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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The newly-formed drama group at Zions Lutheran Church, Third and Fell streets, Weatherly presented its first production on May 8.

The title of the play was "Choices." It related to the choices Jesus made to fulfill the prophecies about Him and the choices His disciples had to make to continue Christ's ministries.

The story was told in word and song and also identified with the choices young people have to make today.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sue Trainer, an expressionist artist from Lehighton, paints scenic open-art during the second annual May Flora Festival held over the weekend at Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua.

Many talented fire performers, artists, musicians, dancers and more took part in the two-day Second Annual May Flora Festival held earlier this month at the StonehedgeGarden, located at 51 Dairy Rd. in South Tamaqua.

All of the activities and performances were free to the public.

Visit www.stonehedge.org for more information and upcoming events at Stonehedge Garden, which is a nonprofit organization.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lithographer and printmaker Ron Chupp opened his studio for a demonstration of making prints.

The Jim Thorpe Art Weekend, held May 14-15 and organized by the Nic and Eileen East Foundation, helped acquaint visitors to the area with artists, galleries and Victorian architecture in the picturesque town.

"We have some serious painters, sculptors, and craftspeople, and writers and poets in Jim Thorpe," said Joel Le Bow, an abstract expressionist painter who opened his gallery for the event.

Although it was raining over the weekend, photographer Tom Storm saw it as an opportunity for visitors to take unusual photos of Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

As the summer season approaches, resolutions to diet and exercise and finally lose that winter weight are not easy to abide when you are battling habitual eating.

For those who try to stave off a food addiction, any resolution may mean vowing to overcome this powerful and often misunderstood compulsion to eat.

There is help. For individuals struggling with various issues with food, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) can provide guidance and support.

OA offers a 12-step program that addresses emotional, physical and spiritual well-being as a path to recovery.

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
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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.