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Thursday, May 3, 2012
LEFT: Michael Trainer, who plays Ren McCormick, and Hailey Hoherchak, who plays Ariel Moore, are featured in Jim Thorpe High School's production of Footloose this weekend. BOTTOM LEFT: Caitlin Henninger as Urleen; Josiah Behrens as Willard; and Samantha Sparacio as Rusty. BOTTOM RIGHT: Maria Donati as Ethel McCormick, who moves to a small town with her son, Ren, (Michael Trainer). With them is Alexis Young, who  portrays Vi Moore, wife of the overbearing  minister, who has banned dancing and rock music in JTAHS's production of  Footloose.

Everyone is invited to cut loose this weekend when Jim Thorpe Area High School presents Footloose at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5.

With its catchy music and talented cast, Footloose is sure to have the audience tapping its feet and humming its songs long after the curtain closes.

Director Natalie Kmetz has been the driving force behind Jim Thorpe's yearly production for three decades, and even though she retired last year, she continues to dedicate herself to the annual musical.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Last week, the Jim Thorpe Area School District's Pre-Kindergarten Counts program took part in the Week of the Young Child, which is an annual, national celebration.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children sponsors the celebration.

Kate Harleman is the JTASD Pre-K Counts teacher for both Penn Kidder Campus and L.B. Morris Elementary School. She said that the Week of the Young Child is about celebrating young children and early childhood education.

"Early childhood education is the building blocks for a child's learning," stated Harleman.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented a scholarship to Maria Mesko, second from right, during its spring business meeting. Mesko is a junior at East Stroudsburg University, majoring in early childhood education and special education. She currently resides in Summit Hill. From left, Michelle Kivias, East Stroudsburg University special education professor, husband Scott Mesko, and Jill DeLong, the Carbon chapter's Educational Support chairperson.

The Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented a scholarship to a local education student during its annual spring business meeting at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. The group also recognized a long-standing member for her contributions to the Carbon County chapter.

An education scholarship was awarded to Maria Mesko of Summit Hill, a junior at East Stroudsburg University. She is majoring in integrated early childhood education and special education and will graduate in May 2013.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Rachel Rello, 9, of Slatington, has a private dance with Disney Princess Belle at Disney World. She was the recipient of a dream by Dream Come True - Blue Ridge Chapter.

Was meeting Yankees star player Derek Jeter the best part of 9-year-old Rachel Rello's dream or was it dancing with Disney Princess Belle at Disney World?

Jeter is in the top of the sporting world and some say that this Yankees captain leads a charmed life.

Not only is he Rachel's favorite baseball player, he is America's number one favorite sports star. He is number one with men, Baby Boomers and people living in the east.

While many watch him on television or from a seat at a stadium, not too many can say that Jeter pulled him or her onto his knee like Rachel can.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Jim Thorpe High School class reunion committee will meet this evening at 6:30 p.m., at the second floor conference room of the Jim Thorpe Administration Building, Center Ave.

If you were a member of the classes of 1955 through 1965, and you have any old photos that you would like to share, please contact Alvin Sellers or any member of the committee.

The committee is also looking for the class colors and class flowers.

The reunion is set for Sept. 29, at Whispering Pines banquet hall, Penn Forest Fire Company.

Monday, April 30, 2012
One of the 12 Passion prints by Johann Bussemacher recently acquired by the Allentown Art Museum.

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley has acquired a number of new artworks in recent months to add to its extensive permanent holdings, which now include more than 17,000 pieces.

"We're always looking to collect works that we feel should be preserved for future generations and that will help us fulfill our mission today as an educational resource," says Sofia Bakis, coordinator for Collections and Exhibitions.

Monday, April 30, 2012

A Jim Thorpe woman was one of the winners of The Marjorie Berlin Fink Merit Scholarships, announced the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.

Abigal Bleicher Healey of Jim Thorpe, will receive a half-tuition scholarship to study ballet and other dance forms in the Guild's Pre-Professional Division for the 2012-2013 school year and the 2012 Summer Dance Program.

Other recipients are Olivia Lovell of Breinigsville and Ava Gilotti of Bethlehem.

The winners were chosen from auditions at the Ballet Guild studios on April 15.

Monday, April 30, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS First place winners of the Carbon County Conservation District's 37th annual poster contest stand with Audrey Wargo, district secretary, second from right, during the recent awards ceremony. Winners are, front row, from left, Sadie Trubilla and Brynn Wentz. Second row, Allison Amodea, Jack Kemmerle, Wargo, and Erin Hollingsworth.

Twenty Carbon County students were recently recognized for their poster designs during the Carbon County Conservation District's 37th annual poster contest.

This year's theme was "Soil to spoon."

During the awards presentations, members of the Conservation District spoke about the importance of understanding the roles of farmers and where food comes from.

Josiah Behrens, district chairman, welcomed the group of students and families and thanked them for participating in the contest.

Friday, April 27, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Front from left, Faith Befano, daughter of Anthony and Susan Befano, Kelayres, Introduction to Business; Alexis Makowiec, daughter of John and Lynn Makowiec, Hazle Township, Sports Management; Samantha Faust, daughter of James and Mary Beth Faust, Barnesville, Business Calculations. Second row, Patricia Patton; Joshua Lex, son of Robert and Angela Lex, Ringtown, Management Information Systems; Timothy Miller, son of David and Judith Miller, Jim Thorpe, Business Communications; Nicholas Hopeck, son of Susan Hopeck, Hazleton, Introduction of Technology Concepts; and Christian Legath, son of Robert and Christina Legath, White Haven, Management Information Systems.

Seven members of the Marian Catholic chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America and the chapter adviser, Patricia Patton, the business education teacher at Marian, attended the 2012 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference April 16-18, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey.

During the conference the students competed with representatives from other Pennsylvania chapters for top honors in the individually stated events.

Friday, April 27, 2012
Virginia Dunbar

On Monday afternoon the Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library held an Afternoon Tea to thank all of the volunteers who work to support the Friends group and the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe.

Virginia "Ginny" Dunbar, a long time member of the group, was honored for all she has done over the years.

Joining the Friends group in 1989, Dunbar had served as the group's president for five years and is currently the vice president, a position she has held now for eight years.