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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre will host auditions for "Broadway on Broadway," an upcoming production of 10-minute plays and musical numbers to be staged Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13 in Jim Thorpe at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center.

Needed are actors and actresses, teenagers through adult, to perform in one or more of the original plays. No experience is necessary. Since the plays are short, this is the perfect opportunity for those wishing to give acting a try, without having to make a major commitment to a large scale production.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Gertrude Fritzinger is proud of her heritage.

She remembers her mother (a Morgan) and her father (a Jones) arguing over which family the Joneses or the Morgans arrived first in Plymouth, Mass.

Her father would say that his family was there to greet hers, and her mother would argue it was the other way around.

Whichever way it happened, Fritzinger, is the fifth generation of Jones' women born in the United States.

Monday, June 13, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Among those who recently took part in the installation of officers at Sacred Heart Parish Council are Tammy Bubser, Megan Mummey, Father William Campion, Anne Girard, Peg Duell, Alex Quinn, Morgan Mummey, John Hutta, Duane Hawk, Deacon William Pitts, Cass Chies, and Jennifer Bates.

Friday, June 10, 2011
Susan Layland/Special to the Times News

Whenever you mention the Bed Bug Cave, it will undoubtedly raise an eyebrow.

The cave, well known in Slatington because of its history and its unique geological structure, is an alcove nestled along the Slate Heritage Trail.

The property is owned by the Northern Lehigh Historical Society (NLHS) and is being upgraded to a small park by several community volunteers.

In 1848, Nelson Labar opened the New York Tunnel Quarry. Each tunnel was named after a famous street in New York City.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Randall Douglas Perry, artistic director and conductor of the Bach and Handel Chorale, based in Jim Thorpe, announces four open rehearsals and auditions to those seeking membership.

Audition dates are June 13 and 27 and July 11 and 25 beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

The chorale is preparing for its fall concert season, which will include three Christmas concerts on Dec. 3, 10, and 11 at various locations; and a performance of Handel's "Messiah" on Dec. 17 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has set its summer hours and programs.

Summer library hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. 1 p.m.; Tues: 9 a.m. to noon and 4-7 p.m. Summer programs begin the week of June 19. To register, call the library at (570) 645-3780.

Preschool story time will be held Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Story time is for ages 3-5 and will have a "summer" theme. Story time incudes stories, songs, finger plays, coloring pages and snacks. An adult must stay with each child during story time.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Pen pals from Panther Valley and Prince Hall elementary schools enjoy playing with various wildlife shells and bones during their recent visit to the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill. They are, front, from left, Maniya Thompas and Amina Chocran of Prince Hall; and back, Cassie Moyer and Nicole Boggs of Panther Valley.

Students from Penn-Kidder and Panther Valley elementary schools recently got the chance to meet their pen pals from Prince Hall in Philadelphia.

The students and their teachers met at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, where they learned about wildlife and toured the facility. They then traveled to Mauch Chunk Lake Park and enjoyed a picnic dinner.

Raquel Ramseur-Webb, a chaperone from Prince Hall Elementary School and a SHINE II teacher, said the students love the SHINE II program.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Space is still available for the "Yes I Can" workshop, hosted by Penn State Extension offices in Carbon and Monroe counties. The class will take place from 12:30-3:30 p.m., July 5, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Third and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
@$:BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS PHOTOS

A cozy atmosphere combined with delicious food makes eating at Emeril Lagasse's newest restaurant a delightful experience.

"It's a little casual a little approachable," the world-famous chef said last week at a press preview luncheon.