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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Carl Mondero of Weatherly, a fifth-grade math teacher in the Weatherly Area School District, recently realized a dream come true when he was given the opportunity to do the Cha Cha with a famous television star and dancer.

Mondero was able to meet, and later dance, with Kym Johnson, one of the veteran dancers on ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Johnson was the big winner of the popular TV reality show for the past two years first while partnered with TV star and singer Donny Osmond, and just recently with Pittsburgh Steeler's wide receiver Hines Ward.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Philip Koch Contemporary Landscape Paintings, will be on display at the Victor Stabin Gallery at the CCCP from July 1 through Aug. 14. Koch will be at an opening reception on Friday, July 1 from 7-9 p.m.

To celebrate the opening of an exhibition of contemporary landscape paintings by Philip Koch, the Carbon County Cultural Project, 268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, invites the public to a free opening reception.

The exhibit, Philip Koch Contemporary Landscape Paintings, will be displayed at the Victor Stabin Gallery at the CCCP from July 1 through Aug. 14. The opening reception for the artist is from 7-9 p.m., Friday, July 1.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Former students from the Weissport School reunited in May for the school's third reunion, which took place at Polk Township Fire Company.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Slatington man's exhibits are his life and his home

Grant White, a Slatington conservationist and historian, lives in a gallery.

As you enter the main hall you are greeted by four huge display cases that contain geodes, minerals, spearheads, masks from Africa and mounted birds. The bulkhead is lined with ancient tools, and lining the floor are dozens of nature pictures.

White said every person, without exception, who enters his home for the first time is overwhelmed, then pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre will host auditions for "Broadway on Broadway," a production of 10-minute plays and musical numbers to be staged Aug. 12-13 in Jim Thorpe.

Needed are actors and actresses, teens through adult, to perform in original plays. No experience is necessary.

Since the plays are short, this is the perfect opportunity for those wishing to give acting a try, without having to make a major commitment to a large scale production.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The 97th annual Handwerk Family Reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 14 at Egypt Memorial Park. Registration begins at noon.

A covered dish supper is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Those living locally are asked to please bring enough food to share with those coming from great distances.

The committee would like donated items for the cakewalk, and door prizes are always appreciated.

For more information, call Janet at (610) 377-3040.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Robert William Finley III and Tiffany Rose Lehman, 128 W. Hazard St., Apt. 209, Summit Hill.

Kelly Joel Myers and Jessica Tammaro, 1105 Fairyland Rd., Lehighton.

Shannon Peter Steigerwalt and Melanie Sharbaugh, 314 N. First St., Lehighton.

Stephen Joseph Kanyuck, 57 Apt. L., Village Green, Budd Lake, N.J., and Patricia Josephine Nardone, 713 Jean St., Harding.

Matthew James Hausman and Jessica Marie Mertz, 57 Race St., Jim Thorpe.

Dustin Lee Bauer and Amanda Lynn Billig, 3957 Forest Inn Rd., Aquashicola.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Carla M. Baran, 47 Kahler Avenue, Tamaqua, and Joseph R. Pacitti, 1305 Huff's Church Road, Barto, Berks County.

Denise M. Zemanik and Theodore J. Sisak, 422 W. Centre St., Mahanoy City.

Jennifer M. Kriner, 439 E. South St., Mahanoy City, and Patrick J. Rex, 34 E. Holland St., Summit Hill.

Cara R. Bruni, 22 Spackenkill Road, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., formerly of Mahanoy City, and Peter J. Sanfilippo IV, same address.

Kristen M. Melochick and Justin M. Schultz, 234 Valley St., New Philadelphia.

Isabel M. Knapp and Michael D. Miller, 133 Coal St., Cumbola.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

(This is the second of two columns on negative thinking. Today's column is about ways to be more positive.)

A common cold, exhaustion, stress, hunger, sleep deprivation, even allergies can make you depressed, which leads to negative thoughts.

However, in many cases, depression can be caused by negative thinking, itself. Our feelings follow what we are thinking, and dwelling upon negative thoughts can send us spiraling down into depression.

I found many techniques for fending off negative thoughts and becoming a happier person. The following are ones that worked for me.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Matthew P. Robertson and Sharon S. Foster

Sharon S. Foster and Matthew P. Robertson of Emmaus, would like to share the news of their recent engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Patricia Maurer of Nesquehoning.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Stephen and Patricia Robertson of Hagerstown, Md.

A Nov. 11, 2011 wedding date is planned.