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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
JASON SANDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ron Chupp of the Black Diamond Gallery shows off his "Patchwork Lithograph" created entirely by guests at his Saturday's opening.

This past weekend, the 2012 Jim Thorpe Art Weekend invited tourists and art enthusiasts to the shops and streets of Jim Thorpe to enjoy unique artwork, photography, music, food and even storytelling.

Attendees were encouraged to start their journey at the historic Old Mauch Chunk train station and work their way along Broadway to experience over a dozen participating artists and other exhibitors. Walking maps were available to guide visitors to the different destinations.

In Josiah White Park, adjacent to the train station, the Party Dawgs band provided entertainment.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Carbon County Fair is looking for young women to participate in the 2012 Queen Program.

Contestants must reside in Carbon County or West Penn Township (Schuylkill County) and be a female between 14 and 17 years of age by Aug. 7, 2012. This is not a beauty contest. Contestants will be judged on an essay, personal interview and speech presentation.

Madeline Ligenza, pageant coordinator, said judges look for the candidate who they believe will best represent the fair, while effectively promoting agriculture.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Nurses at Blue Mountain Health System celebrated National Nurses Week at Nurses Night Out. Front, from left, Joanne Bretzgar, director of nursing; Deborah Neff, director of emergency services; speaker Elizabeth O'Connell-Gifford; and Toni Gibson, associate vice president of nursing; and back row, Candy Madera, director of medical/surgical/intensive care unit; Roxanne Downs, director of adult day services; Renee Costenbader, director of acute rehab; Alicia Silliman, administrator of The Summit; and Nancy Matyas, clinical manager.

Nurses at Blue Mountain Health System celebrated National Nurses Week Monday, learning better ways to assess the needs and treat their patients' wounds. The event was held at the Blue Mountain Health System Annex.

Toni Gibson, associate vice president of nursing, served as master of ceremonies. She said the theme for the "Nurses Night Out" program was, "Advocate, Leading and Caring ... which is what nurses do."

"Be proud," said Gibson. "This is your week."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dr. Mary Theresa Webb, author and pastoral/spiritual counselor, will speak at the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network.

Her presentation, "Writing Your Soul Story," will share practical tips to help writers discover their spiritual journey and find the best way to write their story for future generations.

Webb has published both non-fiction and historical articles and books inspired by her career experiences and travels. Her stories, Memories, Miracles and Missionary Moments, are on her website, www.MaryTheresaWebb.com.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Bach and Handel Chorale of Jim Thorpe ended its spring concert season with a concert to benefit the St. John's Lutheran Church Kimball pipe organ restoration fund.

"St. John's has been our home for more than 25 years," said founder and conductor Randall D. Perry, noting that the church serves as both the chorale's spiritual home and weekly rehearsal location.

"We want to support the repairs for this very rare instrument. There aren't many Kimball organs left, and we're glad that this church recognizes what they have."

Monday, May 7, 2012

Pat Paterick, LPN, an advocate for families struggling with Alzheimer's disease, will speak about the "Effects of Alzeheimer's Disease on Individuals and Their Families" at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly.

Paterick, who has been a local advocate for many years, will share experience from her professional life as well as her personal life her mother had the disease.

Monday, May 7, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Liz Stauffer points to a flower in the native plant gardens at Lehigh Gap Nature Center as she leads a tour.

Linda Fredericks, garden coordinator at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, made the original suggestion that the native plant habitat gardens that surround the Center would be a teaching tool as well as nice landscaping.

As the gardens developed, Liz Stauffer, who led a recent garden tour, said some of the plants that were there, but not crowding out the newly-planted ones, were allowed to remain.

Anita Collins said Stauffer has a degree in environmental science, interned at the Chicago Botanical Garden and studied at Longwood Gardens.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater is looking for singers, dancers, actors and actresses, high school age and older, to be a part of the energetic cast for its full-length summer musical production of "Little Shop of Horrors."

The show is scheduled to be performed Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4.

Those auditioning should bring a minimum of 16 bars of music, memorized with accompaniment. It is preferred that singers bring two songs of contrasting style.

If you have a monologue prepared, it will be heard at auditions.

Friday, May 4, 2012
Award winning season for local dancers

Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts in Lehighton was named most entertaining studio at the Lehigh Valley Dance Challenge in Allentown recently. Awards were presented to the DWK IMPACT Dance Teams, which earned awards in the following categories.

The Mini IMPACT Dance Team received gold awards and first place awards in ballet, tap and jazz. The team also received the highest scoring group in the 8 and under category for tap.

Friday, May 4, 2012
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Cast members of "Rachel and Ruthie" include, seated from left, Katie Evans and Alissa Muffley; and standing, Sara Martz and Amber Guzman.

Do family bonds transcend time? Is there a special connection that bridges generations? H.T.O. Services LLC, Lansford, will answer those questions and offer a great night or afternoon out to celebrate spring, Mother's Day and the students of H.T.O. Services with a short play, preceded by several musical numbers.

Performances on Saturday and Sunday will take place at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St., Summit Hill.