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Thursday, June 16, 2011
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Junior Impact Dance Team, front row from left, Lillian Brown, Brianna Holtzer, Angeline Castagna. Back row, Paige Hemingway, Jordyn Zwetolitz, Mackenzie Sabatino, Hope Maiatico, Kaitlyn Shlanta, Tia Brownmiller and Jenna Kroboth.

Impact Dance Teams from Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts, Lehighton, enjoyed a successful 2011 competition season.

Team students attended Lehigh Valley Dance Challenge in Allentown. Junior and senior teams received gold, high gold and platinum awards in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary/modern categories.

The junior team received a first place overall for its tap piece "Jumpin' Jack," and also a special judges' recognition award for "Darling Divas."

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dance Explosion & Tumble Academy, Nesquehoning, will be holding its seventh annual recital, "Dancing With The Stars," at the Tamaqua Area Middle School Auditorium on Saturday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. For tickets or for more information, call (570) 669-5505.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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Members of the Zion Lutheran Church Blanket Ministries in Tamaqua are making blankets to give to needy individuals in nursing homes and abroad. Volunteers who are making the blankets include, front, from left, Sharon Haldeman, Judy Brennan and Marion Klein. Back row, from left are Jean Derr, MaryJane Turton, Shirley Becker and Gail Jones. Also volunteering are Jane Springer, Velma Mantz and Beverly Batman. To donate supplies or become a volunteer, call the church at (570) 668-2180.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Eckley Players, Robert Vybrenner and Ruthie O'Dell, portray Asa and Sarah Packer. Located on the porch of the Asa Packer Mansion these two players participated in the 'Walk in Time' game.

On Saturday, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Black Diamond Garden Party was hosted in Jim Thorpe. The Garden Party celebrated the culture and history of Jim Thorpe while also helping to raise money for the hospital. Funds from admission and other donations will be used on recovery and operation room renovations at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.

The event was held in and around Asa Packer Mansion, Harry Packer Mansion and Kemmerer Park. Packer Hill Road was blocked off to ensure the safety of the party's guests.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1943 will hold its annual picnic on June 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Owl Creek Reservoir Pavilion. All class members are welcome to attend.

For further information, contact Harry Fetterman at (570) 668-3034.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Colin Micah Becker

A son, Colin Micah Becker, was born on May 16, 2011 at St. Luke's, Allentown, to Stefanie and Michael Becker of Palmerton.

He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 22 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Lewis and Lois Markley of Bowmanstown.

Paternal grandparents are Michael and Mary Ann Becker of Lansford.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Members of the Class of 1951 of the former Summit Hill High School will hold their 60-year reunion on Sunday, June 26, at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

For more information, contact class member Mary Scapanda, (570) 645-5816.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1991 will host its 20-year reunion on Sunday, July 17, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park in the Beer Pavilion, starting at noon.

Anyone in the Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1990 or 1992 is also welcome to attend. Please RSVP by July 7 to Jill Gavornik at (570) 325-4089 or

Classmates are invited to enjoy a fun-filled day of music, food, and laughter and reminisce about their high school days.

Please bring a covered dish to share. There is a small admission charge.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Beers

Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Beers, West Penn Township, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

They were married on June 10, 1961, by the late Rev. Josiah Werner in Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church, Aquashicola.

Mrs. Beers is the former Loretta Steigerwalt, daughter of the late Oscar and Verna Steigerwalt, West Penn Township.

Prior to her retiring in 1986 she worked as a seamstress at many factories in Tamaqua and Lehighton for more than 30 years.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre will host auditions for "Broadway on Broadway," an upcoming production of 10-minute plays and musical numbers to be staged Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13 in Jim Thorpe at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center.

Needed are actors and actresses, teenagers through adult, to perform in one or more of the original plays. No experience is necessary. Since the plays are short, this is the perfect opportunity for those wishing to give acting a try, without having to make a major commitment to a large scale production.