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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Q. What exactly is a medical family tree and is it worth doing?

A medical family tree is like the ones genealogists prepare, but it also includes all the maladies suffered by members of the family. A medical tree can reveal patterns and help a family choose medical tests.

Many of the causes of our illnesses are inherited from our ancestors. Almost a third of known diseases have family links. These include colon cancer, heart disease, alcoholism and high blood pressure.

Monday, April 1, 2013
Helene Bechtel

Helene (Klein) Bechtel was born on April 1, 1913 in the small town of Mauch Chunk. She has lived all 100 of her years in the town now known as Jim Thorpe; growing up on Center Street, just a few blocks from where she currently lives with her son, the Rev. James Bechtel.

Monday, April 1, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Misericordia University occupational therapy student Debbie Keys of Jim Thorpe, enjoys a playful moment with a child outside St. Joseph's Church in Jamaica.

Debbie Keys of Jim Thorpe, has been an active volunteer with Campus Ministry during her first three years at Misericordia University.

She can often be seen having lunch or walking around campus with her "little sister," a local girl she is mentoring through the region's Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Those early experiences, Keys says, prepared her to expand her volunteer efforts and take her work abroad.

Friday, March 29, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kelly Kugler, a dietetic intern from Cedar Crest College working at Blue Mountain Health System, distributes nutrition shakes and other food samples during the hospital's Nutrition Health Fair.

Members of the Blue Mountain Health System dietetic department recently hosted a nutrition health fair at the Lehighton campus.

This is the third year that Blue Mountain has held such a fair during March, which is National Nutrition Month. The fair aims to teach the community about healthy eating habits and expose the public to new food types and ideas, and features both outside vendors and hospital dietetic staff and interns.

More than 100 community members and hospital staff visited the fair during its two-hour run, sampling food items and learning about healthy eating.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1993 is planning for its 20th year class reunion.

Organizers are searching for the following classmates: Bryan Banhart, Courtney Dennis, Keith Erikson, Chris Ferguson, Heather Frey, Sonny Frey, Kevin Graver, Tanya Hannis, Robert Hill, Terry Hoherchak, Daniel Horn, Joy Malaty, Brian Mangold, Grant Mosher, Brian Moyer, Pam Schaeffer, Marcy Schoenberger, Edwin Steigerwalt, Jeremy Steigerwalt and Steve Stine.

Contact LehightonHSClassof1993@aol.com with your current address.

Friday, March 29, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kester

Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kester recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. They were married March 24, 1951 at St. John Evangelical & Reformed Church (now U.C.C.), by the Rev. Arthur D. Knoebel.

Mrs. Kester is the former Miriam Weston, daughter of the late William J. and Doris (Brewer) Weston of Tamaqua. Her husband is the son of the late Edward A. and Elva (Lindenmuth) Kester, also of Tamaqua.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Bar Association recently donated $500 to the Penn Kidder Library Center, Route 903, in the Pine Point Plaza, Albrightsville. The new library, which is slated to open April 10, features a nice selection of donated books and will offer two public-access computers for adult usage and one for children. The library also has many paperbacks for sale. From left are Claire

Farnschlader, library board member; Barbara Franzosa, president; Greg Mousseau, esquire, CCBA board member; and Donna Martino, library treasurer.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Modeling a sample of the gowns that will be available at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak are, from left: Joan Reinhard, wellness coordinator/Pencor Corporate/Penn's Peak; Jen Brownmiller, HR generalist/Pencor Corporate; Marissa Hartas, marketing and public relations for the TIMES NEWS; Erika Ahner, marketing coordinator BRC/Pencor Corporate; Julianne Farina, marketing and public relations coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications and organizer of the event.

It's time to say "Yes" to the dress at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 4-7 p.m. at Penn's Peak on Maury Road in Penn Forest Township.

Maybe he asked you to the prom. You really want to go, but things are financially tight at home and paying $200-$300 for a dress is just out of the question.

You've always dreamed of wearing a beautiful bridal gown down the aisle but the reception is costing an arm and a leg. How can you afford a wedding gown that costs $800-$1,000?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Richard Ellsworth Hartman Jr., 114 Third St., Walnutport, and Jennifer Marie Everett, 628 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton.

Peter John Holthausen and Kathleen Danielle Kramlich, 2294 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

James Earl Cox Jr. and Jennifer Ann Hurley, 72C Butz St., Weatherly.

Brian Allen Voorhees and Katheryn Leigh Greer, 132 S. Fifth St., Apt. 12, Lehighton.

Jordan Tyler Scott and Jamie Lyn Fedor, 730 Green St., Lehighton.

Bruce Erwin Treadwell, 2480 Pawnee Trail, Albrightsville, and Aurea Luz Conca, 161 Spencer Lane, Box 334, Albrightsville.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Chestnuthill High School Alumni Reunion will be held Saturday, May 4, at the Polk Township Fire Hall in Kresgeville, beginning at 1 p.m.

Reservations are due by April 12.

Officers for this year are Lee Hoffman, president; Marion Sobers, vice president; Gertrude Hennion, secretary; and Geraldine Gasdick, treasurer.