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Friday, September 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Student Council members and class officers at Marian High School include, front row from left, Stephen Valente, Joanna Butala, Anthony Damiano and Anthony Pilla. Second row, Deborah Coles, adviser; Emily Burger; Thomas Hagenbuch; Katie Smulligan; Nicole Bechtel; Logan Rutch and Brendan McGowan. Third row, Jordan Weber and Philip Schron. Fourth row, Nicole Collevechio, Mary Kate Sherkness, Nicholas Kweder, Molly Balliet, Dylan Quirk and Jessica Horlacher. Fifth row, Ashton Galasso, Alyssa Wagner, Mary Susan McAndrew, Kassandra Mantz, Amanda Srinivasan and Arianna Srinivasan.

The 2011-2012 Marian Catholic Student Council was inducted at a special Student Council Mass held recently at the high school.

Inducted into Student Council were Anthony Pilla, president; Anthony Damiano, vice president; Joanna Butala, secretary; and Stephen Valente, treasurer.

In additions, class officers are:

Seniors: Logan Rutch, president; Katie Smulligan, vice president; Nicole Bechtel, secretary-treasurer.

Juniors: Jessica Horlacher, president; Dylan Quirk, vice president; Nicole Collevechio, secretary-treasurer.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, Randy Smith, left, and Ronald Sheehan, right, delivered new dictionaries to third grade students of the Jim Thorpe Area School District. Third grade students are, from left, Aiden Marzen, Jason Bowen, Trista Gehris, John Toohey, and Thomas Kenny.

Third Grade students at the Penn Kidder and L.B. Morris Elementary Schools and St. Joseph Regional Academy received new dictionaries on Tuesday, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe.

The club has been participating in a nationwide program know as "The Dictionary Project" since 2003. This year, Rotarians will give 216 dictionaries to third graders in Jim Thorpe. To date, the club has distributed 1,758 dictionaries.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater will host open call auditions for its December production of "A Christmas Carol."

Performers age 7 through senior citizens are encouraged to audition for this holiday season favorite. Auditions will take place at H.T.O. Services, 255 E. Ridge St., Lansford (formerly The Studio), Oct. 6 from 4-6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 2-4:30 p.m.

Performers do not need to be experienced, but dedication is required.

In addition to actors and actresses, there is also a need for stage hands, technical crew and general assistance.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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St. Paul's Concert Series, which will take place at the church, located at 1249 Trexlertown Road, Trexlertown, will begin with a Trumpet and Organ Recital in the church at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

John Thyhsen, a retired trumpet professor and freelance musician, will join Randall D. Perry, organist and Master of the Choristers at St. Paul's.

Thyhsen served on the faculty of Rowan University from 1969-2000. He taught trumpet and was director of jazz studies, and is also Professor Emeritus from 2000 until present.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pocono Alliance, in conjunction with the Monroe County Grants Office, will be hosting a Monroe County Poverty Simulation from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 12. The event will take place at Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church, 915 North Fifth Street in Stroudsburg.

The alliance is seeking people to participate in the simulation as either agency representatives or family members who are experiencing poverty.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Members of the 2011 Palmerton Area High School Homecoming Court include, front row, from left, Lydia Anthony, Kylee Turko, Kelsey Eaton, Morgan Myers, Marissa Larson and Kelsey Hay. Back row, Travis Wolfe, Sheldon Mann, Kane Kralik, Monty Szukics, Dallas Miata and Aaron Cook. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at festivities this weekend when the Blue Bombers host Saucon Valley.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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The Weatherly Area High School homecoming festivities concluded Saturday evening with a dance sponsored by the SGA. This year's Homecoming Queen was Tracy Galada and runner up was Jacklyn Blew. Homecoming King was Samson Walton and runner up was Christopher Lafey.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Patricia C. Gallagher, published author and marketing-publishing consultant, will share her personal writing and book marketing experiences and offer promotional advice for both new and experienced writers at the October meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network.

Gallagher has appeared as a guest on "Oprah," the "CBS Early Show," "CNN," "Maury," and other televised shows.

Monday, September 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Stonehedge Gardens board members and volunteers pictured from left are Shawn Walker, Dick Lane, founder Russell Keich, garden specialist Thomas Anthony, President Tracy Perry, Vice President Patty Passick and treasurer Brooke McDermott.

Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua recently hosted an art gallery open house as part of its annual members' appreciation picnic.

The day also launched the reopening of Stonehedge's Art Gallery. Stocked with an array of fine handcrafted items and art work, the gallery is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m., with hours expanding as the holidays approach.

Stonehedge's 31st Tree Lighting Season begins in a few months.

All proceeds benefit the organization's maintenance and development.

Monday, September 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Arlene McGeehan, Tamaqua, retired from Rest Haven County Home, tries her luck for a plant during their mini-Chinese auction.

The Schuylkill County Retirees held its 25th annual member appreciation picnic in Tamaqua for the first time, at the Bungalow Park pavilion. Over 45 members attended. Any pension-collecting retiree living in Schuylkill County can inquire by calling Joan Deitrich, president, at (570) 668-4679. Below, retirees enjoy a meal together. Front left, Helen Macenka, Nicholas Macenka, Paul Sheers, and Helen Sheers.