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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will hold its March meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Janice Curran a consistent seller of short stories to the "True" magazines will discuss and answer questions about writing short stories and selling to the famous romance publications.

Monday, February 11, 2013
Simon Bandzi Sr.

Simon Bandzi Sr., Slatington, is celebrating his 90th birthday. He was born in Czechoslovakia on Feb. 12, 1923.

He served in World War II under Gen. Patton and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received a number of combat medals and ribbons, including: Certificate of Merit in the European Theater of Operations, United States Army; American Campaign Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; and a Good Conduct Medal.

His battles and campaigns included Rhineland, Northern France, Normandy and Ground Combat.

Monday, February 11, 2013
Jayne Kuehner

Weather is on the mind of many of us these days, so it seems only fitting to launch the new Young Voices feature with a poem that speaks a bit about weather.

This poem was written by Jayne Kuehner, 16, of Kunkletown. Jayne is a sophomore at Pleasant Valley High School. Jayne enjoys writing, especially poetry. She likes to write about things that teenagers can relate to, such as siblings, love, break-ups, school, home life, fighting and bullying.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1-3 p.m., Feb. 11, at the ACS office, 101 W. Frack St., Frackville. The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Look Good, Feel Better is offered in a group setting, providing participants with cancer education, information and support.

Monday, February 11, 2013
Frances Zellner

Frances Zellner, a resident at The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 92nd birthday on Feb. 7.

She is originally from Slatington, and was married to the late Clarence Zellner.

Frances enjoys "people watching." She says, "They do silly things when they think no one is looking."

Her favorite things to do are watch game shows and listen to gospel music.

She has one son, John, who lives in Slatington.

Frances enjoyed being the center of attention during the noon meal when she shared a birthday cake with the other residents, care staff and her son.

Friday, February 8, 2013
Ashley Sabol and Jonathan Vavro

The engagement of Ashley Sabol to Jonathan Vavro has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Thomas and Donna Sabol of Beaver Meadows. She is a 2006 graduate of Hazleton Area High School and a 2010 graduate of Penn State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in finance.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Frank and Anne Vavro of Andreas. He is a 2006 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 2010 graduate of Penn State University, where he also earned a bachelor's degree in finance.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Community Room at the Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

The group is aimed at women with a cancer diagnosis sometime in their lives, who desire personal mutual support on cancer-related issues.

Contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 for more information.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will not meet in February. Meetings will resume at 6 p.m. on March 6 with local chiropractor Dr. Daniel Gavio who returns to discuss the latest seminar he attended on Active Release Technique.

The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will host a workshop, "Writing for Pleasure or Profit," which will offer ideas on how to get started or move forward toward getting published and earning a fee for your work.

The one-hour workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 (snow date Feb. 26), at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Participants may choose from one of two half-hour segments: one for those interested in writing for pleasure and the other for those interested in writing for profit.

Friday, February 8, 2013
Benjamin Tkach and Kelci Koch

The engagement of Kelci Koch to Benjamin Tkach has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of David and Diane Koch of Lehighton.

She is a 2008 graduate of Lehighton Area High School. She earned a bachelor of science degree, and is now finishing her master's degree in physician assistant studies from King's College in Wilkes-Barre.

She will graduate in August of this year.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Timothy and Jane Tkach of Lehighton.