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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Bailey Moyer

Bailey Moyer, 10, has been chosen a state finalist in a national pageant.

The daughter of Dean and Angela Moyer of Palmerton, was selected a finalist in the National American Miss Pennsylvania Pageant to be held Aug. 10-11 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel and Towers.

The National American Miss pageants are held for girls age 4-18 and have five different age divisions. Bailey is participating in the preteen age division along with other young ladies from across the commonwealth.

Monday, August 6, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Storm All-Star Cheering Junior team was chosen National Champions after competition in Virginia Beach this spring. Team members include, front from left, Emily Klientop, Camryn Wilmot, Riley Solt, Paige Gruber, Aleah Nothstein, Sam Wildoner, (standing) and Accaylia Schaeffer; and back row, Paige Eichelberger, Natalie Morris, Isabella Baka, McKenna Knappenberger, Lauren Good, Emily Witt, Amy Ruger and Brooke Devers.

On May 5, Storm All-Stars competed at the U.S. Finals cheerleading competition in Virginia Beach. Both teams competed against teams from all over the East Coast.

The Junior team, which is made up of 15 girls from 8-14, placed first out of five teams and are now National Champions.

Each girl on the Junior team received a medal and a U.S. Finals National Champion Jacket. This was the team's first competition outside Pennsylvania and its first National title competition.

The youth team, which includes 11 girls from ages 6-11, placed fifth place our of five teams.

Monday, August 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are I.C.E. singers David Fortin, Marjorie Fortin and Tanya Erdman. The trio will perform the national anthem before the start of the Eagles and Steelers game this Thursday.

A professional trio singing group from Tamaqua, called I.C.E., will be singing the national anthem during the Eagles and Steelers game this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The game, being held at the Lincoln Financial Center in Philadelphia, is expected to draw over 67,500 spectators. The group, which consists of David Fortin, his mother Marjorie Fortin and Tanya Erdman, was formed about 12 years ago as a gospel group. They have expanded their talents to include a wide genre of music, ranging from opera to country.

Friday, August 3, 2012
Second Photo: TWD receptionist Beth Schnell is busy with enrollments. Third Photo: Connie McHugh takes the time to pick out a new leotard for her daughter's upcoming classes. Fourth Photo: Five-year old Kayla Kuznicki, of Lehighton, is a first time student. Her mom, Wendy, says her daughter looks forward to the class. The young student marks off completed exercises for the day.

The Games of the XXX Olympiad are projected to create a revenue of 10-billion Euros for the British economy. That is the equivalent to just over $12 million U.S. dollars.

Experts say it is a much-needed boost for the global economy. What's more, the positive economic growth is expanding across borders and overseas, reaching even our local economy.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Panther Valley Class of 1965 will hold a "65th Birthday Party" for members on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Nesquehoning Fire Company Picnic Grove from noon until 9 p.m.

The deadline to register is extended to Aug. 10. Ninety members have registered thus far.

If you are a member of the class and would like to attend, send payment to John Molotzak, 1345 Country Lane, Allentown, PA 18104. Make checks payable to PV Class of 65.

For the amount or for more information, call Bill Kellner at (570) 645-3901.

Friday, August 3, 2012

There is still about a month of summer vacation left, and plenty of time for area youngsters to settle in with a good book.

This week, the staff at Panther Valley Public Library share some of their favorites.

The grade level and recommended books are:

First through third grade:

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka; Sugar Plum Ballerinas series by Whoopi Goldberg, Deborah Underwood and Maryn Roos; Bailey by Harry Bliss.

Fourth through seventh grade:

Thursday, August 2, 2012
'Feed me Seymour'

Thrills and chills combine with music and comedy this weekend when Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater produces the long-running Broadway sensation Little Shop of Horrors.

The musical is being staged in the auditorium at the Lehighton Annex, 110 North Third St., Lehighton. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Doors open a half-hour before each show.

"As the board president, I am very excited and pleased to have our theater company perform this show," says Jonathan M. Rodgers, CSCT president.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Hundreds of clothing items, sorted by gender and size, await "shoppers" during the annual clothing giveaway at St. John's Lutheran Church in the Heights, Jim Thorpe. The giveaway begins Thursday.

For more than 15 years, members of St. John's Lutheran Church in the Heights have opened their doors to area residents in need of clean, gently used clothing.

They will do so again this month during their annual free clothing giveaway and invite all members of the community to visit the giveaway, which starts tomorrow

"We wanted to help the community and discovered that there was a great need for clothing," said volunteer Bonnie Hoffman, describing how the event began in the 1990s.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Enjoying the day and each other's company are from left, Florence and Eugene Tokosh who will celebrate their 68th anniversary this weekend by renewing their vows. They are standing in front of a 1954 Chevy owned by Ken Adams of Barnesville.

Residents of Maple Shade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning took a trip down memory lane over the weekend by holding a "Sock Hop" and a classic car show.

The center was decorated in a 50s theme and the bistro was transformed into Linda's Doo Wop Diner as residents reminisced about their younger days.

Maple Shade Meadows resident Josephine Andreas recalled her first pair of saddle shoes that a local librarian had purchased for her when she was 14 or 15.

"I wore them everywhere," she said.

Monday, July 30, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Tyler Laubach earned a $1,500 scholarship from the National Association of Theater Owners of Pennsylvania.

Tyler Laubach of Lehigh Township has earned a $1,500 scholarship from the National Association of Theater Owners of Pennsylvania.

Cindy Deppe of Becky's Theater, Berlinsville, mentioned to Tyler's mother Mary, there were applications for the scholarship on the web.

This is Laubach's second season of working at Becky's, where he does both security work and working at the concession counter.

For the security job he did a lot of work keeping in touch with others via walkie talkie.