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Friday, May 18, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pat Paterick shares stories and advice about dealing with Alzheimer's disease at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly. Paterick is a retired licensed practical nurse (LPN) and daughter of the late Louise Poniatowski, who succumbed to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 89.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be devastating for the entire family. No one knows this more clearly than Pat Paterick, a retired licensed practical nurse (LPN) and daughter of the late Louise Poniatowski, who succumbed to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 89.

She recently offered words of hope and advice for family members dealing with Alzheimer's at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly. Dealing with any type of dementia is difficult, she acknowledged, stressing the need for family members to take care of themselves and seek out others to talk about their troubles.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs.

H.H.T.L.C., a registered nonprofit organization, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309. It offers therapeutic riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sixteen students from Panther Valley High School recently scored in the top 20 percent of the National Financial Capabilities challenge, a nationwide program designed to increase financial knowledge in high school students. Students include, front row from left: Ryan Miller, Tyler Heffelfinger, Samantha Snyder, Shannon Phillips and Lisa Lin. Second row: Katelyn Evans, Jordan Kulp, Deanna Focht, Gage Rohlfing, and Jacob Gulla. Back row: Josh Jacobs, Justin Schuch, Ryan Mesh, Tyler Smith, and Richard Smith.

Need help choosing a credit card or creating a budget? You might want to ask a student from Panther Valley High School.

Sixteen students recently scored in the top 20 percent of the National Financial Capabilities challenge, a nationwide program designed to increase financial knowledge and awareness in high school students. Two of these students, Jacob Gulla and William Digiglio, earned a perfect score.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, right, presents Girl Scout leader Larissa Kimmel with a proclamation marking the group's celebration. He noted that Girl Scouts now claims 3.8 million members nationwide. Kimmel is the leader of Troop 3112 of Palmerton. She is wearing her old Girl Scout sash from when she was a Senior Girl Scout in Troop 583 of Lehighton.

Palmerton Area Girl Scouts recently celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouts at Jerusalem United Church of Christ in Trachsville. Palmerton is home to 244 registered Girl Scout members, including 165 girls and young women and approximately 80 adult volunteers. It is the 73rd year of Girl Scouting in Palmerton.

ABOVE LEFT: Skye Graver and Paige Shupp paint rocks with camping scenes at the Palmerton Girl Scouts' celebration of 100 years of Scouting. Both girls recently "bridged" from Junior to Cadette Girl Scouts.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

She is funny, articulate and has a great personality. Gina Greiner is also 100 years old.

Gina celebrated her birthday on Friday, May 11, with family and friends at a party held at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., she spent her life in Newark and then Iselin, N.J.

She married her husband, Robert, and was his wife for 40 years until his death.

She also worked for Globe Indemnity Co. in the claims department and traveled into New York City for many years for her job.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Carbon County Art League has been hosting an annual art show open to all artists in Carbon County or members for the past 30 years.

This year's show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Anita Shapolsky Art Gallery on 20 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

The artists are competing in four different categories: oil and acrylic; watercolor; photography; sculpture and mix media.

Award money totaling $1,000 will be presented during the closing artist reception on Sunday from 2-5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater is looking for singers, dancers, actors and actresses, high school age and older, to audition for its full-length summer musical production of "Little Shop of Horrors."

The show will be performed Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4.

Those auditioning should bring a minimum of 16 bars of music, memorized with accompaniment. Singers should bring two songs of contrasting style. If you have a monologue prepared, it will be heard at auditions.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dr. Mary Theresa Webb, author and pastoral/spiritual counselor, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network.

In her presentation, "Writing Your Soul Story," Webb will share practical tips to help writers discover their spiritual journey and to find the best way to write about and pass along their story to future generations.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Glen R. Laudenslager

Glen Robert Laudenslager, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating his 93rd birthday today. He was born on May 15, 1919 in Lewistown, Pa. Glen has also resided in Cape May, N.J., Colonia N.J., and Port Charlotte, Fla. over the years.

After graduation from high school he worked at the American Viscose Corp., making rayon thread for use in clothing, stockings, etc.

He spent three years in the Army Air Force and was stationed in Southern Italy as a radar mechanic. He also worked as a machine operator for 41 years in the Steel Mill.

Monday, May 14, 2012
@$:STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Prizes were given for the mother with the most children, won by Pauline Snyder, the mother of three daughters and three sons. Attending the luncheon with Snyder were two daughters, two granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter. Seated from left are Snyder, great-granddaughter Annabelle Maxon, and daughter Carrol Smith. Standing is Snyder's daughter, Stacey Sheckler, and granddaughters Emily Sheckler and Janna Maxon.

Members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton celebrated Mother's Day weekend with a mother-daughter tea and luncheon. The meal and mother-daughter photos were sponsored by the Trinity Evangelism Committee.