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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

During this time of financial difficulty, every girl deserves a chance to attend her prom dressed like a princess.

"Belle of the Ball," a community outreach partnership project of Zion Lutheran Church and Tamaqua Area High School staff, seeks donations of gently-used gowns, shoes and jewelry.

All of the items will then be distributed free of charge.

Items will be collected on Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at Zion Lutheran Church on Mauch Chunk and Greenwood streets. Please use the upper door on Greenwood Street.

Friday, February 10, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Nancy Wright, the PA Pre-K Counts coordinator for The Growing Place, also initiated and coordinated its International Dinner for the children and families of The Growing Place. She spends a few moments with a student, Leo Zvonik, 5, his mother, Lydya and his brother, Daniel, 2 1/2, as they take advantage of the station with international costumes, musical instruments and music.

The Growing Place Child Care Centers have been caring for, nurturing and educating children for the last 36 years.

Having grown to six sites in the West End of Monroe County, they serve children of various heritages which includes Native American, Russian, Polish, Egyptian, Colombian, Puerto Rican, Brazilian, Dominican, Pakistani, German, Cambodian, Guatemalan, Irish, Italian, Swedish, Haitian, Filipino, Saudi Arabian and Jamaican.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Marian students collect for 'Soldiers' Angels'

Members of the Student Council at Marian Catholic High School who participated in the collection for Soldiers' Angels include, front row, kneeling, from left, Lauren Nietz, Logan Rutch, Annette Ritzko and Amanda Srinivasan; back row, Dylan Quirk, Anthony Pilla, Jessica Horlacher, Joanna Butala, Anthony Damiano, Nicole Bechtel, Katie Smulligan, Stephen Valente, Mary Susan McAndrew, Kassandra Mantz, Emily Fannick and Arianna Srinivasan.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter is collecting new and gently-used prom and wedding dresses for its annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale. They are also collecting accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes.

Items can be dropped off at Blue Ridge Communications offices in Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford and Lehighton until March 14.

The Prom and Wedding Dress Sale will take place from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. Dress prices will start at $10 and everything will be cash only.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award-wining African artist and Arts Ambassador for Nigeria to the United Nations Ibiyinka Alao with his painting The Eagle. Alao 's exhibition, Eternity in Our Hearts opens Feb. 21 at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

'Eternity in Our Hearts,' an exhibition of paintings by award-winning African artist and Arts Ambassador for Nigeria to the United Nations, Ibiyinka Alao, opens Feb. 21 in the ballroom of the Mauch Chunk Museum.

The exhibition, which will run for two to three weeks, is free to the public and is open during regular museum hours, which may be extended during the exhibit.

The exhibition will draw from the 80-piece collection of Alao's works, a selection that blends African themes in an often dreamlike landscape, rendered with architectural precision.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer's assisted-living facility, shares a light moment with resident Catherine Peake recently. Dementia can sneak up on families because its sufferers are pretty adept at covering lapses early on, longer if their spouses are there to compensate. Specialists are pushing for the first National Alzheimer's Plan to help overcome this barrier to detection.

WASHINGTON (AP) Alexis McKenzie's mother had mild dementia, but things sounded OK when she phoned home: Dad was with her, finishing his wife's sentences as they talked about puttering through the day and a drive to the store.

Then their phone service was cut off. "I mailed that check," McKenzie's father insisted. No, he'd mailed the phone company a bank deposit slip instead. McKenzie visited and discovered spoiling food. Dad the caregiver was in trouble, too.

Monday, February 6, 2012
AP Photo/Alex Brandon Aden Halpern, 12, left, with the help of Alessandra Brown 7, both from Philadelphia, places a wreath on the head of the bronze statue of Charles Dickens as they celebrate Dickens' 200th birthday in Clark Park Sunday in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia public library and Friends of Clark Park are among numerous groups worldwide celebrating the novelist's 200th birthday. He was born in Portsmouth, England, on Feb. 7, 1812.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Past the glass case containing sketches for his novel "Oliver Twist," beyond the handwritten letter to his publisher about Little Nell, and away from the first published installments of "Hard Times" sits Charles Dickens' pet bird.

The carefully preserved and stuffed raven named Grip later the inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem is perhaps the quirkiest part of the Philadelphia public library's valuable Dickens collection, now on display to celebrate his bicentennial.

Monday, February 6, 2012

In the engagement announcement of Kimberly Rodgers to Trevor Kunkle, both of Lehighton, it incorrectly listed the date of the wedding as March 12.

The announcement should have stated that the wedding will take place in March of this year.

Monday, February 6, 2012
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News

Palmerton area Girl Scouts celebrated Super Bowl weekend with a 'Souper Bowl' of their own, collecting nonperishable food items for local families in need at Country Harvest in Palmerton. Scouts ranging from Daisies to Seniors took turns throughout the weekend gathering food for the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC), which operates a food pantry at St. John's Towamensing Lutheran Church in Palmerton every third Friday of the month.

Friday, February 3, 2012

There is help for dementia caregivers in and around Carbon County.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. The next meeting will be Feb. 15.

The group will share ideas and tips to help caregivers cope with the day-to-day stresses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

For more information on the support group, call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or by email at dipper38@ptd.net.