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Monday, April 25, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Artist and photographer Anne Martino paints designs of soccer ball and flowers on the bellies of pregnant women, arranges the women in a set that captures the theme, and takes a photograph as a fun memory.

Artist and photographer Anne Martino of Lake Harmony said to the owner of Deezines Flowers & Gifts on Route 209 in Jim Thorpe, "I have a really odd request."

"We've heard everything," owner Denise Sebelin replied.

"You haven't," Martino said. "I have this lady who's pregnant and I want to paint flowers on her belly and I want to pose her in front of a floral shop with flowers all around her and take some pictures of her.

"You're right, I've never heard that before," Sebelin agreed. She watched the belly painting and the photo shoot.

Monday, April 25, 2011
Cole S. Shemansik and Duke S. Shemansik

Twin sons were born on Jan. 30, 2011 in Raleigh, N.C. to Cheryl Skasko-Shemansik and Jason Shemansik, of Knightdale, N.C. The new parents are both originally from Summit Hill.

Cole Skasko Shemansik was born at 2:29 p.m. He weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

Duke Skasko Shemansik was born at 2:30 p.m. He weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Darlene and the late Richard Skasko of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are John and Fran Shemansik of Summit Hill.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Kyle David Holman and Kelly Elizabeth McElroy, 604 E. Second St., Weatherly.

Manuel Jose Rivera and Amanda Eleanor Kiernan, 128 Penn Forest Drive, Albrightsville.

Daryl Asa Rex and Angela Lynne Moyer, 437 E. Abbott St., Lansford.

Friday, April 22, 2011
Nadine Kokinda and Barry Pierce

Nadine Kokinda and Barry Pierce of Boyertown, Pa., along with their parents, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Andrew (Arty) Kokinda and Sonya Kokinda, both of Summit Hill. She is a 1998 graduate of Panther Valley High School.

A graduate of McCann School of Business & Technology, she is employed as a project manager at Sodexo, Allentown.

Friday, April 22, 2011
Natalie Alexandra Harris

Natalie Alexandra Harris was born April 1, 2011 to Heather Ann Harris of Mahanoy City. The new arrival was born at 8:15 a.m. in the Schuylkill Medical Center South, Pottsville.

She weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 17 and 1/2 inches long.

She was welcomed home by her big brothers: Nicholas and Jason, both 6; and Seth, 5.

Maternal grandparents are Darrell Harris of Grier City and Christine Harris of Quakake. Great grandparents are Bob and Dolly Shirey of Barnesville.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The First Presbyterian Church, Third and Mahoning streets, Lehighton, will present The Glee Club of the Union League of Philadelphia in concert on Sunday, May 15, at 3:30 p.m. The event will be held in memory of the Rev. H. W. Scott.

The Glee Club has performed in the United Kingdom and has received accolades for their performances. They sing the golden oldies of the 20s and 30s.

The group performs for nursing homes, charities and non-profit organizations.

Friday, April 22, 2011
Debra J. Kehrli and James J. Evans Jr.

The engagement of Debra J. Kehrli, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Solomon, Jim Thorpe, to James J. Evans Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. James Evans, Nesquehoning, has been announced by their parents and the bride-to-be's daughter, Bryanna Kehrli.

The bride-to-be is a 1991 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School. She is employed at the Hometown Nursing Home.

The prospective bridegroom is a 1988 graduate of Panther Valley High School and a 2001 graduate of Johnson College. He is employed at Kovatch Corp. as a machinist.

Friday, April 22, 2011
Jennifer Franko and Ryan Dudek

The engagement of Jennifer Franko, daughter of Guy and Lucille Franko of Jim Thorpe, to Ryan Dudek, son of Jerry and Sue Dudek of Auburn, N.Y., has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is a graphic designer. Her fiance is a web designer.

A wedding is planned for this July.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Brian Thomas Herman and Amanda Kathleen Hiller, 51 Penn Spring Drive, Jim Thorpe.

Matthew Aaron Minnich and April Renee Rehrig, 440 Coal St., Lehighton.

Donald Paul Serfass and Bonnie Lou Dunbar, 231 Nick Lane, Lehighton.

Daniel B. Mendolia and Jaime Lynne Strohl, 215 S. Second St., Lehighton.

William Lewis Vogel and Maureen Marie Novitsky, 145 Columbia Ave., Palmerton.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
The "Egg Dyeing 101 from Martha Stewart Living(TM)" App provides access to holiday egg-decorating ideas that are kid-friendly, fun, and easy to accomplish with simple instructions and how-to videos. Choose a project by swiping through an extensive gallery of 101 gorgeous photos. The App is available for $0.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. (PRNewsFoto/Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.)

There are so many ways to color an egg, and more than one kind of egg to color.

Much depends on the decorators' ages, time constraints and motivation. Do you want to try something new and different this year, or fall back on standard reliable egg-dyeing kits?

Even when using an egg-coloring kit, there are dozens of ways to kick the process up a notch.