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Monday, September 17, 2012

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1977 will hold its 35-year class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Oriole's Club in Lehighton.

The festivities will run from 12:30 p.m. until 11 p.m., and will include lunch, dinner and a band.

Class members can make reservations by calling Marshal at (610) 393-7135 as soon as possible.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1967 is having its 45-year class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, beginning with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m.

Reservations are due by Sept. 22. If more information is needed by any class members, call Loren at (610) 826-2397 or LaRae at (570) 386-2108.

Monday, September 17, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Taking part in the 100th Anniversary Alumnae Tea were, from left, Stephanie Rehnert, leader of Senior Girl Scout Troop 3802; Katie Hosler, Madeline Walbert, Stephanie Riggio; and Kathy Hosler, Lehighton Service Unit manager.

Lehighton Girl Scouts celebrated Girl Scouting's 100th reunion by hosting a 100th Anniversary Alumnae Tea Sunday at Zion United Church of Christ.

Kathy Hosler, service unit manager, welcomed the Girl Scouts and the former and present leaders to the event, which focused on remembering the good times they have shared.

Carla Hickey, director of Community Partnerships, North Team, was the keynote speaker. She presented a PowerPoint presentation on the 100 years of leadership development.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish High Holiday celebrating the start of the year 5773 on the Jewish calendar, begins on Sunday, Sept. 16 at sundown.

The term Rosh Hashanah, "beginning of the year," is rabbinical, as are the themes of the festival: repentance, preparation for the day of Divine judgment and prayer for a fruitful year. The two-day festival, which falls on 1-2 Tishre in the Jewish calendar, will conclude at sundown on Monday. In many senses, Israel begins its year on Rosh Hashanah.

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Helen Chomyn, 91, of Lehighton, holds the tools she used to inspect shells at Bethlehem Steel during World War II.

Helen Chomyn was born in Nesquehoning in 1921, when Warren G. Harding was president and Coco Chanel introduced her signature perfume, Chanel No. 5.

She grew up to work as a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II, shares her birthday with the infamous attack on American soil by Middle Eastern terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, and with a happier event, her wedding day.

On Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon, Helen turned 91. Her birthday was celebrated on Sunday with her children and grandchildren.

Thursday, September 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Preparing for the Historic Brainerd Church Festival are members of the Cranberry Quilt Guild, from left Judy Yeager, chairwoman; Debbie Kessell, guild president; Linda Webster and Betty Rosato. The guild will display numerous quilts and quilt projects at the festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7. @$:

The Cranberry Quilt Guild will participate in the Historic Brainerd Church Festival next month, with a display of quilts, including table runners, toppers, wall hangings, lap quilts and bed quilts in all different sizes.

The quilts will be exhibited in the one-room schoolhouse, Cedar Grove School, which is situated on the property behind the historic church, on North Main Street in Sybertsville, which is located within the Greater Hazleton area.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Lehigh Canal Park, Weissport, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Country Inn and Suites, 1619 Interchange Road, Lehighton. The event is a benefit for Walk the Walk, World Childhood Foundation.

Preregister by calling (610) 378-5066 by Sept. 22. Walkers gather pledges and receive water bottles and snacks along the trail and after the walk is completed.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
@$:Caption: Mary Gasker, left, poses during a photo session at the Mahoning Drive-In Theatre with Candice Kovalchick, the owner of CandyB Photography in Slatington. Gasker's newest hobby includes retro pin-up modeling, which mimics the grace and style of the 1950's.    Extra details: She's sitting in a 65 Pontiac Tempest, owned by Phil and Myra Gasker of Lehighton.

From her bright red lipstick to her vintage-inspired eyeglasses, Mary Gasker has fully embraced a retro lifestyle.

Nowhere is that lifestyle more evident than in her new hobby as a retro pin-up model. Styled after the models of the 1950s, retro pin-up models embody the classic style and grace of a bygone era. The Jim Thorpe woman has even embraced the figure of 1950s models, celebrating her newly-discovered curves after losing a substantial amount of weight.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free Community Dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township just off Route 903 and next to the butterfly sanctuary.

For more information, please call the church at (570) 325-9151.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In recognition of the celebration of 100 years of Pennsylvania 4-H, Penn State Extension in Carbon County will host a 4-H Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building in Lehighton.

The event will be an open house from 1-4 p.m. There will be a short program starting at 1 p.m. to welcome everyone. A meet and greet will follow the program.

The 4-H Centennial Committee will recognize the oldest male and female person still living, who was a 4-H member in Carbon County.