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Friday, April 19, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Featured members during the spring Carbon Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) included James Wentz, left, who received a special commendation for his volunteer work; and Dan Kunkle, right, executive director and founder of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, a PASR member and the meeting's speaker. Center is chapter President Janet Hall.

The Carbon Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) met this week for its spring meeting and luncheon in the Harvest Cafe at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe.

PASR member Dan Kunkle served as speaker for the event. Kunkle is the executive director and founder of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and shared information about the center with members attending the meeting.

He noted that in its 10 years, the center has gained local and national recognition for its revegetation efforts in the Lehigh Gap between Palmerton and Slatington.

Friday, April 19, 2013

A luncheon is planned for graduates of Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1965 at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at Trattoria's 903, located on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township, on top of Kattner's Hill.

Call George Kunkel at (570) 778-6678 for details and directions.

Friday, April 19, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic High School will present three performances of the musical production "The Wiz" this weekend. Cast members include: Damian Richards as the Coach (Cowardly Lion); Christopher Postupack as the Janitor (Tin Man); Samantha Faust as Dorothy; Dylan Quick as the Student (Scarecrow); Sabrina Krupko as Glinda; Nicole Collevechio as Addaperle; Tiffany Grutza as Evillene; Zachary Mrochko as The Wiz; and Andrew Kelly as the Royal Gatekeeper.

The yellow brick road can be found at Marian Catholic High School this weekend as the Marian Class of 2103 presents the musical "The Wiz."

While remaining mostly faithful to the L. Frank Baum classic "The Wizard of Oz," the stage production takes Dorothy back to Oz and the old, familiar characters, with some twists.

The first musical adaptation of Baum's book was presented at the Majestic Theatre in New York City in 1903.

The latest production, the fifth, is a concept of producer Ken Harper, with a book written by Wiliam F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

As part of their 10-year anniversary celebration, members of the Strawberry Playhouse will be featuring a two-weekend performance of "A View From The Bridge" by American playwright Arthur Miller.

Directed by Lucille Fala-Brennan of Jim Thorpe and Tuscarora, the show will serve as the Strawberry Playhouse's 10th annual spring show.

The play, a suspenseful drama, is set in 1950s America, in a Brooklyn Italian/American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS First place winners in the District 5 CYO Arts and Crafts Show, held at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church hall in Lehighton, include, front from left, Jesse Waksmunski, Angelo Greek and Kyelie Conrath; and back row, Kelci Bubser; Sars Kester; Phil Liszka, CYO director at Ss. Peter and Paul Church; the Rev. Mike Ahrensfield, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Church; Nathan Cunfer; and Stephen Behun.

The annual District 5 Catholic Youth Organization Arts & Crafts show, held at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Lehighton, featured 192 entries.

The competition was open for students in kindergarten to eighth grade.

Schools participating were Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School of Lehighton, St. John Neumann School of Palmerton, and Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.

Students of St. John Neumann had six first place finishes, while Ss. Peter and Paul and Our Lady of the Angels Academy had two each.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
This tomato sauce recipe is a great go-to sauce for pasta or pizza and is a family favorite.

There's nothing better than a good meatball, and as far as I'm concerned, nothing harder to find.

My grandmother, Grace Lombardi, made a terrific meatball, and my Aunt Francie's were pretty darn good too. If I had to say those were my two favorites, then they only edged my mother out by the tiniest margin. (Sorry Mom!)

That being said, I've never met anyone who makes a meatball that comes even close to my mom's, my aunt's or my grandmother's. That is, until I met Emeril Lagasse.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Q. How important is exercise when you are a senior? Is it worth the risks of hurting yourself?

All the current scientific evidence shows that geezers should exercise, even though many older people think it could harm them.

Study after study demonstrates that seniors hurt their health a lot more by being sedentary.

If you're inactive, you deteriorate. Physical activity can help restore your capacity. Most older adults, regardless of age or condition, will benefit from increasing physical activity to a moderate level.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Aubrey Elizabeth Arndt

ARNDT A daughter, Aubrey Elizabeth Arndt, was born at 9:31 p.m., on Dec. 28, 2012, at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md., to Shaun and Kristy (Foley) Arndt of Grasonville, Md.

She weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 18.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Thomas Foley of Columbia, S.C.; and Daniel and Cheryl Herman of Jim Thorpe.

Paternal grandparents are Elizabeth and Ray King of Hamburg.

Maternal great-grandparents are Janet Foley of Orangeburg, S.C.; and Ray and Betty Robertshaw of Summit Hill.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Lauren Hall and Johnathan Haney

Lauren Hall and Johnathan Haney have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ramona Hall and the late Thomas Hall of Nesquehoning. She received a degree in elementary and early childhood education from East Stroudsburg University and is currently employed as a kindergarten teacher at The Children's Garden in Easton.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of John Haney of Easton and Tina Felix-Strick of Allentown. He is a graduate of Easton High School and is employed by Granite Transformations in Bath.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Zach Schegan

Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church in the Lewistown Valley was the setting for the Nov. 3 wedding of Lindsay Heisler, daughter of Todd and Shelly Heisler of the Lewistown Valley, Tamaqua, and Zack Schegan, son of Robert and Michele Schegan of Barnesville.

The double ring ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Edward Bean.

Beverly Heisler and Wanda Zuber served as vocalists and organists, while piano selections were provided by Dawn Delaney.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by Ashley Rodgers of Tamaqua as matron of honor.