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Thursday, July 12, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley High School Class of 1987 hosted its 25-year reunion on June 9 at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville. Classmates attending included, front row from left, Chris Aungst and Mary Kelly Reese Aungst. Second row Amy Toniatti Blasko, Suzanne Sommers Milkowich, Brian Ouly, Christine Fritzinger Chinchar, Tammy Smith Faenza, Cindy Macalush and Mary McLaughlin.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lauren Daderko Buscher sits outside of her mother's Lansford home. She is now a successful businesswoman living in California, but just a few years ago was struggling to overcome an addiction to heroin.

When you speak with Lauren Daderko Buscher, her smile lights up a room.

On the surface, Buscher could be considered a successful young woman. Just 35, she owns Body Rehab, a nutrition, fitness and boot camp business in California. She is also a newlywed with an adorable 7-month-old son.

What you won't see is the Lansford native's uphill battle for this successful life. Buscher overcame a long-term addiction to drugs and alcohol. She has been sober and drug-free for five years.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

If you believe that a family member has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you're not alone. In the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly one in 11 Americans reported using illegal drugs in the past month. That's an estimated 22.6 million people admitting to drug abuse.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ÿ Problems at school or work

Ÿ Trouble thinking clearly, remembering or paying attention

Ÿ Poor social behavior or isolation

Ÿ Lack of energy or motivation

Ÿ Drastic changes in behavior or friends

Ÿ Missing items or money

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse

For help in our area, call the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Referral agency: (888) 824-3578; Carbon County office: (610) 377-5099

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Julie Del Priore, coupon queen, and the Tamaqua Salvation Army will once again combine forces to provide a "shop smart" workshop focusing on the ins and outs of couponing. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m., July 10 at 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. She will offer tips on combining coupons with in-store sales events, stockpiling, store reward programs, bulk shopping versus coupon shopping and ways to spot the best deals. The program is provided as a free ministry, but participants are welcome to bring a canned good donation for the Salvation Army's food pantry.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Angela M. Perla and Darrell L. Flack Jr., 202 Broad St., Tamaqua.

Shannon K. Sekellick and Matthew R. Gibas, 80 Silver Creek Road, New Philadelphia.

Tina M. Weidenhammer and Michael J. Whah, 33 Center St., Kelayres, Kline Township.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Tim Magarelli and Kelli Rickert

The engagement of Kelli Rickert to Tim Magarelli, both of Lehighton, has been announced by the couple.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lorie and Randy Rickert of Lehighton.

She is a 2008 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, and a 2012 graduate of Cedar Crest College.

She is employed at Intertek.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Gary and Nancy Dietz of Palmerton and Salvatore Magarelli of Long Island, N.Y. He is a 2004 graduate of Carbon County VoTech.

He is employed by PPL.

A wedding is planned for June 8, 2013.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Bach and Handel Chorale, located in historic Jim Thorpe, is auditioning pianists to accompany its rehearsals and some performances.

Those who are interested are asked to send a letter of inquiry to the chorale office, Attention Maestro Randall D. Perry, 810 Carbon Ave., Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.

The successful candidate must be available for all rehearsals, have knowledge of playing reduced orchestrations of Bach and Handel works, and be directly responsible to the conductor.

The practice year begins Aug. 27, so earliest application is recommended.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Anyone interested in helping plan a "get together" of the Lehighton Area High School class of 1954 is invited to meet at the Community Grove pavilion at 6 p.m. today (Tuesday).

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sara Hodon of Coaldale and Frank Karnish of Summit Hill have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Meryl Hodon, Weatherly, and the late William Hodon. She is a graduate of Panther Valley High School and has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Lebanon Valley College.

She is a candidate for a master of arts in English at Kutztown University.

She is employed as the academic affairs adviser at Triangle Tech in Bethlehem, and is an adjunct instructor of English at Lehigh Carbon Community College.