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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Marian musicians perform in annual Diocesan festival

Twenty-four band and chorus members from Marian Catholic High School were selected to appear in the 39th Annual Diocese of Allentown Music festival. The Festival was held at Bethlehem Catholic High School on Feb. 2.

Dr. Adam Brennan was the guest band conductor and Mrs. Katherine Brennan was guest chorus director for over 120 students from the Diocese's seven high schools, which are located in Schuylkill, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

The festival included the world premiere of a new work for band and chorus by Dr. Brennan, Requiem and Celebration.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will hold its March meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Janice Curran a consistent seller of short stories to the "True" magazines will discuss and answer questions about writing short stories and selling to the famous romance publications.

Monday, February 11, 2013
Simon Bandzi Sr.

Simon Bandzi Sr., Slatington, is celebrating his 90th birthday. He was born in Czechoslovakia on Feb. 12, 1923.

He served in World War II under Gen. Patton and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received a number of combat medals and ribbons, including: Certificate of Merit in the European Theater of Operations, United States Army; American Campaign Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; and a Good Conduct Medal.

His battles and campaigns included Rhineland, Northern France, Normandy and Ground Combat.

Monday, February 11, 2013
Jayne Kuehner

Weather is on the mind of many of us these days, so it seems only fitting to launch the new Young Voices feature with a poem that speaks a bit about weather.

This poem was written by Jayne Kuehner, 16, of Kunkletown. Jayne is a sophomore at Pleasant Valley High School. Jayne enjoys writing, especially poetry. She likes to write about things that teenagers can relate to, such as siblings, love, break-ups, school, home life, fighting and bullying.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1-3 p.m., Feb. 11, at the ACS office, 101 W. Frack St., Frackville. 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.

Look Good, Feel Better is offered in a group setting, providing participants with cancer education, information and support.

Monday, February 11, 2013
Frances Zellner

Frances Zellner, a resident at The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 92nd birthday on Feb. 7.

She is originally from Slatington, and was married to the late Clarence Zellner.

Frances enjoys "people watching." She says, "They do silly things when they think no one is looking."

Her favorite things to do are watch game shows and listen to gospel music.

She has one son, John, who lives in Slatington.

Frances enjoyed being the center of attention during the noon meal when she shared a birthday cake with the other residents, care staff and her son.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Community Room at the Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

The group is aimed at women with a cancer diagnosis sometime in their lives, who desire personal mutual support on cancer-related issues.

Contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 for more information.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will not meet in February. Meetings will resume at 6 p.m. on March 6 with local chiropractor Dr. Daniel Gavio who returns to discuss the latest seminar he attended on Active Release Technique.

The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

Friday, February 8, 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. on 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.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
JOHN STOJ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS CCTI Drafting & Design Technology students recently visited the new modular building, which will become the Penn-Kidder Library. The students will each design an interior layout, and the library board will select the most suitable design. With program instructor Jeremy Pease, far left, are, from left, Matthew Holmberg, Shelby Casey, Katelyn Miller, Katarina Kattner, Deric Tomasovich (kneeling), Jason White and Jesse Rossman.

The modular building for the Penn-Kidder Library, which will be located in the Pine Point Plaza, on the corner of State Routes 903 and 534 in Albrightsville, was delivered last week. According to Barbara Franzosa, president of the Penn-Kidder Library Center, they are in the process of connecting all of the utilities and are designing the entrance.

To help get the library up and running, students in the Drafting and Design Class from CCTI in Jim Thorpe are working on developing an interior layout for the building.