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Monday, September 12, 2011

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club is hosting its fourth annual Pink Light Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Lehighton Recreation Center. The annual event promotes breast cancer awareness.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Warm up is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the walk. Participants will be walking from the Lehighton Recreation Center to the Lehighton Amphitheatre and back.

All those participating are asked to wear a pink shirt to increase awareness of breast cancer.

Nicole Beckett will be the honorary chairperson for the event.

Monday, September 12, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Karnish

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Karnish of Lansford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 18. They were married in St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church, Tamaqua.

The late Rev. Charles Stelmach was the officiant.

Mrs. Karnish is the former Barbara Coleman, daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Coleman, Tamaqua.

Mr. Karnish is the son of the late Joseph and Valerie Karnish, Lansford. He is retired from Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., where he worked as a welder.

The couple has one daughter, Terese, wife of Steve Ristila of Tamaqua.

Friday, September 9, 2011
Girl donates'a foot' to Locks of Love

Kaylee Gilbert, 7, donated 12 inches of hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Kaylee was the first person to make a donation during the annual Zoostock event in Lansford Monday. With Kaylee is Lisa Hiles, a Zoostock coordinator. Kaylee is the daughter of Jason and Leslie Gilbert of Coaldale.

Friday, September 9, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Carol Kern, director of the Western Pocono Community Library, accepts, on behalf of the library, the donation of the painting "She Shed Tears" from the artist, Anibal (Andy) Collazo, a retired FDNY firefighter.

Artist Anibal (Andy) Collazo donated a painting to the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville.

The painting was unveiled and dedicated on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the library with a reception immediately following.

The painting depicts the Statue of Liberty in the forefront with two large tears running down her face with the Twin Towers in the background falling in a blaze of destruction. It is titled, "She Shed Tears."

Thursday, September 8, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jack Sterling, left, and Richard Defeo stand in front of Defeo's 1880 Queen Ann style house, which will be included in the Jim Thorpe Historic Victorian House Tour.

A rare glimpse into the homes, mansions and shops in the Old Mauch Chunk Historic District of Jim Thorpe is the focus of the Jim Thorpe Historic Victorian House Tour on Sunday, Sept. 25 from noon to 5 p.m.

The tour opens 19 private properties to visitors. Volunteers will be available at each home to direct a self-guided tour and discuss the building's history, architecture and interior design.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Samantha Zlock, 17, stands in front of the poles that will one day hold the scoreboard for the Panther Valley girls' softball team and will be adjacent to the baseball scoreboard her brother raised funds for five years ago.

Great minds do indeed think alike.

When Samantha Zlock was in the seventh grade, her brother John raised funds to provide the Panther Valley High School boys baseball team with a scoreboard as part of his senior project. This year, Samantha, a senior at PVHS, hopes to do the same for the girl's softball team.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will gather from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the Community Room of the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton for a general meeting.

The Women's Cancer Support Group is geared toward women who have been diagnosed with cancer sometime in their lives. The format is informal.

Women with cancer-related issues who are looking for personal, mutual support are invited to attend.

Contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 for further information or questions.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The deadline for return of reservations for the 45-year reunion of the Panther Valley High School Class of 1966 has been extended to Saturday, Sept. 24.

The reunion will be held at the Mahoning Valley Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Any questions regarding the reunion may be emailed to bs921@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, September 7, 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 7, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS WowTowel 103 inventor Todd Moore relaxes with his WowTowel and prototype WowBrella at his Albrightsville home.

Todd Moore is on a mission to protect the public from developing melanoma.

Moore is the inventor and entrepreneur of WowTowels, a fledgling company based in his Albrightsville garage. His flagship product, the WowTowel, an oversized 88-inch by 86-inch looped cotton terry towel/beach blanket is already in production.

"A WowTowel is a revolution. It's a change of how we do things," Moore said.

"We can no longer go to the beach and think that we can burn and nothing is going to happen. Melanoma is an issue," he continued. "I've designed the WowTowel with this in mind."