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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Winners of the Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 Americanism essay contest were recognized. From left are, Gladys Balliet, president; Emily Roberti, seventh grade, Tatiana Gonzalez, sixth grade, both students at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School; and Benjamin Zacharias, third grade, Shull David; and Debbie DeCindio, Americanism chairman.

Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 honored three winners of the Unit's Americanism essay contest, a recipient of the American Legion Auxiliary's Past President's Health and Medical Science Scholarship, and the 2012-13 reigning Miss Poppy.

Essay winners were Benjamin Zacharias, a third-grade student at Shull-David Elementary School; and Tatiana Gonzalez, sixth grade and Emily Roberti, seventh grade, both students at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School.

The theme was "What Freedom Do I Enjoy?"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Pale Moon Players are holding auditions for young actors, ages 8-15, for the play "Wooing Wed Widing Hood" by Charlie Lovett.

Auditions will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 at Grace Lutheran Church, 4th and Mahoning streets, Lehighton.

No preparation is needed.

Show dates planned for July 12, 13 and 14.

For more information call (610) 377-0290.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will host a speaker on Saturday who will discuss how to transform poems into song.

Loretta Murphy-Birster, writer, singer and performer (as well as school nurse) will share her knowledge and expertise on the similarities and differences between poems and lyrics and adapting poetry to song in her presentation, "The Music of Poetry: Transforming Poems into Song." She will also talk about poetry, lyric writing and choosing music for poetry readings.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Panther Valley Class of 1983 is having another meeting for planning its 30th reunion.

Anyone interested in participating can attend the meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16 at Kelly's Irish Pub in Lansford.

Questions/comments can be emailed to Organizers are also looking for email and home addresses for all classmates.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
AP FILE PHOTO Actress Angelina Jolie authored an op-ed for today's New York Times where she writes that in April she finished three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts as a preventive measure. She says she's kept the process private but is writing about it now with hopes she can help other women.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.

The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday's New York Times ( ) under the headline, "My Medical Choice." She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.

Monday, May 13, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS @$:The mother with the most offspring was Pauline Snyder, front right. Snyder has six children. Attending the luncheon were Snyder's granddaughter, Janna Maxon, front left, and (back row) daughters Carrol Smith and Stacey Sheckler, and great-granddaughter Annabelle Maxon.

Dozens of mothers and daughters gathered Saturday for the annual Mother-Daughter Tea and Luncheon at Trinity Evangelical Church in Lehighton.

Helping to prepare the meal were members of the congregation, many of them fathers and mothers helping their wives and children celebrate Mother's Day.

The meal and family photos were sponsored by the Trinity Evangelism Committee.

Monday, May 13, 2013
Jayne Kuehner

The following poem was written by Jayne Kuehner, 16, of Kunkletown. She is a sophomore at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville.

If you are a high school student who loves to write and would like the opportunity to see your work in print, the TIMES NEWS invites you to submit your work for possible publication in our newspaper.

Poems, essays, short stories and works of non-fiction will be considered for use in our Lifestyle section on a random basis, as part of a new feature called "Young Voices."

Monday, May 13, 2013

Nine-year-old Erin Homm, daughter of Sue and Jason Homm of Parryville, was the excited winner of the "Draw Your Mom" Mother's Day contest. Erin's drawing was selected at random from over 220 entries. She will receive a $50 gift card for dinner at Roadie's Restaurant at Penn's Peak. To see all of the drawings submitted this year, go to

Friday, May 10, 2013

Elsie Rita, well known in her community, recently celebrated her 99th birthday.

She was born on March 13, 1914 in Lansford as Algisa De Marco to Assunta and Florindo De Marco. She married Joseph V. Rita on Jan. 31, 1931.

They had 64 years together and were blessed with three children: Joseph A. Rita, of Nevada; Rita "Rita" Repinec of Tamaqua; and Pat Rita of New Hampshire.

She also has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Friday, May 10, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS front row, left to right : Lauren Donati, Lauren Hill, Brittney Marzen, Miranda Antiga, Joclyn Day, Shane Meckes, and Maggie Holloway. Rear, from left : Advisor for Penn Kidder Diane Gabriel, Skylar Rutan, Coriah Meckes, Ashlee Ahner, Dana Rodriguez, Rachel Wittig, Jessica Lauer, and Advisor Rose Strubinger. Missing from photo are Christina Steigerwalt, Kaitlyn Ohl, and Anthony Poalino.

Students from the Jim Thorpe Area School District participated in the Regional Computer Fair, which was held in Schnecksville at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit (CLIU) 21 Central Office.

In the L.B. Morris Elementary School group of participants in the 2013 CLIU 21 PA Regional Middle School Computer Fair, Christina Steigerwalt placed second in Graphic Design.

The L.B. Morris participants weren't able to go due to inclement weather at that time but Technology Director Joe Brown drove the projects to the CLIU to be judged.