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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Volunteers at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were thanked for their volunteerism at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea. From left are Maryanne Smolczynski, Louise Serfass, Franklin Wertman and Marion Overton.

Extraordinary volunteers at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were feted at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea held Friday at the center.

Serving as master of ceremonies was Cindy Swatt, activity director.

Swatt introduced Michael Mickey, CEO and administrator, who thanked the volunteers on behalf of the staff and the families for their dedication

"You have a true character of selfless giving on a regular basis," said Mickey. "Your visits have brought joy and brighten the day. You have come for a long time."

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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Donations from the Ninth Annual Lehighton Community Book Swap, totaling $125.33, were presented to the Lehighton Memorial Library in honor of National Library Week (April 8-14). Librarian Becky Wannamaker, second from right, receives the check from Jonathan Rupell, a ninth-grade Lehighton Area High School, who has volunteered at the Book Swap each year for five years. This is the third year the event has contributed to the library. With them are event co-chairs, left, Jacob Molchany, and right, Ron Rabenold.

Monday, April 23, 2012
 Looking like two Mexican Vaqueros, Hayden Lynd (left) and Johnathon Fickentscher helped educate visitors to their school's Multicultural Night about our neighbor nation to the South.

The cafeteria of the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe was standing-room only, thanks to a large turnout of visitors to the school's recent Multicultural Night.

The cafeteria was filled with many colorful displays and items of interest from countries all over the globe, created by seventh-grade students.

Each of these projects overflowed with facts, figures, photographs, flags, maps, recipes, and something that was a real crowd-pleaser, samples of ethnic foods distinctive to each country.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania supports children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties.

It was formed in 1955 by a group of parents seeking public education for their children with these disabilities.

There are approximately 850 local chapters of The Arc across the United States and is the largest organization dedicated to these individuals and their families.

Its programs range from:

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Rita Palko shares a dance with her brother, Gabe Palko, at The Arc Northeastern Pennsylvania's monthly dance at Nesquehoning Recreation Center and they wonder if it could be the last dance.

Gabriel Palko couldn't wait for Friday night. He was going to a dance. You see, Gabe loves to dance. He loves hanging out with his friends. He can't think of anything he likes better than that after a hard day's work at CTC Manufacturing, Inc.

He dressed with care in a nice clean shirt and was ready to dance the night away.

When the DJ began playing the first song, 67-year-old Gabe was right there on the dance floor, front and center, with his arms around his favorite dancing partner, his sister, Rita Palko.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Black Diamond Writers' Network will host its annual Write it Right writers' conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce building, 91 S. Progress Ave., Pottsville.

Ann Boyle, author and former literary agent is the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Autumn Jordon, Faith Reese Martin, Patricia C. Gallagher, Terry Webb, Phil Giunta and Sara Hodon.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater will present its annual Spring Short Play Production this weekend in conjunction with Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua.

Entitled "Life in New York City," the production offers six short plays, some of which capture a snippet of life in the big city.

Combining the talent and missions of two local organizations seems to be a natural and practical fit, says Jonathan M. Rodgers, president of the CSCT.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Coordinators of the Grace St. Paul's United Methodist Church Rose Breakfast with this years Guest Speaker. From left, Barbara Mumma, Suzanne Geiss and Dottie Mumma.

On Saturday, women gathered at Grace St. Paul's United Methodist Church, located in Penn Forest Township, for their annual Rose Breakfast. The Rose Breakfast is an ecumenical event for women to gather together for breakfast, fellowship, music and to listen to a special guest speaker.

Around 65 women, from eight different churches in Carbon County and surrounding areas, attended the event.

This year's speaker was Suzanne Geiss of Schwenksville.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Pocono Parkinson's Support Group meets monthly in the Loder Building in East Stroudsburg every third Friday at 2 p.m.

This month's meeting will take place on Friday, April 20.

For more information call (570) 420-3746.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Thomas Phelan, left, and Lindsay Carrigan dance during a rehearsal of "The Jester's Job," which will be offered on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium.

Who will get the jester's job now that the king has fired his previous jester? Will it be Mirth, Chuckles, or Dave … or someone else?

The answer will be revealed during "The Jester's Job," an original play written for the members of the LAMS Players, Lehighton Area Middle School's drama club. The play's debut performance will be offered on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lehighton Area Middle School Auditorium.