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Friday, May 27, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Derek Marouchoc of Boy Scout Troop 744 in Nesquehoning, kneels behind one of the signs he made along the nature trail at Air Products in Hometown. Marouchoc completed his Eagle Scout project by identifying trees and plants along the trail and building 38 identification posts, which now line the path.

On the grounds of Air Products Plant in Hometown, a nature trail exists, lush with flora and fauna of the area.

But residents visiting the trail had no way of knowing what the names of the plants and trees that lined the winding path were as they walked.

That has all changed now, thanks to the efforts of Derek Marouchoc, a Panther Valley High School senior and member of Boy Scout Troop 744 in Nesquehoning, who is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout.

Friday, May 27, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Some of the present and past officers of the Penn Kidder PTA attending the Penn Kidder PTA Volunteer Staff Appreciation Luncheon in the school's gym were, left to right : Trish Kellar; Christine Baldwin, Treasurer; Marge Steen, President; Nadia Corino, Secretary; Cheryl O'Rourke; and Nesa Ciobanu, Vice President.

Friday, May 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

More than 70 local professionals, ranging from a politician to a massage therapist, spent time talking to Tamaqua Area Middle School students during the school's annual Career Day.

Career Day is a day where professionals are invited to talk to students concerning the benefits and duties of their profession.

One of the speakers was Donald Serfass, who is the managing editor-features at the TIMES NEWS. He spoke about the field of journalism.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
Sophia Anne Kupetz

KUPETZ Bernard and Jennifer Kupetz of Tamaqua, welcomed a new addition to their family on May 6, 2011. Sophia Anne Kupetz was born in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown, weighing in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces. She was 19 1/2 inches long.

Sophia has an older brother, Stephen, 18. Her sister, Emalee, is deceased.

Maternal grandparents are Nancy Moser of Tamaqua and the late Clyde Moser.

Paternal grandparents are Bernard Kupetz and Maryann Kupetz, both of Tamaqua.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ed Meneeley with one of a series of 14 acrylic-on-handmade paper paintings called Stations of the Cross.

The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation's Exhibition Center in Jim Thorpe is reopening for the 2011 season with an open house reception. The gallery opens on Memorial Day weekend Saturday, May 28, and the reception is held on Sunday, May 29 from 3-5 p.m.

The foundation is housed in the former First Presbyterian Church at 20 West Broadway in the historic district.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. on June 1 at Faith United Church of Christ, located off Airport Beltway, behind the Toyota dealership in Hazleton.

The guest speaker will be life coach Cathy Colangelo, who will help attendees make a 'vision board' for the future.

Magazines will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or other chronic illness. Friends and family members are welcome.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Penn State Extension in Carbon and Monroe counties is offering a workshop for beginning canners who want to learn how to use a pressure canner. The workshop, titled "Yes I Can," will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m., on July 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Third and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital award recipients stand with Blue Mountain Health System administration after the seventh annual Blue Mountain Health System Employee Recognition Awards last Wednesday. From left, are, Toni Gibson, associate vice president of nursing and award presenter; Mary Zubek, Blue Ribbon Service Excellence Award recipent and 30 years of service; Lana J. Kuehner, 40 years of service; Edith M. Berger, 35 years of service; and Terry Purcell, vice president of ambulatory and support services and award presenter.

One hundred twenty four nurses and other medical staff that serve Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses were recently honored for their dedication to each patient that enters the hospitals.

During the seventh annual Blue Mountain Health System Employee Recognition Awards ceremonies, held May 11 at both campuses, administration honored the men and women with years of service awards; nursing excellence awards; ancillary, business and support staff awards; and the highest award, the Blue Ribbon Service Excellence Awards.

Monday, May 23, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Blessings Shoppe coordinator Sashka Peterson sorts through some of the thousands of donated items, that are available free to the community, via the Blessings Shoppe, started by members and volunteers of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua.

Members and volunteers of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua have come together to offer a new free community donation program called the New Life Blessings Shoppe at their church.

The Blessings Shoppe, held twice a month in a large bay located next to the church, offers thousands of free items to the community that otherwise would be thrown out, lost or not used.

Some of the items consist of clothing, small appliances, knickknacks, jewelry, toys, shoes, handbags, pots, as well as many other items.