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Thursday, December 29, 2011
@$:Anna Temchatin

Anna Temchatin, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, celebrated her 91st birthday on Dec. 27.

She was born in 1920 in Hazleton, where she has lived her entire life. She had two sisters, Mary and Helen, and a brother, John, who passed away in recent years.

Her husband of almost 40 years, Wassil, passed away in 1989.

Anna has two sons, Basil and Jack; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

She is a devout Catholic and a member of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hazleton.

Friday, December 23, 2011

The TNT Studio of Dance, Lehighton recently performed its annual Christmas show for the residents of the Lehighton Nursing Home.

The show was a hit with the residents.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Annette Ritzko

Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, principal, at Marian Catholic High School, announced that Annette Ritzko, a freshman, was chosen as a winner in the Holy Childhood Association, Annual Christmas Artwork Contest 2011-2012.

She is the daughter of Nicholas and Marian Ritzko, Lansford.

At Marian, Annette is secretary/treasurer of the freshman class, member of the Future Business Leaders of America and Mock Trial team.

Ritzko's artwork, along with 22 others, will appear as Christmas e-greetings on Holy Childhood Association's website for kids www.hcakids.org.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the St. John's UCC in Tamaqua held a Christmas Cantata recently called "Mary, Did You Know" as part of their annual Christmas celebration. The event was held in memory of Donald Young, who passed away in March of this year.

The cantata involved songs and medleys sung by the choir and accompanied by musicians.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Shirley Blynn loves decorating her home for Christmas.

There isn't a corner of her beautiful Palmerton home that doesn't reflect that love.

Every room has a tree, from the living room's 7-foot tree decorated in gold, silver and white with hints of peach, to a seashell-decorated tree in the welcoming foyer, to a teddy bear tree in the family room, to the miniature Santa's workshop tree on her kitchen counter.

Even the bedrooms and bathrooms have Christmas trees.

Blynn enjoys showcasing her Christmas collections and admits it takes her days to decorate her home.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian High School students have been busy spreading holiday cheer to the young and old alike. For the 11th year in a row, the school community sponsored a "Giving Tree" to be distributed through the Catholic Charities, Allentown Diocese, Catholic Social Services, Scranton Diocese and Birth Rite of Schuylkill County. Thanks to the enormous generosity of students, parents, faculty, staff and administration, dozens of gifts will be delivered to children and adults ranging in age from newborn to 20 years of age.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Bach and Handel Chorale on Saturday performed Handel's "Messiah" during a sold-out show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. The chorale was joined by the Festival Orchestra and soloists.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House was a fitting setting for the concert. The sounds of the chorale and 20-piece Festival Orchestra swelled to fill the historic opera house, now maintained by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

This performance of "Messiah" was dedicated to tenor Rick Hand, who was a member of the Chorale from 2001 until his passing this year.

Monday, December 19, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

With a new board committed to return to the leadership style that had led to the group's former successes, the Carbon County Art League is positioned to embark upon the road to recovery and growth in 2012.

Established in 1984, in the following 20 years Art League membership had swelled to 100. Then, the organization floundered after a sudden loss of leadership, and failing to quickly reestablish a new leadership, saw its membership decline to one-third of that number over the following years.

Monday, December 19, 2011
@$:CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Music students in the Panther Valley School District showed off their musical talents during a Christmas Band Concert. This year there was an addition to the show. The elementary school band showed off its talent under the direction of Karen Grebousky for the first time. This was followed by a flute duet by Samantha Janner with Grebousky playing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Away in a Manger." The middle school band, directed by Joseph Ogozalek, played Christmas tunes, followed by the high school band, directed by Mark Christ.

Friday, December 16, 2011
Above and left, Susan Paul

"Slaves used secret codes and messages in quilts to help each other find the way to freedom," said Susan E. Paul of Minersville, during her informative lecture held recently at the Tamaqua Public Library called "Quilting a Path to Freedom."

Paul, a graduate of Tamaqua High School and teacher by profession, talked about how slaves and members of the Underground Railroad would utilize sewing methods, hidden compartments and messages in quilts, which would communicate coded messages to slaves and helpers concerning what to do on the trip, what to wear and even where to go.