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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter is collecting new and gently-used prom and wedding dresses for its annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale. They are also collecting accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes.

Items can be dropped off at Blue Ridge Communications offices in Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford and Lehighton until March 14.

The Prom and Wedding Dress Sale will take place from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. Dress prices will start at $10 and everything will be cash only.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Bartholomew

Denise Drosdak, daughter of Joseph and Joanne Drosdak of Nesquehoning, and Aaron Bartholomew, son of Fred and Kathy Bartholomew of Coopersburg, were united in marriage Oct. 15, 2011 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in New Cumberland, Pa.

The Rev. Michael McFadden officiated the double ring ceremony. Ed Smith was the organist.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Nadia Gauronsky, Parryville, to be her maid of honor.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Ryan Vincenzo Geronimo

A son, Ryan Vincenzo Geronimo, was born at 10:36 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2012 at Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville, to Sarah A. and Vito Geronimo of Tamaqua.

He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed home by his older sister, Adrianna, who is 3 1/2 years old.

Maternal grandparents are Mary DeWitt of Denver, Pa., and the late Franklin DeWitt.

Paternal grandmother is Maria Geronimo of Tamaqua.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Nicole Yeastedt and Christopher D'Emilio

Ann and Michael Yeastedt of Jim Thorpe have announced the engagement of their daughter, Nicole, to Christopher D'Emilio of Bethlehem, son of Patricia and Michael D'Emilio of Northampton.

The bride-to-be is a 2002 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in English and communications in 2006 from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in curriculum and instructions in 2010 from Moravian College, Bethlehem.

She is employed as an English teacher at Liberty High School, Bethlehem.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jessica L. Duda and Christopher Schaefer, 408 Hazle St., Tamaqua.

Barbara M. Sherman and David S. Zeller, 1520 Penn Drive, Andreas, West Penn Township.

Tara L. Lucas and Derek J. Jones, 530 McIntosh Lane, Andreas, West Penn Township.

Debra A. Daskus and Brian E. Neiswender, 117 Coal St., Cumbola, Blythe Township.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Aaron Timothy Quiggle, 40 Hillary Drive, White Haven, and Nicole Anne Petrone, 305 First St., Weatherly.

Teudy Yoel Hernandez Nieve and Daynara Calcano, 609 Seybert St., Hazleton.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award-wining African artist and Arts Ambassador for Nigeria to the United Nations Ibiyinka Alao with his painting The Eagle. Alao 's exhibition, Eternity in Our Hearts opens Feb. 21 at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

'Eternity in Our Hearts,' an exhibition of paintings by award-winning African artist and Arts Ambassador for Nigeria to the United Nations, Ibiyinka Alao, opens Feb. 21 in the ballroom of the Mauch Chunk Museum.

The exhibition, which will run for two to three weeks, is free to the public and is open during regular museum hours, which may be extended during the exhibit.

The exhibition will draw from the 80-piece collection of Alao's works, a selection that blends African themes in an often dreamlike landscape, rendered with architectural precision.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer's assisted-living facility, shares a light moment with resident Catherine Peake recently. Dementia can sneak up on families because its sufferers are pretty adept at covering lapses early on, longer if their spouses are there to compensate. Specialists are pushing for the first National Alzheimer's Plan to help overcome this barrier to detection.

WASHINGTON (AP) Alexis McKenzie's mother had mild dementia, but things sounded OK when she phoned home: Dad was with her, finishing his wife's sentences as they talked about puttering through the day and a drive to the store.

Then their phone service was cut off. "I mailed that check," McKenzie's father insisted. No, he'd mailed the phone company a bank deposit slip instead. McKenzie visited and discovered spoiling food. Dad the caregiver was in trouble, too.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

(This is the second of two columns on hearing aids.)

About one in three Americans over 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid uses one.

Hearing aids have a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. Sound is received by the microphone, which converts the sound waves to electrical signals and sends them to an amplifier. The amplifier boosts the signals and then sends them to the ear through a speaker.

Monday, February 6, 2012
AP Photo/Alex Brandon Aden Halpern, 12, left, with the help of Alessandra Brown 7, both from Philadelphia, places a wreath on the head of the bronze statue of Charles Dickens as they celebrate Dickens' 200th birthday in Clark Park Sunday in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia public library and Friends of Clark Park are among numerous groups worldwide celebrating the novelist's 200th birthday. He was born in Portsmouth, England, on Feb. 7, 1812.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Past the glass case containing sketches for his novel "Oliver Twist," beyond the handwritten letter to his publisher about Little Nell, and away from the first published installments of "Hard Times" sits Charles Dickens' pet bird.

The carefully preserved and stuffed raven named Grip later the inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem is perhaps the quirkiest part of the Philadelphia public library's valuable Dickens collection, now on display to celebrate his bicentennial.