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Friday, August 28, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beddiges

Marguerite “Peggy” and Paul Beddiges of Lehighton recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 17, 1985. The wedding was officiated by the Rev. Robert Dressler at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lansford.

Peggy is the daughter of Marie Breslin Owens of Lansford and the late Francis “Spike” Owens, formerly of Upper Mauch Chunk and Lansford.

Her husband is the son of Ann Savoye Beddiges, formerly of Hackensack, New Jersey, now of Allentown, and the late Donald August Beddiges of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Lauren Ward

Lauren E. Ward of Annapolis, Maryland, formerly of Tamaqua, performed last month in the 2015 Maryland All State Community Band Concert, directed by Dr. Harlan Parker. It was held at Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland.

The Maryland All State Community Band was created to give talented community musicians from across the state of Maryland the opportunity to play challenging music with other community band members. Musicians from all over the state auditioned for the opportunity to play with Dr. Parker of the Peabody Conservatory.

Friday, August 28, 2015
ABOVE: John Bova, left, son of entombed miner Louis Bova, unveils the Sheppton Mine Disaster historical marker on Saturday assisted by J. Ronnie Sando, believed to be the lone surviving rescuer. BELOW LEFT: Louis Bova, right, seen shortly before the disaster, along with wife Eva and father-in-law George Kase. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

t was a moment of powerful emotion.

John Bova, 52, the former miner who lost his father in an unspeakable tragedy, yanks on a blue sheath as a crowd of 200 erupts in applause.

The cloth drops, unveiling a pristine, blue-and-gold historical marker, ensuring that John’s father, entombed miner Louis Bova, will never be forgotten.

A split-second later, John collapses to the ground in tears, completely surrendering to tension and perhaps exhaustion after years of shouldering an unforgiving load. Wife Bonnie Gold Bova rushes to his side.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Emily Ward

Emily Ward of Tamaqua has been named to the dean’s list for the 2014 fall semester and 2015 spring semester at Philadelphia University, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce.

She is majoring in fashion merchandising and management and is a member of FAME, Fashion Apparel Merchandising Experience Club. As a member of FAME, she was selected to tour Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City, QVC in West Chester and participated in “The Bellevue Gets Engaged” event in Philadelphia, a large bridal expo, which included a bridal fashion show featuring designer Nicole Miller.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Channing Shiffert of Slatington was named to the dean’s list at Cabrini College, Radnor, for the spring academic year.

Dean’s list students have achieved a GPA of 3.5-3.89 for coursework completed at Cabrini College with a minimum of 15 credits.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Plair Koch

Mr. and Mrs. Plair Koch of Lehighton, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 26, 1950, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Lehighton, with the Rev. Herr officiating their ceremony.

Mrs. Koch is the former Carolyn LaRose. She is the daughter of Morris and Grace (Frable) LaRose.

Mr. Koch is the son of Harry and Mary (Beidleman) Highland.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Jeannie Carl pops her freshly made soap from the mold.

Do-it-yourself may appear to be a new trend, but according to those who do it themselves, the idea is nothing new.

DIY is everywhere, from home renovations to clothing and jewelry-making, right down to soap and cosmetics.

Jeannie Carl and Selena Mazmanian, both of Jim Thorpe, became soap makers a number of years ago.

“I was at a Women and the Outdoors conference one summer eight years ago,” said Carl. “I signed up for an archery workshop, but all that was available was soap making.”

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center will present a Victorian Home and Garden Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 27.

The self-guided tour of 20 Victorian homes and gardens will offer a glimpse inside Jim Thorpe’s 19th century homes, including the Dimmick House, the Convent home on West Broadway, and the Stone Row home at Three Mountains Gallery on historic Race Street.

Friday, August 28, 2015

This week’s The New York Times Best Seller List: 1. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee. (Harper.) In the mid-1950s, a grown-up Jean Louise Finch returns home to find that her adored father is not as perfect as she believed.

2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead.) A psychological thriller set in the environs of London.

3. “Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber. (Ballantine.) Jo Marie, keeper of the Rose Harbor Inn, and two guests deal with trouble in relationships.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Monroe Farmers Market, in connection with the Shawnee Inn, will host its Farm-to-Fork Harvest Dinner on Sept. 13.

Guests will dine on the Grand Lawn of the Shawnee Inn with an opening reception on the veranda. The culinary team is preparing a diverse menu to showcase a variety of locally sourced foods. ShawneeCraft beer will be on tap to accompany the fare. A decadent assortment of desserts will be served, prepared from seasonal fruits, local honey and more.