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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sweet smooch

Shannon Serfass caught this candid moment of her tender tots as her son, Bradley, 3 gave his sister, Brooke, 1, a sweet smooch as they were walking in a field on their farm. "I caught this picture just in time. I didn't even ask them to do this," she says. They are the Grandest Kids of Mammy and Pappy, (Winnie and Stephen Serfass of Kunkletown) and Nona, (Darlene Mosteller of Jim Thorpe.) They are also the Great-Grandest Kids of Great-Grandpappy, (John Serfass of Kunkletown.) Bradley loves his tractors and being outdoors. Brooke loves her doll babies and coloring.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bariexca

Erin Elizabeth O'Gurek, daughter of William and Siobhan O'Gurek of Summit Hill, became the bride of Stephen Bariexca, son of Stephen Jr. and Gail Bariexca of Summit, N.J., during a Mass and wedding ceremony held on June 18, 2011 at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church of the campus of Villanova University, Montgomery County. The Rev. David Cregan officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Samantha M. Powanda, 212 Pioneer Road, Shenandoah, and Shawn A. Drogus, 273 Lehigh St., Cumbola, Blythe Township.

Wendy R. Bednar, 741 State Road, Barnesville, and John J. Demjanick III, 186 Orient St., Bayonne, N.J.

Tracy L. Brown and Dujuan W. Sylvester, 315 S. Hancock St., McAdoo.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Q. I'm having trouble sleeping and don't want to take pills. Do you have any suggestions?

Here are some pointers to help you get better sleep:

Ÿ Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This will keep you in sync with your body's internal rhythm, which is affected by sunlight.

Ÿ Try to get some natural light in the afternoon each day.

Ÿ Don't nap too much.

Ÿ Exercise daily, but finish your workout at least three hours before bedtime.

Ÿ Don't drink beverages with caffeine late in the day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck and members of the Nesquehoning Junior Recreation Committee met on Monday to prepare fruit and candy bags for homebound elderly residents of Nesquehoning. The JRC has been assembling baskets for the seniors for the past four years. Holding the prepared bags are, front row from left, Madison Heckman, Alexis Cooper and Jacob Taras. Back row, Samantha Zlock, Kelsey Van Horn, Megan Heckman, Richelle Van Horn and Jordan Devitt. The group prepared 25 baskets that will be taken to the Panther Valley Senior Center today for distribution.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Blanche Garrett

Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, will celebrate her 91st birthday on Nov. 26.

Born in Nesquehoning in 1920, Blanche has also resided in Jim Thorpe; Lansford; Lake Harmony; Stratford, N.J.; and Summit Hill.

After graduating from Summit Hill High School in 1938, Blanche attended tech school in Jim Thorpe and trained to be a hair dresser.

She was married to Edward M. Jones for 40 years prior to his death in 1977, and to Russell Warren Garrett for two years prior to his death in 1998.

Monday, November 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1946 held its 65th anniversary reunion on Oct. 15, at the Top of the 80's in Hazleton. Welcoming remarks were made by Herb Curvey, while Floyd Zimmerman offered the invocation and benediction. A moment of silence was held in memory of the 73 deceased class members, whose names were read aloud by Irene Billman. Jean Hochstetter Tonkin provided the treasurer's report. The class discussed the scholarship award that was established in 1999.

Monday, November 21, 2011
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Josephine (Smith) Holman, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, celebrated her 92nd birthday on Nov. 16.

Born in Yorkshire England in 1919, Josephine has also resided in Clearwater, Fla.; Virginia; Willow Grove, Pa.; Freeland; Sandy Run; Hazleton; and Weatherly over the years.

Josephine was married to her husband William for 62 years, until his death in 2002. She has a son, William Holman Jr., who resides in Willow Grove and a daughter, Nancy Shaw, who resided in Hartford, Conn. prior to her death in 2003.

Monday, November 21, 2011
Faith Faust

Faith Faust, a resident of Heritage Hill, recently celebrated her 94th birthday. She was born in Plymouth, Pa. on Nov. 20, 1917.

She spent her early years at Scales Siding near White Haven and attended a one-room schoolhouse there. She later attended Ripples School and graduated from Foster High School.

After high school Faith met the man she would later marry, Robert C. Faust. They courted until "Bob" returned from World War II and were married on May 1, 1946. They have been married for 65 years.

Monday, November 21, 2011
Ardie Helmer

Ardie Helmer, a resident of The Village in Palmerton, celebrated his 96th birthday recently. He was born on Nov. 10, 1915. A family party was held to mark this special occasion.

Ardie has three children, Linda, wife of David Bergey of Ambler, Pa.; Bill, husband of Barbara Helmer of Phillipsburg, N.J.; and David, husband of Carol Helmer of Lehighton.

He also has three grandchildren, Chad, husband of Jennifer Helmer of Allentown; Mark Bergey of Ohio; and Susan Bergey of New Jersey. Ardie also has a great-grandson, Sean Helmer.