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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ann Boyle, author and freelance writer, will share her experience and knowledge as keynote speaker at the Black Diamond Writers' Network third annual Write it Right writers' conference. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce Building, 91 S. Progress Ave., Pottsville.

The day's events will also include the following sessions:

Ÿ "The Agent-Writer Relationship: Where Do We Go From Here?" presented by Boyle

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Schuylkill Women in Crisis director Darla Troutman addresses a seminar hosted by the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship held at New Life Assembly of God Church on March 25. The seminar addressed county statistics and religious organizations' ability to recognize and effectively react to incidents of domestic violence. A third presentation addressed child abuse and dating violence. Troutman said that 150 acts of domestic violence were reported in Tamaqua last year.

Monday, March 26, 2012
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 555 place a white neckerchief on new Eagle Scout Tyler McGeehan, center, during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony. At left is Scoutmaster Ray Attewell.

Last Tuesday, Tyler F. McGeehan, 17, joined an elite group when he officially accepted Scouting's highest rank. He is the 41st member of Troop 555, Penn Forest Township, to become an Eagle Scout.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held in the Penn Forest Fire Hall, which is home to Troop 555, as well as Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. McGeehan's brother, Jake, 15, who is also a Boy Scout, served as master of ceremonies.

Speakers included state Rep. Doyle Heffley, who is also an Eagle Scout. He advised McGeehan to always live by the Scout Law.

Monday, March 26, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Modeling some of the gowns available at the annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale are, from left, Julianne Farina, Jennifer Brownmiller, Erika Ahner, Michelle DeLuna, Kim Wentz and Beth Winters. Proceeds will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

If you're still searching for the perfect prom or wedding dress, stop by Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, March 28, from 4-7 p.m.

Nearly 400 new and gently used gowns will be available at the annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale. Prices for prom dresses start at $10.

Accessories are also available for purchase, including shoes, tiaras, and a limited number of shawls.

"We have a lot of nice dresses this year," said organizer Julianne Farina. "They are in very good condition. We were very happy with the donations this year."

Friday, March 23, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS State Rep. Doyle Heffley, second from right, presents Barbara Conway, second from left, superintendent of Jim Thorpe Area School District, with an Afterschool Champion plaque for her outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting meaningful high-quality afterschool programs. With them are, Wendy Anne Roberts Johnson, of the Public Health Management Corporation, left; and Lynn Cromley, director of Center for Schools and Communities.

Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) recently honored Barbara Conway, superintendent of Jim Thorpe Area School District, as an Afterschool Champion for outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting meaningful high-quality afterschool/out-of-school time programs to benefit children, youth and families across Pennsylvania.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area High School varsity cheerleaders include, front row from left, Megan Turpin; Jenny Barth; Elizabeth Kamowski, captain; Marissa Michalik; Tori Kunkle; and Jessica Warnkin. Back row, Nadine Clemmer, Riley Schaeffer, Abigail Applegate, Trisha Dorward, Lauren Sherry, Kelsy Bowman and Catrina Strubinger.

Lehighton Area High School varsity cheerleaders, along with cheerleaders from other area high schools, competed in the Delaware Valley College Gold Cup Cheer Classic this earlier this month in Doylestown, Pa.

The girls competed in the High School Varsity Small Group Division, taking first place.

Christopher Dock High School placed second, Upper Moreland High School placed third, with Marian Catholic High School placing fourth.

In the High School Varsity Co-ed Division, Jim Thorpe Area High School took first and Bensalem High School placed second.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members and guests of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir prepare for a Tenebrae service, or "Service of Darkness," in anticipation of Holy Week and the final days of the Lenten Season. The service will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday. Choir members are, front row from left: Kay Patterson, Nancy Markley, Angela Stuckley, and Susan Lovejoy. Second row: Stacey Sheckler, Kathy Long, Deb Smith, and Brianna Keiser. Third row: Barbara Belon, Jacki DePue, Susan Tatro, and Kathy Henderson. Fourth row: Howard Sheckler, Bruce Costenbader, and Vern Andrew. Back row: Cliff McFarland, Al Sellers, Earl Schneider, Kim DePue, Edwin Belon, and George Markley.

A contemporary Tenebrae service titled "The Shadow of the Cross" will be offered at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 South Third St., Lehighton.

Tenebrae, which is Latin for darkness, is a Lenten service focusing on the final days of Jesus' life and crucifixion. The "service of darkness" is believed to date back to the fourth century.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lehighton Rotary Club will host its inaugural Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at The Lehighton Grove, the park on Iron Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.

As a special treat for the children, the Easter Bunny is scheduled to take time out of his busy schedule to stop by.

There will be more than 2,000 candy-filled eggs available for the two separate hunts. The first is at 1 p.m. for children ages 5 and under; and the second will be at 2 p.m. for children ages 6 to 10. Parents are asked to supply baskets for their children for the hunt.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

St. Luke's Miners Campus will host a Diabetes Support Group throughout the year. All meetings will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the café on the second floor.

Tentative meeting dates are as follows: April 17, May 22, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 25, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13.

Registration is not required. For more information, call (570) 645-8107.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Over 50 people attended a recent event, "A Taste of Heritage Hill," at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly. Attendees had a chance to sample a variety of soups at the community and rate them. The favorite was Cream of Broccoli. Entertainment was also provided for all.