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Friday, July 26, 2013

Members of the graduating class of 1993, Jim Thorpe Area High School, will be holding their 20-year reunion on Aug. 23, from 6-10 p.m. at Blue Mt. Ski Area, Palmerton.

Members of the class attending are reminded that the deadline for payment and to make reservations is Aug. 5. They may be mailed to Aaron Sebelin, 650 Columbia Ave., Palmerton, 18077. Checks should be made out to "Jim Thorpe Class 1993." If you have questions, call (610) 751-3800.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Hannah Grace Benack

A daughter, Hannah Grace Benack, was born to Victoria and Jeremy Benack of Lansford at 8:09 a.m. April 25, 2013 at Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long.

She was welcomed home by her sister, Abigail, 6.

Maternal grandparents are Fred and Christine Landsky of Washington, N.J. Paternal grandparents are the Rev. Dr. Wayne and Sharon Benack of Jim Thorpe.

Maternal great-grandmother is Connie Rhinehart of Washington. Paternal great-grandparents are Joan Brode of Coaldale and Ardis Benack of Weatherly.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Ammon Hartwell

Primitive Methodist Church, Tamaqua, was the setting for the May 11 wedding of Heather L. Zehner of Tamaqua and Ammon M. Hartwell, also of Tamaqua. The Rev. Rodney Hall officiated and Sandra Clemson served as organist.

The bride is the daughter of Francis E. Zehner of New Ringgold and Sharon K. Zehner of Tamaqua. Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by Coleen Sadusky, matron of honor. Amanna Hartwell-Bradley was a bridesmaid, while Kayla Hartwell served as flower girl.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Donald and Maxine Mertz, Jim Thorpe, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 20.

They were married in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Packerton by the Rev. William Kroft.

They were honored at an anniversary dinner hosted by their children, Charlotte Nemeth, Christine Sutters and Donald Mertz II; grandchildren, Shanea Mertz, Jared McGuire and Amanda Sutters; and great-grandchild, Kasey Kovacs.

Mrs. Mertz is retired from health care and Mr. Mertz is retired from Bethlehem Steel.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Esrang Jr.

Georgine and Kenneth Esrang Jr. of Lehighton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 29, 1963 at People's E.C. Church in East Weissport by the Rev. Horn and the Rev. Steinhart.

Mrs. Esrang is the former Georgine Smith, daughter of the late George and Anna Mae Smith.

Mr. Esrang is the son of the late Martha and Kenneth Esrang Sr.

They were honored at a surprise celebration dinner hosted by their daughters, Robin Grohotolski of Palmerton and Amy Coleman and her husband LeRoy of Lehighton, at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Amanda Lee Gallagher and Kenneth John Dunkelberger, 138 Schuylkill Ave., Tamaqua.

Samantha Jean Emerton, 109 W. Blaine St., McAdoo, and Adolph G. Rasmovicz, 100 W. Blaine St., McAdoo.

Crystal Lynn Daukshus, 7 Atlas Road, Tamaqua R.D., and James S. Hope, 22 Lower Road, Tamaqua R.D.

Sharon L. Kulp and Brian D. Baddick, 20 Bruno Ave., McAdoo.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hage

The Artesano Iron Works Gallery in Philadelphia was the setting for the April 20 wedding of Ashley McDonald, daughter of Attorney and Mrs. William McDonald of West Penn Township, and Martin Hage, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hage of Crystal Lake, Ill. The bride is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ficarino of Tamaqua.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her sister, Alyson McDonald as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Meredith LeMasters, Amy Williams and Mia Hage. Violet Minnis served as flower girl.

Best man duties were performed by Ben Minnis.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
DANIELLE FOX/TIMES NEWS Lisa Covitch, author of "The Epidemic of Teen Pregnancy: The American Tragedy," discusses with an audience at Lehigh Carbon Community College how to approach teen pregnancy and support teenage mothers.

The Interagency Council of Carbon County and Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) hosted Lisa Covitch, author of "The Epidemic of Teen Pregnancy: The American Tragedy" at the Nesquehoning LCCC campus on July 19 to foster discussion and provide educational material to teen mothers and their communities.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The 81st annual reunion of the Strohl Family will be held Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Palmerton Memorial Park. Bring a covered dish and join everyone for the 1 p.m. luncheon. Sodas and hot dogs will be available for purchase. A brief business meeting will be held immediately after lunch.

Family members are asked to bring cakes for the cakewalk and a small prize for bingo. Please bring old family pictures and other Strohl mementos for discussion.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Meghan Dailey, 17, stands with some of her work on display at Stonehedge Gardens.

Stonehenge Gardens in South Tamaqua is currently featuring the work of 17-year old artist Meghan Dailey, Palmerton, in their monthly gallery.

"I learned everything from my very talented and dedicated art teacher Ronald Debias who worked with me vigorously to make me the best I could possibly be," said Dailey, a recent graduate of Palmerton Area High School, and daughter of Dave and Lisa Dailey of Palmerton. "With my work and his mentoring, I was able to create the pieces I have in my show."