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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Golden Agers enjoy an end of season indoor picnic at St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Summit Hill. Celebrants of birthdays from April through December were honored. Seated at the table are Nesquehoning residents, on left, Minnie Kennedy, Ellie Bonner, Mary Ann Stotelmyer, and on right, Palma Giglotti and Helen Mattras.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

WOW: Working Off Weight, a support program for anyone who wants to create, improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle, is held from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of each month at Health Works, located in the Carbon Plaza Mall, Lehighton.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Tim Kocher, personal trainer and manager of Health Works, will present "Let's Talk About Nutrition."

The support group is free to join and a Health Works membership is not required.

For more information, call Health Works at (570) 386-8080.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its special program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs.

The center is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309 and offers special riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October.

Friday, August 19, 2011
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS While Alex Blasko of Coaldale, right, displays two rings, which were linked by Lehigh Valley professional magician Tom Yurasits, Marissa Bonetsky, left, of Lansford does her best to separate three other rings during Yurasits' recent "Magic From Around the World" show at the Summit Hill Heritage Center. The show celebrated the summer reading program at the Panther Valley Library. The free event was underwritten by a grant from Carbon County.

A torrential downpour did not delay the Summit Hill Heritage Center's magical excursion around the world, hosted by Lehigh Valley master magician Tom Yurasits, who presented a program of magical wonders from various countries to help celebrate Panther Valley Library's Reading Program.

The free magic show was enjoyed by parents and children from the area and was sponsored by funding from a grant from Carbon County, collected from hotel taxes in the county.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Stephen M. Bartol

Stephen M. Bartol, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating his 97th birthday today.

He was born in Milnesville, Pa. on Aug. 18, 1914. Stephen was married to his wife Helena for 65 years until her passing. He has four children: Thomas of Georgia; Ellen Soika of Drums; Theodore of Hazleton; and Stephen of Weatherly.

He is the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Stephen worked at the Duplan Silk Mill and managed Hilltop Apartments. He is a member of Holy Trinity Slovak Church in Hazleton.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
@$:PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/RICH GEORGE

Lehighton Area High School, Class of 1966 recently gathered for its 45-year class reunion. The event took place July 23 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Classmates attending included, front row from left, Susan Eaches Nearhood, Melodie Felter Heydt, Barbara Schmick, Alice Gasker Frantz, Sally Foster Fitzgerald, Jeanine Dulaney Snover, Pamela Graver Hawk, Barbara Staudt Babinchak, Melanie Kistler Prete and Marjorie Rudelitch Federanich.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Lewistown Valley Garden Club held its annual family picnic at Leiby's Grove, complete with a covered-dish dinner provided by members. A short business session was conducted by President June Leiby.

A discussion was held on a day trip to "The Grounds For Sculpture" in Hamilton, N.J. The trip will be held Aug. 23 and is open to the public. More information is available by calling (570) 668-3008.

Club members participated in the Schuylkill County Fair, which ran the first week in August, taking home several winning ribbons.

Friday, August 12, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/TIMES NEWS Fellow market co-worker Heather Formica does the honor of snipping off about a 14 inch length of Eric "Buddy" Turek Jr.'s long hair after the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society exceeded its goal by raising $2,086 for their fundraiser which was called "Light the Night".

A young man honored his pledge to have his long locks cut if the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society reached a $2,000 goal.

The money was raised through the sale of paper balloons, which were sold for a donation of $1, and are commonly seen on the windows and walls of participating businesses.

Eric "Buddy" Turek Jr., an employee at the Jim Thorpe Market in Jim Thorpe, said he made the pledge with the hope that it would encourage more donations.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society exceeded its goal by raising $2,086 in balloon sales over the course of two weeks.

Friday, August 12, 2011

There are approximately 14.9 million caregivers who annually provide unpaid care for the estimated 5.4 million people with Alzheimer's disease.

Those caregivers are prone to high levels of frustration, burnout and stress factors that can take a heavy emotional and physical toll without adequate support. For caregivers in and around Carbon County, there is help.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 installed officers and chairman at a recent meeting at the Lehighton American Legion.

Officers installed include: LaRue Fritz, second vice president, poppy and Girl's State chairman; Gladys Balliet, president and veterans affairs and rehabilitation; and Sandi Shook, first vice president, community service and audit/finance.

Also installed were: Debbie DeCindio, secretary and children and youth; Sue Anthony, sergeant at arms, Americanism and junior member chairman; and Phyliss Klein, treasurer and budget.