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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Peter J. Semanoff and Tara Ann Moran

The engagement of Tara Ann Moran to Peter Joseph Semanoff, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Terry and Mari Ann Moran of Fairbanks, Alaska. She is a 2004 graduate of Lathrop High School and a 2008 graduate of Eastern Oregon University. She attends the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is enrolled in the master's program for guidance and counseling.

Monday, February 7, 2011
FILE - In this May, 26, 2010 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the social network site's new privacy settings in Palo Alto, Calif. Dr. Ed Zuckerberg, father of Mark Zuckerberg, said in a radio interview Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, that Mark's early exposure to computers helped inspire his interest and expertise in technology. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Mark Zuckerberg's father said in a radio interview Friday that an early exposure to computers inspired his son's interest in technology, and he encouraged parents to support their children's strengths and passions with a balance of "work and play."

"My kids all grew up around the office and were all exposed to computers," said Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist. "There are advantages to being exposed to computers early on. That certainly enriched Mark's interest in technology."

Friday, February 4, 2011
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Amanda Babine, 24, wears one of her red scarves outside the metro subway entrance in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington. Babine received three red scarves from the Red Scarf Project while a student at Wheelock College in Boston.

NEW YORK (AP) – Soon, the red scarves will arrive at colleges around the country. For many of the former foster children unwrapping one on Valentine's Day, it will be their first new or handmade piece of clothing.

That was true for Amanda Babine, who spent her youth bouncing from foster home to foster home. One year she moved 11 times.

So she looked forward to having something new each Valentine's Day in college, and even bought red gloves and a red hat to coordinate.

Friday, February 4, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Simpson

April Bowers of Clearfield, Pa., daughter of Robert and Joanne Bowers of Lehighton, became the bride of Roy Simpson of Penfield, Pa., son of Carol and Michael Simpson, also of Penfield, on Oct. 2, 2010 at Weedville Wesleyan Church, Weedville, Pa.

The Rev. Bryon Kleppinger of Weedville officiated at the double ring ceremony.

Jeremiah Tyler of Virginia, a friend of the bride, was the vocalist, while the bride's sister, Laura Kleppinger of Weedville, was the pianist. Sara Pysher, Lehighton, also a friend of the bride, played the flute.

Friday, February 4, 2011
Gavin Isaac Betz

BETZ A son, Gavin Isaac Betz, was born at 3:57 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2010 in Pottsville to Sherri and Samuel Betz of New Ringgold.

He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 19 inches long.

He was welcomed home by an older brother, Logan, 5.

Maternal grandparents are Doreen and Richard Schenkel of Andreas.

Paternal grandfather is Jerome Betz of Hometown.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Daniel James Koch and Kristin Lucykanish, 582 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Jason Charles Baab and Nicole Marie, 207 Springbrook Drive, Palmyra.

Merle Robert Gerstenberg and Sabrina Lynn Strohl, 454 S. Third St., rear, Lehighton.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan J. Davis

Coleen Ann Delaney, West Chester, Pa., daughter of Eugene Delaney of East Norristown, Pa., became the bride of Bryan Joseph Davis, also of West Chester, on Nov. 20, 2010 at Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester.

The Rev. Daniel Krewson officiated at the double ring ceremony. The organist was H. Raymond Hunsicker. Douglas Wilfert played the trumpet.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose her sister, Amy Traylor, as the matron of honor.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wernett Jr.

Tiffani Hoffman of Sunbury, Pa., became the bride of Michael Wernett Jr. of Jim Thorpe on Oct. 30, 2010 at St. Joseph's Church, Jim Thorpe.

The double ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Francis Baransky. Becky McFadden was the vocalist, while Michael Seroka was the organist.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride is the daughter of Ken Hoffman, Sunbury, and Theresa Snyder of Arizona. She chose Kim Rhoades of Sunbury to be the matron of honor.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

HOUSTON Coughing, sneezing, fever they're all signs of the flu, or are they? According to experts at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu), not only are there three different strains of influenza virus circulating that can cause the flu, but there are also several other viruses floating around during flu season that could be invading your immune system.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Panther Valley High School Class of 1986 is currently organizing its 25-year reunion in 2011.

Fellow classmates are invited to send contact information to Anthony DeGiosio at degfam92@comcast.net, or by mail to 540 Jefferson Blvd., Jefferson Township, PA 18436.