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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Friday evening, May 20, the Tamaqua Historical Society will present 'A Salute to Schuylkill County Ethnic and Cultural Heritage' from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tamaqua Gallery located at 114 West Broad Street. The public event will feature an exhibit of 200 years of Schuylkill County ethnic and cultural heritage through photographs, and artifacts. Music will be provided by 'The Breaker Boys.' Wine, cheese, and other beverages will be served compliments of the Tamaqua Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS And they're off! Participants take off at the starting line as they prepare to run in the 10th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K run/walk held recently in Palmerton.

A road race in Palmerton continues to grow in popularity.

That can be further evidenced by the 482 participants who competed in the 10th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Run/Walk held recently in Palmerton.

An additional 30 people took part in the one-mile walk, while 40 kids, ages 3-10, competed in the kids run in distances ranging from mile to 1 mile.

Michael F. Martinez, M.D., F.A.C.S., co-director of the event, said the number of participants who competed in this year's event was at an all-time high.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring has finally arrived and the newly refurbished Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton is ready for the start of another busy swimming season to begin. The official opening day this year will be Saturday, May 28 from noon to 7 p.m.

Monday, May 16, 2011
fyi

It has been brought to the attention of the West Penn Township Police Department that there are individuals running driveway paving scams in the township.

You may want to reconsider doing business with any individual or business offering to pave your driveway with material left over from a previous job. Residents should request to see the individual's or business' solicitation permit, driveway paving permits should be obtained and no work should be started without a signed contract.

Monday, May 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A long procession of students, parents, faculty, and administrators of the St. Jerome Regional School walked silently through the west end of Tamaqua as they held their May Procession honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. The event was held during the morning Mass that preceded classes followed by the crowning of the Blessed Mother. Pictured are members of her blessed court from left Paige Pratt, 8, queen Emily Pilla, 14, and Caitlin Kernich, 8. Other members of the court consisted of Annette Ritzko, 14, Rachel Meier, 13, Kaylee Ceci, 14, and Bridgette Rossi, 15.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Knights of Columbus Chapter 14392 is holding a carnival at Country Junction, Rt. 209, Lehighton from Monday, June 6 to Saturday, June 11. The festival will open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday, from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. There will be rides by Bartle Baugh, food vendors and games. Anyone planning to attend should check Country Junction's website to see if the festival opening time may change to open at 2 p.m. on weekdays.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Survivor registration for Relay For Life of Palmerton and Surrounding Areas will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Palmerton Area High School stadium. The Survivor Ceremony will start at 5 p.m. This year's event will be held from 10 a.m. May 21 to 10 a.m. May 22.

Monday, May 16, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS St. Luke's Miners' Memorial Home Care hosted its Fourth Annual Nurses' Tea on May 11, honoring local retired nurses for the care and services they provided to the community throughout their careers. This year's event was held at the Home Care Office in Tamaqua, with more than three dozen retired nurses in attendance.

The Fourth Annual Retired Nurses' Tea, sponsored by St. Luke's Miners' Memorial Home Care Center, was held May 11 in the center's Tamaqua office. The event was coordinated by center Director Mary Louise Zimmerman, RN-BSN, and her staff and included a nurse's lamp lighting ceremony, moment of silence and a luncheon.

Special guest speaker was Kim Sargent, RN, who is Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. Luke's Miners' Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Linda Williams, St. Luke's Hospice, provided the invocation.

Monday, May 16, 2011

WELCA

The WELCA group of the Lutheran churches will meet on Tuesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue. If you wish more information about the group contact Kathy Heller, (570) 325-2282.

Parents meeting

Monday, May 16, 2011

Senior citizens who would like to learn tips to protect themselves from danger are in luck.

A Senior Self Protection workshop will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Village at Palmerton. The workshop is open to the community, as well as families and residents of the Village.

Jennifer Ebert, admissions and marketing director, said the senior self protection workshop will provide tips and techniques for people ages 55-and-over.