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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Q. Do feet get larger as you age?

Feet get bigger over decades of pounding. Some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years.

Feet flatten out because their supporting tendons and ligaments lose their elasticity. As the tendon along the length of the sole elongates, the arch lowers. Another reason feet enlarge is that the force of your weight thins the fat pads cushioning the bottom of the feet.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford W. Shaffer Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford W. Shaffer Jr. recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Oct. 6, 1962 by the late Rev. Harold Engle in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton.

Mrs. Shaffer is the former Corine Ockenhouse, daughter of the late Kenneth and Carrie Ockenhouse. Her husband is the son of the late Clifford and Pearl Shaffer.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Shaffer was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Company, Bethlehem. Mrs. Shaffer was employed by Maria Rose Company of Palmerton.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Kevin P. Roy and Arlene L. DeCindio

Daniel and Linda DeCindio of Tuscarora have announced the engagement of their daughter, Arlene Lynn DeCindio, to Kevin Patrick Roy, son of Walter and Jeannie Roy of Hampstead, Md.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and the U.S. Naval Academy. Currently on active duty with the U.S. Navy, she is stationed in Virginia.

Her fiance is a graduate of Hereford High School in Maryland. Also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he is currently stationed in Florida.

The couple is planning a June 2013 wedding.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Charlton James Garchinsky

A son, Charlton James Garchinsky, was born at 2:11 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon to Dr. Christopher and Janet Garchinsky of Lebanon.

He weighed 9 pounds and measured 21.5 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed home by his older sisters, Caroline, who is 3, and Maria, who is 2.

Maternal grandparents are Christine and the late James E. Santore of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Richard and Vail Garchinsky of Lebanon.

Monday, October 29, 2012
La Rue Smith

La Rue Smith, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated her 98th birthday. She was born on Oct. 17, 1914.

The daughter of Frank and Rista Strohl, she was born in Aquashicola on her parents' farm, like everyone else at that time. Her mom and dad instilled in her the appreciation of a hard day's work. They had a "truck patch" garden and grew all their own foods.

They raised chickens and pigs and even had a cow for milking. LaRue says that she had to take turns with her sister Pauline milking the cow twice a day.

Monday, October 29, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pumpkin luminaries light Race Street in anticipation of the arrival of Edgar Allan Poe.

As the ticking of the clock approached midnight, a well-known and long dead literary figure appeared on historic Race Street in Jim Thorpe. Elaborately carved jack-o-lanterns lined the alley as Edgar Allan Poe made his way to the Rex House at 29 Race St., for a midnight reading of "The Raven."

Sitting in the drawing room of the Rex House, which is the home of local artist David Watkins Price, the author gave a frightening rendition of his epic poem.

Monday, October 29, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Anna Ogozalek, who turned 101 on Oct. 26, celebrated her milestone birthday with family members on Friday. Helping her to celebrate were the nurses at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, including Tonya Schaffer, CNA, left, and Stacy Engle, LPN.

Anna Ogozalek, formerly of Lansford, celebrated her 101st birthday on Friday. She is currently a guest at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Anna was born Oct. 26, 1911 to the late Joseph and Mary (Kocon) Porambo. She is the oldest of eight children.

She was married to the late Joseph Ogozalek and has three children: son Len Ogozalek, daughter Virginia Clemmer Zabo, and the late Joseph "Buddy" Ogozalek. She also has seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and 27 nieces and nephews.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Zachary Zelinsky celebrated his first birthday with his first trip to the pumpkin patch. He's the cutest one in the patch. He is the Grandest Kid of Bruce and Gail Connell of Palmerton.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Laurie L. Walton, 43 Ryan Ave., Tamaqua, and Nathan W. Oldt, 231 Market St., Tamaqua.

Jolene M. Zelinsky and Frank J. DiMarco, 240 Whitetail Crossing Road, Tamaqua.

Janine M. Moran and Scott D. Hauslyak, 18 Grove St., McAdoo.

Friday, October 26, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Elisa DelGreco, center, blows out the candles on her 103rd birthday cake. Standing are her daughter Maria Leickel, left, and son-in-law William Leickel, both of Slatington. DelGreco currently lives in the Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lehighton.

With a smile and a puff of breath, Elisa DelGreco blew out the candles on her birthday cake. But this wasn't just any cake: It was a celebration of her 103rd birthday.

The oldest child of the late Crescenco and Maria Guiseppa DelGreco, Elisa was born on Oct. 25, 1909 in Zuperelli, Italy. Today she resides in the Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lehighton, where she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and remains fiercely independent.