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Saturday, November 12, 2011
Carol Zickler/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe VFW and Legion accompanied Director of Veterans Affairs of Carbon County, Henry Desrosiers, to MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning, and presented a Veterans Day program. Sixteen veterans from the facility attended the program and had their lunch in the bistro. Participants included, front l-r, MapleShade guests Pauline Graaf, who served in the Provo Marshall's General Office; veterans William Leopold, and John King; middle row l-r, John Gallagher, Francis O'Donnell, Angela Nardini (vocalist), Henry Desrosiers, and Gilbert Henry (chaplain). Back are Ralph Clay, Petty Officer First Class in the Navy Reserves; and Air Force Master Sergeant (Ret) Patrick Rodgers, who both spoke to the group.

As 16 veterans sat in a program at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning, the men and women reflected on their times serving their country.

The program was presented by the Jim Thorpe VFW and American Legion Post, along with Carbon County's Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers.

Pauline Graaf served in the Provo Marshalls Office, and Diana Demianenko said she was in the U.S. Marines. Each one reminisced about their days and where they served.

Angela Nardini sang several patriotic songs and Gilbert Henry, chaplain, gave the prayers.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Peter's E.C. Church, 117 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 19. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. There will be songs, Bible lessons, games and snacks. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I don't like some of the commercials for No Excuses Jeans. But I like the name.

In daily living, no excuses is one slogan that should be branded upon our brains.

It's often easier to make excuses as to why we can't do something than it is to buckle down and do it.

These past few weeks I've had the pleasure of meeting some people who live by the slogan, no excuses. Instead of clinging to reasons why they can't make positive lifestyle changes, they set their minds to meeting goals. The results were astonishing.

Let me tell you about some of them.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Jim Thorpe Borough Council has dealt a setback to a Cumberland County mother and son who want to build a small replica of a castle behind Mauch Chunk Opera House.

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Jim Thorpe Borough Council, the council made a decision on the revocation of the Sewage Enforcement Officer permit for the "Castle" property on Hill Road. The council voted to sustain the decision and revoke the permit.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
BRANDON TAYLOR/TIME NEWS A villager picks tea leaves in a field outside Meijiawu. While most tea leaf picking is done in the spring before summer rains douse the tea plants, locals still take to the hills and valleys in the western hills of Hangzhou to pick leaves for the many tea houses and restaurants in the villages nearby.

There's a saying in China: "Above is heaven, below is Hangzhou." Having visited this city in east central China, I can vouch for this ancient Chinese adage, one that suggests the magnificence of heaven has somehow trickled down to earth. But I would suggest a slight amendment to the assessment: Above is heaven, below is Hangzhou … and people, and people, and people.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

All Saints Episcopal Church, Second and Coal streets, Lehighton, will offer a free community Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. The menu will include turkey, filling, string beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and apple pies. All are welcome.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Irene Hudock, a Dimmick Memorial Library staff member, is looking for tastefully designed gingerbread houses for the library's fourth annual Gingerbread House Contest.

If you are looking for a nifty project for the family to do together and enjoy through Christmas, then Jim Thorpe's Dimmick Memorial Library may have just what you're looking for.

Library staff member Irene Hudock is looking for tastefully designed gingerbread houses for its fourth annual Gingerbread House Contest. By tastefully designed, the houses are to be both lovely to look at and delightful to taste.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Karen Cimms/times news

Nicodemus is a black and white male domestic short hair cat available for adoption from the Carbon County Friends of Animals. He is a 3-year-old declawed and neutered male. He is an owner give up, and is a very good cat, very friendly and gets along well with other cats. For more information call the CCFOA at (570) 325-9400.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Michele Belovich R.N., of Nesquehoning, an employee of Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, is the 1982 Nurse of Hope for the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society. Miss Belovich was chosen from among four who vied for the title. They were judged on their ability to communicate, prefessionalism, and sincerity of concern. She will be available to speak to students, men and women organizations, as well as professionals in the nursing field. The althernate Nurse of Hope is Mrs. Donna Lee Koch, LPN, also an employee of Gnaden Huetten.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
The organist was Robert Ormesher of Salem Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.

Robert Ormesher came from the church where he is music director, Salem Lutheran in Bethlehem, to play a dedicatory concert for the new organ at the Little White Church in Palmerton. The dedication was held Nov. 6. Palmerton Area Historical Society owns the church.

Ormesher said he has been playing organ since he was seven and began playing for the Sunday school in a western Pennsylvania church at nine. He was invited to the church by Peter Kern, a friend and student.

Ormesher said he loves the historical aspects of the Little White Church.