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Thursday, March 15, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Betsey Ord Baun receives prestigious theater Gold Medallion Award.

Betsey Ord Baun has always been drawn to the stage, and it has been a major part of her life. Recently, the executive director of Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc. (SETC), was recognized by her peers for outstanding contributions she has made to the theater by being awarded the Gold Medallion Award for 2012 from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region IV.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Soda Bread.

With a history spanning more than two centuries, soda bread is a traditional Irish specialty. The first loaf, consisting of little more than flour, baking soda, salt, and sour milk, made its debut in the mid-1800s when baking soda found its way into Irish kitchens.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Lucy Anna Versuk

A daughter, Lucy Anna Versuk, was born at 3:03 a.m. on Nov. 21, 2011 to Jeanette Pupko and David Versuk of Lehighton.

The baby made her arrival in the backseat of her maternal grandmother's car, on the way to the hospital.

She weighed 6 pounds, 14.5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Diane and John Pupko of Quakake and Steven Pupko of Grier City.

Paternal grandparents are David and Terry Versuk of Lehighton; and Denise Tracy of Lehighton.

Paternal great-grandparents are Dennis and Loretta Tracy of Lehighton.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1987 will be holding a meeting to plan the 25-year class reunion at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Trainer's Inn, Route 209, Lehighton.

Anyone interested in helping to plan the event is invited to attend.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

They say life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but rather by the moments that take your breath away.

In Rob Marrero's case, life is measured by the number of breaths he will take — on his own — after he undergoes a rare surgery to repair his phrenic nerve, and by the moments — with his wife and family — that will take his breath away.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

When someone is ill or injured in the Coal Region, residents spring into action.

They may not know the person directly, but it seems their hearts are made of gold and their pockets always open.

Since Rob Marrero's accident, his family has been grateful for help from the community.

Spaghetti dinners, bake sales, a dance, raffles and a bike run are all events that have helped the Marreros cope with expenses associated with Rob's accident.

"There are so many good people, some that I've never met," Rob said.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, is collecting new and gently-used prom and wedding dresses for its annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale. The organization is also collecting accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes.

Items can be dropped off at Blue Ridge Communications offices in Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford and Lehighton. The deadline has been extended until March 21.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
002 Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 37 in Palmerton display their finished artwork outside Shea's Hardware in Palmerton. This artwork was the result of an art contest between the scouts, who were asked to create an image using the theme "100 Years of Girl Scouts." From left, Gretta Mulroy, 12, Lindsey Shimko, 11, Madison Wenig, 11, Abby Huber, 11, and Holly Ahner, 12.

For 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA has offered young women a chance to grow and develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.

Girl Scouts was founded on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Ga., when Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low gathered 18 girls to form the first American Girl Guides troop. She preempted this meeting with a call to a friend and distant cousin, saying, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!"

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Q. Does the plague still exist?

In the 1300s, the Black Death, as plague was called, killed about one-third of the people in Europe. A combination of antibiotics and improved living conditions have made plague rare today.

Plague is found throughout the world, except for Australia. The greatest number of human infections occurs in African countries. However, the largest numbers of infected animals is in the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Camaryn Wheeler, a seventh-grade student at St. John Neumann Regional School's Palmerton campus, proudly holds a copy of the book she authored, "The Talking Dolls."

Rare are the instances when children receive a visit from a published author.

Even rarer, still, is when that author turns out to be one of their very own, as was the case for pupils at St. John Neumann Regional School's Slatington campus.

In this instance, the author was Camaryn Wheeler, a seventh-grade student at the school's Palmerton campus, who took time to read to the pupils in recognition of Read Across America.