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Monday, February 18, 2013

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will host a workshop, "Writing for Pleasure or Profit," which will offer ideas on how to get started or move forward toward getting published and earning a fee for your work.

The one-hour workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 (snow date Feb. 26), at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Participants may choose from one of two half-hour segments: one for those interested in writing for pleasure and the other for those interested in writing for profit.

Friday, February 15, 2013
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Darlene and Donald Graver of Lehighton were the first married couple to become the Lehighton Senior Center's King and Queen of Hearts.

A Lehighton couple who recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary was named the King and Queen of Hearts at the Lehighton Senior Center Valentine party held Thursday at the Lehighton Rec Center.

Darlene and Donald Graver were married on Dec. 21, 1962. They met in high school and married while Donald was serving in the U.S. Navy.

"He pursued me," she said, although he joked that was wrong.

"She chased me," he said. The couple noted that is Donald's personality to joke around.

Friday, February 15, 2013
Floyd "Reds" Kresge

Floyd "Reds" Kresge, a resident at The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated his 92nd birthday on Feb. 9.

Reds is a native of Palmerton having worked as a foreman for the N.J. Zinc Company until his retirement.

He played minor league baseball for a time in the 1940s in Limeport, Pa.

"Back then we got paid $15 a game a lot different than nowadays," Floyd says with a grin.

Friday, February 15, 2013
Muriel Hughes

Muriel Hughes, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, observed her 91st birthday on Feb. 10.

Originally from Slatington, where she lived all her life, Muriel wanted to be a hairdresser, but being one of six children her parents couldn't afford to send her for training. She worked in a garment factory for a few years and later worked at Keystone Lamp in 1939.

When asked how she met her husband, Muriel's smile grew wider.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Clayton and Beatrice Herb of Schuylkill Haven are the state winners of the Longest Married Couple Project, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME). The organization is a faith-based marriage enrichment program.

The Herbs have been married for almost eight decades.

"It is an honor to announce that Clayton and Beatrice are the Longest Married Couple in Pennsylvania for 2013," said Tony and Cathy Witczak of WWME. The couple will be honored by the Marriage Encounter organization on Sunday.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Tracy L. Higley, author of nine novels, will present the keynote speech at the fourth annual Write it Right Writers' Conference, which will be held Saturday, April 20, at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

The conference will provide writers with news on publishing and tips on getting noticed in the writing world. The event is sponsored by the Black Diamond Writers Network.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Melissa L. Alba and Troy C. Kuzmitsky, 878 Ringtown Road, Zion Grove, North Union Township.

Jessica A. Bralczyk and Jon-Scott Kraus, 48 S. Kennedy Drive, McAdoo.

Amy M. Sotak and Eric R. Ryder, 116 Green St., Brockton, Schuylkill Township.

Friday, February 15, 2013

William Keith Frohnheiser Jr. and Sheryl Lynne Williams, 889 N. First St., Lehighton.

David John Rizzo and Mary Eileen Fretz, 182 Cold Springs Drive, Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Of the approximately 3.2 million Girl Scouts in the United States, only 5 percent have earned the Gold Award.

But four members of Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 1229 of Barnesville, led by Allyn Starry and Audrey Christ, devoted their time, work, and skills to Gold Award projects whose impacts will resonate through lifetimes.

They are the first of the troop to earn the award.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Denae Starry

Denae Starry, 17, is the daughter of Allyn and Dennis Starry of Hometown. Denae taught an elementary level after-school art class, and painted a mural in her church.

"I taught art classes for children at Tamaqua Area Elementary School for nine weeks, then, at the end, it culminated in an art show," she says.

She taught the art classes once a week, and held the art show in the spring. The show, held in the school lobby, featured the students' works, which ranged from paintings to clay.