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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Bach and Handel Chorale recently performed its annual Easter concert accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra. The chorale plans to perform several times this summer and has announced the date for its annual Christmas concert.

The Bach and Handel Chorale's annual Easter concert was held on Sunday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe.

Young and old alike crowded into St. Mark's for the sold-out concert, which featured the full chorale, 23-piece orchestra and a cantata.

The highlight of the concert was "Son of God," a short Passion and Easter Cantata written by Chris Eubanks of Lehighton and composed by Randall Douglas Perry, director and founder of the chorale. The concert marked the first public performance of this piece.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will observe "Fibromyalgia Awareness Day" Wednesday, May 4 with two meetings and an open house.

The public is welcome to attend from 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. when chiropractor Dr. Jan McGovern will discuss "Rhythm Healing." Free literature and refreshments will be available.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. (except January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, located off the Airport Beltway, Hazleton.

Monday, May 2, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rainie Werner, far left, and Diane Luicana, far right, pose with the Mauch Chunk Historical Characters. Werner is the coordinator of the Walk in Time Game that the characters will be conducting with the garden party guests. The characters will be dressed in period costumes circulating the guests while giving them historical insight and asking historical trivia questions. The Kemmerer Carriage House can be seen in the background. Historical tours and art exhibits will be held in the carriage house.

Coordinators of the St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Black Diamond Garden Party met with the Mauch Chunk Historical Characters at Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe recently to share plans of the upcoming event.

The Black Diamond Garden Party will be held June 11 from 6-9 pm at the Asa and Harry Packer mansions and Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe. The event is open to the public and anyone wanting to attend is asked to make a reservation.

Funds raised will be used on renovations for the recovery and operating rooms at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital.

Monday, May 2, 2011
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CUMMINS A daughter, Morgan Judith Cummins, was born at 11 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2011 at St. Luke's, Allentown, to Kristy and Mark Cummins Jr. of Lehighton.

She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Clair Breiner, Lehighton, and the late Judith Breiner.

Paternal grandparents are Mark Cummins Sr., Lehighton, and Elizabeth Humphreys, Atco, N.J.

Monday, May 2, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Administrative Assistant Luncheon at Blue Ridge Country Club. Models during the event were, from left, Rose Ann Billings, Connie Christman, Sheila Knappenberger, Pearl Sheckler and Heather McClure.

Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce gave Carbon County bosses an opportunity to honor their administrative assistants on Wednesday at the 11th annual Administrative Assistant Day luncheon at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

Jack Sturm served as master of ceremonies and Earl Schneider welcomed everyone to the event.

Administrative assistants were served a salad or sandwich of their choice and presented a gift bag of items, a long stemmed carnation and the opportunity to win prizes, all donated from local businesses.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Tamaqua Education Association will hold this year's Retirement Dinner on June 10 at Capriotti's in Tresckow. All present and past members are invited to attend.

Please contact Sharon Chromiak at (570) 668-0617 or schromiak@tamaqua.k12.pa.us, or Judy Midas, (570) 645-4394 or jmidas@tamaqua.k12.pa.us after 4 p.m. by May 15 if interested in attending.

Friday, April 29, 2011
Bride Kate Middleton walks down the isle with father Michael at Westminster Abbey, central London, for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, Friday April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan/Pool)
Thursday, April 28, 2011

MIDDLEBURG, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania high school English teacher's side job as an author of racy romance novels written under a pen name has drawn criticism from some parents who say she needs to be more discreet about her work.

Midd-West High School teacher Judy Buranich has also drawn a large response on Facebook from supporters who say the books have been common knowledge for years, and that the well-respected Buranich does not bring that work into the classroom.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
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While many eyes will focus on Kate Middleton's marriage into royalty Friday, model Olga Morris Williams of Tamaqua is dealing with her own version of royal bridal butterflies as she practices for the Victorian Fashion Show at the Sharpe House, Eckley Miners Village, on Sunday, May 22. The event will showcase the finest in Victorian finery. Williams will don a silk-and-lace Victorian wedding gown replete with complementary headwear, not pictured. She is seen here during a test run recently at the Fitzpatrick Victorian House, West Broad Street, Tamaqua.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS First place winners of the 36th Annual Carbon County Conservation District Poster Contest pose with district secretary and contest coordinator Audrey Wargo, back row, right. Front row from left, Brynn Wentz, Lindsay Rohlfing, Kaitlyn Kistler and Allison Amodea. Back row, Tiffany Belletiere.

The Carbon County Conservation District recognized the winners of the 36th Annual Poster Contest Tuesday evening. This year's poster theme was, "Forests for People More Than You Can Imagine."