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Monday, January 9, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Police Department is gearing up to hold its fourth annual Policeman's Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Memorial Hall, 101 E. 10th St., Jim Thorpe.

The event will feature formal attire and a sit-down meal, and will benefit Cystic Fibrosis.

Although the ball is over a month away, the department is welcoming any donations to help defray the cost of the ball. Those who wish to make a donation can contact the department at (570) 325-4995, and speak with Jamie Solomon or Chief Joseph Schatz.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater is calling all writers of all abilities to submit scripts for the March production of short plays.

CSC Theater will present three to six plays, 10-30 minutes in length on March 30-31. Submissions are due by Jan. 25.

All scripts should be family-friendly for a community production. All selected scripts will be performed under creative liberties of CSCT directors.

Friday, January 6, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. John Uher

Kerry Maureen Jones, daughter of Donald and Sally Ann Jones of Lansford; and John Michael Uher, son of John and Josephine Uher of Coaldale, were united in marriage on Nov. 12, 2011 at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Lansford.

The Rev. Kenneth Medve officiated the double ring ceremony. Kathleen Crampsie was the vocalist. Meghan Blazosky of Lansford and Trish O'Gurek of Summit Hill were the readers. Mike Williams of Allentown was the bag piper.

Thursday, January 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Alma Fisher looks down over one of the many banners she has made for her church.

Alma Fisher of Tamaqua doesn't consider herself a skilled seamstress, but her large colorful array of expressive church banners show otherwise.

Fisher, a lifelong member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua, started making banners for her church in 1994 after an earlier pastor, the Rev. Crawford, asked her if she could do something for the church to better display the holy seasons.

She gladly took on the task and gained her creative ideas from a number of craft books and library literature.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Michael Thomas Calnon and Kristin Joy Eckman, 111 S. Eighth St., Lehighton.

Eddy De Jesus Sanchez Bedato and Yanira Maria Rodriguez Lora, 329 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton.

Seth Ethan Hahn and Christianna Nicole Kurdilla, 1135 Church Rd., Palmerton.

Michael David Lehman and Jessica Graham Dillard, 1554 Cherry Hill Rd., Palmerton.

Salvatore Lawrence Baldassano and Kimberly Joy Donohoe, 22 Shadblue Lane, Jim Thorpe.

Joseph Michael Elliss Sr., 2556 Cedar St., Philadelphia, and Karen Ann Beltz, 646 W. Diamond Ave., Hazleton.

Thursday, January 5, 2012
William Valinch

William Valinch, currently residing in Sacramento Calif., recently celebrated his 103rd birthday.

Formerly of Rolling Mill Avenue in Tamaqua, "Bill" was born in Gilberton, Pa. on Dec. 22, 1908, to the late John and Margaret (Zerdgusky) Valinch. He was married to the former Julia McGee for 70 years.

He has two sons: William of North Huntington, Pa. and John of Carmichael, Calif. He also has two granddaughters and three great-granddaughters.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Chief cook

"Simply, a place to enjoy good food with friends."

That is how Barbara Breiner, volunteer organizer and chief cook, describes the free community soup social held the first Saturday of every month in the social hall at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

She added that the monthly social, which was started last year, is held free of charge to the community courtesy of community members and volunteers of the church.

"We hold the soup social in hopes of bringing members of the community together for an enjoyable time," added Breiner.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
This Nov. 21, 2011 photo shows Rocco DiSpirito

Chicken noodle soup may have a reputation for helping us beat the winter sniffles, but that doesn't make it health food.

Processed varieties, for example, can be loaded with calories, fat and sodium. And don't even get me started on the lack of flavor and hunks of tough chicken.

In my recipe for chicken noodle soup, I sidestep all these liabilities. I simmer the soup with real chicken and fresh vegetables, like carrots and onions, which are a great source of vitamins. The more veggies you add, the more nutrients you get.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

In the wedding announcement of Sharon Foster and Matthew Robertson, which ran in the Lifestyle section on Dec. 22, it incorrectly listed the bridegroom's parents as residing in Emmaus. The Rev. and Mrs. Stephen Robertson reside in Hagerstown, Md.

The spelling of the bridegroom's son's name was also incorrect. His name is Stephen.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Pleasant Valley School District has announced that four of its schools were recipients of the 2011 Keystone Achievement Awards. Accepting on their behalf are their principals, from left, Penny Derr, PVI; Christopher Fisher and Carole Geary, Chestnuthill Elementary; Joshua Krebs, PVE; and Joseph Kondisko, Polk Elementary. The Keystone recognizes Pennsylvania schools for academic achievement. More than 2,000 Pennsylvania schools are being honored for demonstrating sustained academic achievement over two school years.