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Thursday, May 31, 2012
@$:"Sandsworms of Dune" 1977 by John Schoenherr, from the collection of Robert K. Wiener.

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley announces its next special exhibition a mind-bending menagerie of fantastical artworks that push the boundaries of the imagination.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE LEFT: Georgianna Messinger, Olympic Day organizer and Mahoning Elementary physical education teacher, far right, addresses students during their Olympic Day closing program. Behind her are the flags representing each of the five countries students represented during the program. ABOVE RIGHT: Kate Halenar, left, and Payton Costenbader, first grade students in Mrs. Miller's class, throw a winning toss during the water balloon toss.

Team spirit ran high as students from Lehighton's Mahoning Elementary took part in their annual Olympic Day.

The program serves as a day to get students out of the classroom and into some friendly "international" competition. Boys and girls in kindergarten through fourth grade were broken into five teams representing the United States, Canada, Norway, Mexico, and Japan for a full day of athletic competition.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pennsylvania 4-H is celebrating 100 years of youth programming. As part of the centennial celebration the planning committee is compiling a history of 4-H through stories.

4-H members, current and former leaders, alumni, current and former extension educators, and/or family members are invited to help tell the story of 100 years of 4-H. The group is hoping to create a historical timeline through stories of those impacted by 4-H.

Stories will be on exhibit around the state throughout 2012. A compilation will be published and offered for sale.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BROADWAY GRILLE & PUB Zoraida Rivera is the new executive chef at the Broadway Grille in Jim Thorpe.

She has sautéed with Alain Sailhac at LeCirque and parboiled with Jacques Pepin at the French Culinary Institute. She has broiled, baked and braised for thousands of hungry customers at some of the top restaurants in the world.

But now she's here. Zoraida Rivera is cooking in Jim Thorpe.

The Broadway Grille & Pub in Jim Thorpe recently hired Rivera as its new executive chef, and she's already cooking up a storm, changing the menu and infecting the staff and customers with her passion for cooking and food.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
JASON SANDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton students and teachers show off their flowers and gardening skills. Back row, from left, Mike Miller, Toni Verta, Isabelle Meckes, Taylor Carroll, Brandon Berger, Kyle Clark, Charles Daniels, and Cameron Berger. In the front row, from left, math teacher Jake Molchany, Alivia Paules, Stephanie Reeves, Tyler Motzkus, Lindsay Carrigan, and English teacher Sharon Focht.

This past Saturday, fifth graders from the Lehighton Area Middle School planted flowers to help beautify their hometown park.

As a part of the 5 Maroon Team and 5 White Team, area students get to participate in various activities just like this on a regular basis.

"It's great to see these kids get out of the classroom and do something to benefit the greater good for this community. I love to get involved in activities like this," said Jake Molchany, fifth-grade math teacher.

"We're all looking forward to many more future events, just like this one."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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The memorial at St. Nicholas Church stands in remembrance of the fallen heroes of


Friday, May 25, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @$:Lehighton TUFFCAMP members taking part in the 115 Royal Burpee Challenge include Marcy Vincent, from left, Denise Onuskanich, Mary Kaye Snyder, Chrissy Mayernik and Paul Onuskanich. Approximately 20 TUFFCAMP members are taking part in the challenge alongside more than 2,000 athletes worldwide.

If you've seen athletes stopped by the side of the road squatting, doing push-ups, and jumping high into the air, you might be witnessing history. These unique workouts are part of a worldwide fitness challenge called the 115 Royal Burpee Challenge.

"The burpee is a very hard exercise," said Chrissy Mayernik, a CrossFit certified trainer and Lehighton TUFFCAMP coach. "Even doing five of them is a real challenge and works every muscle. It's so hard to do that you get winded, more winded than when you're running."

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1982 is hosting its 30-year reunion from 6-11 p.m. Friday, July 13 at the Lehighton Orioles. It will be a pig roast/luau with live entertainment. There is a charge.

Class members who have not received an invitation or who need more information may contact Robin Fatzinger at or (610) 718-9091.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Cadette Girl Scouts Lindsey Shimko, left, Skye Klotz, Madison Wenig, and Holly Ahner prepare to plant trees at Towamensing Elementary School. The Scouts from Palmerton Troop 37 planted trees as part of the "Girl Scouts Forever Green" initiative. BELOW: Analise Recke and Carly Schwenger, both Brownie Girl Scouts in Palmerton Troop 37, plant a tree seedling at Towamensing Elementary School in Palmerton

Local Girl Scouts continue their celebration of 100 years of Scouting by planting trees throughout the area.

More than two dozen Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scouts gathered at Towamensing Elementary in Palmerton this week to plant 30 Eastern White Pine and Eastern Hemlock trees along the road and behind the school.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Students of piano teacher, Michelle Pyrdsa, of Hometown, performed in a piano recital on May 19 at St. Richard's Church Hall in Barnesville. Performers included, front row from left, Olivia Kupinsky, Mrs. Pyrdsa, Jack Tharp, Trinity Werley and Ahn Thomas Griffin. Back row, Emily Ostergaard, Jennifer Frederickson, Jacqueline McMullen, Patrick McMullen, Kelsey Hurst and Olivia Lattanzi.