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Thursday, May 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Micah Gursky, left, director of development, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, and Tamaqua artist Ben Shafer unveil Shafer's watercolor creation 'Minerva Medica,' which Shafer has donated to the hospital for the 2011 Black Diamond Garden Party in June.

After weeks of inspiration with brush in hand, Ben Shafer of Tamaqua has completed a work of art featuring strong symbolism, local flavor, a nod to the classic lines of the Art Nouveau movement, and a salute to a local hospital.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

1. Fill up your tank on Wednesday or Thursday before 10 a.m. Gas prices rise on Thursdays in anticipation of weekend travel; 10 a.m. is when most station owners make their price change for the day. Unless it is an emergency, do not buy gas Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

2. Don't let your car idle, either when you warm it up or when you are at a standstill. If you're going to be standing for more than a minute, running your engine wastes more gas than restarting the engine.

3. Buy gas when it's cooler during the day (like the early morning or at night) to reduce gas evaporation.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The newly-formed drama group at Zions Lutheran Church, Third and Fell streets, Weatherly presented its first production on May 8.

The title of the play was "Choices." It related to the choices Jesus made to fulfill the prophecies about Him and the choices His disciples had to make to continue Christ's ministries.

The story was told in word and song and also identified with the choices young people have to make today.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sue Trainer, an expressionist artist from Lehighton, paints scenic open-art during the second annual May Flora Festival held over the weekend at Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua.

Many talented fire performers, artists, musicians, dancers and more took part in the two-day Second Annual May Flora Festival held earlier this month at the StonehedgeGarden, located at 51 Dairy Rd. in South Tamaqua.

All of the activities and performances were free to the public.

Visit for more information and upcoming events at Stonehedge Garden, which is a nonprofit organization.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lithographer and printmaker Ron Chupp opened his studio for a demonstration of making prints.

The Jim Thorpe Art Weekend, held May 14-15 and organized by the Nic and Eileen East Foundation, helped acquaint visitors to the area with artists, galleries and Victorian architecture in the picturesque town.

"We have some serious painters, sculptors, and craftspeople, and writers and poets in Jim Thorpe," said Joel Le Bow, an abstract expressionist painter who opened his gallery for the event.

Although it was raining over the weekend, photographer Tom Storm saw it as an opportunity for visitors to take unusual photos of Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

As the summer season approaches, resolutions to diet and exercise and finally lose that winter weight are not easy to abide when you are battling habitual eating.

For those who try to stave off a food addiction, any resolution may mean vowing to overcome this powerful and often misunderstood compulsion to eat.

There is help. For individuals struggling with various issues with food, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) can provide guidance and support.

OA offers a 12-step program that addresses emotional, physical and spiritual well-being as a path to recovery.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Clients and employees at the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center in Tamaqua enjoy some fresh air. Facilities director Philip Koles stated the clients love the fresh air and chatting with people as they pass. He also pointed out that the center is looking for a lunch-time kitchen volunteer who is able to help an hour or so a day and to call the center for more information.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Summit Hill Heritage Center, formerly St. Paul's UCC, at 1 West Hazard St., Summit Hill, will host the 2011 Panther Valley School Children's Art Show from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

This Youth Art Celebration is held in tribute for the year-end "Youth Arts in May" celebration. Over 100 works of art will be exhibited by the students from throughout the district.

Monday, May 16, 2011

It's New Year's Eve, 1973, and Walter Spack loads his old maroon station wagon with a drum set, tambourine, trumpet, bass, accordion, sheet music and his three children Joe, 10; Carol, 16; and Walter, 13; and nephew Tommy Krutsick, 13.

They set off through a snowstorm from their Lansford home to Henning's Hotel in Jim Thorpe for the fledgling Villagers polka band's very first professional gig.

Joe, little trouper that he was, had a toothache, but still played the tambourine that night, with Carol on the accordion, Walter on the drums and Tommy on bass.

Monday, May 16, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Dave Midas holds two of the polka record albums from his collection. Midas, who has loved polka since he was 9, credits the music and the people behind the music for making him the person he is today.

Dave Midas's earliest memory of polka music was when he was 9 years old.

"My grandparents introduced me to the Polka Joe Manjack Show when I was 9," the Weatherly resident said. "They would listen to it every Sunday. I would run to their house to listen to the show with them and I would tap my feet."

He said his grandfather always hoped he would grow up to be an accordion player.