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Friday, February 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Simon Maurer, talks to the crowd, while Anita Gordon, sits at the piano. Also pictured is Julie Askernia, page turner.

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble (GCE), based in New Ringgold, performed recently at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Haven.

The performance consisted of Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata - Allegro for Violin and Piano; Ravel Noctuelles from Miroirs for Piano; Schubert Piano Trio Op. 99 - Andante un poco mosso; Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola, K. 424 - Adagio and Allegro; and Fauré Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15.

The next performance of the ensemble, which is celebrating its 23rd year, will be Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at the church.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Deb Davis displays two dresses already donated to TAFFN's annual Belle of the Ball event. She said they are still accepting donations.

In this time of financial difficulty, every girl deserves to dress like a princess for her spring formal.

As the 2013 school prom season approaches, organizers and volunteers from the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network are collecting gently used gowns and accessories for "The Second Annual Community Belle of the Ball."

Coordinators Deb Davis and her mother Gwen Evans say that last year's event resulted in over 220 gowns being given to deserving young women, saying that the program was a "tremendous success."

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Arlene Bowers, 79, of Slatington, and John Schatz, 85, of Walnutport, were selected as Queen and King of Hearts at the ninth annual Valentine's Day Party held recently at Blue Mountain Health System's Adult Day Services Center in Palmerton.

Some people really know how to use the popular vote to their advantage.

Just ask John Schatz and Arlene Bowers, who rode their wave of fame straight to the top as they were crowned King and Queen of Hearts.

The clients of Blue Mountain Health System's Adult Day Services Center in Palmerton earned that esteem at the center's ninth annual Valentine's Day Party.

As he was crowned, Schatz, of Walnutport, expressed his joy.

"I feel like a million bucks," said Schatz, 85. "I love coming here to the center."

Thursday, February 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Casey Yelito and Helen Mattras were crowned Valentine King and Queen

during the

Valentine's Day Party held at the Panther

Valley Senior Center on Feb. 14.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Boilo and Chili winners are, front from left, Mike Gimbor and Vanessa Christman, who won the judge's choice for specialty boilo; Jared Soto, who won the judge's choice for traditional boilo; Stephanie McCarroll, who won the people's choice for traditional boilo; and Priscilla Hosak, who won the people's choice for specialty boilo. In the back row is co-coordinator Tom McCarroll; Cy Rother, who won the people's choice for traditional chili; Donette Miller who won the judge's choice for traditional chili; Helen Walters, who won the judge's choice for specialty chili; Charles Connely who won the people's choice for specialty chili; and co-coordinator Brian Connely.

Two longtime rivals came together for a cause recently during the Chili and Boilo Cook-off held Saturday at the East End Fire Company in Tamaqua.

The cook-off consisted of dozens of contestants competing for the best traditional and specialty boilo and chili recipes, all to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Cook-off coordinators and longtime fire company members Tom McCarroll, with East End Fire Company, and Brian Connely, with American Hose Company, came up with the idea a few months ago while sitting down with friends on a Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It's time to clean out your closet and help area children.

Gently-used prom and wedding dresses are being collected for the annual Prom & Wedding Dress Sale to be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Most dresses will be priced at just $10 (cash only).

All proceeds from the even will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Organizers are accepting new and gently-used dresses and accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes, from now through March 20.

Monday, February 18, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Staff and residents of the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held their annual Valentine Royal Court party recently at the center. Pictured are King William Pack of Hazleton, Queen Theresa Yatko of Wilkes-Barre, Prince Ed Binder of Lehighton, Princess Rose Baddick of Tamaqua, Duke George Chenkansky of Coaldale, and Dutchess Minerva Ellis of Lansford. Felicia Porambo, activity director, expressed her appreciation to all the staff and residents who made the event a fun one.

Monday, February 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Residents at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital enjoyed Valentine's Day playing games, making crafts, singing and enjoying treats during their Valentine's Day party. During the festivities, Pauline Hager of Lansford, was named Queen and Thomas Rock of Hazleton, was named King.

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will host a workshop, "Writing for Pleasure or Profit," which will offer ideas on how to get started or move forward toward getting published and earning a fee for your work.

The one-hour workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 (snow date Feb. 26), at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Participants may choose from one of two half-hour segments: one for those interested in writing for pleasure and the other for those interested in writing for profit.

Friday, February 15, 2013
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Darlene and Donald Graver of Lehighton were the first married couple to become the Lehighton Senior Center's King and Queen of Hearts.

A Lehighton couple who recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary was named the King and Queen of Hearts at the Lehighton Senior Center Valentine party held Thursday at the Lehighton Rec Center.

Darlene and Donald Graver were married on Dec. 21, 1962. They met in high school and married while Donald was serving in the U.S. Navy.

"He pursued me," she said, although he joked that was wrong.

"She chased me," he said. The couple noted that is Donald's personality to joke around.