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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Allen

Karli I. Thomas, daughter of Jeff and Renee Thomas of Jim Thorpe, and Rudy Allen, son of Rudy and Rita Allen of Winchester, Va. were united in marriage on Aug. 12, 2013, in a double ring ceremony at Valerie Hill Vineyard, Stephens City, Va.

The ceremony was officiated by Justice of the Peace Diane D. Cleveland.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Following the ceremony, the couple welcomed family and friends at a reception at Piccadilly Restaurant in Winchester.

Monday, January 20, 2014
FILE - This Nov. 28, 2013 file photo shows Mary J. Blige singing the National Anthem before an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders in Arlington, Texas. Blige, John Legend and Marc Anthony will appear at Cipriani 42nd Street for a $2,500-a-ticket event hosted by Men's Fitness and Shape magazines on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 as part of Super Bowl XLVIII festivities. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – The Super Bowl practically comes with a guarantee of A-list star wattage: No matter where it's held, celebrities flock to the big game and the blowout extravaganzas connected to it.

But its location this year at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. just outside of New York City has raised the bar for over-the-top parties and events that one would only expect from the self-professed capital of the world.

Monday, January 20, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Pleasant Valley Varsity Cheerleaders display their second place District XI Championship medals. They are front row, from left: Captain Abby Roselli, junior, Captain Allison Charles, Captain Mackenzie Hammond, Captain Jessica Anewalt, all seniors; second row: juniors Calli-Ann Linares, Jayda Toledo, Bryana Mitchell, Megan Dahlstrom; third row: sophomores Laurissa Smith, Yssence Andino, Haley Toth and Paris Barton, and coach Tracy Toth; and back row, freshmen, Elena Nuzzo, Shaina Baylo, Mariah Haney, Natalie Smith, Aubrey Scott, Jaidyn Borre, Alexa DeLuzio and Kelsey Diabo.

Pleasant Valley has a lot to cheer about. The district's varsity cheerleading squad placed second in the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships, Medium Varsity Division (16-20 girls on a team) on Saturday, Jan. 11.

The competition was held at the Easton Area Middle School.

The girls are very excited because it means the squad will advance to states on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Giant Center in Hershey. They will be competing against 42 other squads.

Monday, January 20, 2014

If you are looking for honest feedback on a piece of writing, join the Black Diamond Writers' Network from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Writers will have the opportunity to give and receive open and honest feedback. The meeting will be an open session offering either small- or large-group critiquing, depending on the number of writers looking to participate.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1965 will meet on Jan. 25 to begin planning for a 50th anniversary reunion.

The meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. at DiMaggio's La Dolce Casa on West Broad Street in Tamaqua.

All class members are welcome to attend.

Friday, January 17, 2014
AP Photo This photo provided by shows a TFG Connections Bookcase, an open-backed modern bookcase that can be used to divide rooms or set the perimeter of a library-focused space. Contemporary home libraries utilize room for books or artwork that speak to the aesthetic and spirit of the space. Digital readers can be enjoyed in a library-appointed room equally with book lovers.

With the advent of tablets, cellphones and e-readers, could the book-lined home library go the way of the formal dining room?

Not a chance, designers and retailers say.

Digital and print books can coexist, says House Beautiful's editor in chief Newell Turner.

"When there's an endless river of (digital) content, the words, text and images we choose to print and bind into a physical book will make (it) even more special," he said.

Friday, January 17, 2014
Taryn Solt and Justin Petersen

The engagement of Taryn Solt to Justin Petersen, both of Palmerton, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dean and Wanda Solt of Palmerton. She is a 2012 graduate of Lock Haven University where she earned a bachelor of science in psychology. She is currently a graduate student at LaSalle University where she is working toward a master of arts in professional clinical counseling.

She expects to graduate in May.

Friday, January 17, 2014
Kaitlyn A. Price and Thomas J. Rossochacy Jr.

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Kaitlyn A. Price, daughter of David J. and Ann M. Price of Tamaqua, and Thomas J. Rossochacy Jr. of Tuscarora, son of Thomas J. Rossochacy Sr., of Pottsville, and Lynne M. Wertman of Tamaqua.

The bride-elect is a 2004 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 2008 graduate of the physical therapy assistant program at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

She is employed by Physical Therapy Associates of Hometown and Our Family Mini Market in Tamaqua.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG) will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

During the morning program, collage artist Vickie Dash will help writers "find the gap between words and ideas that lead us on an inner journey into the world of imagination. Dreams and active imagination can help transform that journey into something magical and powerful, leading us toward ever-expanding possibilities."

Thursday, January 16, 2014
AP PHOTO First lady Michelle Obama's second inaugural gown on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington. The White House is lending the ruby-colored chiffon gown made by designer Jason Wu to the National Museum of American History for a year to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Smithsonian's first ladies exhibition. It is paired with Obama's shoes designed by Jimmy Choo.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Obama's fashion is making history again, at least for the next year, as her second inaugural gown will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.

Before it's stowed away for a future presidential library, Obama's ruby-colored chiffon gown made by designer Jason Wu is being lent to the National Museum of American History for a year to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Smithsonian's "First Ladies" exhibition. The dress will be paired with Obama's shoes designed by Jimmy Choo and will go on display beginning Tuesday.