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Friday, December 23, 2011
Annette Ritzko

Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, principal, at Marian Catholic High School, announced that Annette Ritzko, a freshman, was chosen as a winner in the Holy Childhood Association, Annual Christmas Artwork Contest 2011-2012.

She is the daughter of Nicholas and Marian Ritzko, Lansford.

At Marian, Annette is secretary/treasurer of the freshman class, member of the Future Business Leaders of America and Mock Trial team.

Ritzko's artwork, along with 22 others, will appear as Christmas e-greetings on Holy Childhood Association's website for kids www.hcakids.org.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Long on their wedding day.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Long will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day. They were married Dec. 25, 1951.

Mrs. Long is the former Shirley Higgins, daughter of the late LeRoy and Emma Higgins, Lehighton. Her husband is the son of the late Henry and Marjorie (Klotz) Long, Lehighton.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Gabe P. Ferrence

Gabe Peter Ferrence, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, celebrated his 96th birthday on Dec. 20.

Born on a farm in White Bear, Summit Hill in 1915, Gabe graduated from Nesquehoning High School in 1934. He married his wife, Rose, in 1938 and was married for 22 years until her passing in January of 1960.

He has three children, Ronald, Lansford; Jean Staloski, Lake Hauto; and Thomas, Nesquehoning. He also has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He is the last surviving member of 10 children.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the St. John's UCC in Tamaqua held a Christmas Cantata recently called "Mary, Did You Know" as part of their annual Christmas celebration. The event was held in memory of Donald Young, who passed away in March of this year.

The cantata involved songs and medleys sung by the choir and accompanied by musicians.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Robertson.

Sharon Foster, daughter of the late Patricia Maurer of Nesquehoning, and Matthew Robertson, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Stephen Robertson of Emmaus, were united in marriage on Nov. 11, 2011 at Faith U.C.C. in Grantville. The Rev. George Robertson, brother of the bridegroom, officiated the double ring ceremony.

Bridesmaids were the daughters of the bridegroom: Cassie, 9, and Emma, 7.

The ring bearer was the bridegroom's son, Steven, 5.

A reception in the church hall was held immediately after the ceremony.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Forgey

Katie Frey, daughter of 1SG U.S. Army Retired Harold and Deborah Frey, Tamaqua, was united in marriage to Tyler Forgey, son of Randy and Tania Forgey of Elkhart, Ind. on Oct. 6, 2011 in Yuba City, Calif.

The bride is a 2009 graduate of Indian River High School, Philadelphia.

She is currently an Airman First Class, serving in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California.

The bridegroom is a 2009 graduate of Jimtown High School in Elkhart.

He is also an Airman First Class, stationed at Beale Air Force Base.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Shirley Blynn loves decorating her home for Christmas.

There isn't a corner of her beautiful Palmerton home that doesn't reflect that love.

Every room has a tree, from the living room's 7-foot tree decorated in gold, silver and white with hints of peach, to a seashell-decorated tree in the welcoming foyer, to a teddy bear tree in the family room, to the miniature Santa's workshop tree on her kitchen counter.

Even the bedrooms and bathrooms have Christmas trees.

Blynn enjoys showcasing her Christmas collections and admits it takes her days to decorate her home.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian High School students have been busy spreading holiday cheer to the young and old alike. For the 11th year in a row, the school community sponsored a "Giving Tree" to be distributed through the Catholic Charities, Allentown Diocese, Catholic Social Services, Scranton Diocese and Birth Rite of Schuylkill County. Thanks to the enormous generosity of students, parents, faculty, staff and administration, dozens of gifts will be delivered to children and adults ranging in age from newborn to 20 years of age.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Bach and Handel Chorale on Saturday performed Handel's "Messiah" during a sold-out show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. The chorale was joined by the Festival Orchestra and soloists.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House was a fitting setting for the concert. The sounds of the chorale and 20-piece Festival Orchestra swelled to fill the historic opera house, now maintained by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

This performance of "Messiah" was dedicated to tenor Rick Hand, who was a member of the Chorale from 2001 until his passing this year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Q. I seem to be getting sick a lot lately and I'm worried that my immune system isn't working right. Could that be a reason?

A diminished immune system could be the cause of your problems. Go to your doctor for a checkup and diagnosis.

The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body against attacks by organisms such as bacteria, parasites, and fungi that can cause infections.

The cells that are part of this defense system are white blood cells, or leukocytes. Foreign substances that invade the body are called antigens.