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Monday, June 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sterling Koch performs during the garden party event.

Students served as the main focus during the St. Luke's Hospital Miners Campus's annual Black Diamond Garden Party held at the Harry Packer & Asa Packer Mansions and Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe recently.

The event featured fine food, drinks, live music, guided tours of the Asa Packer Mansion and Kemmerer Carriage House and rides in a tethered hot air balloon.

"It was a pleasure to meet with all the students and hear their stories," said event Chairwoman Diane Luicana.

Monday, June 10, 2013
Catherine E. Condly

Catherine E. Condly, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, has been selected by Unit 899 of Oplinger-Hower American Legion Auxiliary in Walnutport to attend Keystone Girls State.

This "Experience in Government" will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg from June 23-29. It is the 68th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Approximately 200 girls are brought together through sponsorship by local auxiliary units and other organizations to study government on city, council and state levels.

Friday, June 7, 2013
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Angeline Castagna

Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts LLC, Lehighton, recently held an awards banquet at Mahoning Valley Country Club, where over $2,000 in performing arts scholarships were awarded.

Riley Zimmerman, 15-year-old daughter of Penny and Trevor Zimmerman of Lehighton, was named Senior Dancer of the Year for 2013. Riley was awarded a $300 performing arts scholarship.

Angeline Castagna, 12-year-old daughter of Carmel and the late Carmen Castagna of Tamaqua, was named Dance with Kim's Junior Dancer of the Year 2013. Angeline received a $200 scholarship.

Friday, June 7, 2013
Nora Catherine Phillips

PHILLIPS A daughter, Nora Catherine Phillips, was born to Janelle and Nathan Phillips of Chambersburg, Pa. at 1:06 p.m. on May 6, 2013 at Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg.

She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 22 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Melodie and Gary Heydt of Weatherly. Paternal grandparents are Theresa and Michael Phillips of Otho, Iowa.

Friday, June 7, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Diane Minor, Albrightsville, will be the featured quilter at the Polk Township Historical Society's 12th Annual Stitch in Tyme quilt show. Some of her work to be displayed includes the Woven Stars table runner she is holding, the Sea Scape 9-inch patch quilt made from Batik material, center, and a miniature Storm at Sea wall hanging.

Diane Minor hated sewing. But in junior high she had to take a sewing class. There was a treadle machine and two electric sewing machines. The students had to master the treadle before they could move on to the electric ones. It did nothing to help her dislike of sewing.

"To this day, I even hate sewing on a button," she says.

Thirty-one years ago, when a neighbor invited her to a quilting class, she was skeptical. She couldn't imagine liking quilting when she didn't like to sew.

"I've been hooked ever since," says this avid quilter.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The engagement of Stephanie Nicole Sarge, daughter of Jack and Beverly Sarge of New Ringgold, to Brian Andrew Zulic, son of Michael and Martha Zulic of Summit Hill, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School. She graduated from Cedar Crest College in 2010 with a B.S. in nursing. She is employed as a registered nurse at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. John Vincler, Jim Thorpe, are receiving congratulations on the celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary on June 6. They were married in St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, by the Rev. Mark Lochner.

Mrs. Vincler is the daughter of the late Charles and Nora Witt, and sister to Wayne and the late Charles "Corky" Witt. She is retired from the Jim Thorpe School District, having worked in the cafeteria of L.B. Morris Elementary School for 22 years.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Marion Bossard

Marion Bossard, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 93rd birthday on May 11.

Born in Allentown, her parents moved to Palmerton when she was 4 years old, because her mother wanted to live near her family.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Tom Coyne

Tom Coyne, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated his 88th birthday on May 23.

Tom comes from Binghamton, N.Y., where he had a career as a floral designer and event planner. He worked primarily for MacLeannans Flowers Inc., a very large design house. He did corporate events for IBM and GE, as well as weddings and bar mitzvahs.

"It was such a rewarding life to help people style their parties and affairs with flowers from all around the globe," he said.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Evelyn Marett

Evelyn Marett, a resident at The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 96th birthday May 11.

Originally from the Germantown section of Philadelphia, moved to this area during the past year to live closer to her daughter.

Evelyn sang in public at a very young age in the Episcopal Church she attended with her parents.

"I was fearless when singing. My father helped hone my skills by having me perform at as many churches as possible," she said.

She and her organist friend traveled together and performed at weddings and all kinds of functions.