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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will meet at 10 a.m., June 9 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

The meeting will feature author Stephanie Julian, who will speak on the "Art of the Romantic Novella/Writing the Long-Running Series, or how to tell a continuing story in 50,000 words or less."

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Jacqui Verhauz, a DUI and tobacco prevention specialist with Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug & Alcohol, shows children a "tar jar" during a presentation about smoking at the 23rd annual Blue Mountain Health System Children's Health Fair. On the table are other common ingredients in cigarettes, including ammonia and acetone.

Blue Mountain Health Systems hosted the 23rd annual Children's Health Fair last week at the Lehighton Recreational Center. This year's theme was "holidays."

The program was open to children in grades kindergarten through second grade, and students from five local schools attended.

They were treated to 14 rotating activity stations, which addressed topics like fitness, smoking, hand washing, bullying, and animal safety.

Monday, May 21, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School students Shane Mulligan and Lauren Christ demonstrate "tonal" percussion instruments during the first Panther Valley Percussion Ensemble concert. Christ organized the concert as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award with the help of Mulligan and Karina Derr.

Lauren Christ's Gold Award project was destined to be a thunderous success.

Christ completed the top award in Girl Scouts recently by organizing and presenting the Panther Valley Percussion Ensemble's first concert.

In doing so, she hopes this concert series will continue and inspire more young musicians who are interested in percussion instruments.

There were no woodwind, brass or string instruments at this concert. No microphones or speakers either, as Panther Valley High School Principal Joseph Gunnels pointed out in his opening remarks.

Monday, May 21, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley Varsity Cheerleaders had a successful competitive season. Squad members include, front row from left, Theressa Eckhart, Kasey Gray, Stephanie Blum and Cara Shubeck. Second row, Sarah-Mary Tucker, Emily Horvath, Sarah Marouchoc, Brielle Poeldnurk and Kaitlyn Matula. Back row, Rylie Krapf, Storm Hughes and Kiley Boswell.

The Panther Valley Varsity Cheerleaders enjoyed a successful competitive season in 2011-2012.

It began on Dec. 3 with a first place win at the Moravian Cheer Classic in Bethlehem in the Varsity Non-Tumbling division, their first competition of the season, beating East Stroudsburg North.

The squad's next win was one of the biggest of the season.

Friday, May 18, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pat Paterick shares stories and advice about dealing with Alzheimer's disease at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly. Paterick is a retired licensed practical nurse (LPN) and daughter of the late Louise Poniatowski, who succumbed to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 89.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be devastating for the entire family. No one knows this more clearly than Pat Paterick, a retired licensed practical nurse (LPN) and daughter of the late Louise Poniatowski, who succumbed to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 89.

She recently offered words of hope and advice for family members dealing with Alzheimer's at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly. Dealing with any type of dementia is difficult, she acknowledged, stressing the need for family members to take care of themselves and seek out others to talk about their troubles.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs.

H.H.T.L.C., a registered nonprofit organization, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309. It offers therapeutic riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sixteen students from Panther Valley High School recently scored in the top 20 percent of the National Financial Capabilities challenge, a nationwide program designed to increase financial knowledge in high school students. Students include, front row from left: Ryan Miller, Tyler Heffelfinger, Samantha Snyder, Shannon Phillips and Lisa Lin. Second row: Katelyn Evans, Jordan Kulp, Deanna Focht, Gage Rohlfing, and Jacob Gulla. Back row: Josh Jacobs, Justin Schuch, Ryan Mesh, Tyler Smith, and Richard Smith.

Need help choosing a credit card or creating a budget? You might want to ask a student from Panther Valley High School.

Sixteen students recently scored in the top 20 percent of the National Financial Capabilities challenge, a nationwide program designed to increase financial knowledge and awareness in high school students. Two of these students, Jacob Gulla and William Digiglio, earned a perfect score.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, right, presents Girl Scout leader Larissa Kimmel with a proclamation marking the group's celebration. He noted that Girl Scouts now claims 3.8 million members nationwide. Kimmel is the leader of Troop 3112 of Palmerton. She is wearing her old Girl Scout sash from when she was a Senior Girl Scout in Troop 583 of Lehighton.

Palmerton Area Girl Scouts recently celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouts at Jerusalem United Church of Christ in Trachsville. Palmerton is home to 244 registered Girl Scout members, including 165 girls and young women and approximately 80 adult volunteers. It is the 73rd year of Girl Scouting in Palmerton.

ABOVE LEFT: Skye Graver and Paige Shupp paint rocks with camping scenes at the Palmerton Girl Scouts' celebration of 100 years of Scouting. Both girls recently "bridged" from Junior to Cadette Girl Scouts.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

She is funny, articulate and has a great personality. Gina Greiner is also 100 years old.

Gina celebrated her birthday on Friday, May 11, with family and friends at a party held at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., she spent her life in Newark and then Iselin, N.J.

She married her husband, Robert, and was his wife for 40 years until his death.

She also worked for Globe Indemnity Co. in the claims department and traveled into New York City for many years for her job.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Carbon County Art League has been hosting an annual art show open to all artists in Carbon County or members for the past 30 years.

This year's show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Anita Shapolsky Art Gallery on 20 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

The artists are competing in four different categories: oil and acrylic; watercolor; photography; sculpture and mix media.

Award money totaling $1,000 will be presented during the closing artist reception on Sunday from 2-5 p.m.