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Friday, August 5, 2011
Brandi Skymba, left, and Haley Skymba

Brandi Skymba graduated from Cedar Crest College in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree. Currently, she is a graduate student at Cedar Crest, where she achieved a 4.0 GPA for the spring term 2011.

She will graduate with a master's degree in forensic science this month.

Haley Skymba is a student at Moravian College and was placed on the dean's honor list for both the fall and spring semesters 2010/2011.

She has achieved a 4.0 GPA for the spring term and will begin her junior year in the fall. She is majoring in neuroscience.

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Bach and Handel Chorale is holding rehearsals and auditions for the fall 2011 season at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 and 22, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. Please go to the chorale rehearsal room, located on the second floor, to the rear.

Interested singers may attend and sing through the rehearsal with the chorale and remain for the short audition at the conclusion of rehearsal.

A simple audition consisting of pitch matching, vocal exercises and the reading of a Bach chorale is required.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Anita Shapolsky, far left, judge of the Art Marathon and founder of the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, with Emily Oldt, winner of the Youth Most Original category; Mary Harris, winner of the Adult Best in Show category; and Michael DiPrinzio, winner of the Adult Most Original category. In front is 7-year-old Cody Meckes, winner of the Best of Show in the Youth Category.

Seven-year-old Cody Meckes of Penn Forest Township is definitely showing promise as he, for the second year, took home a major award, in this second year of the Art Marathon at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation in Jim Thorpe.

Meckes' untitled abstract painting won the Best of Show in the Youth Category. Last year Meckes received the top prize in the Most Original Overall category with an abstract painting depicting bottles of soda and iced tea on a brick.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
PHOTOS COURTESY OF BIANCA TANG Cupcake enthusiast Bianca Tang baked a batch of rainbow cupcakes, an idea she found on a blog. The batter is divided into separate bowls and colored a different shade of the rainbow. The different colors are then layered together to create a rainbow effect.

They're taking over television, bake shops, blogs, cookbooks and even weddings.

Cupcakes are everywhere.

The cupcake trend that started in the early 2000s is now hotter than ever. In fact, thefoodchannel.com lists cupcakes as the hottest mainstream trend for desserts in 2011. Like it or not, the cupcake is everywhere.

Despite the growing trend, the cupcake is nothing new. In fact, a recipe for a cupcake can be found in a 1796 cookbook called "American Cookery," by Amelia Simmons.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
@$:Chef Emeril Lagasse speaks to the media at a preview luncheon in June at his newest restaurant, Emeril's Italian Table, at The Sands Casino in Bethlehem. Hallmark Channel recently announced the iconic chef will star in a new daytime television show, "Emeril's Table," scheduled to debut Sept. 26.

Hallmark Channel's new daytime entry, "Emeril's Table," featuring Chef Emeril Lagasse, will debut Monday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m.

The announcement was made last week at the annual gathering of television critics in Los Angeles.

A culinary icon whose warm take on food television has been followed by adoring fans of all ages, Lagasse's new series (the newest addition to the Hallmark Home branded block of originals) is a celebration of family and friends around the dinner table.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
ABBY MASENHEIMER/TIMES NEWS Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights clothing giveaway volunteer Miram Borosh helped fold and sort all of the donations for this year's free clothing drive for the needy.

The basement at the Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights, Jim Thorpe, has enough clothing, shoes and other goodies to rival Macy's, but better yet, it's all free and it's to help a good cause.

The church's annual clothing giveaway for the needy will begin Thursday, Aug. 4 and will run for three weeks.

The church's makeshift clothing store will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4, 11 and 18; from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5, 12 and 19; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6, 13 and 20.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A free community luncheon will be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

New York Times best-seller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry of Doylestown will present "Romance With the Unknown: The Supernatural in Fiction" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The meeting and workshop are open to the public. There is a workshop fee for non-PLRW members.

Monday, August 1, 2011
MARY GILDEA MACK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the Outreach members and the barrels that are being prepared for shipment to Sierra Leone in September. From left, the Rev. James Sandy, Linda Balliet, Mary Ellen Ogozalek (holding grandson Logan), Mary Kruzik, Steve Kruzik, Faye Hlavaty and Dorothy Kuhn.

It started with a strange phone call, laughs Mary Ellen Ogozalek. She, along with Dorothy Kuhn, is an organizer of the Lansford Catholic Parishes Outreach Group volunteers who meet once a month to discuss and work on various projects such as Prayer Shawls, hosting the AARP Safe Driver Program, Christmas Chimneys and others.

First on the home phone and then on her cell Ogozalek heard a lyrical voice asking for a call back. Needless to say, she was puzzled. It was not unusual to get a call on the home phone, but she could not understand how someone got the cell number.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, 20 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, will host the second annual Painting Marathon, for artists and anyone with the desire to try painting.

Artists ages 10 and up are eligible to participate and will create work most of the time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. There is an entry fee, and seniors are discounted.

Wooden racks to hold paintings in progress will be set up outdoors around the historic, 1849 church that the foundation owns and uses as an art museum. Artists may also paint nearby Jim Thorpe scenes.