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Friday, October 21, 2011
ABOVE: St. Luke's Breast Cancer Awareness Committee members, Sharon Oravec, far left, Anita Hiles, second from right, and Barbara Porambo, far right, with Andrea J. Smith, the speaker for the annual BCA luncheon. LEFT: Smith, a genetic counselor, spoke to approximately 50 attendees at the 13th annual St. Luke's Breast Cancer Awareness tea.

As part of its continued effort to promote awareness and educate the community about breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Awareness committee of St. Luke's Miners Hospital held its annual tea at Macaluso's at the Lantern Inn in Nesquehoning on Sunday.

About 50 women attended the tea as well as a presentation given by Andrea J. Smith, MS, CGC.

Smith, a certified genetic counselor with St. Luke's Family Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, spoke to the attendees on the topic of "Genetics and Breast Cancer: How Does Family Affect Risk?"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

When her youngest son, Robby Ellis-Williams, was just 4 months old, Holly Ellis learned about a program that would benefit her child in the most unlikely ways.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Over the last year, Robby Ellis-Williams began preparing for kindergarten.

With the help of Chris Frantz, a Kindergarten SHINE home visitor, as well as his family, he practiced his letter and number recognition, printing his name and more.

By the time school began in August, Robby knew the sounds each letter made, could identify numbers and printed his name with ease. He also had an imagination for telling stories and working with props to convey a message.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What would you do to help children "shine"?

Would you continue their education after classroom instruction ended and help them build social skills through hands-on activities after school?

Would you raise the bar on your teaching skills and think outside the box?

Would you go into your students' homes during the summer to continue teaching and addressing their needs?

Would you challenge the child's parents to become a teacher outside of their student's classroom?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paul Sheckler, member of Palmerton High School Class of 1955 and Penn State Class of 1960, will discuss and read from his novel, "The Hawk Knows," at Palmerton Area Library at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 21.

The book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and AuthorHouse websites, as well as at the reading. Sheckler, who resides in California, is hoping former classmates will attend.

"The Hawk Knows" centers around a Ponzi Scheme in real estate and is set in Arizona during the financial debacles of 2007-2008.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Ryder Matthew Croizier

A son, Ryder Matthew Croizier, was born at 11:13 a.m. on July 25, 2011 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Megan and Jeremiah Croizier of Lehighton.

He weighed 7.1 pounds and measured 19 inches long. He was welcomed home by an older brother Lukas, who is almost 3 years old.

Maternal grandparents are Francis "Luke" and Barbara Lukasevich of Jim Thorpe.

Paternal grandparents are Michael and Bonnie Croizier of Wescosville.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Q. Does massage do anything besides make you feel relaxed?

Massage therapy or simply massage was first employed thousands of years ago. Ancient writings include references to massage in Greece, Japan, China, Egypt and the Indian subcontinent.

Massage first became popular in the United States during the 19th century. In the middle of the 20th century, advances in medicine overshadowed massage treatment. Then, massage started a revival in the 1970s.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The engagement of Jennifer Fink-Davila of Lehighton, to Steve Carrigan, also of Lehighton, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Carol and Walter Fink of Orefield. She is a graduate of Parkland High School.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Janet Conner of Weissport and Steve Carrigan of Lehighton. He is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

A wedding is planned for Dec. 10, 2011.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Kristopher Kromer

Amanda Frey, daughter of Robert and Lisa Frey of Kunkletown, became the bride of Kristopher Kromer of Walnutport, on Aug. 6, 2011, in Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Palmerton. The Rev. Sharon Temple officiated the double ring ceremony. Ellen Erb was the organist.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Jennifer Lesher of Palmerton as the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Jenna Smith of Palmerton; Stephanie Kresge of Kutztown; Jessica McKoy of Catonsville, Md.; Karen Kuhl of Macungie; and Lisa Larson of White Plains, N.Y. Hannah Wargo of Allentown was the flower girl.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sonia Enair, 190 Melrose St., Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada, and Leandro U. Hughes Jr., 28 S. Logan St., McAdoo.

Tamara L. Lorimer, 214 New Philadelphia Road, New Philadelphia, and Brandon C. Yoder, 704 Forest Lane, Pottsville.