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Thursday, January 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble (GCE) and Gabriel Youth Orchestra (GYO) which recently performed a holiday program at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, are always ready to encourage local musical talent.

The GCE, which is now celebrating its 22nd season of chamber music performances, routinely entertains audiences in Schuylkill County with works by Widor, Ornstein, Strauss, Saint-Saens and about 120 other composers, compiling a shared repertoire of about 350 classical pieces.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Library employees Marian Hoffner, left, and Mariann Kmetz, assistant director, shared how eReaders will connect to the new Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library. The downloadable library, which offers area residents a way to borrow eBooks and audio books, is available at cldl.lib.overdrive.com.

Area book lovers have a new way to borrow books from their public library in Lehighton, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, or Slatington. Library patrons can now borrow electronic books from the Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library, an electronic consortium of 11 libraries in Carbon and Lehigh counties.

"I think the smaller libraries will benefit from this," said Palmerton Area Library director Diane Danielson. "All of the libraries, large or small, will benefit from the consortium."

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
SUSAN BRYANT/PRESS PHOTOS Dr. Raymond A. Fritz, of Allentown Family Foot Care, with David thor Staten-Mohr of Lehighton at Fritz's South Whitehall foot care practice.

Wearing a red-and-white Santa hat, a red shirt and sporting a white beard, David thor Staten-Mohr entertained patients and staff recently at Allentown Family Foot Care, South Whitehall Township.

Thor Staten-Mohr, who has lived in Lehighton since 1976, said he was invited to play his accordion at the podiatry office by Dr. Raymond A. Fritz.

"My wife Patricia met Dr. Fritz (as a patient) and through their talking, I got hooked in," he said.

"We get invited to Dr. Fritz's staff Christmas party every year. I play music prior to the disc jockey starting."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"The Spirit of Christmas in Song" (a concert of traditional Carpatho-Rusyn Christmas Carols) directed by Prof. Andrew Drozdik, will take place at St. John's Orthodox Church, 9 West Railroad St., Nesquehoning on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.

The concert is free with light refreshments to follow.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club presented a check for $1,300 to Dolly Woody, executive director, of Susan G. Komen Foundation. From left are, Heather Raby, who assembled the Breast Cancer Awareness quilt; and Jane Heckman and Cindy Mengel-Smith, owners of The Quilted Crow quilt shop in Lehighton; Woody; and Brenda Green, LALLC Pink Light Walk coordinator. The funds will be used for breast cancer research and to help with the cost of mammograms for women with no health insurance.

With help from the quilters at The Quilted Crow quilt shop, a check for $1,300 was donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation on Thursday. The quilt shop is co-owned by Jane Heckman and Cindy Mengel-Smith.

"Lehighton Lioness Lions Club couldn't have raised the funds without help from the quilt shop ladies," said Brenda Green, chairwoman of the LALLC Pink Light Walk.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Police Department is gearing up to hold its fourth annual Policeman's Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Memorial Hall, 101 E. 10th St., Jim Thorpe.

The event will feature formal attire and a sit-down meal, and will benefit Cystic Fibrosis.

Although the ball is over a month away, the department is welcoming any donations to help defray the cost of the ball. Those who wish to make a donation can contact the department at (570) 325-4995, and speak with Jamie Solomon or Chief Joseph Schatz.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater is calling all writers of all abilities to submit scripts for the March production of short plays.

CSC Theater will present three to six plays, 10-30 minutes in length on March 30-31. Submissions are due by Jan. 25.

All scripts should be family-friendly for a community production. All selected scripts will be performed under creative liberties of CSCT directors.

Thursday, January 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Alma Fisher looks down over one of the many banners she has made for her church.

Alma Fisher of Tamaqua doesn't consider herself a skilled seamstress, but her large colorful array of expressive church banners show otherwise.

Fisher, a lifelong member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua, started making banners for her church in 1994 after an earlier pastor, the Rev. Crawford, asked her if she could do something for the church to better display the holy seasons.

She gladly took on the task and gained her creative ideas from a number of craft books and library literature.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Chief cook

"Simply, a place to enjoy good food with friends."

That is how Barbara Breiner, volunteer organizer and chief cook, describes the free community soup social held the first Saturday of every month in the social hall at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

She added that the monthly social, which was started last year, is held free of charge to the community courtesy of community members and volunteers of the church.

"We hold the soup social in hopes of bringing members of the community together for an enjoyable time," added Breiner.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Pleasant Valley School District has announced that four of its schools were recipients of the 2011 Keystone Achievement Awards. Accepting on their behalf are their principals, from left, Penny Derr, PVI; Christopher Fisher and Carole Geary, Chestnuthill Elementary; Joshua Krebs, PVE; and Joseph Kondisko, Polk Elementary. The Keystone recognizes Pennsylvania schools for academic achievement. More than 2,000 Pennsylvania schools are being honored for demonstrating sustained academic achievement over two school years.