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Thursday, November 3, 2011

We owe today's U.S. service members a debt that can never be repaid. Just think of the men and women serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world. They are making tremendous sacrifices to serve our nation and keep America free.

As holiday schedules get busy in the coming days and weeks, please don't forget those who have given so much.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Woven Friendship branch of Longaberger Home Consultants held the Season of Hope luncheon on Sunday at Lehigh Township Fire Company, Cherryville, to raise funds for Erika Moyer of Franklin Township. From left are, Judy Barkanic, Michelle Milisits, Beatrice Schafer, Colleen Stauffer, Moyer, Rebecca Hrusovsky, last year's recipient and this years speaker; Angie Buckles, Ellen Counterman, Danette Troxell and Lori Hamm. Also a participating consultant was Christine Serfass, Jennie Hausman and Angie Hovatch.

Season of Hope luncheon, held at Lehigh Township Fire Company, Cherryville, on Sunday, brought mothers, daughters, and friends together to help raise money for a Franklin Township woman who is battling breast cancer. The luncheon also serves to raise awareness of the most common form of cancer in women.

This year's event, which was organized by the Woven Friendship branch of Longaberger Home Consultants, had dozens of women and children, and even a few men, filling the banquet hall to support Erika Moyer, who has been fighting breast cancer for two years.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will host a presentation of post operative supplies featuring mastectomy and colostomy items when it meets at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the community room at the Gnaden Huetten Campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Representatives from Keystone Medical Supply, Jim Thorpe, customer service officer Chris Evans and certified bra fitter Ceil Sebelin, will have articles from Amoena, Natural Wear, Classique and more.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Emma Valderama, 4, of Coaldale receives some candy from Maple Shade Meadows resident Sara Hofford during Safe Trick or Treating on Thursday.

On Thursday MapleShade Meadows Senior Living center held a Safe Trick or Treat. Area children came dressed in their costumes and walked around the facility, stopping at various locations to collect their treats. The residents enjoyed seeing the children in their costumes. Following the Trick or Treat, residents were treated to a party with refreshments and entertainment provided by The Jive Cats. At left, resident Mary DeSantis is dressed for the occasion as she handed out candy to the children.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Q. They're starting a tai chi class at our senior center. Do you think this is worth taking?

Tai chi (tie-chee) has helped many people feel better. However, you should check with your doctor first to see if this form of exercise is OK for you.

Tai chi is practiced all across China, where it was developed in the 12th century. It's common in Chinese hospitals and clinics. In Asia, tai chi is considered to be the most beneficial exercise for older people, because it is gentle and can be modified easily if a person has health limitations.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

"White bells just wouldn't be us," says new bride Katie Arnold as she explains why she was married on Halloween at Sky View Memorial Park in Hometown. Pictured dressed in Halloween attire, from left, are Mary Meredith, bride's aunt; Erin Blackowitch, maid of honor; Katie (Blackowitch) Arnold, bride; Dale Arnold, groom; and Robert Guth, best man. Children in front are Ryan Mooney, 6, as coffin boy and Rayne Shellhamer, 5, as finger girl. The Arnolds are from Tamaqua.

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Guest speaker will be Amanda Collier, D.C. of Mulberry St. Chiropractic who will discuss Cold Laser Therapy.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (except for January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township. This is located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

For information or directions, call Carol at (570) 788-7363 or Stacy at (570) 403-4063.

Monday, October 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua High School Class of 1951 celebrated its 60-year reunion Oct. 8 at The Top of the 80's, West Hazleton. Co-chairman and toastmaster was Donald Kimmel. A memorial service by Agnes Zeart Versailles took place in memory of 52 deceased classmates, and included a prayer, reading of names and a candlelighting ceremony. The class song and alma mater was led by Lillian Gravell Dinos. The invocation was given by the Rev. Stephen Halabura. Correspondence was read by June Endy Leiby and the treasurer's report was given by Versailles. Chairman was Donald Rusden.

Monday, October 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stephanie Mau, left, who plays Agnes; Janet Smoldon, center, who portrays Dr. Livingston; and Lou Ann Greenly, who portrays the Rev. Mother, rehearse a scene from "Agnes of God."

The Strawberry Playhouse, 60 Church St., Tuscarora, will present the murder mystery "Agnes of God" Nov. 4-6.

A classic story of innocence, psychological struggles and faith, "Agnes of God" provides audiences and murder mystery thrill seekers with an adventure into the lives of three women who are unsuspectingly thrown into a situation filled with murder, mystery, mayhem and more.

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Lehighton Area Class of 1986 will be holding it's 25-year class reunion at the Lehighton American Legion on Saturday, Nov. 12. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Any classmate who did not receive an invitation and would like to attend can contact Melissa Miller at (570) 386-1119 or send an email to lahsclassof1986@yahoo.com.