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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Colton Jacob Allesch

A son, Colton Jacob Allesch, was born at 9:31 p.m., Feb. 7, 2011 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska to Maria and Brian Allesch of Eagle River, Alaska.

He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his older sister Sarah, 4.

Maternal grandparents are Lyn and Cynthia Collins of Box Springs, Georgia.

Paternal grandparents are John Allesch and Carol Allesch, both of Summit Hill.

Maternal great-grandparents are Brady and Gloria Preston, Columbus, Ga.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Q. Isn't living in the country healthier than living in the city?

I don't think there's a definitive answer to that question. My first reaction to this inquiry was that life in the country is much healthier. It seemed obvious because of the crime, pollution, crowding and stress of the city.

However, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), a national nonprofit organization, gave me some surprising information that made me rethink my answer.

Here are some of the facts from the NRHA:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Glen Laudenslager

Glen Laudenslager, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, celebrated his 92nd birthday on Sunday.

Born May, 15, 1919 in Lewistown, Glen also lived in Cape May and Colonia, N.J., and Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a World War II veteran and served in the Army Air Force as a radar mechanic in the B24 Squadron in Italy.

Glen married Rosetta Leona on Dec. 22, 1940. They were married for 50 years until her passing.

After 41 years, Glen retired from the Burnham, Pa. Steel Mill where he worked in the test preparation center.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Clients and employees at the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center in Tamaqua enjoy some fresh air. Facilities director Philip Koles stated the clients love the fresh air and chatting with people as they pass. He also pointed out that the center is looking for a lunch-time kitchen volunteer who is able to help an hour or so a day and to call the center for more information.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Summit Hill Heritage Center, formerly St. Paul's UCC, at 1 West Hazard St., Summit Hill, will host the 2011 Panther Valley School Children's Art Show from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

This Youth Art Celebration is held in tribute for the year-end "Youth Arts in May" celebration. Over 100 works of art will be exhibited by the students from throughout the district.

Monday, May 16, 2011

It's New Year's Eve, 1973, and Walter Spack loads his old maroon station wagon with a drum set, tambourine, trumpet, bass, accordion, sheet music and his three children Joe, 10; Carol, 16; and Walter, 13; and nephew Tommy Krutsick, 13.

They set off through a snowstorm from their Lansford home to Henning's Hotel in Jim Thorpe for the fledgling Villagers polka band's very first professional gig.

Joe, little trouper that he was, had a toothache, but still played the tambourine that night, with Carol on the accordion, Walter on the drums and Tommy on bass.

Monday, May 16, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Dave Midas holds two of the polka record albums from his collection. Midas, who has loved polka since he was 9, credits the music and the people behind the music for making him the person he is today.

Dave Midas's earliest memory of polka music was when he was 9 years old.

"My grandparents introduced me to the Polka Joe Manjack Show when I was 9," the Weatherly resident said. "They would listen to it every Sunday. I would run to their house to listen to the show with them and I would tap my feet."

He said his grandfather always hoped he would grow up to be an accordion player.

Monday, May 16, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The on-air scion of local polka, Polka Joe Manjack, plays the platters on his WMGH 105.5 FM Sunday morning show, "Magic Polka Machine."

Beginning in the mid-1800s, an influx of immigrants from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and other eastern and central European countries settled in the Panther Valley, drawn by the promise of work in the coal mines and later, the steel industry.

The work was hard and dangerous, but the miners and their families found comfort in their strong religious faith, and joy in their lively polka music.

They often combined the two for picnics and wedding receptions, a tradition that continues to this day; rare is the church picnic, block party or bazaar that lacks a polka band.

Friday, May 13, 2011
Pictured are tile artwork painted by students of the Tamaqua Middle School.

Thousands of art projects incorporating dozens of styles stretched throughout the hallways and classrooms recently as the Tamaqua Area Middle School art department presented its "Night of the Arts" exhibits for grades six through eight.

The displays consisted of landscape paintings, a Van Gogh feature, Pop Art boxes, graphic advertising, art history, papier mache masks, drawings, sewing pieces, fashion designs, group projects, cultural art, portraits, collages, interior design miniroom models, painting, photography, carving, sculpting, and much more.

Friday, May 13, 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, or Judy Midas at (570) 645-4394 or after 4 p.m. by May 15 if you are interested in attending.