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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

St. Luke's Miners Campus will host a Diabetes Support Group throughout the year. All meetings will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the café on the second floor.

Tentative meeting dates are as follows: April 17, May 22, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 25, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13.

Registration is not required. For more information, call (570) 645-8107.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Joseph Mead and Kelly Stauffer

The parents of Joseph Mead and Kelly Stauffer have announced their engagement.

The bride is the daughter of Elmer and Annmarie Stauffer of Nesquehoning. She is also the granddaughter of Clifford and Floretta Stauffer of Weatherly and Samuel and Jennie Citrano of Mahoning Valley.

She is a 2006 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and a 2010 graduate of McCann's School of Business and Technology, where she received an associate of specialized business in massage therapy. She is employed by Millbrook Homecare.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ann Boyle, author and freelance writer, will share her experience and knowledge as keynote speaker at the Black Diamond Writers' Network third annual Write it Right writers' conference. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce Building, 91 S. Progress Ave., Pottsville.

The day's events will also include the following sessions:

Ÿ "The Agent-Writer Relationship: Where Do We Go From Here?" presented by Boyle

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tatevik Muradyan and Michael A. Sakash, 451 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Loures V. Galindo and Alexis S. Pena, 513 Washington St., Tamaqua.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Daniel T. Novitsky

Daniel T. Novitsky, a resident of Heritage Hill in Weatherly, recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

He was born on March 23, 1922 in Hazleton. He graduated from Hazleton High School in 1938.

During World War II Dan was in the U.S. Army 30th Infantry Division, where he calculated artillery targets for 105 mm howitzers.

He was part of the Omaha Beach invasion, and fought through France and Belgium. As honor for his service, he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Dan was married for 61 years to Anna (Brazzo) Novitsky, until her death in 2007.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Schuylkill Women in Crisis director Darla Troutman addresses a seminar hosted by the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship held at New Life Assembly of God Church on March 25. The seminar addressed county statistics and religious organizations' ability to recognize and effectively react to incidents of domestic violence. A third presentation addressed child abuse and dating violence. Troutman said that 150 acts of domestic violence were reported in Tamaqua last year.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Q. What is white coat syndrome?

If you suffer from white coat syndrome, your blood pressure jumps as soon as a doctor or nurse approaches you. If your doctor knows this, he or she may recommend a home blood-pressure monitor or ambulatory monitor that is worn around the clock and takes your pressure every half-hour.

Blood pressure tends to spike when you are excited by an emotion such as anger or fear. But high blood pressure known as hypertension is very sneaky. It's called the silent killer, because it usually has no symptoms.

Monday, March 26, 2012
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 555 place a white neckerchief on new Eagle Scout Tyler McGeehan, center, during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony. At left is Scoutmaster Ray Attewell.

Last Tuesday, Tyler F. McGeehan, 17, joined an elite group when he officially accepted Scouting's highest rank. He is the 41st member of Troop 555, Penn Forest Township, to become an Eagle Scout.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held in the Penn Forest Fire Hall, which is home to Troop 555, as well as Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. McGeehan's brother, Jake, 15, who is also a Boy Scout, served as master of ceremonies.

Speakers included state Rep. Doyle Heffley, who is also an Eagle Scout. He advised McGeehan to always live by the Scout Law.

Monday, March 26, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Modeling some of the gowns available at the annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale are, from left, Julianne Farina, Jennifer Brownmiller, Erika Ahner, Michelle DeLuna, Kim Wentz and Beth Winters. Proceeds will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

If you're still searching for the perfect prom or wedding dress, stop by Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, March 28, from 4-7 p.m.

Nearly 400 new and gently used gowns will be available at the annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale. Prices for prom dresses start at $10.

Accessories are also available for purchase, including shoes, tiaras, and a limited number of shawls.

"We have a lot of nice dresses this year," said organizer Julianne Farina. "They are in very good condition. We were very happy with the donations this year."

Friday, March 23, 2012
Matthew L. Dait and Rachel Reichenbach

The engagement of Rachel Reichenbach, Palmerton, to Matthew L. Dait, Fort Riley, Kansas, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Becky and Todd Reichenbach of Palmerton. She is a 2011 Palmerton Area High School graduate and is currently a full-time student at L.C.C.C., where she is seeking a degree in graphic design.