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Friday, July 20, 2012

The descendants of Weaver John Fretz and his brother, Christian, will gather Saturday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. at St. Matthew's Kellers Church, 3668 Ridge Road, Perkasie, Pa. to celebrate the 124th anniversary of the first Fretz Family Reunion.

The family arrived in Bucks County from Germany in the 1720s and has spread to many states in the U.S. and Ontario. Many have names such as Anders, Beardsley, Beidler, Cox, Davis, Dubois, Freed, Gehman, Gross, House, Kaufman, Kulp, Myers, Opdyke, Rittenhouse, Slotter and Waldie.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The dog days of summer are far from over. Stay cool with a good book and a shady tree to sit beneath.

The librarians at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library have chosen a few of their favorite books to recommend to area students.

The grade level and recommended books are:

First to third grade: Diary of a Worm by Dorreen Cronin, Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman, and Arthur and the Comet Crisis by Marc Brown (and the variety of other

chapter books and picture books about the adventures of Arthur).

Friday, July 20, 2012

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Pennsylvania recently held an Americanism essay contest "How can I show my patriotism in my community." Named first place winner in the Lehighton Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 Americanism Essay Contest, was Geoff Ebbert, son of Neal and Patricia Ebbert, who went on to become a winner in the Four County District contest. He also placed third place in the Department/State Auxiliary contest. Ebbert, right, was presented with a check for his third place win by Gladys Balliet, Unit president.

Friday, July 20, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton Cadette Girls Scout Troop 3112 was recently recognized as Junior Forest Stewards for completing the Junior Forest Stewardship program. From left are, front row, Beth Thomas, Emma Kimmel, Shannon Cranmer, Kristina Smith, Carolyn Frohnheiser and Larissa Kimmel, leader; and back row, Tamara Decker, Jessica Bauer, Olivia Shensky and Lacey Smith.

Palmerton Cadette Girl Scout Troop 3112 was recently recognized as Junior Forest Stewards for completing the Junior Forest Stewardship program.

This program encourages youth understanding about forest stewardship, collaborative learning through discussion, and hands-on learning through activity. It raises awareness of stewardship concepts and the importance of being a steward of the natural world. Today's youth will be responsible for the forests that give Pennsylvania its very name and they will pass them on the future generations

Friday, July 20, 2012

A daughter, Sophia Alexis Beegle, was born at 6:35 a.m. on May 14, 2012 at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa., to Kristin (Laubach) and Stephen Beegle of Chambersburg.

She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Susan Z. Laubach of Boyertown, formerly of Tamaqua, and the late Tim Laubach Sr.

Paternal grandmother and stepgrandfather are Susan and Fred Lang of Palmyra, Va. The paternal grandfather is Jim Beegle of Chambersburg.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The 84th annual Smith-Schmit reunion will take place from 1-7 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at St. Matthew's U.C.C. picnic grove, located at 124 Picnic Lane in Kunkletown.

There will be music and a cake walk, as well as a concession stand.

Friday, July 20, 2012
Gannon Scott  Silfies

A son, Gannon Scott Silfies, was born at 9:09 p.m., April 25, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, to Danielle Hunsicker and Eric Silfies, both of Lehighton. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Robert and Gina Hunsicker of Jim Thorpe.

Paternal grandmother is Debbie Silfies of Lehighton.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
HGTV star, author Sabrina Soto shares tips

Tired of living in a home with drab colors and outdated furniture, but not sure where to start making changes? You're not alone.

"People are motivated, but they get so overwhelmed that they end up doing nothing," said Sabrina Soto during a recent telephone interview. A renowned interior designer, Soto is the host of HGTV's "The High/Low Project."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Among the items displayed at the "Community of Art" Arts and Crafts Show Saturday at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was needlepoint art made by Georgina Greiner, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Georgina said she made the two pieces showing a Japanese lady to compliment each other. She said they were done shortly before she entered Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center a year ago. The display at MVNRC was coordinated by Bernadette Rodrigues, activities department.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Zach Coleman, a student at Lehighton Area High School, and his adviser, Kim Mychaliszyn-Simko, attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio.

Zach Coleman, a Lehighton Area High School student, and his adviser, Kim Mychaliszyn-Simko, attended the Future Business Leaders of American National Leadership Conference from June 27-July 3 in San Antonio, Texas.

Zach represented LAHS and Pennsylvania in the Accounting I event. He qualified for the national conference by placing first at the Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference in April.