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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ronald Scott Gould and Lora Lee Kates, 112 S. Seventh St., Lehighton.

Joshua Jeremy Breidenbach and Jessica Lynn Marshall, 107 E. Patterson St., Lansford.

Ralph Lafayette Herbst III and Eddie Jo Bunker, 1820 Mahoning Drive East, Lehighton.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Q. I am 83 years old and I am very afraid of falling down stairs. My mother broke her hip that way, and I think of her every time I am on stairs.

If you think about falling while you are on a staircase, you increase the risk of falling. You have to learn how to redirect your attention away from your troubling thoughts and let your body take you up and down the stairs.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

North Schuylkill Junior Senior High School Class of 1983 is planning a 30-year class reunion for Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Fountain Springs Country Inn.

Anyone interested in participating in planning the reunion can attend a planning meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19 at Jimmy O's sports bar in Frackville.

For questions or comments email Christine at cfannick@yahoo.com or Charlie at cva.road.runner@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Panther Valley Class of 1983 will meet to plan its 30-year reunion at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at Lengyel's Restaurant in Nesquehoning. Those interested in participating in the planning are welcome to attend.

Email questions or comments to pvhs1983@yahoo.com. Organizers are still looking for updated addresses for many classmates.

The reunion is set for Sept. 7, 2013. Classmates should watch for the invite.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Billig on their wedding day

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Billig of Tamaqua celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 11. They were married in St. Matthew's Church, Weatherly, by the Rev. Harold Lesh.

Given in marriage by her brother, Michael Tepo Jr. of Allentown, the bride was attended by the late Nancy Yorke as maid of honor. Best man duties were performed by the late Paul Fisher Jr.

Mrs. Billig is the former Joan Tepo, daughter of Josephine Tepo Vogle of Tamaqua and the late Michael Tepo Sr.

Mr. Billig is the son of the late Neal and Florence Billig of Weatherly.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Members of Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1964 will host a class picnic Wednesday, July 17, at Beltzville Lake Park, at pavilion #1 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Spouses, children and grandchildren are welcome to attend.

If you plan to attend, contact Eileen Windbeck Morgan or Harry Eisenhart.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Unitis Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Unitis Jr. of Coaldale recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on May 25, 1963 at St. Michael's Church, Lansford by the bride's late uncle, the Rev. Michael G. Sirak.

Margaret is the daughter of the late John and Mary Porvaznik of Lansford.

Her husband is the son of the late John J. Sr. and Margaret Unitis of Coaldale.

The couple has two sons, John J. III of Coaldale and Robert D., husband of Michaele of Atglen. They also have twin grandchildren, Jude and Hannah.

Monday, July 8, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ruth Conville of Tamaqua teaches a class of youngsters

during the annual

Vacation Bible School at First Congregational Church, Coaldale. God's Backyard was the theme of the five-day program, which included crafts, music and Bible study. Fifty-four children and teens attended the

program, which held its closing exercises Friday, June 29.

Monday, July 8, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lisa Krouse (left) Claudette Gosselin, two of the Mahoning Valley Fiber Guild founders with a quilt made by Krouse, a former arts teacher. The quilt features "yo-yos" pieces of circular fabric that are drawn in, gathered in the middle, and tacked on to the quilt.

If there is a common thread that brought together three local women, it is their shared love of fibers and of the many projects that use the fibers.

The three women Claudette Gosselin, Lisa Krouse, and Susan Zellner started their journey in October of 2012 when Gosselin received three alpacas as a gift. That journey culminated in the creation of the Mahoning Valley Fiber Guild.

Friday, July 5, 2013
Betty (Oliver) Dolan

Betty (Oliver) Dolan of Tamaqua celebrated her 94th birthday on June 21. She graduated as valedictorian of her 1937 high school class from St. Jerome's.

She worked at the Atlas Powder Company during World War II. In the late 1960s she owned and operated the Corner Shop in Tamaqua.

She most recently was employed as assistant to the Tamaqua borough secretary.

She has two children: Susan of Tamaqua and Terry of Bethlehem, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.