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Friday, November 25, 2011
Mark Bower and Kristy Borger

The engagement of Kristy Borger, Kunkletown, to Mark Bower, also of Kunkletown, has been announced by her parents, Gary and Perma Borger of Kunkletown.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School.

She earned a bachelor of arts in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice and social work from East Stroudsburg University.

She is employed by Sanofi Pasteur.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Maureen and George Bower of West Deptford, N.J. He is a 2005 graduate of West Deptford High School in New Jersey.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Brian Edward Hawk and Rebecca Kim Zerfuss, 803 Lehigh St., Jim Thorpe.

William John Kattner Jr., 399 Court St., Lehighton, and Rachael Jewel Zigarski, 1102 Bridge St., Lehighton.

Anatoli Kotow, 124 Ginsberg Circle, Albrightsville, and Kortney Jade Clause, 101 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton.

Richard James Davidson III and Jennifer Ann Rupert, 3984 Forest Inn Rd., Aquashicola.

Christopher Todd Ritter and Jennifer Ann Stermer, 105 Dead End Lane, Lehighton.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Preparing to sing a song of Thanksgiving are, from left, Julia Smith, Jesse Waksmunski, Grace Gruber, Timothy Arace and Paige Reph.

Dressed as Pilgrims and Indians, students at Jack and Jill Preschool, Lehighton, celebrated the goodness of Thanksgiving on Tuesday, with songs and homemade treats for their families.

It was the 25th year for the annual event. Some of the songs the 4- and 5-year-olds sang included "Albuquerque is a Turkey," "Lord We Thank Thee For This Food," and "If You're Happy and You Know It."

The children's costumes were made by their parents or guardians.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The third annual Breakfast with Santa will take place at Roadies Restaurant at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The event is sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications, Penn's Peak, Roadies Restaurant and Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Breakfast with Santa will benefit children through the local Dream Come True Chapter, with a donation of $1 from every breakfast.

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.