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Friday, October 8, 2010

With their entire family in tow, including 6-month-old twins Shane and Wyatt, the Waksmunski family of Mahoning Township recently joined close to 1,000 others for the 11th Annual Lehigh Valley Buddy Walk in Breinigsville at Valley Preferred Cycling Center/Rodale Fitness Park.

Visit the TIMES NEWS Special Report link "Down syndrome: A family's journey," located on the left side of the front homepage, to read the complete story, as well as chapters 1 and 2 of the Waksmunski's family story.

Friday, October 8, 2010
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Pleasant Valley High School will present its 2010 Homecoming Court at tonight's Homecoming game against Pocono Mountain West at 7 p.m. where the King and Queen will be announced. Homecoming candidates are, front from left, Christine Klingel, Lauren Prator, Christina Ocasio, Samantha Formato, Melaney Livezey and Stephanie Behrends; and back row, David Geiger, Derrik Walling, Albert Cinares, Jalen Blot, Malik Krcic and Tarik Williams.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
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The 2010 Homecoming Court of Northwestern Lehigh High School includes, front row from left, Jenny Gulick, Katie Hughes, Katie Hallingstad, Homecoming Queen McKenzie Schuler, Jenn Groller and Hannah Bittner. Back row, Jake Kasprenski, Cody Reinert, Donovan Baatz, Tony Wargo, Homecoming King Dylan Roth, Zachary Blake, Marc Khalil and Mike Hatcher. Aubrey Kehs and Megan Sulzer were also candidates for queen. Schuler and Roth were crowned during festivities at the school last weekend.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
FILE- This Oct. 3, 2010 file photo shows people participating in a candlelight vigil for Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi at Brower Commons on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick, N.J. Clementi jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge after two classmates surreptitiously recorded him having sex with a man in his dorm room and broadcast it over the Internet. Support and other resources for gay young people are out there, sometimes only a click or a phone call away, but advocates said the recent suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi and other teens who were believed to have been victims of anti-gay bullying point to the need for even more widespread help. (AP Photo/Reena Rose Sibayan, FILE)

Campus Pride. Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Support and other resources for gay young people are out there, sometimes only a click or a phone call away, but advocates said the recent suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi and other teens who were believed to have been victims of anti-gay bullying point to the need for even more widespread help.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

On Saturday The Hanger at the Carbon Plaza Mall, Lehighton, will host "A Day To Give Back" from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A percentage of sales of certain merchandise will be donated to multiple breast cancer foundations, including the Vera Bradley Foundation, the Breast Cancer Alliance and the American Breast Cancer Association.

"A Day To Give Back" is The Hanger's way of playing a small part in finding a cure for breast cancer. There will be refreshments, prizes and special gifts for breast cancer survivors.

The Hanger is a locally-owned business, that opened its doors in May

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The students of Tricia's Dance Extreme, Lehighton, were recently invited to a master class with singer Justin Bieber's dancers Anthony (Kanec) and Marvin. The class was possible as Bieber was in the area to perform at the Allentown Fair. The class featured Hip-hop. The classes were held at the Sharon Plessl School of Dance, where Tricia Hettler was a former dancer. The school is under direction of Sharon Plessl-Prongracz and Trisha Pongracz-Zehner. Shown are, from left, Tricia Hettler, Jaiden Muffley, Anthony (Kanec), Danielle Laub, and Brittany Miller.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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Jim Thorpe Area High School crowned its Homecoming King and Queen on Friday evening during half-time festivities, as the Olympians took on the Blue Devils of Shenandoah High School. Homecoming King is Justin Mazzela, while Homecoming Queen is Allison Porembo.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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Members of the 2010 Palmerton Area High School Homecoming Court include, front row, from left, Sarah Andrews, Karly Cesare, Alex Paulinho, Kristen Romano, Brianna Hoglen and Lyndsey Heinrich. Back row, Jarrett Kleintop, Jarred Harry, Christian Marcin, Zach Freed and Dave Kenion. Not pictured is Levi Serfass. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at festivities this weekend when the Blue Bombers face the Northwestern Lehigh High School Tigers.

Tuesday, October 5, 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 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.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ (located off the Airport Beltway behind Independence Toyota), Hazleton.

Guest speaker will be Amanda Neidlinger, R.N. and massage therapist, of River Run Healing Arts who will discuss self-massage, yoga and what we can do each day to help ourselves manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

The group meets the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or similar chronic illness. Friends and relatives are also welcome.