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Friday, June 3, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Janet Hermann, president of the Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library, left, holds a new children's book purchased with a Friends donation, as library director Susan Sterling, center, accepts a check from Friends treasurer Joanne Dantonio. Two of the eight child-sized chairs purchased with the donation are shown in the foreground.

New chairs and books have been added to the children's section of the Dimmick Memorial Library, thanks to a donation from its volunteer support group, the Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library.

Friday, June 3, 2011
Jordan Lorah

Jordan Lorah, 16, of Jim Thorpe recently auditioned and was accepted to the Lehigh Valley High School for the Performing Arts, where she will further her studies in dance.

Jordan has been dancing for 10 years, and is a member of the award-winning Impact Dance Team at Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts. She has taken class with world famous choreographers at The Pulse in Atlantic City, The Rockettes in New York City, and has performed at Hershey Park.

She plans to continue her dance studies post graduation from LVPA.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dance Explosion & Tumble Academy, Nesquehoning, will soon be hosting it's seventh annual recital.

"Dancing With The Stars," will take place at the Tamaqua Area Middle School Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.

Tickets will be available at the door or by calling (570) 669-5505.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kenen Dunnigan, an apprentice blacksmith and Eckley Village volunteer, worked some of his blacksmithing magic at Patch Town Days last year. Similar exhibitions will be part of this year's Patch Town Days, June 18 and 19.

"Patch Town Days," Eckley Miners' Village's annual Anthracite Heritage Festival, will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be sporting a new thespian air.

The festival celebrates the customs and traditions of the anthracite coal region with a kaleidoscope of music, art, food, living history presentations, crafters and other period activities.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Here are some facts about alpacas:

Ÿ Alpacas are members of the Camelid family and are native to the Andes Mountain range of South America.

Ÿ They are primarily found in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. They provided both clothing and transportation to the Incas and were first commercially imported into the United States in 1984.

Ÿ Alpacas prefer the cooler climate, but can adapt to any climate.

Ÿ There are over 100,000 alpacas registered in the U.S.

Ÿ Alpacas are raised to be bred or for their fiber. They are generally not a food source.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Raising alpacas

Dennis and Evalynn Kuehner own 51 acres of land in Lehighton and wanted to do something agricultural with it.

When Evalynn suggested alpacas to her seasoned-farmer husband, he said, "What's an alpaca?

After a year of visiting more than a dozen alpaca farms, Dennis Kuehner found himself not only well informed about alpacas, he was certain he wanted to raise these gentle animals, known for their soft, cashmere-like fur.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Members of Lehighton Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 have adopted an organization every year for several years. This year's organization was Trinity Food Pantry, which received $230. The girls have also donated to the Carbon County Friends of Animals, Carbon County Animal Shelter and the Lehigh Valley Zoo; as well as food, a food basket and a turkey to needy families.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Jenna Kroboth

Catrina Strubinger, 15-year-old daughter of Jerry and Carolyn Strubinger of Lehighton, was named Senior Dancer of the Year 2011. Catrina was awarded a $300 performing Arts scholarship.

Kaitlyn Shlanta, 11-year-old daughter of Andrew and Cindy Shlanta of New Ringgold, was named Dance with Kim's Junior Dancer of the Year 2011. Kaitlyn received a $200 Performing Arts Scholarship.

The Edward Zarsky Memorial Scholarship for $100 was awarded to Devyn Hauser. She is the daughter of Bill and Lisa Hauser of Palmerton.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program is looking for recipe entries from Pennsylvania residents for the "Simply Delicious, Simple Nutritious" vegetable recipe contest. The original press release from the program contained some incorrect information. That release ran in the May 20 edition of the TIMES NEWS.