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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Brad Klatka and Shawna Lizbinski

The engagement of Shawna Lizbinski of Drums to Brad Klatka, also of Drums, has been announced by his parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Richards of Berwick, and Robert Yeagle of Lamar, Pa.

She is a 2004 graduate of Misericordia University where she earned a degree in business administration/marketing.

She is currently employed by Network Solutions, Drums, in the quality assurance department.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
Ted Oberg and Rachel Holmberg

The engagement of Rachel Holmberg to Ted Oberg, both of Shavertown, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Joseph and Deborah Holmberg of Tamaqua. She graduated from Tamaqua Area High School in 2003.

In 2007 she graduated from Misericordia University with a bachelor of science in sport management, and in 2010 she earned a master of business administration from Misericordia.

She has been employed at Misericordia University as a senior admissions counselor since 2007.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1996 will host its 15-year reunion at 1 p.m. on Aug. 27 at Lake Hauto Crescent Beach.

There is a fee to attend and reservations and payment must be made by Aug. 13.

For more information, contact Susie Kane Semuta at (570) 669-6453; via email at susiek420@hotmail.com; or by mail at P.O. Box 74, Nesquehoning, PA 18240-0074.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The 50-year reunion of the Pleasant Valley High School Class of 1961 will take place on Aug. 27.

For class members of any years as well as graduates, the reunion committee hopes to hear from all as soon as possible.

Contact Adele at (570) 629-5718 or arargot@verizon.net; Marla (Kresge) Boeman at marlaboeman@gmail.com; or Rebecca (Doney) Rowe at beckyrow@tampabay.rr.com

The date was chosen so that class members, coming from out of the area, could also attend the West End Fair that begins that weekend.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dianne C. Beanne and David J. Grady Sr., 279 Trout Run Road, Zion Grove.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
Brian Mitchell Mriss

A son, Brian Mitchell Mriss, was born to Patrick and Dawn Mriss of Lehighton at 6:52 a.m., on July 9, 2011.

Born in Lehigh Valley Hospital, he weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Paul and Vicky Kocher of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Paul and RuthAnn Mriss, also of Lehighton.

The new bundle of joy has one big sister, Brynn Mriss, 2 1/2.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Titus

Thomas and Mary (Fedorick) Titus, Weatherly, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The couple was married on July 29, 1961 by the late Rev. Alfred G. Sandrock in St. Matthew's United Church of Christ, Weatherly. William Titus was the best man, and Joannie Howser was the maid of honor.

Mrs. Titus is the daughter of the late Vincent and June (Fisher) Fedorick. She worked as a seamstress at Morgan Knitting Mills in Hometown.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Anita Shapolsky, far left, judge of the Art Marathon and founder of the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, with Emily Oldt, winner of the Youth Most Original category; Mary Harris, winner of the Adult Best in Show category; and Michael DiPrinzio, winner of the Adult Most Original category. In front is 7-year-old Cody Meckes, winner of the Best of Show in the Youth Category.

Seven-year-old Cody Meckes of Penn Forest Township is definitely showing promise as he, for the second year, took home a major award, in this second year of the Art Marathon at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation in Jim Thorpe.

Meckes' untitled abstract painting won the Best of Show in the Youth Category. Last year Meckes received the top prize in the Most Original Overall category with an abstract painting depicting bottles of soda and iced tea on a brick.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
PHOTOS COURTESY OF BIANCA TANG Cupcake enthusiast Bianca Tang baked a batch of rainbow cupcakes, an idea she found on a blog. The batter is divided into separate bowls and colored a different shade of the rainbow. The different colors are then layered together to create a rainbow effect.

They're taking over television, bake shops, blogs, cookbooks and even weddings.

Cupcakes are everywhere.

The cupcake trend that started in the early 2000s is now hotter than ever. In fact, thefoodchannel.com lists cupcakes as the hottest mainstream trend for desserts in 2011. Like it or not, the cupcake is everywhere.

Despite the growing trend, the cupcake is nothing new. In fact, a recipe for a cupcake can be found in a 1796 cookbook called "American Cookery," by Amelia Simmons.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
@$:Chef Emeril Lagasse speaks to the media at a preview luncheon in June at his newest restaurant, Emeril's Italian Table, at The Sands Casino in Bethlehem. Hallmark Channel recently announced the iconic chef will star in a new daytime television show, "Emeril's Table," scheduled to debut Sept. 26.

Hallmark Channel's new daytime entry, "Emeril's Table," featuring Chef Emeril Lagasse, will debut Monday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m.

The announcement was made last week at the annual gathering of television critics in Los Angeles.

A culinary icon whose warm take on food television has been followed by adoring fans of all ages, Lagasse's new series (the newest addition to the Hallmark Home branded block of originals) is a celebration of family and friends around the dinner table.