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Friday, July 8, 2011

The 30th annual Carbon County Art League show will take place at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, 20 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 9 and 10.

This is an open judged competition.

The public is welcome and admission is free.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
This undated photo courtesy of Giuseppina "Josie" Cirincione shows a piece made by Cirincione. For Cirincione, creating begins with collecting. She collects a lot of old things, from wooden dry cleaner hangers and yardsticks to kitchen and woodworking tools. Cookie cutters. Brass keys. Ice picks. Handwritten letters and envelopes. Velveeta cheese boxes (theyíre wooden and tout ìthe delicious cheese foodî in vintage lettering). (AP Photo/Giuseppina "Josie" Cirincione)

Joan Therese Seivert's necklace – a large heart shape covered in tiny pieces of sparkly jewelry attached to a bolo tie – looks homemade, and it is. It comes with a heartfelt story.

Her sister made it for her before Seivert left her hometown of St. Paul, Minn., 35 years ago to live in Denver. All those little sparkly bits were culled from the jewelry passed down by her grandmother.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

For kids everywhere, summer vacation is finally here. As their focus turns to sleeping in and swimming pools, students have attended their last day of school, where inevitably many will flip an internal switch learning off, play time on!But the two don't have to be mutually exclusive.

Research supports the idea that children greatly benefit from learning over the summer. Without educational engagement, they can forget many of the skills they just acquired. Similarly, the importance of play in child development is a widely researched topic.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Theater Club, a spinoff of the Carbon Schuylkill Community Theatre, is holding its next workshop at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 at the Carbon County Cultural Project, next to the Flow restaurant, 268 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

The workshop on "Ad-Libbing a Character on the Fly" will be led by Mark Davalos, a professional wrestling instructor who has appeared on three episodes of the Jerry Springer Show.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Master Gardeners are hosting a summer trial garden tour and program for home gardeners from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at Western Pocono Community Library, Brodheadsville.

The program will begin with a tour of the PSU Pollinator Garden. The garden celebrates pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies.

Friday, July 1, 2011

A new support program called "Working Off Weight" is being organized. The program is open to anyone who wants to create, improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Meetings will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m., on the first Tuesday of each month, at Health Works Health and Wellness Center, located in the Carbon Plaza Mall, Lehighton.

The support group is free and you do not need to be a member of Health Works to join.

Friday, July 1, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Geri Haas and Janet Rimbey were honored for their many years of membership and service as Girl Scout leaders. From left are, Kathleen Hosler, Lehighton service unit manager; Rimbey; Georganne Seely, member manager of Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania; and Haas.

Two Lehighton women were recognized for the large number of years they have devoted to Girl Scouts in the Lehighton area.

Geri Haas and Janet Rimbey were presented membership pins by Kathleen Hosler, service unit manager; and Georganne Seely, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania membership manager.

Haas was presented a 50-year pin, while Rimbey received a 40-year pin.

Haas began her Girl Scout career as a Brownie Girl Scout and then added 48 more years as a leader of Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors and Ambassadors.

Friday, July 1, 2011
Palmerton residents Antonia Aita, Trisha Sterling and Jackie Tracy enjoy their ice cream cones outside Claude's Creamery, Palmerton. The girls selected soft serve twist, Cookie Doughlicious and Milk and Cookies, respectively.

Claude's Creamery, the new ice cream store along Palmerton's main street, began with an ice cream craving.

"I was driving through town one day and wanted soft vanilla ice cream," said proprietor Mark Masenheimer. "I asked around and found out I had to go far away to get some."

His craving for soft ice cream sparked the idea that would soon turn into Claude's Creamery, named after his grandfather who loved ice cream, specifically, teaberry.

Claude's serves premium gold ice cream, which is a higher quality ice cream than most grocery store ice creams.

Thursday, June 30, 2011
George Boyce, and his wife, Carol, took top honors at the Delaware Valley Iris Show receiving three American Iris Society Rosettes and the coveted American Iris Societies' Silver Medal for the most Blue Ribbons at the show. They grow hybrid lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises at their three-year-old seven-acre Glenara Gardens in Palmerton.

A Palmerton couple took top honors at the Delaware Valley Iris Show receiving three American Iris Society Rosettes and the American Iris Society's Silver Medal for the most blue ribbons at the show.

George and Carol Boyce, who grow hybrid lilacs, daylilies and Siberian and Japanese irises at their 3-year-old seven-acre Glenara Gardens, entered 25 varieties of irises and received 24 ribbons.

Over 500 varieties of irises are grown at Glenara Gardens.

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Stacey Kerschner

Two Lehighton teens are having the experience of a lifetime this week while attending Keystone Girls State, a program of American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Pennsylvania. The event is taking place at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, and is the 66th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Stacey Kerschner, daughter of Gary Kerschner and Carol Surmaitis; and Kara Serfass, daughter of Karen Evans and the late Thomas K. Serfass are attending the session.

Kershner's and Serfass' expenses are sponsored by the Lehighton Legion Auxiliary Unit 314.