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Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Bach and Handel Chorale concludes its 2011-2012 concert schedule singing a program of sacred music at The Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

St. John's and the Bach and Handel Chorale have a long tradition together. The church is home to the chorale, as the church has provided rehearsal space for over 25 years.

The chorale delights in singing the benefit concert to help raise funds for the church's Organ Repair and Restoration Fund.

The church's Kimball organ is nearly 100 years old.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
@$:MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In celebration of School Library Month and National Library Week, Lehighton Area High School recently hosted a "Library Tea." Pictured, from left, in front of a billboard that was designed by the students in honor of this special event are LAHS Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher; library assistant Daralyn Behler; librarian Jo Lynn Gazo; Jarrett Dawson; Carrie Bossert; Amber Frey, seated; Jasmine Pasternack, also seated; Zach Hartman; and Caroline Leiby.

In celebration of School Library Month and National Library Week, Lehighton Area High School recently hosted a "Library Tea."

"We thought it would be a nice way to thank the teachers, staff, and students for using our school library," said librarian Jo Lynn Gazo.

Refreshments were available throughout the school day in the library.

Gazo said the event was a way to properly thank those who help in the library, especially library assistant, Daralyn Behler.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
LEFT: Michael Trainer, who plays Ren McCormick, and Hailey Hoherchak, who plays Ariel Moore, are featured in Jim Thorpe High School's production of Footloose this weekend. BOTTOM LEFT: Caitlin Henninger as Urleen; Josiah Behrens as Willard; and Samantha Sparacio as Rusty. BOTTOM RIGHT: Maria Donati as Ethel McCormick, who moves to a small town with her son, Ren, (Michael Trainer). With them is Alexis Young, who  portrays Vi Moore, wife of the overbearing  minister, who has banned dancing and rock music in JTAHS's production of  Footloose.

Everyone is invited to cut loose this weekend when Jim Thorpe Area High School presents Footloose at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5.

With its catchy music and talented cast, Footloose is sure to have the audience tapping its feet and humming its songs long after the curtain closes.

Director Natalie Kmetz has been the driving force behind Jim Thorpe's yearly production for three decades, and even though she retired last year, she continues to dedicate herself to the annual musical.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
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Last week, the Jim Thorpe Area School District's Pre-Kindergarten Counts program took part in the Week of the Young Child, which is an annual, national celebration.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children sponsors the celebration.

Kate Harleman is the JTASD Pre-K Counts teacher for both Penn Kidder Campus and L.B. Morris Elementary School. She said that the Week of the Young Child is about celebrating young children and early childhood education.

"Early childhood education is the building blocks for a child's learning," stated Harleman.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jessica L. Davis and Ryan S. Wagner, 9 W. Elm St., Tamaqua.

Angela M. Hillman and Joel D. Haas, 523 Church St., New Ringgold.

Anne Pilger and Aaron M. Bruno, 163 N. Kennedy Drive, rear, McAdoo.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented a scholarship to Maria Mesko, second from right, during its spring business meeting. Mesko is a junior at East Stroudsburg University, majoring in early childhood education and special education. She currently resides in Summit Hill. From left, Michelle Kivias, East Stroudsburg University special education professor, husband Scott Mesko, and Jill DeLong, the Carbon chapter's Educational Support chairperson.

The Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented a scholarship to a local education student during its annual spring business meeting at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. The group also recognized a long-standing member for her contributions to the Carbon County chapter.

An education scholarship was awarded to Maria Mesko of Summit Hill, a junior at East Stroudsburg University. She is majoring in integrated early childhood education and special education and will graduate in May 2013.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Rachel Rello, 9, of Slatington, has a private dance with Disney Princess Belle at Disney World. She was the recipient of a dream by Dream Come True - Blue Ridge Chapter.

Was meeting Yankees star player Derek Jeter the best part of 9-year-old Rachel Rello's dream or was it dancing with Disney Princess Belle at Disney World?

Jeter is in the top of the sporting world and some say that this Yankees captain leads a charmed life.

Not only is he Rachel's favorite baseball player, he is America's number one favorite sports star. He is number one with men, Baby Boomers and people living in the east.

While many watch him on television or from a seat at a stadium, not too many can say that Jeter pulled him or her onto his knee like Rachel can.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Q. You can settle a bet for me. Who gets shoulder problems more often, athletes or seniors?

Athletes such as pitchers, tennis players and swimmers are especially susceptible to shoulder problems because of their repetitive overhead motions. However, shoulder problems are most likely to victimize people older than 60. You can deduce that, as a group, old athletes are at the highest risk of shoulder injury.

(Shoulder problems are so common among seniors that I am doing a two-parter on the subject. This is the first column.)

Let's start with some anatomy.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Jim Thorpe High School class reunion committee will meet this evening at 6:30 p.m., at the second floor conference room of the Jim Thorpe Administration Building, Center Ave.

If you were a member of the classes of 1955 through 1965, and you have any old photos that you would like to share, please contact Alvin Sellers or any member of the committee.

The committee is also looking for the class colors and class flowers.

The reunion is set for Sept. 29, at Whispering Pines banquet hall, Penn Forest Fire Company.

Monday, April 30, 2012
One of the 12 Passion prints by Johann Bussemacher recently acquired by the Allentown Art Museum.

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley has acquired a number of new artworks in recent months to add to its extensive permanent holdings, which now include more than 17,000 pieces.

"We're always looking to collect works that we feel should be preserved for future generations and that will help us fulfill our mission today as an educational resource," says Sofia Bakis, coordinator for Collections and Exhibitions.