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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Sophia Anne Kupetz

KUPETZ Bernard and Jennifer Kupetz of Tamaqua, welcomed a new addition to their family on May 6, 2011. Sophia Anne Kupetz was born in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown, weighing in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces. She was 19 1/2 inches long.

Sophia has an older brother, Stephen, 18. Her sister, Emalee, is deceased.

Maternal grandparents are Nancy Moser of Tamaqua and the late Clyde Moser.

Paternal grandparents are Bernard Kupetz and Maryann Kupetz, both of Tamaqua.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ed Meneeley with one of a series of 14 acrylic-on-handmade paper paintings called Stations of the Cross.

The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation's Exhibition Center in Jim Thorpe is reopening for the 2011 season with an open house reception. The gallery opens on Memorial Day weekend Saturday, May 28, and the reception is held on Sunday, May 29 from 3-5 p.m.

The foundation is housed in the former First Presbyterian Church at 20 West Broadway in the historic district.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. on June 1 at Faith United Church of Christ, located off Airport Beltway, behind the Toyota dealership in Hazleton.

The guest speaker will be life coach Cathy Colangelo, who will help attendees make a 'vision board' for the future.

Magazines will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or other chronic illness. Friends and family members are welcome.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Penn State Extension in Carbon and Monroe counties is offering a workshop for beginning canners who want to learn how to use a pressure canner. The workshop, titled "Yes I Can," will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m., on July 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Third and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital award recipients stand with Blue Mountain Health System administration after the seventh annual Blue Mountain Health System Employee Recognition Awards last Wednesday. From left, are, Toni Gibson, associate vice president of nursing and award presenter; Mary Zubek, Blue Ribbon Service Excellence Award recipent and 30 years of service; Lana J. Kuehner, 40 years of service; Edith M. Berger, 35 years of service; and Terry Purcell, vice president of ambulatory and support services and award presenter.

One hundred twenty four nurses and other medical staff that serve Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses were recently honored for their dedication to each patient that enters the hospitals.

During the seventh annual Blue Mountain Health System Employee Recognition Awards ceremonies, held May 11 at both campuses, administration honored the men and women with years of service awards; nursing excellence awards; ancillary, business and support staff awards; and the highest award, the Blue Ribbon Service Excellence Awards.

Monday, May 23, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Blessings Shoppe coordinator Sashka Peterson sorts through some of the thousands of donated items, that are available free to the community, via the Blessings Shoppe, started by members and volunteers of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua.

Members and volunteers of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua have come together to offer a new free community donation program called the New Life Blessings Shoppe at their church.

The Blessings Shoppe, held twice a month in a large bay located next to the church, offers thousands of free items to the community that otherwise would be thrown out, lost or not used.

Some of the items consist of clothing, small appliances, knickknacks, jewelry, toys, shoes, handbags, pots, as well as many other items.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program is looking for recipe entries from Pennsylvania residents for the "Simply Delicious, Simple Nutritious" vegetable recipe contest. The entry deadline is June 30.

A panel of four judges will review the written recipe entries and select 16 finalist recipes to be prepared at the cook-off.

Four finalist recipes will be chosen in each of the following four categories: tomatoes/peppers/eggplant, melons/cucumbers, summer squash/zucchini and winter squash/pumpkins.

Friday, May 20, 2011
Brittany Lynn Semmel

Brittany Lynn Semmel, 15-year-old daughter of Kimberly and Michael Semmel of Lehighton, recently auditioned and was accepted into the Joffrey Summer intensive.

The Joffrey School offers advanced students ages 15-21 a one- to three-week, in-depth ballet experience.

Daily technique will be offered in ballet, pointe, variations, and new choreography. Students attending this program will be considered for enrollment in the Joffrey Ballet school's yearlong program in New York City. Emphasis will also be placed upon body conditioning.

Friday, May 20, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Unidentified Eckley Village volunteers enjoying modeling a few of the fashions that will be on display during the Victorian Fashion Show May 22.

A Victorian Fashion Show at Eckley Miners' Village Sunday, May 22, from 2-5 p.m. will take visitors back in time to a more elegant period.

Fashions may come and go, but some classics are never out of style. Such are the fashions of the Victorian era.

These garments and accessories of timeless elegance will be on display in a large tent in front of Eckley's historic Sharpe House for a genteel afternoon of remembering how it used to be.