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Friday, March 23, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS State Rep. Doyle Heffley, second from right, presents Barbara Conway, second from left, superintendent of Jim Thorpe Area School District, with an Afterschool Champion plaque for her outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting meaningful high-quality afterschool programs. With them are, Wendy Anne Roberts Johnson, of the Public Health Management Corporation, left; and Lynn Cromley, director of Center for Schools and Communities.

Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) recently honored Barbara Conway, superintendent of Jim Thorpe Area School District, as an Afterschool Champion for outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting meaningful high-quality afterschool/out-of-school time programs to benefit children, youth and families across Pennsylvania.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area High School varsity cheerleaders include, front row from left, Megan Turpin; Jenny Barth; Elizabeth Kamowski, captain; Marissa Michalik; Tori Kunkle; and Jessica Warnkin. Back row, Nadine Clemmer, Riley Schaeffer, Abigail Applegate, Trisha Dorward, Lauren Sherry, Kelsy Bowman and Catrina Strubinger.

Lehighton Area High School varsity cheerleaders, along with cheerleaders from other area high schools, competed in the Delaware Valley College Gold Cup Cheer Classic this earlier this month in Doylestown, Pa.

The girls competed in the High School Varsity Small Group Division, taking first place.

Christopher Dock High School placed second, Upper Moreland High School placed third, with Marian Catholic High School placing fourth.

In the High School Varsity Co-ed Division, Jim Thorpe Area High School took first and Bensalem High School placed second.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members and guests of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir prepare for a Tenebrae service, or "Service of Darkness," in anticipation of Holy Week and the final days of the Lenten Season. The service will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday. Choir members are, front row from left: Kay Patterson, Nancy Markley, Angela Stuckley, and Susan Lovejoy. Second row: Stacey Sheckler, Kathy Long, Deb Smith, and Brianna Keiser. Third row: Barbara Belon, Jacki DePue, Susan Tatro, and Kathy Henderson. Fourth row: Howard Sheckler, Bruce Costenbader, and Vern Andrew. Back row: Cliff McFarland, Al Sellers, Earl Schneider, Kim DePue, Edwin Belon, and George Markley.

A contemporary Tenebrae service titled "The Shadow of the Cross" will be offered at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 South Third St., Lehighton.

Tenebrae, which is Latin for darkness, is a Lenten service focusing on the final days of Jesus' life and crucifixion. The "service of darkness" is believed to date back to the fourth century.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lehighton Rotary Club will host its inaugural Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at The Lehighton Grove, the park on Iron Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.

As a special treat for the children, the Easter Bunny is scheduled to take time out of his busy schedule to stop by.

There will be more than 2,000 candy-filled eggs available for the two separate hunts. The first is at 1 p.m. for children ages 5 and under; and the second will be at 2 p.m. for children ages 6 to 10. Parents are asked to supply baskets for their children for the hunt.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

St. Luke's Miners Campus will host a Diabetes Support Group throughout the year. All meetings will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the café on the second floor.

Tentative meeting dates are as follows: April 17, May 22, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 25, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13.

Registration is not required. For more information, call (570) 645-8107.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Over 50 people attended a recent event, "A Taste of Heritage Hill," at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly. Attendees had a chance to sample a variety of soups at the community and rate them. The favorite was Cream of Broccoli. Entertainment was also provided for all.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Girl Scout Junior Troop 50363 members, West End Service Unit of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, are working to achieve their Bronze Award with an event named "Scouts Sharing Stories."

The event will be held April 21 in the Pleasant Valley Middle School cafeteria from noon until 3 p.m.

The Girl Scouts plan to host 100 fellow Girl Scouts, along with Cub Scouts in kindergarten through third grade.

Dressed as storybook characters, the Scouts will provide story time, help make bookmarks, and provide snacks and goodie bags for each participant.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1987 will be holding a meeting to plan the 25-year class reunion.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Trainer's Inn, Route 209, Lehighton.

Anyone interested in helping to plan the event is invited to attend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Ruth Elliston

Ruth Elliston, a long-time resident of Palmerton, celebrated her 95th birthday recently. She was born on March 8, 1917.

She current lives at the Village at Palmerton, and is a very active member of her community. Ruth attends exercise programs three times a week, plays bingo, enjoys scrabble with friends, and is a member of "The Villages" Wii Pro Bowling Team.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Writers with questions, such as how to find a publisher for a manuscript, how to find an agent, or whether or not to self-publish are welcome to attend the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network for an informal, open writers' roundtable to discuss writing-related questions.

Guests are invited to bring their questions, ideas and thoughts to share.

Please note this month's special meeting date will be Saturday, March 24 at the Tamaqua Public Library from 10 a.m. until noon. The group will return to its normal third Saturday of the month meeting schedule on May 19.