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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lithographer and printmaker Ron Chupp opened his studio for a demonstration of making prints.

The Jim Thorpe Art Weekend, held May 14-15 and organized by the Nic and Eileen East Foundation, helped acquaint visitors to the area with artists, galleries and Victorian architecture in the picturesque town.

"We have some serious painters, sculptors, and craftspeople, and writers and poets in Jim Thorpe," said Joel Le Bow, an abstract expressionist painter who opened his gallery for the event.

Although it was raining over the weekend, photographer Tom Storm saw it as an opportunity for visitors to take unusual photos of Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

As the summer season approaches, resolutions to diet and exercise and finally lose that winter weight are not easy to abide when you are battling habitual eating.

For those who try to stave off a food addiction, any resolution may mean vowing to overcome this powerful and often misunderstood compulsion to eat.

There is help. For individuals struggling with various issues with food, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) can provide guidance and support.

OA offers a 12-step program that addresses emotional, physical and spiritual well-being as a path to recovery.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Clients and employees at the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center in Tamaqua enjoy some fresh air. Facilities director Philip Koles stated the clients love the fresh air and chatting with people as they pass. He also pointed out that the center is looking for a lunch-time kitchen volunteer who is able to help an hour or so a day and to call the center for more information.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Summit Hill Heritage Center, formerly St. Paul's UCC, at 1 West Hazard St., Summit Hill, will host the 2011 Panther Valley School Children's Art Show from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

This Youth Art Celebration is held in tribute for the year-end "Youth Arts in May" celebration. Over 100 works of art will be exhibited by the students from throughout the district.

Monday, May 16, 2011

It's New Year's Eve, 1973, and Walter Spack loads his old maroon station wagon with a drum set, tambourine, trumpet, bass, accordion, sheet music and his three children Joe, 10; Carol, 16; and Walter, 13; and nephew Tommy Krutsick, 13.

They set off through a snowstorm from their Lansford home to Henning's Hotel in Jim Thorpe for the fledgling Villagers polka band's very first professional gig.

Joe, little trouper that he was, had a toothache, but still played the tambourine that night, with Carol on the accordion, Walter on the drums and Tommy on bass.

Monday, May 16, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Dave Midas holds two of the polka record albums from his collection. Midas, who has loved polka since he was 9, credits the music and the people behind the music for making him the person he is today.

Dave Midas's earliest memory of polka music was when he was 9 years old.

"My grandparents introduced me to the Polka Joe Manjack Show when I was 9," the Weatherly resident said. "They would listen to it every Sunday. I would run to their house to listen to the show with them and I would tap my feet."

He said his grandfather always hoped he would grow up to be an accordion player.

Monday, May 16, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The on-air scion of local polka, Polka Joe Manjack, plays the platters on his WMGH 105.5 FM Sunday morning show, "Magic Polka Machine."

Beginning in the mid-1800s, an influx of immigrants from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and other eastern and central European countries settled in the Panther Valley, drawn by the promise of work in the coal mines and later, the steel industry.

The work was hard and dangerous, but the miners and their families found comfort in their strong religious faith, and joy in their lively polka music.

They often combined the two for picnics and wedding receptions, a tradition that continues to this day; rare is the church picnic, block party or bazaar that lacks a polka band.

Friday, May 13, 2011
Pictured are tile artwork painted by students of the Tamaqua Middle School.

Thousands of art projects incorporating dozens of styles stretched throughout the hallways and classrooms recently as the Tamaqua Area Middle School art department presented its "Night of the Arts" exhibits for grades six through eight.

The displays consisted of landscape paintings, a Van Gogh feature, Pop Art boxes, graphic advertising, art history, papier mache masks, drawings, sewing pieces, fashion designs, group projects, cultural art, portraits, collages, interior design miniroom models, painting, photography, carving, sculpting, and much more.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Tamaqua Education Association will hold this year's Retirement Dinner on June 10 at Capriotti's in Tresckow.

All present and past members are invited to attend.

Please contact Sharon Chromiak at (570) 668-0617 or schromiak@tamaqua.k12.pa.us, or Judy Midas at (570) 645-4394 or jmidas@tamaqua.k12.pa.us after 4 p.m. by May 15 if you are interested in attending.

Friday, May 13, 2011
Jim Thorpe Lions to open Asa Packer mansion for hospital event

Members of the Jim Thorpe Lions Club recently visited St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital to learn more about the Black Diamond Garden Party charity event that will be held at the Asa Packer and Harry Packer Mansions and Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe. Lions Club President Ron Sheehan, far right, and club members James and Sandra Gallagher, left, toured the hospital to learn more about how the event's proceeds will benefit improvements to the hospital's operating room and recovery room. With them is Chandra S. Reddy, MD of St. Luke's Orthopaedic Specialists.