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Thursday, March 28, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Bar Association recently donated $500 to the Penn Kidder Library Center, Route 903, in the Pine Point Plaza, Albrightsville. The new library, which is slated to open April 10, features a nice selection of donated books and will offer two public-access computers for adult usage and one for children. The library also has many paperbacks for sale. From left are Claire

Farnschlader, library board member; Barbara Franzosa, president; Greg Mousseau, esquire, CCBA board member; and Donna Martino, library treasurer.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Modeling a sample of the gowns that will be available at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak are, from left: Joan Reinhard, wellness coordinator/Pencor Corporate/Penn's Peak; Jen Brownmiller, HR generalist/Pencor Corporate; Marissa Hartas, marketing and public relations for the TIMES NEWS; Erika Ahner, marketing coordinator BRC/Pencor Corporate; Julianne Farina, marketing and public relations coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications and organizer of the event.

It's time to say "Yes" to the dress at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 4-7 p.m. at Penn's Peak on Maury Road in Penn Forest Township.

Maybe he asked you to the prom. You really want to go, but things are financially tight at home and paying $200-$300 for a dress is just out of the question.

You've always dreamed of wearing a beautiful bridal gown down the aisle but the reception is costing an arm and a leg. How can you afford a wedding gown that costs $800-$1,000?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Carbon County Art League has announced a total of $1,700 will be awarded at its 32nd annual art exhibit, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

The show is open to all artists 18 years of age or older, who are residents of Carbon County or are members in good standing of the Carbon County Art League.

Noncounty residents are welcome to apply for membership, which requires payment of an annual fee.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will host a six-week bereavement workshop, Focusing on Hope, Wednesday, April 3 through Wednesday, May 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the first floor board room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

The workshop, which will focus on honoring one's personal bereavement journey through education and support, is free of charge and open to all those coping with the loss of a loved one. Jane Mason, from the Bereavement Program of Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, will facilitate.

Please register at (610) 377-7070.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 6-8 p.m., April 8, at the Simon Kramer Institute, 15 Alliance St., New Philadelphia. Sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients 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, March 25, 2013

It is Thanksgiving 2012 at the home of the Schleicher family in Ashfield.

The feast is ready and the family files into the dining room. At each plate is a greeting-card-sized envelope with a $10 dollar bill clipped to it. Each envelope has a message, front and back, written by Lavona Schleicher.

"Pay it forward," reads the message on the front. "Give this gift to someone you do not know, who touches your heart, who needs a smile."

Spaces for a response, to be read at the family's Christmas dinner, are on the back of the envelope.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton will host a Lenten cantata, "Here is Love," on Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m.

The cantata will feature members of the Trinity Sanctuary Choir and guest performers. The choir will be accompanied by a small orchestra, including piano, flute, clarinet, French horn, violin and cello. Narrators will be Kathy Long and Robert Harris.

"This cantata will begin our Holy Week, because Palm Sunday is the following day," said director Sue Lovejoy.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will hold its April meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

How does a writer cross the threshold from good to great? Award-winning author Kathy Kulig discusses techniques used by successful businesses and individuals that can help writers make that leap in their writing career. (Rescheduled due to snow in February.)

Thursday, March 21, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Area High School Drama Club will present the musical "Pippin" this Friday and Saturday at the Tamaqua Auditorium. The cast of characters includes: King Charles (Tyler Butkus); Fastrada (Molly Betz); Lewis (Jacob Gursky); Pippin (Jake Beers); Catherine (Karina Derr); Leading Player (Erika Cassell); and Theo (Beth Kistler). Both performances will begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

In keeping with the Broadway adage "the show must go on,"the Tamaqua High School Drama Club will present the musical "Pippin" this Friday and Saturday in the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium.

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Vern Balliet

Vern Balliet of Hometown celebrated his 90th birthday on March 17.

Born in Seek, he married the former Gloria Melchoir on Dec. 24, 1942. They were married 67 years before she passed away in March of 2010.

After serving with the U.S. Army during World War II, Vern worked for the former Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, retiring after 43 years of employment.