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Friday, May 11, 2012
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The Panther Valley High School Chorus presented several musical selections for the annual Spring Concert directed by Miriam Hoffer. Now is the Month of

Maying, What a Wonderful World, The Lazy Song, and Firework were sung by the entire chorus. This was followed by solos by high school and middle school

students. The Intermediate Chorus sang Sing for the Red, White and Blue which included several patriotic songs. The

Panther Valley Chorus Concert was held in the high school auditorium with both high school and intermediate choruses participating under the direction of

Friday, May 11, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

One hundred forty-two nurses and other medical staff who serve Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses were recently honored for their dedication to each patient that enters the hospitals.

During the eighth annual Blue Mountain Health System Employee Recognition Awards ceremonies, held May 10 at both campuses, administration honored the men and women with years of service awards; nursing excellence awards; ancillary, business and support staff awards; and the highest award, the Blue Ribbon Service Excellence Awards.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jason Michael Martz and Tiffany Marie Smith, 25 Raymond St., Lehighton.

Mark Edward Rawlins Jr. and Leann Marie Bunch, 35 Sambrooke Circle, Lehighton.

Harley Christopher Welch, 3393 State St., White Haven, and Shannon Mary O'Connor, 104 E. Main St., Weatherly.

Douglas Alexander Paton Jr. and Kellie Marie Hibbard, 33 E. Amidon St., Summit Hill.

John Thomas Pruitte Jr. and Jessica Marie Leslie, 109 North St., Jim Thorpe.

Charles Herbert Field III, 214 E. Ludlow St., Summit Hill, and Kayla Marie Pecha, 11 Little Flower Ave., Nesquehoning.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System will hold its 23rd Annual Children's Health Fair on Friday, May 18, at the Lehighton Recreation Center, Eighth and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Three 1.5-hour sessions will be available to students: 9-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m., and 12:30-2 p.m.

This year's theme is "Holidays!"

The fair is geared toward students in grades kindergarten through second; however, individuals with younger children are welcome to attend.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Landon John Schrantz

SCHRANTZ A son, Landon John Schrantz, was born at 5:26 p.m. March 27, 2012 at St. Luke's Allentown, to Kristen and Eric Schrantz of Jim Thorpe.

He weighed 8 pounds, and measured 21 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed home by his big brother, Brody, who is 3 years old.

Maternal grandparents are John and Gloria Otto of Jim Thorpe.

Paternal grandparents are Ed and Alicia Lewis of Jim Thorpe, and the late Carl Schrantz.

Maternal great-grandparents are Jackie and Claudine Otto of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton, in the community room.

Women who have been diagnosed with cancer are invited to attend for the purpose of mutual support in a friendly atmosphere. Call Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 for more information.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Nesgoda

Sarah Ann Swankoski, Coaldale, and Stephen Michael Nesgoda, Summit Hill, were united in marriage on Nov. 5, 2011 at St. Katharine Drexel Roman Catholic Church, Lansford.

The Rev. Kenneth Medve officiated the double ring ceremony. Jeana DePuy was the organist. Deacon Leonard Kassik, Hazleton, was the vocalist.

The daughter of Raymond and Patricia Swankoski, Coaldale, the bride was given in marriage by her father. She chose her sister, Beth Swankoski of Coaldale, to be her maid of honor.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

An announcement has been made of the engagement of Tammy Schock of Tamaqua and Jesse Stine of New Ringgold.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Howard Startzel Sr. of Tamaqua and the late Catherine Startzel. A graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, she is employed by Independent Living Services, Tamaqua, as a personal care associate.

Her fiance is the son of John Wojick of Reading and the late Paul and Pat Stine of Grier City. A graduate of Pottsville Area High School, he is employed as a landscaping specialist.

No date has been set for the wedding.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Casey J. Stephens and Barry N. Lutz Jr., 183 Claremont Ave., Tamaqua.

Rebecca L.P. Morgan and William D. Weist Jr., 520 W. Spring St., Frackville.

Rose M. Holland, 24 S. Logan St., McAdoo, and Jason D. McGlone, rear 24 Logan St., McAdoo.

Elizabeth Northey, 518 W. Spruce St., Mahanoy City, and John P. Lavin Jr., 271 Mount Olive Blvd., Shenandoah.

Tiffany A. Welch and Joseph M. Merenda Jr., 136 Grove St., McAdoo.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Jamie Steigerwalt and Sjaun Lobdell

Kim and John Szacska of Lehighton have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Steigerwalt, to Sjaun Lobdell, son of Eugene and Patricia Lobdell of Deposit, N.Y.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Moravian College. She currently teaches seventh grade math at Nazareth Area Middle School.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Valley Forge Christian College and currently works as an IT professional at the Linde Group.

A November wedding is planned.