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Monday, October 11, 2010
Kamran David Knittle

A son, Kamran David Knittle, was born at 8:19 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Jessica and Kyle Knittle of Lansford. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 22 inches long.

He was welcomed home by older siblings, Kyla, 9, and Jessika, 8.

Maternal grandparents are the late Linda and Doug Stein.

Paternal grandparents are Denise and David Knittle of Lansford.

Monday, October 11, 2010
Braeden Michael Douglas Costello

A son, Braeden Michael Douglas Costello, was born at 6:14 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2010 at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown, to Joie Rauch and Justin Costello of Jim Thorpe.

He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

He was welcomed home by an older sister, Kaylyn Costello, 3.

Maternal grandparents are Paulette and Joseph Rauch of Jim Thorpe. Paternal grandparents are Christopher Costello of Lansdale and Judith Costello of Allentown.

Monday, October 11, 2010
Josh A. Wank and Jena L. Wassmer

The engagement of Jena L. Wassmer, Andreas, to Josh A. Wank, Lansford, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Wayne and Lynn Wassmer of Andreas. She is a 2004 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, and a 2008 graduate of Moravian College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English language/literature and elementary education. She is an elementary teacher in the Lehighton Area School District.

Monday, October 11, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ariana Dibuo of Lehighton, who has a serious health disorder, was a recipient of a dream from Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter. Ariana's dream was to attend a Justin Beiber concert, which was fulfilled, with lots of extras. She is being hugged by her mother, Kimberly Reinart, as she also holds her second daughter, Nadia Dibuo.

A big smile broke across Ariana Dibuo's face as photographs of her at a Justin Bieber concert were played on the TV in her living room.

The saucy little Lehighton girl with a serious health disorder was the recipient of a dream by Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter to see Bieber in concert at the Allentown Fairgrounds.

This first grader at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton, has morphed into a Justin Bieber fan.

Friday, October 8, 2010

With their entire family in tow, including 6-month-old twins Shane and Wyatt, the Waksmunski family of Mahoning Township recently joined close to 1,000 others for the 11th Annual Lehigh Valley Buddy Walk in Breinigsville at Valley Preferred Cycling Center/Rodale Fitness Park.

Visit the TIMES NEWS Special Report link "Down syndrome: A family's journey," located on the left side of the front homepage, to read the complete story, as well as chapters 1 and 2 of the Waksmunski's family story.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Danny Lee Carden Jr. and Samantha Ariel Montrom, 403 Fourth St., Palmerton.

Dan William Schleicher and Trell Dale Zimmerman, 1569 Dinkey Rd., Lehighton.

Matthew Joseph Orach and Melanie Marie Bynon, 366 W. Snyder Ave., Lansford.

John Burnett Macchesney Jr. and Kathy Lynn Hawk, 48 E. Diaz Ave., Nesquehoning.

Michael Angelo Rose and Karen Bebidiana Villagran, HC3 Box 3736, Albrightsville.

Robert Everett Pierce and Terry Lane Schoch, 5490 Little Gap Rd., Kunkletown.

Friday, October 8, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Pleasant Valley High School will present its 2010 Homecoming Court at tonight's Homecoming game against Pocono Mountain West at 7 p.m. where the King and Queen will be announced. Homecoming candidates are, front from left, Christine Klingel, Lauren Prator, Christina Ocasio, Samantha Formato, Melaney Livezey and Stephanie Behrends; and back row, David Geiger, Derrik Walling, Albert Cinares, Jalen Blot, Malik Krcic and Tarik Williams.

Friday, October 8, 2010
Lauren Romano and Kenneth R. Houser

The engagement of Lauren E. Romano, Lebanon, to Kenneth R. Houser, also of Lebanon, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Christopher and Donna Romano of Pottsville.

She is the granddaughter of Ruth Smulligan and the late James R. Smulligan Sr. of Tamaqua; and Angelo and Diane Romano of Mount Holly Springs, Pa., former residents of Hometown.

Friday, October 8, 2010
Joseph R. Pacitti and Carla M. Baran

The engagement of Carla M. Baran of Frederick, Md., to Joseph R. Pacitti, also of Frederick, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Gregg and Cleo Baran of Tamaqua.

She is a 2004 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, and a 2008 graduate of Elizabethtown College, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in English education. She is currently pursuing a masters in American studies at Pennsylvania State University.

She is employed as an English teacher at Washington County Technical High School in Hagerstown, Md.

Friday, October 8, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hope Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hope Sr. recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Oct. 1, 1960 in Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua.

Mrs. Hope is the former Mae Frye, daughter of the late Emma and John Frye of Quakake. She is a homemaker.

Mr. Hope is the son of Lorene Hope and the late Robert C. Hope of Tamaqua. He is employed by Hope's Collision and Towing of Tamaqua.