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Friday, November 18, 2011

Nicole Fischer and Amanda Yusella are at different phases of their lives.

Fischer is aspiring to become a teacher and is currently a freshman at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Yusella has already earned her teaching degree from Kutztown University and is a teacher at East Penn Elementary in Lehighton.

One program, though, has helped both young women prepare in their journey toward becoming an educator: the 21st Century Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool Program.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
LEFT: Oliva Haydt (Joanne) and Brent Harris (Jesus) rehearse a scene from Godspell. BELOW: Robert Fatzingerperforms a musicalnumber as cast members look on. Godspell will be performed in Tamaqua this weekend at Zion Lutheran Church.

"Prepare ye the way of the Lord," and while you are at it, prepare yourself to see Godspell this weekend at Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua. Showtime is 7 p.m. both Friday, Nov. 18; and Saturday, Nov. 19.

The popular musical, which opened on Broadway in 1971, is a production of H.T.O. Services Spotlights. It is being presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Weatherly SGA hosts semi formal

The Weatherly Area High School Student Government Association held its semi-formal dance on Saturday at Genetti's. The king and queen and their court were announced during the event. Crowned king and queen were Samson Walton and Tracy Galada. Back row, from left are second runners-up Derek Filloy and Nicole Bachart; and first runners-up Jaime Dougherty and Matthew Cullen.

Monday, November 14, 2011

For dementia caregivers in and around Carbon County, there is help.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

The group will share ideas and tips to help caregivers cope with the day-to-day stresses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

For more information call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or drop her an email at dipper38@ptd.net.

Monday, November 14, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Five generations of the Willing family were together recently,

including Sophie Nichole Kephart, 3 months old, held by her mother,

Elizabeth Kephart of San Antonio, Texas. With them are, standing, from left, Sherry Mann of Elverson,

great-grandmother; and Shirley Oswald of Temple, grandmother; and,

seated, right, former Tamaqua resident

Margaret Willing of

Orwigsburg,

great-great-grandmother.

Monday, November 14, 2011
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Four young adults were confirmed during services at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua Nov. 6. They are Tyler Hill, Lacie McManus, Matthew Sargent and William Butler. With the confirmands are confirmation supervisor Deb Davies and Zion interim pastor the Rev. Jeffry Kistler. Confirmation was postponed one week due to the early winter storm the previous Sunday. Confirmands and their families were guests at a reception following the service.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Two years ago, Nicole Boggs found herself struggling in her third grade classes at Panther Valley Elementary.

Homework and assignments were difficult for the young Lansford girl, and learning wasn't fun.

"I just didn't get it," the 11-year-old said of her lessons.

But, through the Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool Program, which provides SHINE students with 32 weeks of afterschool activities during the school year; as well as nine weeks of summer home visits, Boggs now proudly says she enjoys school.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The duo of "Mike and Jim" will perform at H.T.O. Services "Adult Night Out" Friday. Jim Cimms, left, and Mike Jackson, right, will follow the Barbershop quartet, "Easy Listening," featuring Ronald Beltz, Delroy Steigerwalt, Tom Zimmerman and Ed Wassmer.

H.T.O. Services, a community-based activity center in Lansford, will host an Adult Night Out at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 11.

This fall concert fundraiser will feature two local groups, who will perform for the evening's entertainment. Money raised will help cover the cost of additional programs at the center.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The 2011 Panther Valley Drama Club will perform a comical murder mystery on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. at Panther Valley High School's auditorium.

This year's production will introduce newlyweds Freddie and Christine Franklin, who have decided to spend their honeymoon at "Wilcox's Family Bed and Breakfast." The inn is owned and operated by Christine's sweet (sometimes) old Aunt Gretchen.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

Hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? One of your guests' first impressions is your front door, so make sure it is warm and welcoming.

It's not too late to create a silk floral wreath, filled with the glorious hues of an autumn afternoon.