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Friday, September 23, 2011
Jason Comisac and Amanda Sweeney

Susie and Bud Comisac of Tamaqua have announced the engagement of their son, Jason Comisac, to Amanda Sweeney of Hazleton, daughter of Cathy Sweeney of Hazleton and Thomas Sweeney of Forest Hill, Md.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in business management. She is employed as a general manager at a restaurant.

The prospective bridegroom is employed as a corrections officer.

A June 16, 2012 wedding is being planned.

Friday, September 23, 2011
Matthew Adam Steinmetz Jr.

A son, Matthew Adam Steinmetz Jr., was born at 9:31 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2011 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Belinda Heller and Matthew Steinmetz of Palmerton.

He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

The new baby has four siblings: Dylan Berryman, 13; Alyx Berryman, 11; Makayla Smale, 9; and Marissa Steinmetz, 7.

Maternal grandparents are Al and Sandy Heller of Mertztown.

Paternal grandparents are Paul and Ann Steinmetz of Lehighton.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1957 will meet at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 26, at the home of Carolyn Meder Buzzard in Bethlehem. The group will discuss plans for a 55-year anniversary reunion, to be held in 2012.

All class members are welcome to attend.

For more information, or directions, call Carolyn at (610) 691-6203 or John and Betty Lezousky at (610) 767-2700.

Friday, September 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Student Council members and class officers at Marian High School include, front row from left, Stephen Valente, Joanna Butala, Anthony Damiano and Anthony Pilla. Second row, Deborah Coles, adviser; Emily Burger; Thomas Hagenbuch; Katie Smulligan; Nicole Bechtel; Logan Rutch and Brendan McGowan. Third row, Jordan Weber and Philip Schron. Fourth row, Nicole Collevechio, Mary Kate Sherkness, Nicholas Kweder, Molly Balliet, Dylan Quirk and Jessica Horlacher. Fifth row, Ashton Galasso, Alyssa Wagner, Mary Susan McAndrew, Kassandra Mantz, Amanda Srinivasan and Arianna Srinivasan.

The 2011-2012 Marian Catholic Student Council was inducted at a special Student Council Mass held recently at the high school.

Inducted into Student Council were Anthony Pilla, president; Anthony Damiano, vice president; Joanna Butala, secretary; and Stephen Valente, treasurer.

In additions, class officers are:

Seniors: Logan Rutch, president; Katie Smulligan, vice president; Nicole Bechtel, secretary-treasurer.

Juniors: Jessica Horlacher, president; Dylan Quirk, vice president; Nicole Collevechio, secretary-treasurer.

Friday, September 23, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bonner

Erin Shober, daughter of James and Ann Shober of Summit Hill, and Terry Bonner, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bonner of Nesquehoning, were united in marriage on June 11, 2011 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton.

The Honorable Thomas Branca was the officiant. The Valley String Trio provided music for the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose her sister, Jennifer Steigerwalt of Andreas, as her maid of honor.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hafer of Tamaqua

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hafer of Tamaqua celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 15. An anniversary party was held at the Knights of Columbus Social Hall in Seek, with more than 50 people in attendance.

Mrs. Hafer is the former Jean Fisher, daughter of the late Oswald and Nellie Fisher of Tamaqua.

Mr. Hafer is the son of the late Raymond and Esther Hafer of the Lewistown Valley. He is retired from Western Electric, Allentown.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kabana

Lawrence and Nancy (Wolfe) Kabana, Tamaqua, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married, Sept. 16, 1961 in St. Bertha's Catholic Church, Tuscarora by the Rev. Charles McNulty.

The best man was the late Stephen Kabana and the late Marie Weiss was the maid of honor.

Nancy is the daughter of the late Carl and Fannie (Hosler) Wolfe. Lawrence is the son of the late John and Helen (Starry) Kabana.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shane David Schirer and Ashley Lynn Yurick, 38 E. Fell St., Summit Hill.

Richard Lee Blair and Jinmei Zhao, 33 Carbon St., Weatherly.

Derek Bruce Wilkinson, 266 Hida Lane, Lehighton, and Brittney Mae Nace, 323 W. Lizard Creek Rd., Lehighton.

Jerome Michael Frets and Danielle Marie Cunningham, 239 W. Howard Ave., Coaldale.

William Clinton Jones Jr. and Sherry Ann Fisher, 100 E. Diaz Ave., Nesquehoning.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Herbie Welsh

Mr. and Mrs. Herbie Welsh of West Penn Township are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 23, 1961 at St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Tamaqua.

Mrs. Welsh is the former Annetta Lisciana, daughter of the late Peter and Josephine (Sozio) Lisciana of Tamaqua.

Mr. Welsh is the son of the late Herbert and Kathryn (Hoffman) Welsh of Tamaqua.

They have one child, Michelle Stelmack, wife of Mark Stelmack of New Tripoli. They have two grandsons, Kyle, a junior at Pitt University; and Tyler, a student at Northwestern High School.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, Randy Smith, left, and Ronald Sheehan, right, delivered new dictionaries to third grade students of the Jim Thorpe Area School District. Third grade students are, from left, Aiden Marzen, Jason Bowen, Trista Gehris, John Toohey, and Thomas Kenny.

Third Grade students at the Penn Kidder and L.B. Morris Elementary Schools and St. Joseph Regional Academy received new dictionaries on Tuesday, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe.

The club has been participating in a nationwide program know as "The Dictionary Project" since 2003. This year, Rotarians will give 216 dictionaries to third graders in Jim Thorpe. To date, the club has distributed 1,758 dictionaries.