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Monday, July 8, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ruth Conville of Tamaqua teaches a class of youngsters

during the annual

Vacation Bible School at First Congregational Church, Coaldale. God's Backyard was the theme of the five-day program, which included crafts, music and Bible study. Fifty-four children and teens attended the

program, which held its closing exercises Friday, June 29.

Monday, July 8, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lisa Krouse (left) Claudette Gosselin, two of the Mahoning Valley Fiber Guild founders with a quilt made by Krouse, a former arts teacher. The quilt features "yo-yos" pieces of circular fabric that are drawn in, gathered in the middle, and tacked on to the quilt.

If there is a common thread that brought together three local women, it is their shared love of fibers and of the many projects that use the fibers.

The three women Claudette Gosselin, Lisa Krouse, and Susan Zellner started their journey in October of 2012 when Gosselin received three alpacas as a gift. That journey culminated in the creation of the Mahoning Valley Fiber Guild.

Friday, July 5, 2013
Betty (Oliver) Dolan

Betty (Oliver) Dolan of Tamaqua celebrated her 94th birthday on June 21. She graduated as valedictorian of her 1937 high school class from St. Jerome's.

She worked at the Atlas Powder Company during World War II. In the late 1960s she owned and operated the Corner Shop in Tamaqua.

She most recently was employed as assistant to the Tamaqua borough secretary.

She has two children: Susan of Tamaqua and Terry of Bethlehem, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friday, July 5, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A luncheon was held in honor of Clyde and Rose Mase of New Ringgold, who recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

The celebration was hosted by their children, Joan Seyler of Bath, Pa. and Frank Mase of Maine.

There were many family and friends there to wish them well at the luncheon, which took place at the Barnhouse Village in Bath.

In honor attendance was Myrtle Hoops, who was maid of honor for the couple on Jan. 5, 1943.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Whiteman family reunion will be held Aug. 10 at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club starting at 11 a.m. All replies should be returned by July 28.

For more information, call Sandy at (610) 377-1506.

Friday, July 5, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Children attending the Jim Thorpe Ecumenical Vacation Bible School sing "Go Tell It on the Mountain" during their closing program at St. John's Lutheran Church. This year's program was "Tell It on the Mountain."

The Jim Thorpe Ecumenical Vacation Bible School recently held its closing program, with children who attended the weeklong program sharing what they learned with family and friends.

The theme of this year's program was "Tell It on the Mountain: Where Jesus Christ is Lord" an appropriate message for children living on and near Mount Pisgah in Jim Thorpe, leaders noted.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Mertz family reunion will take place Saturday, July 13 starting at noon at Phifers Ice Dam in Franklin Township. Please bring a donation for either the cake walk or the Chinese auction.

Barbecue and drinks will be provided. Please bring a covered dish to share with others.

For more information, call Tina at (570) 952-4846.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Many people today are interested in growing and/or buying local foods and want to preserve them for use throughout the year. "Yes I Can" is an introductory workshop providing today's recommendations on how to safely can seasonal garden produce and specialty items.

It includes costs, equipment, how to use a pressure canner and boiling water bath canner, types of pack, safe methods and procedures, storage, and resources. Dial gauge canners can be tested for accuracy for those who bring the lid.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1965 will host a luncheon on July 18 at Roadies Restaurant at Penn's Peak on Maury Road in Jim Thorpe.

Social hour will begin at noon with lunch served at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact George at (570) 778-6678.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Barbecue Burgers spice up that plain, old everyday burger. Top them with Barbecued Onions and your favorite barbecue sauce for a tasty alternative to Plain Jane burgers.

A couple weeks ago I got an email from a reader who asked for a recipe to spice up hamburgers on the grill. I'm always pretty Plain Jane with my burgers, and do little more than shape ground beef into a patty and grill or fry it, but Bob H. from Tamaqua got me thinking.

Since tomorrow is the Fourth of July, I wanted to come up with a recipe that wouldn't require a lot of shopping or preparation. This is pretty easy, and if you were already planning on serving burgers at your picnic, you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen.