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Monday, March 5, 2012
SUBMITTED PHOTO Ultrasound sonogram of a 13-week-old fetus. House Bill 1077 would require a woman to undergo a sonogram, and while receiving it, view the screen, and sign a statement to that effect before an abortion.

Right to Life advocates and Right to Choice supporters are about to clash on a proposed Pennsylvania bill that may be on the fast track to become the most extreme ultrasound bill in the nation.

The 22-page Pennsylvania House Bill 1077, touted by its sponsors as the "Women's Right to Know Act," is slated for a House vote in March or April, and contains a number of provisions that claim to provide information, but may be construed as intending to discourage women from having an abortion.

Friday, March 2, 2012
@$:Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barachie Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barachie Jr. of Franklin Township will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday. They were married by the Rev. Melvin Hammer Jr. on March 4, 1972 in St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Weissport.

Mrs. Barachie is the former Rose Nenscel, daughter of the late Joseph and Iva Nenscel of Gilbert. She is employed by PenTeleData.

Mr. Barachie is the son of the late Joseph and Mary Barachie Sr. of Jim Thorpe. He is a part owner of Pol-Bar Automotive in Lehighton.

Friday, March 2, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest committee are ready to toast our readers and the 25th anniversary edition of the annual cookbook. The cookbook will be included in the TIMES NEWS on April 12. There is still plenty of time to submit your favorite recipes for this very special issue. The deadline is March 14 at midnight. For more information go to the www.tnonline.com and search "25th Annual Cookbook," or call our Lifestyle Department at 1-800-443-0377, ext. 3140.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Carbon County 4-H Reunion Committee is holding a quilting contest in conjunction with the centennial celebration. The contest is open to anyone in the county, whether they were a 4-H member or not.

One square will be chosen and sent to Penn State University where a centennial quilt will be created and auctioned in September. The rest will be made into a quilt or wall hanging and auctioned at the 4-H reunion.

Friday, March 2, 2012
William Joseph Hlavaty

HLAVATY A son, William Joseph Hlavaty, was born at 8:53 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2012 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, to Melissa and Stephen Hlavaty of Lewisburg.

He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Kathleen DeForge and the late William DeForge of Lewisburg.

Paternal grandparents are Robert and Faye Hlavaty of Lansford.

Maternal great-grandmother is Freida O'Neill of Windsor, Vermont.

Paternal great-grandparents are Mervyn and Dorothy Miller of Lehighton.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, is collecting new and gently-used prom and wedding dresses for its fourth annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale. It is also collecting accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes.

Items can be dropped off at Blue Ridge Communications offices in Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford or Lehighton until March 14.

The Prom and Wedding Dress Sale will take place from 4-7 p.m. March 28, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Dress prices will start at $10 and everything will be cash only.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (except for January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township. This is located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or similar illness. Friends, relatives and drivers are also welcome.

For information or directions, call Carol at (570) 788-7363 or Stacy at (570) 403-4063.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Charlotte Grace Smith

SMITH A daughter, Charlotte Grace Smith, was born Nov. 14, 2011 at Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, to Casey and Joshua Smith of Jersey Shore. Mr. Smith is formerly of Palmerton.

She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

She was welcomed home by a sister, Ava, 2.

Maternal grandparents are Susan and David Straub, Jersey Shore. Paternal grandparents are Connie and Kelly Smith, Palmerton.

Maternal great-grandparents are Carol and Dave Straub, Jersey Shore, and William Martin, Sandford, Fla.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A free luncheon is set for Saturday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., weather permitting, at the Parryville UMC, corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville.

All are welcome.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Danielle Smith and Brian DeSieno

The engagement of Danielle L. Smith to Brian A. DeSieno has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tracey R. Smith of Kunkletown.

A graduate of Pleasant Valley High School, she is employed by Kilareski Orthodontics of East Stroudsburg.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Shisslak of Kresgeville.

He is also a graduate of Pleasant Valley High School. He is currently employed by PennDOT.

A wedding date has been set for Oct. 6 of this year.