played guard, center, tackle and wingback, was a member of the 17-player, all-Indian football team.

Once upon a time, Jim and "Jack" Thorpe played pro football together. The year was 1923, and the team was the Oorang Indians, a fledgling NFL franchise that was more of a Wild West show than a serious football team.

Jim Thorpe was the coach and his brother, "Jack Deadeye" Thorpe, played guard, center, tackle and wingback as a member of the 17-player, all-Indian football team.

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Close the Loop offers Pa. blue glass mulch and many other vibrant colors of tumbled landscaping glass, along with recycled rubber pavers, rubber mulch and landscape timbers and curbs made from waste tires.

Rita Lacey of Kunkletown is trying to make more Americans understand and learn the importance of recycling, and be open to supporting companies that sell recycled products. That's why she began her own business called Close the Loop, a PA Benefit Corporation.

After 13 years in Kunkletown, Close the Loop now opened a new more- central location on Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road in Gilbert next to the American Legion.

Saturday, June 29, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dale Freudenberger was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Lehighton Rotary Club. As Anthracite Regional Coordinator for Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, he discussed the new Lehighton trailhead - which is located on the site of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad Station and tracks in Lehighton. Participants at the meeting are, seated l-r, Rotary District Governor-Elect Irene Carey, Assistant Governor Barbara Belon; standing l-r, Freudenberger, and Lehighton Rotary Club Immediate Past President Erica Heery.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players"...William Shakespeare's "As You Like It."

Last fall, my niece Abby and I were making cupcakes. As we were working in the kitchen I said, "We need a little music." Abby, who was 12 at the time, loves music and singing. She has a beautiful voice. She had performed in Towamensing Elementary's musicals since she was in fourth grade and sings in our church's choir.

"Have you ever heard the music from "The Phantom of the Opera?" I asked.

"No," was her reply.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

JIM:

When I was a kid, Mad Magazine ran a regular feature called "Spy v. Spy." Two pointy nosed guys - one all black and one all white - vied with one another with hilarious results. The comic strip was a put up of the CIA and the KGB, and the Cold War in general.

The CIA was easy to lampoon. Its widely publicized, inept efforts to assassinate Castro - exploding cigars, a wet suit lined with poison, even a defoliant to cause his beard to drop out (killing his persona, if not him) - seemed absurd.