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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mike Kitsock, president of the Schuylkill County Volunteer Fire-Fighters Association, will share his knowledge about writing and publishing historical works at the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network, 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Peter Blynn presents a check from the Palmerton Area High School Class of 1952 in honor of its class president, the late Peter A. Turko, to the Palmerton Area High School Environmental Club. Accepting on the club's behalf is Katie Pielmyer, a member and Turko's granddaughter.

The Palmerton Area High School Class of 1952 held its 60th reunion, Oct. 5-7, and enjoyed a three-day weekend.

First they went to Penn's Peak for dinner followed by a show with Herman's Hermits.

Saturday they had lunch at Bert's Steakhouse, followed by a slide show and presentation and explanation of area recovery at the Lehigh Gap Environmental Center.

That evening, the class enjoyed a social hour, dinner and entertainment at Blue Ridge Country Club.

Thursday, November 15, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Panther Valley High School varsity cheerleading squad are, front from left: Abby Yusella and Rylie Krapf, holding Cheyenne Frye aloft; center: Kayla Reese, Sarah Marouchoc and Claudia Smith, holding Kiley Boswell aloft. Right: Kaitlyn Matula and Sarah-Mary Tucker holding Katie Kabana aloft. Senior Emily Horvath; sophomores Ashley Reiber and Kayla Rivers; and freshmen Rebecca Dennis; Cortnee Hartman and Cassie Muth also attended the camp.

Panther Valley High School varsity cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders Association Pine Forest Cheerleading Camp, at the Trail's End facility, from Aug. 14-17.

About 800 cheerleaders, representing 35 teams, attended the camp.

The Panther Valley squad won blue ribbons in all of the evaluations, including cheer and dance incorporating stunts. The squad also won fourth place in a dance competition; first place camp champions in extreme routine (dance with stunts); and second place in cheer.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Clara Moyer pins a corsage on Anna Moser at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Albrightsville Sunday. Moser was honored for her nearly 60 years of service to the church.

The congregants at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Albrightsville gathered together Sunday morning to celebrate Anna Moser, who has served the small parish as a worship leader/organist for nearly 60 years. Sunday's service was dedicated to Moser.

One of nine children, Moser attended the same church with her family. On Sunday, many family members were present, which helped to fill the church to capacity.

After the service the Rev. Doug Holtz, pastor, asked Moser to point out her family members. She pointed to someone in almost every row.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Claddagh Keepers, a newly-formed community service group, will collect nonperishable, canned goods on the front porch at the West End Saloon, 1129 Mauch Chunk Road, Palmerton. The items will be donated to the Palmerton Food Bank.

While all are encouraged to contribute, those who will be entering the facility and who bring a donation will get a discount off the cover charge.

Suggested items include: canned spaghetti, ravioli and vegetables; Spam; rice; instant potatoes; canned fruit; peanut butter; applesauce; etc.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 19 at Blue Mountain Health System, Lehighton Campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Monday, November 12, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One of Jim Thorpe's most popular residents was honored Saturday as hundreds gathered to help raise money for her battle with cancer.

The Chinese auction, which took place at Jim Thorpe's Memorial Hall, was surprisingly, also a surprise for Peggy Sue O'Donnell.

"Peggy Sue is like the unofficial mayor of this town," said her roommate Shari Beers.

"She is a fixture in this town. Always involved in something," said Kathi McCauley, one of the people who worked tirelessly to bring Saturday's event to fruition.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Panther Valley Elementary School has announced the recipients of the Student of the Month Awards for September and October.

Certificates of Achievement were presented to students in grades 1-5. In addition, each student also received a Student of the Month Magnet and a "Kids Are Special" bumper sticker.

September Students of the Month

First grade: Valerie Kruslicky, Sebastian Cabrera, Stephen Hood, Mikayla Yuricheck, Mercedes Reynolds, Ashlee Zimmerman, Brandon Nunemacher.

Friday, November 9, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

With the sounds of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" humming away in the background, about 70 people, veterans, their spouses and family members, gathered Thursday for the ninth annual Veterans' Luncheon, hosted by Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly.

According to Lisa Marie Halecky, marketing/admissions director at Heritage Hill, veterans were invited from Carbon, Luzerne, Monroe and Schuylkill counties.

Friday, November 9, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Area High School crowned its homecoming royalty during a recent weekend of festivites. Sage Terembula was crowned the 2012 Homecoming Queen at the homecoming game on Oct. 19, while Jacen Nalesnik was crowned the 2012 Homecoming King at the homecoming dance on Oct. 20.