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Saturday, May 5, 2012

An article that ran in Thursday's edition of the TIMES NEWS incorrectly listed the new meal prices in the Palmerton Area School District for 2012-13.

The correct prices are: breakfast - elementary, $1; lunch - elementary, $1.95; breakfast - secondary, $1.10; lunch - secondary, $2.05.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Clockwise from left: Second grader Jessica Cabera types a story into her ThinkPad computer, as 11th grader Katelyn Evans listens to comments on her kempt karakul drawing, and Panther Valley High School art teacher Kimberlee Burkett and Allentown Art Museum Arts and Education Manager Kathy Odorizzi look on as Artist-in-Residence Victor Stabin offers suggestions on how to improve the artwork.

Seventy Panther Valley students completed a 10-session workshop where elementary, middle and senior high school students teamed collaboratively under the guidance of a nationally-recognized artist-in-residence to create, design and publish a graphic alphabet book.

For the second year, Allentown Art Museum Arts and Education Manager Kathy Odorizzi has sponsored, Panther Valley High School art teacher Kimberlee Burkett has organized, and nationally-recognized illustrator and painter, Victor Stabin of Jim Thorpe has served as artist-in-residence in the Daedal Doodle project.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Tamaqua Area Education Association will host its annual retirement dinner on June 8 at Capriott's Banquet Hall, Treskow, celebrating the retirees of 2012. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by JD's Road Show with dancing from 8 to 11:30 p.m.

Reservations are $40 per person and must be made by May 16. Checks are to be made payable to the TAEA and mailed to Sharon Chromiak, 30 South St., Tamaqua.

For more information, email Sharon at schromiak@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Hearings finally came to an end before the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday night at the courthouse in Pottsville on the application of Gladstone Partners, L.P. of Pittsburgh, for the construction of a cargo airport in East Union Township.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Betty and John Power of Jim Thorpe train people to comfort the dying at Blue Mountain Health System.

It was the heartbreaking loss of a little granddaughter that eventually led Betty and John Power to devote their time and care to bringing human warmth and comfort to people who are dying without family or friends to through the final hours.

The Powers, of Jim Thorpe, train others through the No One Dies Alone program at Blue Mountain Health System hospitals and the Summit at Blue Mountain nursing center. The couple train the program's Compassionate Companions, volunteers who sit with those who are dying.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Scot Brayford, MS, OTR/L, PA-C Division of Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Associates of Allentown, speaks as part of a concussion seminar Thursday in the Palmerton Area High School auditorium.

Once a concussion occurs, it's imperative to manage the injury right the first time.

That was among the many tips stressed by OAA Orthopaedics Specialists of Allentown as part of a concussion seminar conducted Thursday in the Palmerton Area High School auditorium.

Palmerton Area School District and the Palmerton Football Parents Club teamed together to sponsor the seminar, which focused on current concepts in concussion management, from injury to return-to-play.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Nurse Sandra Clarke will never forget the final plea of the dying man to stay by his side in his final moments ... or her inability to be there for him.

The experience haunted her, but also led her to develop No One Dies Alone, a program that trains volunteers to comfort the dying who have no family or friends by their side.

Clarke, a critical care nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon, wrote about her experience for a 2002 issue of Supportive Voice, a newsletter of Supportive Care of the Dying: A Coalition for Compassionate Care.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
John Buyglio, choral director, leads the students.

A crowd of more than 400 gave a standing ovation following the Tamaqua Area Music Department's annual Spring Choral Concert held Thursday in the school auditorium.

Providing their vocal talents were the Middle School General Chorus, Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Select Chorus, Jazz and Concert Chorale and the Concert Choir.

The Middle School General Chorus sang numerous songs ranging from "Peaceful River" and "On an Eagle's Wing." The Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Select Chorus sang "The Door to Freedom", Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name" and "Count on Me."

Saturday, May 5, 2012

HARRISBURG The Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Game Commission invites students across the state to watch the annual Peregrine falcon banding event during a live webcast on Wednesday, May 9.

The event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rachel Carson State Office Building auditorium in Harrisburg.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Over-60 Club of Palmerton will hold a business meeting at noon on May 15 inside Palmerton Borough Hall, located at 401 Delaware Avenue.