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Monday, May 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured enjoying a roast beef dinner at the Tamaqua Legion with their mother Betty Hoffman, Coaldale, on Mother's Day are stepdaughter Marlene Boissel-Kottle and son Ken Hoffman of Tamaqua. Every mother was given a flower via the Legion during their dinner.

Monday, May 9, 2011

When the Franklin Township Old-timers take on the Jim Thorpe Old-timers at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, to play the 2011 Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Softball Game, the winners will be Luke Hartrum and Hunter Wolfe, both of Jim Thorpe.

Every year, the two teams pick up their bats and balls and put on their team T-shirts to play a benefit softball game for someone with a health problem. This year they are playing for two boys with serious health challenges.

Monday, May 9, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In a gesture that honors mothers everywhere, this year's May Queen at St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe, 14-year-old Lindsey McArdle, places a floral crown upon the head of the statue of Mary, the Mother of God, at the conclusion of the church's May Procession yesterday, Mother's Day.

Monday, May 9, 2011

St. John Neumann Regional School has 25,000 more reasons to be happy.

That's because the school was recently awarded a grant of $25,000 to help defray operating costs and encourage others to give.

The grant was received from the Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation, said St. John Principal Sister Virginia Stephanie, who expressed appreciation for the gift on behalf of the entire St. John Neumann family.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Palmerton Area High School and Junior High School are presenting the annual Spring Concert Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Choruses, bands, and soloists will be featured, performing a great variety of musical styles.

The junior high chorus and instrumental students selections will include "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts, "Firework" by Katy Perry, and Never Shout Never's "Look on the Bright Side."

Monday, May 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Winners of the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center's 7th Annual 5K Run/Walk, from left, are first place walkers Jessica Koscak, 8, Jake Weiksner, 12, and first place runners Alyssa Keich, 18, Daulton Radler, 15. Over 30 participants finished the race, which was produced with the assistance of MogoRun Timing of Summit Hill. The Tamaqua fire police also provided traffic control along the course. "The weather was great for the event," said Dan Weiksner, president of the Tamaqua Area Adult Daycare Center board of directors.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Marian Catholic High School is sponsoring a College Fair on Tuesday, May 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Approximately 30 four-year and two-year colleges, community colleges, trade/technical, nursing, business schools and military service representatives will be available to talk with students and parents.

All students in ninth through twelfth grade, parochial and public school students from Hazleton, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Mahanoy City, Panther Valley, Tamaqua, Shenandoah, North Schuylkill and Weatherly area school districts are invited.

Monday, May 9, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES Nathan Hahn, a senior at Lehighton Area High School, centers the clay by using his body. Hahn's clay throwing demonstration was a hit at the art show.

Students attending Lehighton Area High School have artistic talent, which was obvious to the crowd attending the recently held senior art show at the high school.

"This show features all grades and all levels are represented," said Mike Renock, art instructor.

Renock said that now that he has been teaching art at the high school for a number of years, he has seen some of his students complete college. "It is gratifying to see their successes in life."

Monday, May 9, 2011

With the current school year winding down the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board approved plans for the 2011 Environmental Education Summer Camp to be held at the North Campus in Butler Township from June 13 through 16 and at the South Campus in Norwegian Township from June 20 through 23, in action taken at its monthly meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

Monday, May 9, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS James Kendrew of the Palmerton team looks toward the green during the miniature golf competition on Friday. This year, the golf event was held at Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy in Tamaqua.

The Carbon County Senior Games has helped keep area seniors young at heart for the last 23 years.

Each year, nearly 200 men and women from five county senior centers come out to throw, shoot, swim, dance, and putt their way into the winner's circle.

One week of competition has been completed and the nine-time defending champs, the Lehighton senior team, have a comfortable lead. But, it's still anyone's tournament with 10 events left.