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Friday, October 22, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The ninth annual Blue Mountain Health System Ladies Night Out was held Tuesday at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. Speakers were, Dr. Herbert Hoover, surgical oncologist; and Esther Courtright, co-owner of "Strands of Hope" and a breast cancer survivor. From left are Denise Kennedy, administrative assistant, public relations and fund development at BMHS; Esther Courtright, co-owner of "Strands of Hope" and a breast cancer survivor; Dr. Herbert Hoover, surgical oncologist; and Mary Lou McGeehan, community education coordinator at BMHS.

For the 250 women attending the ninth annual Blue Mountain Health System's Ladies Night Out, it was a night of good food, camaraderie and breast cancer awareness. The event was funded by a grant from the Women's 5K Classic of the Lehigh Valley.

Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall was a sea of pink Tuesday night as the women listened to Dr. Herbert Hoover, surgical oncologist; and Esther Courtright, co-owner of "Strands of Hope" and a breast cancer survivor, share information, inspiration and hope.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Miranda Belgraves, portrayed by Donna Tweed, works on her latest novel in a scene from "Murder Next Door," one of two comedic mysteries being produced at The Studio in Lansford this weekend.

Murder? At The Studio? In Lansford?

Don't be alarmed; it's all in good fun.

This weekend the Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre will present "Murder at The Studio," two performances of two murder mysteries at The Studio, 255-257 East Ridge St., Lansford. The first show is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22; and the second is a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.

"Not My Cup of Tea" by Albert Groff is directed by Janet Sager and features Molly Phillips, Barbara Maloney and Donna Tweed.

Can murder be funny? Perhaps not, but the plotting just might be.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
MARY TOBIA/Special to the TIMES NEWS The American Cancer Society Relay for Life for Palmerton and surrounding areas is off and running. The annual kick–off was held at the Palmerton Area High School cafeteria. The 24-hour relay will be held May 21-May 22 on the high school grounds. Back row, left to right, Caylan Chanwik, American Cancer Society staff member, Kim Ruch, 2011 Co chair and Connie Smith, 2011 Chair stand behind cancer survivor, Janet Naclerio

Palmerton and surrounding areas recently kicked off their annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life event.

The evening party opener, held in the Palmerton Area High School, cafeteria was attended by about 75 people. The theme for the 2011 relay is Cancer Loses When Everyone Plays to Win.

This is the 10th anniversary for the Palmerton-based relay, which will be held May 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the high school.

Taking on the organizational responsibilities this year are Connie Smith, event chairperson, and Kim Ruch, co-chair.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary Post 314 recently honored past presidents. From left are, Harriet Von York, Gladys Balliet, also current

president; and Mildred

German, current vice

president. The women were feted at a

dinner at the Beacon 443 Diner, Lehighton.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
In this Sept. 21, 2010 photo, Laramie Junior High School ninth-grader Kollin West poses wearing a "I (heart) boobies" bracelet in Laramie, Wyo. School officials objected to the bracelet, which is meant to raise breast cancer awareness, and ordered West to wear it inside-out because they considered the bracelet's wording inappropriate. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – A $4 rubber bracelet meant to raise breast cancer awareness has done that and more: Students nationwide are wearing the "I (heart) boobies" wristbands, and running afoul of school administrators.

Schools from California to Florida have banned the bracelets because they believe the "boobies" language is inappropriate.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School held its 2010 Homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 15. Crowned as Homecoming Queen was Stacey Wallace, left, while E. Franklin "Grif" Griffiths IV was crowned Homecoming King. The ceremony took place at halftime of the Tamaqua-Schuylkill Haven football game.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
In this photo taken on Oct. 2, 2010, 9-year-old Jeremy Nativio holds his mother Stacy Nativio's finger as she offers some pre-game advice prior to a recent Neshannock, Pa. Pee Wee football game. Finding out their son had Down syndrome before he was born gave Stacy and Dan Nativio time to prepare for the challenges ahead. But there was no preparing for the news that came the day he was born. Jeremy had leukemia. Jeremy's gone from battling leukemia twice to being part of a new kind of battle: playing on the defensive line of his Pee Wee football team. (AP Photo/New Castle News, Lisa Micco)

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – Stacy Nativio was 17 weeks pregnant with her third child when she got the news.

Her unborn son, Jeremy, had Down syndrome.

"We said, 'This is what God's given to us,'" Stacy remembered, sharing how she and her husband, Dan, tried to remain positive.

"And we're going to take everything that comes with it."

Finding out their son had Down syndrome before he was born gave the couple time to prepare for the challenges ahead. But there was no preparing for the news that came the day he was born.

Jeremy had leukemia.

Monday, October 18, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Candidates for the 2010 Homecoming Queen and King at Marian High School, Hometown, are: front row, from left, Cathleen Cataldo, Hilary Furmanchin, Christine Valente and Katelyn Collevechio. Back row, Justin Petrovich, Evan Bellizia and Dominick Richards. Zachary Miller is also a candidate. The king and queen will be crowned during halftime festivities on Friday, Oct. 22 when the Colts host the Blue Devils from Shenandoah High School. Also, in observance of Homecoming, Marian alumni, family and friends are invited to a social in the school cafeteria after the game.

Monday, October 18, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Area High School crowned seniors Lyndsey Heinrich and Levi Serfass as 2010 Homecoming Queen and King at homecoming festivities at the high school on Oct. 8.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will not meet at the hospital in October. Instead, they will gather at Zion U.C.C., Second and Iron streets, Lehighton, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, for a Service of Healing led by the Rev. Allen Heckman.

The service is designed to offer God's presence with strength and comfort in a time of physical, emotional, or spiritual suffering within this community of faith.

This service is open to all who desire to attend. Call Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 with further questions. The church's phone number is (610) 377-1191.