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Thursday, April 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stephen Valente as Joseph, and Miranda Milillo, left, and Joanna Butala as the narrators in Marian Catholic High School's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, this weekend at the high school in Hometown.

Marian Catholic Class of 2012 will present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this weekend. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29.

The story of Joseph began in the summer of 1967. Andrew Lloyd Webber was asked to write a "Pop Cantata" for the Colet Court Music Department so that the school choir could sing it for their Easter end of the term concert. He immediately approached his friend, Tim Rice, to ask if he would write lyrics for the project. Rice suggested the story of "Joseph."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., April 30 at St. Luke's Hospital Miners Campus, 360 W. Ruddle St., Coaldale. The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Nellie Johnson

Nellie (Greenwood) Johnson, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, celebrated her 95th birthday on April 24.

Born in Halifax, Yorkshire County, England in 1917, Nellie has also resided in Cregah, Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Union, Newark, Irvington and Branchville, N.J.

Nellie was married to her husband, Horace, on April 27, 1946. They both came to America on the Queen Mary in 1955, searching for those streets of gold. They were married for 49 years until his death in 1995.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Volunteers at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were thanked for their volunteerism at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea. From left are Maryanne Smolczynski, Louise Serfass, Franklin Wertman and Marion Overton.

Extraordinary volunteers at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were feted at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea held Friday at the center.

Serving as master of ceremonies was Cindy Swatt, activity director.

Swatt introduced Michael Mickey, CEO and administrator, who thanked the volunteers on behalf of the staff and the families for their dedication

"You have a true character of selfless giving on a regular basis," said Mickey. "Your visits have brought joy and brighten the day. You have come for a long time."

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Donations from the Ninth Annual Lehighton Community Book Swap, totaling $125.33, were presented to the Lehighton Memorial Library in honor of National Library Week (April 8-14). Librarian Becky Wannamaker, second from right, receives the check from Jonathan Rupell, a ninth-grade Lehighton Area High School, who has volunteered at the Book Swap each year for five years. This is the third year the event has contributed to the library. With them are event co-chairs, left, Jacob Molchany, and right, Ron Rabenold.

Monday, April 23, 2012
 Looking like two Mexican Vaqueros, Hayden Lynd (left) and Johnathon Fickentscher helped educate visitors to their school's Multicultural Night about our neighbor nation to the South.

The cafeteria of the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe was standing-room only, thanks to a large turnout of visitors to the school's recent Multicultural Night.

The cafeteria was filled with many colorful displays and items of interest from countries all over the globe, created by seventh-grade students.

Each of these projects overflowed with facts, figures, photographs, flags, maps, recipes, and something that was a real crowd-pleaser, samples of ethnic foods distinctive to each country.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania supports children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties.

It was formed in 1955 by a group of parents seeking public education for their children with these disabilities.

There are approximately 850 local chapters of The Arc across the United States and is the largest organization dedicated to these individuals and their families.

Its programs range from:

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Rita Palko shares a dance with her brother, Gabe Palko, at The Arc Northeastern Pennsylvania's monthly dance at Nesquehoning Recreation Center and they wonder if it could be the last dance.

Gabriel Palko couldn't wait for Friday night. He was going to a dance. You see, Gabe loves to dance. He loves hanging out with his friends. He can't think of anything he likes better than that after a hard day's work at CTC Manufacturing, Inc.

He dressed with care in a nice clean shirt and was ready to dance the night away.

When the DJ began playing the first song, 67-year-old Gabe was right there on the dance floor, front and center, with his arms around his favorite dancing partner, his sister, Rita Palko.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Black Diamond Writers' Network will host its annual Write it Right writers' conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce building, 91 S. Progress Ave., Pottsville.

Ann Boyle, author and former literary agent is the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Autumn Jordon, Faith Reese Martin, Patricia C. Gallagher, Terry Webb, Phil Giunta and Sara Hodon.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater will present its annual Spring Short Play Production this weekend in conjunction with Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua.

Entitled "Life in New York City," the production offers six short plays, some of which capture a snippet of life in the big city.

Combining the talent and missions of two local organizations seems to be a natural and practical fit, says Jonathan M. Rodgers, president of the CSCT.