Monday, February 27, 2017
Suzy Johns, 7, creates “blow art” during the Tamaqua Community Art Center anniversary.

The Tamaqua Community Art Center pulled out all the stops Saturday evening to celebrate its fifth anniversary in Schuylkill County.

As residents and supporters alike filtered into the open house for a silent auction, sparkle-frosted cupcakes, live music and, of course, art, they were given the opportunity to see exactly what the center has been creating over the last half of a decade.

“We’ve been working on the anniversary planning for four months,” said longtime volunteer Kim Grant.


Are you one of those people who keep saying they don’t have enough time?

I am.

I look at my little pocket calendar trying to find an open date when I can do something new or perhaps go to a concert I want to see. All I see on the calendar are days filled in with appointments, interviews or previously scheduled events.

Ahhh, I wish I had more time.

Here’s an intriguing question for you to ponder.

If you had more time, perhaps one more day in your week, what would you do with it?

Dear Sen. Toomey,

I did not vote for you in 2010. Not because you are a Republican, but because I had serious disagreement with your stances on LGBTQ rights, the ACA and fracking.

There have been times when I supported legislation you proposed. In 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, I was proud of the stance you took in trying to pass common sense gun control and, I remember thinking that it was a brave stance for a senator from a state where gun rights are a serious hot-button issue.

Drawing a crowd of spectators isn’t hard for ice sculptor Evan Hughes.

Hughes has been doing ice sculptures for two and a half years. He works in other mediums, such as wood and clay, for his personal work.

“My whole family is artistically inclined,” Hughes said.

He started at Sculpted Ice Works because of his brother. Sculpted Ice Works opened in 1999 and serves the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey areas.

Hughes did live demonstrations at Blue Mountain Resort on Feb. 4 and 5 for the annual Winter Fest.

Marriage license

Nicole M. Deater and Arthur A. Marrin, both of Tamaqua

Francine R. Brown and Paul M. Glennon, both of Kelayres

Felicia L. Fritz and Nathaniel Fry, both of Northampton

Mekayla S. Wallace of Palmerton and Christopher M. Lawrence of Schuylkill Haven