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Monday, December 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1971 held its 40th anniversary reunion at the New England Fire Company on Oct. 22.

Friday, December 16, 2011
Above and left, Susan Paul

"Slaves used secret codes and messages in quilts to help each other find the way to freedom," said Susan E. Paul of Minersville, during her informative lecture held recently at the Tamaqua Public Library called "Quilting a Path to Freedom."

Paul, a graduate of Tamaqua High School and teacher by profession, talked about how slaves and members of the Underground Railroad would utilize sewing methods, hidden compartments and messages in quilts, which would communicate coded messages to slaves and helpers concerning what to do on the trip, what to wear and even where to go.

Friday, December 16, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Palmerton High School Class of 1956 gathered for a 55-year reunion on Oct. 8 at the Blue Ridge Country Club. Thirty-three classmates were present. Those attending included, front from left, Lois (Buck) Walton, Joan (Shuster) Turko, Carol (Hahn) Simcoe, Anita (Pelosi) Harry, Mary (Gulla) Haja, Theresa (Hadinger) Kresge and Marlene (Kresge) Greenwood. Second row, George Grohotolski, Ruth (Haydt) Warner, Donna (Wagner) Merkel, Grace (Visnosky) Ashner, Margaret (Griffith) Ward, Alice (Eckhart) Frable, Annette (Halmi) Wargo and Jim Beers.

Friday, December 16, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Winners in the beginner level of the annual holiday ornament contest are, from left, Shayla Conner, third; Alex Hawk, honorable mention; Alianna Hernandez, second; Abigail Hernandez, honorable mention; and Lynea Reiner, first. Missing from the photo is Clara Modica, who received an honorable mention.

The Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Carbon County recently held its annual holiday ornament contest for 4-H members.

Georgia Farrow, program assistant and youth development/4-H, said this is the 12th year the extension has held the contest.

She noted that one of the reasons the extension office sponsors the annual contest is to bring awareness to the Christmas tree industry, which is one of the leading agricultural industries in the county.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Pacitti

Carla Baran, daughter of Gregg and Cleo Baran of Tamaqua, and Joseph R. Pacitti, son of Joseph M. Pacitti and Christine Pacitti, and the late Patricia Ann Pacitti of Barto, Pa., were united in marriage on July 2, 2011 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Bethlehem.

The double ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. George Dimopoulos and the Rev. Nicholas Palis. The string duo of Ryan Stewart and Ian Karraker performed for the ceremony.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Michael Gauriloff and Brittany O'Keefe

The engagement of Brittany O'Keefe, Mahopac, N.Y., to Michael Gauriloff, also of Mahopac, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard O'Keefe of Mahopac. She is a 2003 graduate of Mahopac High School and received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Hartford in 2007. She is currently employed as a milieu manager at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, N.Y.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gauriloff of Lehighton, formerly of Middletown, N.Y.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A son, Gunnar James Wentz, was born at 12:16 p.m. Nov. 18, 2011 at St. Luke's, Allentown, to Kimberly and Corey Wentz of Palmerton. He weighed 3 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his older sister, Cora Audrey, 5, and his half-sister Alyssa Marie, 16.

Maternal grandparents are Mary Ann Berger, Bowmanstown, and the late Terry James Berger.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wentz Jr.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Kristy Rodgers and Tyler Berger

Kristy Rodgers and Tyler Berger, both of Lehighton, has announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Allison and Jeff Adams and Will Rodgers, all of Jim Thorpe. She is employed by The ReDCo Group.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Duane and Koriena Berger of Lehighton. He is employed by J&R Slaw.

A June 9, 2012 wedding is being planned.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School Art Seminar students will host an art sale Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in the school gymnasium, in conjunction with the holiday music program. Showcasing some of the artwork are, seated left to right, Adriana Scherer and Olivia Hine. Standing are Marissa Freeby, Madison Teno, Jenna Beck, Alyssa Jordan and LAMS art teacher Diane Micheletti.

Lehighton Area Middle School Art Seminar students will host an art sale on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6-8 p.m. in the school gymnasium, in conjunction with the holiday music program.

It will be open during the performances.

All proceeds from this inaugural art sale will benefit the students' spring field trip to The Banana Factory a visual arts and education campus in Bethlehem.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Brenda E. Hanlon and Michael D. Hannock, 94 Grier Ave., Barnesville.

Diane M. Moran and Gary Forster, 189 Hillside Lane, New Ringgold.

Louise J. Steele and Raymond H. Jelley, 168 Lincoln Drive, Tamaqua.