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Friday, April 19, 2013

Black Diamond Writers' Network's Fifth annual Write it Right Writers' Conference will take place from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

The keynote speaker is Tracy L. Higley, author of nine novels. She will talk about "Finding Your Voice in a Noisy World" during the lunchtime address.

Higley will also facilitate "Secrets of Dramatic Tension: Creating a Page Turner," a workshop to uncover secrets to keep readers turning the pages, regardless of genre.

Other workshop topics and speakers include:

Friday, April 19, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Featured members during the spring Carbon Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) included James Wentz, left, who received a special commendation for his volunteer work; and Dan Kunkle, right, executive director and founder of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, a PASR member and the meeting's speaker. Center is chapter President Janet Hall.

The Carbon Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) met this week for its spring meeting and luncheon in the Harvest Cafe at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe.

PASR member Dan Kunkle served as speaker for the event. Kunkle is the executive director and founder of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and shared information about the center with members attending the meeting.

He noted that in its 10 years, the center has gained local and national recognition for its revegetation efforts in the Lehigh Gap between Palmerton and Slatington.

Friday, April 19, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic High School will present three performances of the musical production "The Wiz" this weekend. Cast members include: Damian Richards as the Coach (Cowardly Lion); Christopher Postupack as the Janitor (Tin Man); Samantha Faust as Dorothy; Dylan Quick as the Student (Scarecrow); Sabrina Krupko as Glinda; Nicole Collevechio as Addaperle; Tiffany Grutza as Evillene; Zachary Mrochko as The Wiz; and Andrew Kelly as the Royal Gatekeeper.

The yellow brick road can be found at Marian Catholic High School this weekend as the Marian Class of 2103 presents the musical "The Wiz."

While remaining mostly faithful to the L. Frank Baum classic "The Wizard of Oz," the stage production takes Dorothy back to Oz and the old, familiar characters, with some twists.

The first musical adaptation of Baum's book was presented at the Majestic Theatre in New York City in 1903.

The latest production, the fifth, is a concept of producer Ken Harper, with a book written by Wiliam F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

As part of their 10-year anniversary celebration, members of the Strawberry Playhouse will be featuring a two-weekend performance of "A View From The Bridge" by American playwright Arthur Miller.

Directed by Lucille Fala-Brennan of Jim Thorpe and Tuscarora, the show will serve as the Strawberry Playhouse's 10th annual spring show.

The play, a suspenseful drama, is set in 1950s America, in a Brooklyn Italian/American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS First place winners in the District 5 CYO Arts and Crafts Show, held at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church hall in Lehighton, include, front from left, Jesse Waksmunski, Angelo Greek and Kyelie Conrath; and back row, Kelci Bubser; Sars Kester; Phil Liszka, CYO director at Ss. Peter and Paul Church; the Rev. Mike Ahrensfield, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Church; Nathan Cunfer; and Stephen Behun.

The annual District 5 Catholic Youth Organization Arts & Crafts show, held at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Lehighton, featured 192 entries.

The competition was open for students in kindergarten to eighth grade.

Schools participating were Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School of Lehighton, St. John Neumann School of Palmerton, and Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.

Students of St. John Neumann had six first place finishes, while Ss. Peter and Paul and Our Lady of the Angels Academy had two each.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG) will hold its April meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Palmer branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

At 11 a.m., "De Re (All About) Contracts," attorney Kattina Barski will discuss the ins and outs of contracts for both traditionally and independently published authors. She will discuss the difference between these contracts and what writers should know before signing on the dotted line.

Monday, April 15, 2013
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rose Breakfast coordinators Dottie Mumma, left, and Barbara Mumma, right, with guest speaker, the Rev. Rebecca Cancelliere, center.

Saturday morning, local women gathered at Grace St. Paul's United Methodist Church, located in Penn Forest Township, for the annual Rose Breakfast. The Rose Breakfast is an ecumenical event for women to come together and enjoy fellowship.

Around 67 women from eight churches in Carbon County and surrounding areas attended the breakfast.

The breakfast featured music by David Westrip and Nancy Moyer. Westrip played the piano and Moyer played the flute.

Monday, April 15, 2013
James M. Bennick

James "Jim" M. Bennick of Jim Thorpe celebrated his 90th birthday on April 9 with a family dinner at Romano's Restaurant in Snyders.

A native of Jim Thorpe, he is the husband of the former Bertha Bailey-Stahler and the late Lorraine (Getz) Bennick, who died in 1994.

Prior to retiring in 1994, he had been an active member of the Pipefitters Union, where he taught plumbing classes. He was also a welding instructor for the Carbon County Vocational Technical School (CCTI).

Monday, April 15, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Goldberg siblings gathered recently for the 50th wedding anniversary of the youngest sibling, Leonard and his wife Gladys. Each brother and sister has been married for more than 50 years. The couples are, from left, with the siblings standing and their spouses sitting, Leo and Grace Goldberg, Leroy and Audrey Goldberg, Lawrence and Penny Goldberg, Leonard and Gladys Goldberg, Louise and Lenny Bishop, and Lorraine Mosko, whose husband George passed away after 53 years of marriage.

When Leonard and Gladys Goldberg from Lehighton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 2, they were in good company.

Leonard, the youngest of six children, is the last of his siblings to mark a golden anniversary.

Each of the Goldberg siblings have been married for more than 50 years. Their parents, the late Howard and Dorothy Goldberg, had been married 62 years when Howard passed in 1995.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the community room at Gnaden Huetten Hospital campus, 211 N. 12th St, Lehighton. Guest speaker Dolly Woody, executive director of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will give an overview of news and updates from the organization.

Interested women are invited to attend. For more information, call group leader Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490.