Saturday, November 28, 2015


Monday, December 23, 2013
Ethel M. Kitchen

Ethel M. (Eicke) Kitchen, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 92nd birthday.

Born in Shenandoah on Dec. 23, 1921 she is the daughter of the late Carrie (Rose) and Alonzo Eicke.

Ethel and her sister, Carrie, were raised by their four paternal aunts in Wilkes-Barre.

She graduated from G.A.R. High School, Wilkes-Barre in 1939. She retired from 20 years of service from the Carbon County Court House as secretary to District Attorney George Kerestes, District Attorney John Deutsch and Judge Richard Webb.

Monday, December 23, 2013
Robert "Bob" LeMasters

Robert "Bob" LeMasters recently celebrated his 93rd birthday.

He was born Dec. 21, 1920 in St. Louis, Mo. to Harvey and Mable LeMasters. He had one sister, Florence, who was 10 years his senior.

Bob attended St. Louis public schools. He was excused one day to participate in volunteer public service, and was docked a day absent, which prevented him from earning a perfect attendance award for his 12 years, something that bothers him to this day.

Friday, December 20, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Poppy Seed Tea Bread has a nutty almond flavor and is topped with an orange sugar glaze.

Gifts in good taste are wonderful, but gifts that taste good are the best.

With Christmas just around the corner, you may find yourself wondering what to give that special boss or your child's favorite teacher. Food gifts have long been a popular option. If you take the time to package it prettily, it won't even matter if you don't make it from scratch.

Here are some ideas, including some from our readers, and even some recipes to help you give a tasteful, and tasty gift this holiday.

Former Summit Hill resident Heather Urquiza says she loves to make homemade gifts.

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Nelda Weston Reinart

Nelda Weston Reinart, currently residing at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 90th birthday. Nelda was born in Tamaqua on Dec. 18, 1923. She graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1941, where she was a member of the Bugle Corp.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Asa Packer Mansion tour guide Alex Izzo volunteered to have his long locks of hair cut to be donated to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children

suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Alex sat down at the Asa Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe, where he is a tour guide, to have his aunt,

beautician Margaret Diehm, do the honor of snipping off a 16-inch length of his hair. His donation will help to return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to these

children suffering from hair loss.

Thursday, December 19, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Girl Scout Troop 3580 work on their Christmas crafts as part of an event hosted recently by the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill.

Christmas and nature really can go hand-in-hand.

At least that was the case recently at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, where members of Girl Scout Troop 3580 took part in a Christmas craft program.

Among the Christmas-themed projects the troop made were wreaths, spiders, yule logs, snowflakes and gift bags.

Devyn Hauser, a seventh-grader from Palmerton, said she was proud of the wreath she made.

"I'm going to take it home and put it on my front door," she said.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

William Eisemann, who taught at East Mauch Chunk Junior Senior High School from 1948-1950, is looking to connect with former students, particularly members of the classes of 1949 and 1950.

Former students can write to him at 269 Susquehanna Ave., Lock Haven, PA 17745; or may call him at 570-748-2435.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Ted and Linda Smarr

Ted and Linda Smarr of Barnesville recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

They were married Nov. 5, 1988 in St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua.

They have two children, Eric and Matthew, both at home.

A family dinner was held to celebrate the special occasion.

Monday, December 16, 2013
Harvey Smith, Horses & Horizons' executive director, far left; and program director Elaine Smith, with Youth Volunteer of the Year, Meghan Sfarra; Volunteer of the Year, Denise Schafer; and "Volunteen" of the Year, Amanda Carnes.

At its recent year-end party, Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. recognized three area residents as outstanding volunteers for 2013. Denise Schafer of New Ringgold was named the organization's Volunteer of the Year, and Amanda Carnes of New Ringgold was honored as "Volunteen" of the Year.

This year, the nonprofit organization instituted a new award, Youth Volunteer of the Year, in honor of the dedicated service provided by Meghan Sfarra, also of New Ringgold.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Carbon-Schuylkill Community Theater will present an original holiday show this weekend at Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton.

"Another Holiday Show," is written and directed by Jonathan M. Rodgers. It is a musical about preparing for "yet another holiday show" in a theater company, and encompasses the popular "show within a show" concept.

The revue-style production was written to highlight some of the voices and talent of the Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater members.