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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the community room of the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Women with cancer-related issues are invited to attend this group, which offers a supportive social setting. Part of the meeting will feature a respiratory department technician demonstrating and explaining some of the equipment and supplies that a hospitalized person may receive.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Gallery of Hope, which honors breast cancer survivors, will be on display at Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses this month.

Ten northeastern Pennsylvania residents recently took the brave step of sharing their personal experiences with breast cancer to inspire others who are facing the disease. Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania has collected their stories and photos for the company's 11th annual "Gallery of Hope."

Created in 2000, the Gallery of Hope is a traveling display designed to educate the public about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Last March, Mary Anne Christo gave birth to twin sons. She and her husband, Eric Waksmunski, anticipated complications as the boys were born 10 weeks early, but were devastated when both boys were diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Shane and Wyatt had a rough start, faced multiple surgeries and spent the first few months of their lives in the hospital. The twins have dealt with more in their first year, than most people experience in an entire lifetime.

Friday, March 4, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Weston

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Weston recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Feb. 25, 1961 at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, Lansford, by the Rev. Francis Mealey.

Mrs. Weston is the former Jane Probert, daughter of the late Florence and Charles Probert, Lansford. Her husband is the son of the late Ted and Eulalia Weston, Tamaqua.

The Westons have four children: David, at home; Mary Kate Mashack, and her husband Paul, of Bloomsburg; Karen Bowerman, and her husband Jan, of Harrisburg; and Nancy Domin, and her husband Kevin, of Womelsdorf, Pa.

Friday, March 4, 2011

"Music Together with Rachel" is celebrating at Strange Brew, a coffee shop in Jim Thorpe.

March is national Sing with Your Child Month and Music Together with Rachel is celebrating with a free one-hour family sing along, instrument play, dance along event at Strange Brew, 79 Broadway Jim Thorpe, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9.

Music Together is a research-based, internationally recognized music and movement program for children birth to age 5 and parents.

Friday, March 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Isabella Baka is the third girl at Franklin Elementary School in Lehighton to attain the top level Presidential Award in all four years at the school.

This award is the highest achievement level in a battery of physical fitness tests provided by "The President's Challenge" program, which is designed to inspire children to become physically active and fit.

Isabella now joins an elite group consisting of Aubrey Blasiak, Lauren House, Aaron Berger and Kyle Hunter, who previously accomplished this feat within the past 15 years.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Donate your prom and wedding dresses today and help support Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter. New and gently-used dresses and accessories including jewelry, purses, shawls, and shoes will be accepted until March 15.

Drop off locations include the following Blue Ridge Communications offices: Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford, and Lehighton.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Daniel Andrew Williams and Annette Marie Wieand, 148 Jamestown St., Lehighton.

Jeremie Jacob Kunkle and Shana Richards, 2321 S. Lehigh Gorge Drive, Weatherly.

Todd Anthony Carmody and Amy Elizabeth Reichardt, Box 899, Pocono Lake.

John David Weaver and Caitlin Hollar, 444 E. Patterson St., Lansford.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Dorothy Schaar

Dorothy Sarah (Jacquot) Schaar, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 94th birthday on March 8.

Born in Cementon, Pa. in 1917, Dorothy, lovingly known as Mrs. Schaar, has also resided in Audenried, Pa., St. Petersburg, Fla., and Freeland, Pa.

She worked in Woolworths and for United Charities.

She was married to her husband, Robert, on July 27, 1937 and remained married for 42 years until his passing.

She is the proud mother of two children, Barbara Schaar of Hazleton and Robert Schaar of Benton.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Mia Josephine Samok

A daughter, Mia Josephine Samok, was born at 8:24 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2011 at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown, to Sara Sebelin and Nick Samok of Palmerton.

She weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Joe and Karen Sebelin of Jim Thorpe.

Paternal grandparents are Mike and Jeanne Samok, Palmerton.