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Monday, August 22, 2011

Heather E. Smolick and Rocci A. Schuima III, 258 Brown St., Tamaqua.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Vincent Jason Kasarda and Jennifer Lynn DeFrancisco, 92 E. Market St., Tresckow.

James Scott Filbert and Julia Marie Postupack, 2 Broad St., Beaver Meadows.

Russell John Skrincosky and Robin Ann Skrincosky, 336 Coal St., Lehighton.

Friday, August 19, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. John Rarick

John and Dorothy Rarick will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

They were married on Aug. 21, 1961 in Claysburg, Pa., by the Rev. Joe Steinert.

Mrs. Rarick is the former Dorothy Evans, daughter of the late Thomas and Olive Evans of Coaldale. Mr. Rarick is the son of Margaret Willing and the late John W. Rarick of Tamaqua.

Mrs. Rarick worked at Bright's department store, A&P supermarket in Tamaqua and for Lehigh Asphalt/Glasgow Contracting in Andreas for 27 years. Her husband worked at Parish Steel, Reading, for 33 years.

Friday, August 19, 2011
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS While Alex Blasko of Coaldale, right, displays two rings, which were linked by Lehigh Valley professional magician Tom Yurasits, Marissa Bonetsky, left, of Lansford does her best to separate three other rings during Yurasits' recent "Magic From Around the World" show at the Summit Hill Heritage Center. The show celebrated the summer reading program at the Panther Valley Library. The free event was underwritten by a grant from Carbon County.

A torrential downpour did not delay the Summit Hill Heritage Center's magical excursion around the world, hosted by Lehigh Valley master magician Tom Yurasits, who presented a program of magical wonders from various countries to help celebrate Panther Valley Library's Reading Program.

The free magic show was enjoyed by parents and children from the area and was sponsored by funding from a grant from Carbon County, collected from hotel taxes in the county.

Friday, August 19, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Griffiths

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Griffiths of Hometown are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 19, 1961.

Mrs. Griffiths is the former Irene Derzak, daughter of the late Bernie and Mary Derzak of Coaldale.

Mr. Griffiths is the son of the late E. Franklin Griffiths Sr. and Mabel Griffiths of Tamaqua.

The couple has two children: a daughter, Kelly Cerimele, who resides at home; and a son, Scott, who resides in Coaldale with his wife, Marie.

They have four grandchildren: Sindle Griffiths, Dominic Cerimele, and Dustin and Sasha Kranch.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Scott James Nierer and Kimberly Ann Smith, 322 S. First St., Lehighton.

Christopher Allen White and Janine Nichole Peck, 47 Stedman Ave., Lehighton.

Patrick Ronald King and Tara Louise Thomson, 20 Sand Hill Ext., Georgia, Vt.

Wesley Richard Hablett and Jacy Marie Albert, 160 Scenic View, Lehighton.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Panther Valley High School Class of 1971 will host its 40-year anniversary reunion on Sept. 17 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

The reunion committee is still in need of current addresses for a few "missing" class members, including John V. Garrett, Michael E. Porvaznik, Thomas J. Demyanovich Robbins, Frances A. Sharpe Schmell and Kenneth J. Valentine.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Stephen M. Bartol

Stephen M. Bartol, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating his 97th birthday today.

He was born in Milnesville, Pa. on Aug. 18, 1914. Stephen was married to his wife Helena for 65 years until her passing. He has four children: Thomas of Georgia; Ellen Soika of Drums; Theodore of Hazleton; and Stephen of Weatherly.

He is the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Stephen worked at the Duplan Silk Mill and managed Hilltop Apartments. He is a member of Holy Trinity Slovak Church in Hazleton.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
@$:PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/RICH GEORGE

Lehighton Area High School, Class of 1966 recently gathered for its 45-year class reunion. The event took place July 23 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Classmates attending included, front row from left, Susan Eaches Nearhood, Melodie Felter Heydt, Barbara Schmick, Alice Gasker Frantz, Sally Foster Fitzgerald, Jeanine Dulaney Snover, Pamela Graver Hawk, Barbara Staudt Babinchak, Melanie Kistler Prete and Marjorie Rudelitch Federanich.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Lewistown Valley Garden Club held its annual family picnic at Leiby's Grove, complete with a covered-dish dinner provided by members. A short business session was conducted by President June Leiby.

A discussion was held on a day trip to "The Grounds For Sculpture" in Hamilton, N.J. The trip will be held Aug. 23 and is open to the public. More information is available by calling (570) 668-3008.

Club members participated in the Schuylkill County Fair, which ran the first week in August, taking home several winning ribbons.