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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Short plays open in Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe

Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater will present its annual Short Play Production this weekend at two venues.

The curtain rises at the Tamaqua Arts Center, 125 Pine St., at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5. On Saturday, the show moves to Jim Thorpe for two performances at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center ballroom, located at 41 W. Broadway. Showtimes Saturday are 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

The production is comprised of six short plays, featuring both comedies and drama. The shows are geared for audience members who are 12 and older.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Bach and Handel Chorale will perform its major concert of the season at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe. The Festival Orchestra and guest soloists will also perform.

The first half of the concert pays homage to the chorale's namesake, leading with the "Easter Oratorio BWV 249" by Johann Sebastian Bach and "Lord in Thee Have I Trusted" (From the "Dettingen Te Deum) by George Frideric Handel. Artistic director Randall Douglas Perry conducts.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Porcupine Balls have been my daughter Margaux's favorite food for about as long as I can remember. It's a recipe she makes often for her own children now, and one I will frequently make if she and her family are coming to visit.

It's a recipe I also made a lot when Margaux was in Girl Scouts, as every time there was some type of dinner meeting or pot luck supper, she would volunteer me to make Porcupine Balls.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
FILE - This Feb. 13, 2013 file photo shows a model wearing pointy shoes as the Rachel Zoe Fall 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. Sleek, sophisticated and ladylike, the pointy-toe shoe is coming back strong, pushing several seasons‡- worth of chunky platforms toward the back of the closet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

If you are looking to take a fashionable step into spring, let your shoes lead the way.

Sleek, sophisticated and ladylike, the pointy-toe shoe is coming back strong, pushing several seasons' worth of chunky platforms toward the back of the closet.

The narrowed point, part of the retro-feminine trend drawing on the 1960s, has trickled down from the designer world to the mainstream market, said Gregg Andrews, fashion creative director at Nordstrom, and will be a silhouette to wear to look well-dressed and on-trend for spring.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Q. What exactly is a medical family tree and is it worth doing?

A medical family tree is like the ones genealogists prepare, but it also includes all the maladies suffered by members of the family. A medical tree can reveal patterns and help a family choose medical tests.

Many of the causes of our illnesses are inherited from our ancestors. Almost a third of known diseases have family links. These include colon cancer, heart disease, alcoholism and high blood pressure.

Monday, April 1, 2013
Helene Bechtel

Helene (Klein) Bechtel was born on April 1, 1913 in the small town of Mauch Chunk. She has lived all 100 of her years in the town now known as Jim Thorpe; growing up on Center Street, just a few blocks from where she currently lives with her son, the Rev. James Bechtel.

Monday, April 1, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Misericordia University occupational therapy student Debbie Keys of Jim Thorpe, enjoys a playful moment with a child outside St. Joseph's Church in Jamaica.

Debbie Keys of Jim Thorpe, has been an active volunteer with Campus Ministry during her first three years at Misericordia University.

She can often be seen having lunch or walking around campus with her "little sister," a local girl she is mentoring through the region's Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Those early experiences, Keys says, prepared her to expand her volunteer efforts and take her work abroad.

Friday, March 29, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kelly Kugler, a dietetic intern from Cedar Crest College working at Blue Mountain Health System, distributes nutrition shakes and other food samples during the hospital's Nutrition Health Fair.

Members of the Blue Mountain Health System dietetic department recently hosted a nutrition health fair at the Lehighton campus.

This is the third year that Blue Mountain has held such a fair during March, which is National Nutrition Month. The fair aims to teach the community about healthy eating habits and expose the public to new food types and ideas, and features both outside vendors and hospital dietetic staff and interns.

More than 100 community members and hospital staff visited the fair during its two-hour run, sampling food items and learning about healthy eating.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1993 is planning for its 20th year class reunion.

Organizers are searching for the following classmates: Bryan Banhart, Courtney Dennis, Keith Erikson, Chris Ferguson, Heather Frey, Sonny Frey, Kevin Graver, Tanya Hannis, Robert Hill, Terry Hoherchak, Daniel Horn, Joy Malaty, Brian Mangold, Grant Mosher, Brian Moyer, Pam Schaeffer, Marcy Schoenberger, Edwin Steigerwalt, Jeremy Steigerwalt and Steve Stine.

Contact with your current address.

Friday, March 29, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kester

Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kester recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. They were married March 24, 1951 at St. John Evangelical & Reformed Church (now U.C.C.), by the Rev. Arthur D. Knoebel.

Mrs. Kester is the former Miriam Weston, daughter of the late William J. and Doris (Brewer) Weston of Tamaqua. Her husband is the son of the late Edward A. and Elva (Lindenmuth) Kester, also of Tamaqua.