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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS WowTowel 103 inventor Todd Moore relaxes with his WowTowel and prototype WowBrella at his Albrightsville home.

Todd Moore is on a mission to protect the public from developing melanoma.

Moore is the inventor and entrepreneur of WowTowels, a fledgling company based in his Albrightsville garage. His flagship product, the WowTowel, an oversized 88-inch by 86-inch looped cotton terry towel/beach blanket is already in production.

"A WowTowel is a revolution. It's a change of how we do things," Moore said.

"We can no longer go to the beach and think that we can burn and nothing is going to happen. Melanoma is an issue," he continued. "I've designed the WowTowel with this in mind."

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township, Pa.

Guest speaker will be Jennifer Frey of The Sleep Disorder Center (thesleepdisordercenter.com). Learn about sleep apnea, treatments, and get all your questions answered.

Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. (except for January and February) and are open to patients with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or any similar chronic illness. Friends and relatives are also welcome.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Macalush

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Macalush of Tamaqua recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

They were married on Aug. 19, 1961 at Primitive Methodist Church, Tamaqua, by the Rev. Francis L. Reilly.

Mrs. Macalush is the former Anne Edmonds, daughter of the late Timothy and Verna Edmonds of Tamaqua.

Mr. Macalush is the son of the late Benjamin and Anna Macalush of Nesquehoning.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Reflect and Renew, a Circle of Friends, a Christ-centered support group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Hampton Inn, Franklin Township.

The group, which has been meeting for over five years, is open to all adults and deals with topics ranging from to grief to loneliness and more.

Refreshments served.

To reserve a seat, or for more information, call Ann-Marie at (610) 379-1016.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Q. I'm considering a dental implant for a missing tooth. How reliable are they? Are they expensive?

Dental implants, which started to become accepted in the 1980s, are both reliable and expensive.

Dental implants are among the most successful procedures in dentistry. Studies have shown a five-year success rate of more than 90 percent. After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants still function. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Members of the Tamaqua High School Class of 1961 who attended the recent reunion include: (first row) Barbara Carr Scott, Carolyn Evans Wagner, Charles Roberts, Ann Neifert Kline, Betty Bulavage Slaby, Sandra Yost Ronco, Donna Kellner Chickirda, Bobbie Parfitt Coccio, Norma Hill Conrad, Ruth Kerr, MaryAnn Oertner Ulrich, Nancy Schaeffer Bokeko, Elaine Bradley, Sandra Hoppe Zehner; (second row) Joseph Fether, Dororthy Nortavage Shubeck, June Fiel Fether, Norma Krapf Burke, Peggy Fegley Gertz, Carol Schuetrumpf, Nancy Pluto Moser, Yvonne Balliet Onuscho, Sharon Balliet Hill, Helene Protivak Calabrese, Ruth Miller Schwoyer, Jayne Barron McLaughlin, Sandra Edmonds Boyer, Charles Schimpf; (third row) Judi Pierson Titus, Ruth Wallasea Tomchick, Norma Warne Hyland, Cary Whetstone, R. Thomas Berner, Jay Barthel, Walter Schimpf, Gary Chickirda, David Nahf; (fourth row) Lafay Hope, Barry Cunfer, James Roberts, Marlin Zehner, Gary Keich, Thomas Olson, Michael Shilko, Dale Titus, George Tomchick, Jack Myers, Robert Argust and David Schock.

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1961 celebrated its golden anniversary with activities recently. The 50th anniversary reunion was held Aug. 6 at Genetti's Banquet Hall, Hazleton. The welcoming address and invocation were offered by Bobbie Parfitt Coccio. In addition to a cocktail hour and dinner, DJ Juice provided music for dancing.

Friday, September 2, 2011

ATLANTA (AP) – Half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day and some are downing a lot.

One in 20 people drinks the equivalent of more than four cans of soda each day, even though health officials say sweetened beverages should be limited to less than half a can.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the figures Wednesday in a report said to be the government's first to offer national statistics for both adults and kids.

Friday, September 2, 2011
Kyleigh Rose Mertz

A daughter, Kyleigh Rose Mertz, was born at 6:41 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2011 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Kristen and Lee Mertz Jr. of Palmerton.

She weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 18.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Lee and Joyce Costenbader of Palmerton. Paternal grandparents are Lee and Sheila Mertz of Jim Thorpe.

Friday, September 2, 2011
Amanda Field and Robert Pribila

The engagement of Amanda Field of Summit Hill to Robert Pribila of Hamburg has been announced by the families of the couple.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Charles and Darlene Field of Summit Hill. She is a 2004 graduate of Panther Valley High School and is employed by Elk Lighting, Inc. of Nesquehoning.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Robert and Toni Pribila of Hamburg, and a 2004 graduate of Hamburg High School.

He is employed by Carpenter Technology of Reading.

A wedding is being planned for the fall of 2013.

Friday, September 2, 2011
Marci Andrew and Scott Exner

The engagement of Marci Andrew of Lehighton to Scott Exner of Franklin Township, has been announced by their parents.

The bride to be is a 2003 graduate of Moravian College where she earned a bachelor of arts in psychology.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Thomas and Christine Exner of Franklin Township. In 2004 he earned an associate degree in applied science from Northampton Community College.

He is employed as a service technician at Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Slatington.

A wedding date has been set for July 14, 2012.