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Thursday, April 28, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS First place winners of the 36th Annual Carbon County Conservation District Poster Contest pose with district secretary and contest coordinator Audrey Wargo, back row, right. Front row from left, Brynn Wentz, Lindsay Rohlfing, Kaitlyn Kistler and Allison Amodea. Back row, Tiffany Belletiere.

The Carbon County Conservation District recognized the winners of the 36th Annual Poster Contest Tuesday evening. This year's poster theme was, "Forests for People More Than You Can Imagine."

Monday, April 25, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Artist and photographer Anne Martino paints designs of soccer ball and flowers on the bellies of pregnant women, arranges the women in a set that captures the theme, and takes a photograph as a fun memory.

Artist and photographer Anne Martino of Lake Harmony said to the owner of Deezines Flowers & Gifts on Route 209 in Jim Thorpe, "I have a really odd request."

"We've heard everything," owner Denise Sebelin replied.

"You haven't," Martino said. "I have this lady who's pregnant and I want to paint flowers on her belly and I want to pose her in front of a floral shop with flowers all around her and take some pictures of her.

"You're right, I've never heard that before," Sebelin agreed. She watched the belly painting and the photo shoot.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The First Presbyterian Church, Third and Mahoning streets, Lehighton, will present The Glee Club of the Union League of Philadelphia in concert on Sunday, May 15, at 3:30 p.m. The event will be held in memory of the Rev. H. W. Scott.

The Glee Club has performed in the United Kingdom and has received accolades for their performances. They sing the golden oldies of the 20s and 30s.

The group performs for nursing homes, charities and non-profit organizations.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
The "Egg Dyeing 101 from Martha Stewart Living(TM)" App provides access to holiday egg-decorating ideas that are kid-friendly, fun, and easy to accomplish with simple instructions and how-to videos. Choose a project by swiping through an extensive gallery of 101 gorgeous photos. The App is available for $0.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. (PRNewsFoto/Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.)

There are so many ways to color an egg, and more than one kind of egg to color.

Much depends on the decorators' ages, time constraints and motivation. Do you want to try something new and different this year, or fall back on standard reliable egg-dyeing kits?

Even when using an egg-coloring kit, there are dozens of ways to kick the process up a notch.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Former winners of the Ms. Pennsylvania Senior America crown and the current queen recently met in Harrisburg with state Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, an advocate for seniors.

Four former queens, Shirley Karinch, Barbara Ann deLeon, Doris Ulrich, and Willetta Silva, along with the current Ms. Pennsylvania Senior America, Marie E. Tennant, met with their senators to discuss support for senior women across the state. Sen. Piccola, Dauphin County, asked the Senate during an April session to recognize the role and contributions of women involved in Ms. Senior America Inc.

Monday, April 18, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Panther Valley Golden Agers show off their Easter bonnets at a recent meeting at St. Joseph's Church in Summit Hill. Left to right seated are Irene Hudasky and Dolores Becker. Standing, Tootsie Orsulak, Shirley Pavlick, Sue Dopira, and Mary Ciganek. Everyone paraded around the room with their Easter bonnets.

Friday, April 15, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kester of Tamaqua

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kester of Tamaqua celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 24.

They were married in the former St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church, now St. John United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, by the Rev. Arthur Knoble.

Mrs. Kester is the former Miriam Weston, daughter of the late Mayor William J. and Doris Weston. Her husband is the son of the late Edward and Elva Mae Kester.

The couple has three children: Vaal of New Ringgold and his wife, Janet; Aimee, wife of Mike Caputo of Weatherly; and Terri, wife of Ed Kane of Still Creek.

Friday, April 15, 2011
Christine Eubanks

The Bach and Handel Chorale highlights the Passion-Easter season at its April 30 concert at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Church St., Jim Thorpe. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

Once again the chorale is joined by a festival orchestra as it presents a premier performance of the short Passion-Easter Cantata "Son of God."

Friday, April 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ray Squire, right, vice president of the Jim Thorpe Food Pantry, and Albert "Butch" Strubinger, left, with the Easter Bunny. Strubinger donated a pizza party for all of the Scouts who participated in gathering candy for less fortunate children, so that they may have a basket on Easter Sunday.

Local Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts collected candy again this year to donate to the Jim Thorpe Food Pantry.

The event was sponsored by Troop 555. Approximately 40 Scouts attended the event last week to make up individual bags of candy.

The candy bags will be given to parents who visit the food pantry, so that their children will be certain to receive a treat on Easter morning.

Ray Squire, right, vice president of the Jim Thorpe Food Pantry, as he's done for years, came to collect the bagged candy.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Category winners in the 2011 TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest are from left, Peggy Zimmerman, Dawn McCabe, Carol McGeehan, Kim Rubin, Jo Lynn Gazo and Patricia Thiele. Mary Jane Blocker was also a winner.

Cooking is not only a passion for Jo Lynn Gazo, it's a skill that runs in her family.

The grand prize winner of the 2011 TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe contest says she honed her cooking skills underneath the apron strings of her grandmother, Mary Oleksa.

"My gram always made the best meals and desserts. That is where my passion for cooking began," says Gazo, who lives in Lehighton with her husband, attorney Brian Gazo.

As a newlywed, Gazo says she started using a lot of recipes from her mother, Joan Horowski, and found "that there is nothing like a home-cooked meal."