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Friday, April 15, 2011
Christine Eubanks

The Bach and Handel Chorale highlights the Passion-Easter season at its April 30 concert at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Church St., Jim Thorpe. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

Once again the chorale is joined by a festival orchestra as it presents a premier performance of the short Passion-Easter Cantata "Son of God."

Friday, April 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ray Squire, right, vice president of the Jim Thorpe Food Pantry, and Albert "Butch" Strubinger, left, with the Easter Bunny. Strubinger donated a pizza party for all of the Scouts who participated in gathering candy for less fortunate children, so that they may have a basket on Easter Sunday.

Local Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts collected candy again this year to donate to the Jim Thorpe Food Pantry.

The event was sponsored by Troop 555. Approximately 40 Scouts attended the event last week to make up individual bags of candy.

The candy bags will be given to parents who visit the food pantry, so that their children will be certain to receive a treat on Easter morning.

Ray Squire, right, vice president of the Jim Thorpe Food Pantry, as he's done for years, came to collect the bagged candy.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Category winners in the 2011 TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest are from left, Peggy Zimmerman, Dawn McCabe, Carol McGeehan, Kim Rubin, Jo Lynn Gazo and Patricia Thiele. Mary Jane Blocker was also a winner.

Cooking is not only a passion for Jo Lynn Gazo, it's a skill that runs in her family.

The grand prize winner of the 2011 TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe contest says she honed her cooking skills underneath the apron strings of her grandmother, Mary Oleksa.

"My gram always made the best meals and desserts. That is where my passion for cooking began," says Gazo, who lives in Lehighton with her husband, attorney Brian Gazo.

As a newlywed, Gazo says she started using a lot of recipes from her mother, Joan Horowski, and found "that there is nothing like a home-cooked meal."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Having roles in the Lehighton Area Middle School spring production of "Wooing Wed Widing Hood" are, seated from left, Ammi Nalesnik as the queen, Kyle Clark as the king; standing from left, Libby Smith as Sophie, Kane Zerbe as Jason, Thomas Phelan as Frank, Brandon Solt as Justin, and Stephanie Kinsella as Emma.

Did you know that Little Red Riding Hood had two sisters?

Did you know that everything in fairy tales always comes in threes? Do you know what wooing is?

You can find out the answers to these questions at the Lehighton Area Middle School spring production of "Wooing Wed Widing Hood."

The play will be presented today and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. There is an admission charge.

Having lead roles as Mrs. Hood and Mr. Hood are Mary Grace Collins and Jordan Fisher, respectively.

Tia Brownmiller plays Little Red Riding Hood.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Madylin Wolter, a kindergarten student at Mahoning Elementary, crushes a flash frozen carnation during a Liquid Nitrogen presentation by representatives of Air Products on Monday.

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ... LIN cream?

That's what kindergarten students at Mahoning Elementary School recently were treated to during a Liquid Nitrogen presentation by representatives from Air Products.

Vicky Kocher, kindergarten teacher, explained the reason for the science presentation was the class had just read a book about dairy and the process it goes through to get from the cow to the child. The book also showed the process of making ice cream.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tiffany Ruch models a gown from Ann Margaret's of Palmerton on March 17, during the annual prom fashion show, hosted by the Jim Thorpe Area High School SADD chapter and the Carbon Career & Technical Institute DECA chapter. In addition to Ann Margaret's, local vendors included Men's Wearhouse of Whitehall and Metallo's of Hazelton, who provided the formal attire for the evening. This event served as a fundraiser for both groups. The two organizations also made a donation of $150 to the American Cancer Society.

Monday, April 11, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Nancy Piekarski of Lehighton, left, and Doug Bowman of Lehighton, right, are all smiles after receiving the fourth annual Biggest Winner Competition award from Tim Kocher, certified fitness professional and manager of Healthworks, Lehighton. Piekarski and Bowman lost the most weight during the three-month competition that promoted healthy lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise.

In today's hectic world, it's hard to juggle a career, family, and live a healthy lifestyle.

But 41 area residents made the decision to stop making poor choices and change their lives as they participated in the fourth annual Biggest Winner Competition, sponsored by Blue Mountain Health System's fitness center, Health Works Health and Wellness Center, located in the Carbon Plaza Mall in Lehighton.

The competition, which promotes healthy lifestyle changes, took place from Jan. 2 to April 2.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week and "Create your own story @ your library" at the Dimmick Memorial Library, April 10-16.

Libraries are places for new beginnings. Whether you are getting your first library card, learning new computer skills or planning a trip, the library is the place where your story begins.

This National Library Week, join our nation's libraries and librarians and "Create your own story @ your library."

"Every day, libraries across the country are helping people create their own unique stories," says Susan Sterling, Dimmick Memorial Library director.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Performers pictured are "King" BJ Peters and "Queen" Emmeline Knowlan.

Members of the Tamaqua High School Drama Club will be presenting two performances of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" at the Tamaqua Middle School auditorium this Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

Janet Smoldon, Tamaqua High School Drama Club adviser, pointed out that these students have worked very hard on this and encourages the community to come and enjoy either of the two showings.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Heritage Hill Senior Community will host its 10th annual Senior Health Fair at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton on April 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

This is an opportunity to receive free health screenings and important information from local services. There will also be prizes and giveaways.

Fasting for the blood sugar and cholesterol screenings is recommended but not required.

There will be a Tai Chi and Qi Gong demonstration at 10:30 a.m., compliments of the Wellness Center.