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Monday, November 19, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nicole Michalik, a former Summit Hill native now residing in Philadelphia, will take her weight loss experiences to the Big Apple in the new off-Broadway production "The Diet Show." Michalik will join eight other former "Biggest Loser" contestants, a model and a comedian as they talk about their struggles with weight.

Nicole Michalik likes that she was once a "loser."

A "Biggest Loser" that is.

The weight loss show has not only helped the former Summit Hill native transform her life, it has also helped spark her career as an on-air personality for Mix 106 and Q102 and the social networking manager for Q102, Mix 106 and Radio 1045 in Philadelphia.

Now, Michalik is taking her life-changing experiences on the road and hitting the Big Apple in an off-Broadway production called "The Diet Show." The show opens at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the Traid Theatre, 158 W. 72nd St., New York.

Monday, November 19, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Verona Pizza House in Lehighton will offer a free Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday from 1-3:30 p.m. for members of the community in need. The meal is co-sponsored by Dr. William Howland, a Lehighton dentist. Helping to prepare and serve the meal will be Verona employees including, from left, Bobby Buglov, restaurant owner; Kristin Tyahla, George Slavy, and Georgi Buglov.

The owner and employees of Verona Pizza House in Lehighton will host a free Thanksgiving meal this Thursday for members of the community in need. The meal will be offered from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Lehighton Rec Center on Eighth and Iron streets in Lehighton.

The community lunch is also sponsored by the office of Dr. William Howland, a Lehighton dentist.

Friday, November 16, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Weatherly High School semiformal was recently held at Sand Springs Country Club. During the evening the King and Queen and their court were announced. This year's King was Joshua Rusnock and Queen was Alexis Boyarski. The first runners up were Lindsay Douglas and Joseph Haganey. The second runners up were Kali Coll and Jared Nyer.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mike Kitsock, president of the Schuylkill County Volunteer Fire-Fighters Association, will share his knowledge about writing and publishing historical works at the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network, 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Peter Blynn presents a check from the Palmerton Area High School Class of 1952 in honor of its class president, the late Peter A. Turko, to the Palmerton Area High School Environmental Club. Accepting on the club's behalf is Katie Pielmyer, a member and Turko's granddaughter.

The Palmerton Area High School Class of 1952 held its 60th reunion, Oct. 5-7, and enjoyed a three-day weekend.

First they went to Penn's Peak for dinner followed by a show with Herman's Hermits.

Saturday they had lunch at Bert's Steakhouse, followed by a slide show and presentation and explanation of area recovery at the Lehigh Gap Environmental Center.

That evening, the class enjoyed a social hour, dinner and entertainment at Blue Ridge Country Club.

Thursday, November 15, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Panther Valley High School varsity cheerleading squad are, front from left: Abby Yusella and Rylie Krapf, holding Cheyenne Frye aloft; center: Kayla Reese, Sarah Marouchoc and Claudia Smith, holding Kiley Boswell aloft. Right: Kaitlyn Matula and Sarah-Mary Tucker holding Katie Kabana aloft. Senior Emily Horvath; sophomores Ashley Reiber and Kayla Rivers; and freshmen Rebecca Dennis; Cortnee Hartman and Cassie Muth also attended the camp.

Panther Valley High School varsity cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders Association Pine Forest Cheerleading Camp, at the Trail's End facility, from Aug. 14-17.

About 800 cheerleaders, representing 35 teams, attended the camp.

The Panther Valley squad won blue ribbons in all of the evaluations, including cheer and dance incorporating stunts. The squad also won fourth place in a dance competition; first place camp champions in extreme routine (dance with stunts); and second place in cheer.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Clara Moyer pins a corsage on Anna Moser at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Albrightsville Sunday. Moser was honored for her nearly 60 years of service to the church.

The congregants at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Albrightsville gathered together Sunday morning to celebrate Anna Moser, who has served the small parish as a worship leader/organist for nearly 60 years. Sunday's service was dedicated to Moser.

One of nine children, Moser attended the same church with her family. On Sunday, many family members were present, which helped to fill the church to capacity.

After the service the Rev. Doug Holtz, pastor, asked Moser to point out her family members. She pointed to someone in almost every row.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Claddagh Keepers, a newly-formed community service group, will collect nonperishable, canned goods on the front porch at the West End Saloon, 1129 Mauch Chunk Road, Palmerton. The items will be donated to the Palmerton Food Bank.

While all are encouraged to contribute, those who will be entering the facility and who bring a donation will get a discount off the cover charge.

Suggested items include: canned spaghetti, ravioli and vegetables; Spam; rice; instant potatoes; canned fruit; peanut butter; applesauce; etc.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 19 at Blue Mountain Health System, Lehighton Campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Monday, November 12, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One of Jim Thorpe's most popular residents was honored Saturday as hundreds gathered to help raise money for her battle with cancer.

The Chinese auction, which took place at Jim Thorpe's Memorial Hall, was surprisingly, also a surprise for Peggy Sue O'Donnell.

"Peggy Sue is like the unofficial mayor of this town," said her roommate Shari Beers.

"She is a fixture in this town. Always involved in something," said Kathi McCauley, one of the people who worked tirelessly to bring Saturday's event to fruition.