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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Daniel Kenny and Leandra Green

Leandra Green and Daniel Kenny, both of Emmaus, together with their parents, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lee Green of Lehighton and the late Bonnie Green. She is a graduate of Misericordia University where she earned a bachelor of science in medical imaging. She is employed as a PACS system analyst at Lehigh Valley Health Network and is also the owner of Leandra Elaine Photography.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Black Diamond Writers' Network wants to help new and experienced writers learn to market themselves and their books.

During the group's meeting on Saturday, Feb. 16, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua, marketing professional Dina Tulli Davis of Jumpstart Creative Group will share with writers about how to properly market their books. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Would you agree to read a book without knowing its title, author, or plot?

That's exactly what you're asked to do at the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe this month.

Their "blind date with a book" program encourages library patrons to check out a wrapped mystery book. Each book is recommended by a library employee, but you won't know what the book is until you get it home all you'll see is a short summary or phrase written on the wrapper.

Monday, February 4, 2013
Joseph F. Shalanski

Joseph F. Shalanski of Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, formerly of Conyngham, recently celebrated his 97th birthday. He was born in Warrior Run, Pa. on Feb. 1, 1916. He was one of five children.

Joseph graduated from Warrior Run High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Seaman on an LST (Landing Ship, Tank) during World War II; and received a number of combat medals as the ship saw action in both the European and Pacific theaters.

Monday, February 4, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dimmick Memorial Library director Susan Sterling prepares a book for the library's "blind date with a book" program. Readers can choose from a variety of mystery books, each wrapped in brown paper with a short description or book review written on the outside. The program will last the entire month of February.

Readers visiting the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe now have a unique way to discover new authors and topics.

For the month of February, the library will be offering "blind dates" with books, each recommended by a library employee.

Like a true blind date, readers who check out a special "blind date" book won't know the title or author of their book. Each book is wrapped in plain brown paper.

"I saw this online and thought it was a cute idea," said library director Susan Sterling.

Friday, February 1, 2013
Kristin Danchak and Robert Bekesy

The engagement of Kristin Danchak of Emmaus to Robert Bekesy, also of Emmaus, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Donna Danchak of Albrightsville. She has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from College Misericordia and is employed as a clinical coordinator of the recovery room at St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem.

Friday, February 1, 2013
Mark Grim and Tamra Veronsky

Tamra Veronsky and Mark Grim, both of Tamaqua, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Cathryn Veronsky of Tamaqua and the late John Veronsky.

She is a 2007 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, and a 2011 graduate of Schuylkill Health School of Nursing. She is currently attending Penn State University, working toward a bachelor of science in nursing.

She is employed as a registered nurse at Schuylkill Medical Center South Jackson Street.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Heather Welker of Tamaqua and Craig Grim of Allentown.

Friday, February 1, 2013
Daniel Hallowich and Rebecca Sincavage

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sincavage of Lake Hauto have announced the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca to Daniel Hallowich, son of Mary Grace Hallowich of Mayfield, and Stanley Hallowich of Jermyn.

Friday, February 1, 2013
Elizabeth Lutton and Timothy Knappenberger

Elizabeth Lutton and Timothy Knappenberger, both of Dahlgren, Va. are engaged to be married.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Elva and David Lutton of Duncansville, Pa. She is a 2001 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School and a 2005 graduate of Penn State University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and a bachelor of science degree in secondary education.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Terri and Will Knappenberger of Tamaqua.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Amber L. Mummert and Keith D. Neff, 216 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua.

Pamela Denise Harvan and Daniel Donovan, 330 Clarke St., Tamaqua.

Kathryn E. Barron and Christopher W. Orlick, 185 Archery Club Road, New Ringgold.

Denise L. Koons and Terry J. Kranch, 429 Owl Creek Road, Tamaqua.

Patricia E. Ramirez and Pedro M. Aguero, 130 Gay St., Tamaqua.

Anne C. Tomalonis and Mark Fedorshak, 1 Trout Lane, Zion Grove, North Union Township.