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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Denae Starry

Denae Starry, 17, is the daughter of Allyn and Dennis Starry of Hometown. Denae taught an elementary level after-school art class, and painted a mural in her church.

"I taught art classes for children at Tamaqua Area Elementary School for nine weeks, then, at the end, it culminated in an art show," she says.

She taught the art classes once a week, and held the art show in the spring. The show, held in the school lobby, featured the students' works, which ranged from paintings to clay.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Emmeline Knowlan

Emmeline Knowlan, 17, of New Ringgold, is the daughter of Rob and Kelly Knowlan. She earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by digitizing 40 "Life Books," booklets that give children in foster care a sense of stability and permanence by recording such landmarks as where and when they were born, information about their birth families, if appropriate, how they came to be in foster care and other facts.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Lauren Christ

Lauren Christ, 17, the daughter of Audrey and Mark Christ, Hometown, initiated and taught an after-school percussion ensemble class in the Panther Valley School District. Her students, who came from the elementary and high schools, then gave a performance.

"We worked in the winter on different techniques, and the easy music, and we put on a spring show," she says.

The show featured tunes that ranged from simple snare-and-bass drum pieces to the more complex xylophone. Students treated their audience to percussion that evoked sunrise, and of evening settling in.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Alexandra Miller

Alexandra Miller 17, of Tamaqua, is the daughter of Andrew and Margaret Miller. She coordinated a career fair that drew such notables as Schuylkill County pathologist Dr. Richard Bindie; state Sen. David G. Argall; state Rep. Jerry Knowles; her aunt, Leanne Harrison, a nuclear engineer; a teacher, an optometrist, a funeral director and others.

The career fair was in the spring of 2012 at the Tamaqua Community Center.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day.

Instead of heart-shaped, we're going heart-smart with Ted and Lori Larizzio of Jim Thorpe. The fact that this pair is the sweetest couple I've ever met (they were high school sweethearts and have known each other since kindergarten!), makes it a slam dunk.

When I came up with the idea for this food column, Lori was one of the first people I wanted to feature. After meeting her and Ted when I did a story about them in May of 2011 (, we became Facebook friends.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Marian musicians perform in annual Diocesan festival

Twenty-four band and chorus members from Marian Catholic High School were selected to appear in the 39th Annual Diocese of Allentown Music festival. The Festival was held at Bethlehem Catholic High School on Feb. 2.

Dr. Adam Brennan was the guest band conductor and Mrs. Katherine Brennan was guest chorus director for over 120 students from the Diocese's seven high schools, which are located in Schuylkill, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

The festival included the world premiere of a new work for band and chorus by Dr. Brennan, Requiem and Celebration.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Gordon Chandler

Gordon Chandler, a resident at the Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated his 99th birthday. He was born on Feb. 4, 1914.

A native of Slatington, Gordon dropped out of high school in 10th grade to get a job to help his mom with the bills.

"I never missed a day of school … ever! Ten years of school and perfect attendance. But mom needed money so I had to leave," said Gordon.

He is a retiree of Bethlehem Steel, where he worked in the rolling mill.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Q. I'm a baby-sitting grandparent I think I'm getting more colds because of it. Am I right or is this my imagination?

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports that schoolchildren get as many as 12 colds a year. Put those kids near their grandparents and it doesn't take a scientist to know that those colds are going to spread.

My personal physician also a grandfather says that one of the problems is that these walking petri dishes come home from school with new germs for which older people haven't developed antibodies.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will hold its March meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Janice Curran a consistent seller of short stories to the "True" magazines will discuss and answer questions about writing short stories and selling to the famous romance publications.

Monday, February 11, 2013
Simon Bandzi Sr.

Simon Bandzi Sr., Slatington, is celebrating his 90th birthday. He was born in Czechoslovakia on Feb. 12, 1923.

He served in World War II under Gen. Patton and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received a number of combat medals and ribbons, including: Certificate of Merit in the European Theater of Operations, United States Army; American Campaign Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; and a Good Conduct Medal.

His battles and campaigns included Rhineland, Northern France, Normandy and Ground Combat.