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Monday, March 9, 2015
@$:Marcia Evans thumbs through a copy of The Sun, a literary magazine known for its  well-written and thought-provoking essays.

A fire crackles cheerfully in the hearth of the Lake Hauto home Marcia Evans shares with her husband, Deacon. Her favorite chair is nearby, and alongside that, a basket overflows with reading material.

Most mornings, Evans reaches for something inspirational, such as a passage from the Bible. Or maybe she'll reread some of Thomas Merton's autobiography, "The Seven Storey Mountain."

On this particular morning, she might pick up the latest copy of The Sun, and read an essay.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Scott Levendusky and Melissa DeFrain

The engagement of Melissa DeFrain of Slatington and Scott Levendusky of Palmerton has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of David and Susan DeFrain of Slatington.

She is a graduate of Northern Lehigh High School. She also graduated from Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College.

She is currently employed as a kindergarten teacher in the Northern Lehigh School District.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Ronald and Mary Levendusky of Palmerton.

He is a graduate of Palmerton Area High School.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

To help you compile your wedding, engagement, anniversary or baby's birth information for publication in the Times News, forms are available in our main office at 594 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton, as well as in our satellite offices in Tamaqua, Lansford and Palmerton.

Wedding pictures and stories will be published free of charge up to six months after the wedding. After the six-month deadline, there is a $50 charge to have your wedding appear in the Times News.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The engagement of Donald Hauck Jr. of Tamaqua and Jamie Greenawalt of Allentown has been announced by the couple and their families.

The bride-to-be has an associate specialized degree in accounting and is employed as a bookkeeper for the Private Industry Council of Lehigh Valley Inc. in Easton.

The prospective bridegroom is working toward his electrician's license and is employed in the maintenance department at Lutheran Manor Apartments of the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem.

The couple is planning a wedding for the summer of 2017.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Travis Halabura

Jessica Bensinger, daughter of David and Margaret Bensinger of Tamaqua, and Travis Halabura, son of David and the late Suzette Halabura, also of Orwigsburg, were united in marriage on Aug. 16, 2014, at Bensinger Farms in Tamaqua.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Jennifer Bensinger as her maid of honor.

Bridesmaids included Heather Patrick and Stephanie Bastian. Harleigh Patrick was the flower girl.

The bridegroom chose Kyle Halabura as his best man.

Groomsmen included Matt Halabura and Justin Halabura.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The engagement of Rebekah Taylor of Landisville, and David Mahin II of Miltonvale, Kansas, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Cliff and Shelly Taylor of New Ringgold.

She earned a bachelor of arts from Allegheny Wesleyan College.

She is currently employed at Sight and Sound Theater.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of David and Diane Mahin of Miltonvale, Kansas.

He is employed at Benfer Farm.

The couple is planning a wedding for May 23 of this year.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Clutter busters

If you're surrounded by piles of paperwork, unfinished projects, and "stuff," you're not alone.

Clutter is a big problem in most homes and workspaces, said Peggy Caruso, an executive and personal development coach and the author of "Revolutionize Your Corporate Life" and "Revolutionize Your Child's Life."

After helping countless clients clear their personal and work clutter, Caruso believes that clutter is simply an outward manifestation of inner stress.

"What's happening on the outside is a reflection of what's happening on the inside," she said.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Declutter your work and home schedule

It's 5 p.m. Not only are you still at work, but you've still got three important tasks to finish before you can leave for home where you'll still need to cook dinner and do a load of laundry.

Whether you work outside the home or not, we all face time crunches. Is there a way to recapture our schedules and make more room for the activities we love?

"It's very difficult for people to get out of the office," said Caruso, noting that many of her clients wish to spend more time at home, with family members.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Dr. Richard Boulay will perform at Allentown Miller Symphony Hall this weekend.

"This is the Moment: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship" will be performed this weekend at Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall.

"Although the treatment of cancer occurs in a clinical setting, the actual healing generally takes place outside of the doctor's office," says Dr. Rick Boulay, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

The process of establishing a new identity as a cancer survivor is complex, unique and often takes its cues from the environment around us.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Looking for open and honest feedback on your writing?

If so, join the Black Diamond Writers Network on March 21 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Writers who would like to have their work critiqued should bring 15 copies of a one-page work-in-progress (no previously published pieces), double spaced.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059. For directions, call the library, at 570-668-4660.