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Monday, October 31, 2011
Michael N. Jepko

Michael Nestor Jepko, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating his 91st birthday on Oct. 30.

Born in Coaldale in 1920 Mike was married to his wife, Mary Agnes, for 41 years until her passing in December of 1986.

He has three children, Michael, Weatherly; Joann Keys, Florida; and Mary Lou Cookson, Illinois. He is the proud grandfather of two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Monday, October 31, 2011

More than 14.9 million caregivers annually provide unpaid care for the estimated 5.4 million people with Alzheimer's disease.

Those caregivers are prone to high levels of frustration, burnout and stress factors that can take a heavy emotional and physical toll without adequate support. Here are eight common warning signs of caregiver burnout.

Ÿ You have much less energy than you used to

Ÿ It seems like you catch every cold or flu that's going around

Ÿ You're constantly exhausted, even after sleeping or taking a break

Friday, October 28, 2011

Growing a garden using hydroponics. That's science.

Learning how a business ships packages to destinations all over the world using a computer-based tracking program. That's technology.

Building a windmill to harness wind energy. That's engineering.

Counting money. That's mathematics.

These are just a few of the things students learn through the 21st Century Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool program.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Ava Gioe admires her cake with her parents Michael and Giannina, and brother Joseph, at her 5th birthday party, which was held at Giovanni's in Scranton.

It was a party fit for a princess, thanks in part to Candy Repsher Knappenberger, a professional area baker and sugar artist.

After pairing up with Icing Smiles, an organization that matches chronically and critically ill children with volunteers who bake and donate unique birthday cakes, Knappenberger helped turn an already special day, into a memorable and wondrous event.

Friday, October 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Artist Victor Stabin of Jim Thorpe returned to his alma mater, the High School of Art and Design in New York City for a series of lectures and a solo show and book signing.

Artist Victor Stabin, Jim Thorpe, returned to his alma mater in New York City, for a series of lectures, a solo show and book signing.

The co-owner of the Carbon County Cultural Project/Flow Restaurant, and the designer of nine U.S. Postal stamps, Stabin is a 1972 graduate of the High School of Art and Design.

The 50-year-old school is in the process of relocating. Stabin's show is expected to be the last alumni show at the current location.

Friday, October 21, 2011
ABOVE: St. Luke's Breast Cancer Awareness Committee members, Sharon Oravec, far left, Anita Hiles, second from right, and Barbara Porambo, far right, with Andrea J. Smith, the speaker for the annual BCA luncheon. LEFT: Smith, a genetic counselor, spoke to approximately 50 attendees at the 13th annual St. Luke's Breast Cancer Awareness tea.

As part of its continued effort to promote awareness and educate the community about breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Awareness committee of St. Luke's Miners Hospital held its annual tea at Macaluso's at the Lantern Inn in Nesquehoning on Sunday.

About 50 women attended the tea as well as a presentation given by Andrea J. Smith, MS, CGC.

Smith, a certified genetic counselor with St. Luke's Family Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, spoke to the attendees on the topic of "Genetics and Breast Cancer: How Does Family Affect Risk?"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

When her youngest son, Robby Ellis-Williams, was just 4 months old, Holly Ellis learned about a program that would benefit her child in the most unlikely ways.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Over the last year, Robby Ellis-Williams began preparing for kindergarten.

With the help of Chris Frantz, a Kindergarten SHINE home visitor, as well as his family, he practiced his letter and number recognition, printing his name and more.

By the time school began in August, Robby knew the sounds each letter made, could identify numbers and printed his name with ease. He also had an imagination for telling stories and working with props to convey a message.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What would you do to help children "shine"?

Would you continue their education after classroom instruction ended and help them build social skills through hands-on activities after school?

Would you raise the bar on your teaching skills and think outside the box?

Would you go into your students' homes during the summer to continue teaching and addressing their needs?

Would you challenge the child's parents to become a teacher outside of their student's classroom?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paul Sheckler, member of Palmerton High School Class of 1955 and Penn State Class of 1960, will discuss and read from his novel, "The Hawk Knows," at Palmerton Area Library at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 21.

The book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and AuthorHouse websites, as well as at the reading. Sheckler, who resides in California, is hoping former classmates will attend.

"The Hawk Knows" centers around a Ponzi Scheme in real estate and is set in Arizona during the financial debacles of 2007-2008.