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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Michael Pyrdsa works on his 20-foot high mural.

Joining the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program in 2010 and seeing firsthand the unique creativity and community inspiration of public art, local artist Michael Pyrdsa, of Hometown, knew that he'd eventually like to find some way to add his own touch of color and artistic talent to downtown Tamaqua.

Finding the outdoor canvas became a collaboration with local business owner and family friend Sean Job, owner of The Happy Ending Pub on Route 309 South.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dance Explosion & Tumble Academy, Nesquehoning, will host its eighth annual recital on Saturday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Tamaqua Area Middle School Audiorium. Tickets will be available at the door. Some of the dancers featured include, sitting front from left: Jacee Fegley, Cailyn Gould, Mallory Gould, Mercedes Weaver and Molly Murphy. Second row, Kaitlin MacDonald, Sierra Klinger, Makayla Weaver, Alivia Green, Jacqui Kokinda, Megan Greenall, Abbey Vermillion, Hannah Murphy and Angela Ceci.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Jim Thorpe Area students are reading around the world this summer.

The Jim Thorpe Area PTA and school district recently challenged over 1,100 kindergarten through seventh graders at Penn Kidder and L.B. Morris elementary schools to read at least 15 minutes every day and track their progress on the Scholastic Summer Challenge website.

The goal is to read 800,000 minutes over the summer break.

Sara Mass, a second-grade teacher at Penn Kidder Elementary, explained the reason for the challenge was to promote students reading during the summer.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of Perry Music Studio recently performed in their Spring Recital. They include, front row from left, Sophia Samoleski, Brandy Montemuro, Teegan Kunkel, Justin Ogazalek, Anthony Witczak, Maxwell Vermillion, Isabella Stianche, Trey Gower and Olivia Bartholemew. Second row, Maestro Perry, Sydney Vincent, McKena Boger, Lynea Reiner, Kendra Johnson, Genevieve Beck, Amanda Treible, Jordan Behrens, Joshua Johnson and Alex Haggarty. Third row, Matthew Treible and Bailey Vincent. Not pictured is Olivia Frendt.

The students of Perry Music Studio, Maestro Randall Douglas Perry, instructor, held their Spring Recital on June 3, in historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 2 p.m., where Perry served as director of music for 19 years.

Over 70 people attended to hear the 21 students perform pieces by composers such as Bach, Bastien, Brahms, Beethoven, Clementi, Diabelli, Green Day, Taylor Swift, Christina Perri and others.

Two students also played their own arrangements of hymn settings.

Monday, June 11, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS During the 45th anniversary dinner of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club, held at the Normal Square Inn, installation of new officers was held. Conducting the swearing in program was former president Valerie Higgins, standing at left. Next to her is Judy Moon, outgoing president, who is presenting the gavel to incoming president for the next two years, Carol Zickler. Looking on is treasurer Ginny Novy and Vice President Connie Kravelk. Seated is new secretary Anne Paulakovich. The president will host an executive board meeting on Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at her home.

Members and guests of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club enjoyed a dinner and program in celebration of their 45th anniversary. New officers were sworn in and new president, Carol Zickler, announced her committees.

Chairing the Hospitality committee is Nancy Kevilly; Reservations, Jane Pietruch; Ways and Means, Valerie Higgins and Pat Sasserath; Publicity and Community Projects, Zickler; Membership and bylaws, Madeline Ligenza; Programs, Ligenza. Department chairs are Sunshine Lady, Joyce Bond; and Transportation, Sasserath.

Monday, June 11, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Emily Hartranft, 8, takes aim with a marshmallow gun during the East End Fire Company's community block party held over the weekend.


Monday, June 11, 2012
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Members of HTO Services Song and Dance Group entertained members and guests of the Lehighton Woman's Club at the club's spring dinner at the Normal Square Inn.

Members of the Lehighton Woman's Club gathered for their spring dinner last week at Normal Square Inn in Mahoning Township.

The evening included entertainment and the installation of officers for 2012-2013, as well as a sharing of the club's history from 1953 through the present.

The club will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.

Joan Hanosek conducted the installation ceremony, where Shirley Rodgers, president of the club for the last four years, passed her gavel to new club president Nancy Carlson.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., June 11 at the American Cancer Society Office, 16 N. Fourth St., Minersville. The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, 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.

Friday, June 8, 2012
Daisy Mae Valentine

Daisy Mae Valentine, 15, daughter of Michelle Rex and David Valentine of Tamaqua, has been selected as a state finalist in the National American Miss Pageant.

The event will be held Aug. 12-13 in Harrisburg.

Daisy Mae will participate in the junior teen division.

Her hobbies include softball, swimming, camping, writing and spending time with her friends.

She enjoys providing her friends with makeovers, hairstyling tips and creating nail designs.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Lehighton TUFFCAMP complete their final burpees during the 115 Royal Burpee Challenge, which ended Monday. Athletes who took part in the challenge completed burpees for 115 days. From left is Mary Kaye Snyder, Shannon Brophy-Wolter, Denise Unuskanick and Janie Connor.

After 115 days, their toughest fitness challenge to date was finally over.

Members of the Lehighton TUFFCAMP completed the 115 Royal Burpee Challenge on Monday at the Lehighton Recreation Center. They celebrated the end in typical TUFFCAMP fashion, incorporating the final burpees into an hourlong workout.

The 115 Royal Burpee Challenge was created to celebrate the 115th birthday of Royal H. Burpee (1898-1987), who is best known for creating the "burpee" to measure physical fitness, agility and coordination for the U.S. military in the 1930s.