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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.

Friday, February 8, 2013
Michael Kern and Lindsey Mitchalk

The engagement of Lindsey Elise Mitchalk to Michael Kern has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Louis R. and Linda Mitchalk of Summit Hill. She is a graduate of Panther Valley High School and West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is employed as a fourth-grade teacher at Chester Community Charter School.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Joshuel Irizarry and Marina Ann Reggetto, 2181 Village Rd., Effort.

Joseph Patrick McArdle Jr. and Kellee Lynn Gilliard, 14 E. Sixth St., Jim Thorpe.

Friday, February 8, 2013
Warren Knight and Lori Hunsicker

The engagement of Lori Hunsicker to Warren Knight has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Roland and Patricia Hunsicker of Palmerton. She is a 1997 graduate of Palmerton Area High School. In 2001 she graduated from York College of Pennsylvania, and from Wilkes University in 2008.

She is employed as a math teacher in the Pocono Mountain School District since 2001.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
JOHN STOJ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS CCTI Drafting & Design Technology students recently visited the new modular building, which will become the Penn-Kidder Library. The students will each design an interior layout, and the library board will select the most suitable design. With program instructor Jeremy Pease, far left, are, from left, Matthew Holmberg, Shelby Casey, Katelyn Miller, Katarina Kattner, Deric Tomasovich (kneeling), Jason White and Jesse Rossman.

The modular building for the Penn-Kidder Library, which will be located in the Pine Point Plaza, on the corner of State Routes 903 and 534 in Albrightsville, was delivered last week. According to Barbara Franzosa, president of the Penn-Kidder Library Center, they are in the process of connecting all of the utilities and are designing the entrance.

To help get the library up and running, students in the Drafting and Design Class from CCTI in Jim Thorpe are working on developing an interior layout for the building.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dancers from Tricia's Dance Extreme include, front row from left, Elizabeth Schlegel and Kira Hettler; and back row, Danielle Laub, Jaiden Muffley, Maddy Bronko, Kayla Despain and Brittany Miller.

Students at Tricia's Dance Extreme, Lehighton, recently participated in two competitions.

The Performing Arts Alliance took place Nov. 23-25 in King of Prussia.

In the 3-5 year age group, Kira Hettler was named "Tiny Miss Performing Arts. In modeling, she got a first place in dress, sportswear, loungewear and swimwear; a third place in novelty modeling; second place in solo classical and solo lyrical; third place in solo hip hop and solo specialty.

Kira and Blake Muffley earned a second place in duo jazz.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, BK Angeletti John and Ann Betar, of Fairfield, celebrate their 80th anniversary at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Bridgeport, Conn. last November.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - John and Ann Betar weren't supposed to get married. Her father had arranged for her to wed another man, but she and John fled Bridgeport and eloped in New York.

That was more than 80 years ago. The couple is still happily hitched, a fact that has led to their naming as the "longest married couple" in the U.S. for 2013 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a Christian marriage group based in San Bernardino, Calif.

The Betars are scheduled to receive a plaque and other gifts from the group at their granddaughter's home in Fairfield on Saturday.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Taryn Ashley Heisler and Derek Crayton

The engagement of Taryn Ashley Heisler and Derek Crayton, both of Schnecksville, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Barry and Michelle Heisler of Tamaqua.

A 2001 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, and a 2005 graduate of Penn State University, she is employed by Dr. Jean McGill.

Her fiance is the son of Frank and Linda Crayton of Berwick.

A 2000 graduate of Berwick Area High School, and a 2005 graduate of Penn State University, he is employed in the financial services industry.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My mother used to make the best doughnuts -- light, airy and delicious. With "Doughnut Day" just around the corner, I searched high and low for her recipe, but could not find it.

Not to be deterred, and with his heart set on some homemade doughnuts, my dad continued to search through hundreds of mom's handwritten recipes.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Q. What are "blue blockers" and are they worth getting?

There's a controversy over the possible harm done by blue light. There is blue light in the bright glare from snow or water. Lenses that block all blue light are usually amber colored. This color is supposed to help you see distant objects more easily. Amber sunglasses are used by many pilots and hunters.

But, if you are shopping for sunglasses, the most important feature to look for is the ability to protect your eyes from invisible ultraviolet (UV) light, which also causes sunburn.