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Saturday, April 23, 2011
Marcia Heinick, Palmerton - "Getting up early in the morning, getting the family ready for church, then going to church, and spending time with family."

What's your favorite Easter custom?

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Jim Krantz used Kline's "West Brand" (left, rotated 90° from exhibit orientation) as an inspiration for his own photograph of a cowboy on a bucking bronco. Kline's painting has a bent "T-shaped" figure to the left of a large block-both atop a rounded mass. In Krantz's western photograph, the brim of the cowboy parallels the cap of the bent "T-shaped" figure, the body of the cowboy with his hand extended for balance is related to the large block, and the saddle on the horse's back picks up from the rounded mass.

Franz Kline's Legacy Inspires Cowboy Photography

In the current, May 2011, edition of Popular Photography magazine, in an article about the breakthrough photographic video, The Way of the West, photographer Jim Krantz described his approach to his award-winning photographic style.

"These ideas don't come from photography. They come from sculpture and painting," he said.

Krantz cites the work of American painter Franz Kline as an important influence.

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news West Penn Chief of Police Brian Johnson and Schuylkill County Emergency Management Coordinator John Matz discuss the finding of several hundred vials of KinePak sticks along Arrow road Friday afternoon.

West Penn Township police and the Reading Bomb Disposal Unit diffused a volatile situation Friday in a remote area of the community.

Residents along Arrow Road were cleaning up along the berm when they discovered vials of an unknown chemical substance. They reported their findings to the West Penn Township police, who quickly alerted the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

CAPTION ONE: Henry Shiffert and Edna Smale color Easter eggs on Friday afternoon at the Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton. Volunteers Heather Burke and Valencia Anderson, along with staff member Anita Otto, helped the make the residents' Easter brighter through the activity. On Tuesday, residents had a luscious good time making coconut and peanut butter Easter eggs.

CAPTION 2: Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center volunteer Valencia Anderson helps resident Carol Knease color Easter eggs on Friday.

Saturday, April 23, 2011
In Canton, Ohio in 1920, 11 teams including the Canton Bulldogs gathered at Ralph Hay's Hupmobile auto showroom to form the precursor to the National Football League, the American Professional Football Conference. Jim Thorpe was chosen as its first president-playing football and coaching Canton during the year he served as president.

Though Jim Thorpe's bones may lie in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, some residents of Canton, Ohio are saying that is where his heart rests.

Canton is where Jim Thorpe made his first serious venture into professional football, when beginning in 1915, the former Olympian both played and coached football for the Canton Bulldogs. Two years earlier, he began playing professional sports for the Indiana Pine Village Pros football team, and the New York Giants baseball team.

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS William Diehm, left, and Rev. John Wagner, stand in front of cross covered in black in St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe. The cross is covered as a symbol of sadness for the crucifixion. Last night, a Jewish seder banquet was held at the church.

A unique service was held last night in historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe.

A Pesach Seder banquet was staged, followed by a dinner of beef, mashed potatoes, and corn.

The Pesach Sedar plate is a Jewish tradition, said Rev. John Wagner, church pastor. It consists of a banquet filled with ritual and the telling of the Passover story.

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Camille Smith, 8; Brian Stepp, 6; and Savannah Smith, 10, all of Lehighton, enjoy the facilities at Phifer Ice Dam Park. A plan to improve parks and recreation in central Carbon County is nearly ready for public comments. The purpose of the plan is to increase recreational opportunities for families in the area.

An action plan for recreational opportunities in central Carbon County has been under discussion, and officials are hoping that the momentum continues in order to benefit local residents.

Steve Landes, of Landes Recreation and Parks Solution, told members of the Central Carbon County Regional Comprehensive Plan Parks and Recreation committee Thursday that the biggest roadblock to implementing the plan will be funding. Communities will need to organize fundraising groups to see progress and results.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The medical staff at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, was introduced to a new concept for transferring burn and trauma victims to more advanced facilities. According to a program explained to the medical profession, transportation to such hospitals as the Allentown and Sacred Heart Hospital Center might, in the very near future, occur by helicopter. The new concept was explained by Dr. Walter Okunski, director of the burn unit of ASH, and Dr. Michael Rhodes, traumatologist at ASH.

Friday, April 22, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Standing in the remodeled ballroom of the Mahoning Valley Country Club in Mahoning Township are Joyce Bertrand, left, club manager, and Jeremy Jones, general manager.

It's called a "country club," but it's no longer a club.

In fact, a lot of changes have occurred to the Mahoning Valley Country Club in the past year or so, all intended to appeal to the public.

The restaurant is open year round and features a special kid's menu. The ballroom has been totally remodeled and enlarged. Even the restrooms have a new look.

Golfing is still a major attraction at MVCC, and improvements to make the sport more enjoyable include bringing the golf course back to life, $4 golfer lunch specials, and serious pro shop improvements.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tamaqua Boyer's Market donated $250 each to the Tamaqua Crime Watch and Preceptor Alpha Upsilon (PAU) sorority of Tamaqua. The money was raised from fees collected from the store's parking lot fund for the past two months. Pictured from left are market assistant manager Justin Hunsicker, Crime Watch organizer Andrew Leibenguth, store manager Mike Casella and PAU sorority service chairperson Sue Hummel.