Sunday, April 20, 2014


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten Campus community room, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

The meeting is geared for women who have been diagnosed with cancer sometime in their lives. The format is informal. Contact Mary Ann Hazel at 610-824-6490 for further information.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer a free educational seminar on Weight Loss Surgery at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the third floor conference room at the Palmerton Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton.

The bariatric (weight loss) surgery program at Blue Mountain Health System can help individuals with severe obesity lose weight they have been unable to lose using other methods. Bariatric surgery is an option for people whose health and quality of life are being affected by severe obesity.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Creitz

Mr. and Mrs. Willard Creitz of Lehighton recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married on April 1, 1944 by the Rev. George McKinley, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Palmerton. They were attended by Pauline Borger, sister of the bride and witnessed by the bride's mother, Susan Neff and the bridegroom's mother, Grace Creitz.

Mrs. Creitz is the former Dorothy Arlene Neff, daughter of the late George and Susan Neff. Her husband is the son of the late David and Grace Creitz.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dawn E. Brozyno and Anthony R. Yablonsky, both of 2 Cattail Lane, New Ringgold.

Alizarin Brizuela and Mark S. McCarroll, both of 209 Market St., Tamaqua.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ricky Raymond Burns Jr. and Heather Lynn Geiger, 19 W. Bertsch St., Lansford.

James Franklin Wieand and Susan Diane Brearman, 149 E. Zimmer Drive, Walnutport

Monday, April 7, 2014

Edge of the Woods Nursery, 2415 Route 100, Orefield, will present a workshop on native habitats and how to create one from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

Bill Lamack, native plant expert and former grounds and nursery manager of Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, Washington Crossing Park, will be presenting the workshop.

Despite where you live or whether you have a small or large outdoor space, you can create a garden that will not only attract beautiful wildlife, but also help to restore a habitat area and help to restore the ecological balance of your community.

Monday, April 7, 2014
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ibiyinka Alao, art ambassador for Nigeria to the United Nations, met with students at St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe recently. Alao spoke about being an artist, his work, and also conducted painting workshops during his visit.

On Wednesday, Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, the art ambassador for Nigeria to the United Nations, spoke at St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe. He spoke with the students about his artwork and his culture.

Alao showed some of his art to the students and told the stories behind his pieces. He also spoke about his home country, Nigeria.

Alao, who speaks 14 different languages, said that his name means that there is family in everyone that he meets. He has met many people through his travels and has visited 28 different countries.

Friday, April 4, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Students in the Youth Employability Skills classes at Tamaqua Area High School had the opportunity to learn proper business dinner etiquette Monday at Vonz Restaurant, 18 N. Railroad St. in Tamaqua. Students included, from left, Ben Miller, Rachael Jones, Trevor Skripko, Jessica Thomas and Stephen Billet.

Parents and educators have a lot in common, most importantly preparing children for the future, for the time they are out on their own in the real world.

That real world will one day include a job, whether it's directly out of high school, enlistment in the military or after graduating from college.

Making sure those children can compete and thrive in business is the goal of an elective course at Tamaqua Area Senior High School, the "Your Employability Skills" program, otherwise known as Y.E.S.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Pocono Arts Council has announced a special ArtSpace Gallery exhibit featuring a retrospective of the work of William Gothard during the month of April.

An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The show runs through April 30.

An oil painter, Gothard's art has focused on all aspects of the human condition through a series of self-portraits and individual and group portraits.

His work is remarkable in its ability to capture his subjects at a precise moment in time, honestly and unblinkingly. Gothard was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1932.

Friday, April 4, 2014

As part of Cedar Crest College's Reimert Lecture Series, at 7 p.m. Monday in the Samuels Theater, Leymah Gbowee, a 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, will discuss her life in Liberia during the war and how she unified brave Muslim and Christian women across the country, mobilizing them through peaceful public protests, and even a sex strike, in order to end the bloodshed in 2003.

Their efforts resulted in the exile of President Charles Taylor and the ushering in of the country's first female president.