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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Brianna Bittner

Brianna M. Bittner, a junior at Tamaqua Area High School, has been selected and sponsored by the Tamaqua American Legion C.H. Berry Post 173 Auxiliary to attend the Keystone Girls State.

This will be the 68th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

The program, entitled "Experience in Government," will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg from June 23-29.

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of Perry Music Studio performed in their annual recital recently.

The piano students of Perry Music Studio, Jim Thorpe, held their annual recital on June 7 in historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Race Street in Jim Thorpe. Maestro Randall Perry greeted the audience of approximately 75 parents and relatives and also introduced each performer. The students received a standing ovation from the audience at the conclusion of the recital. A small reception was held for the students and parents after the performance. Front row from left: Sophia Samoleski, Kate Malay, Anthony Witczak, Trey Gower, Olivia Bartholemew, Isabella Stianche and Aisling George.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Bertha Gersbach

Bertha Gersbach of Slatington celebrated her 90th birthday on June 15. She is the former Bertha Getz, daughter of the late Issac and Lauretta Getz of Union Hill. She is a twin sister to the late Beatrice (Getz) Long of Union Hill.

She was married to the late Willard Gersbach and has two sons, Willard "Bill" of California and Fred and his wife Diane of Slatington. She has two grandchildren, Eric Gersbach and his wife Gayle of Slatington, and Leah Gersbach of Conshohocken.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Storm All-Star Cheerleaders, based out of Lehighton, attended a National Cheerleading competition in Ocean City, Md. April 4-5.

Storm had three teams participate in the competition. The Flurries, a Tiny level 1 team consisting of girls ages 3-5, and Thunder, a Youth level 1 team consisting of girls age 12 and under, were both named National Champions.

Lightning, a Junior level 2 team consisting of girls 14 and under, placed second. The National Champions received a National Champion bag and all three teams received trophies.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Q. If you want to control your weight, is it better to eat three meals a day, or should you eat more, smaller meals?

There is no scientifically proven answer to this question. Until there is, I'd suggest simply reducing your total food intake for each day until your weight goes down.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The winner of this year's "Draw Your Dad" Father's Day contest was Wyatt Smith, 5. Wyatt is the son of Jeremy and Vanessa Smith of Lehighton and the big brother of Kailyn, 2. He recently completed kindergarten at East Penn Elementary. Wyatt's drawing was selected at random from more than 180 entries. He received a $50 gift card for Roadie's Restaurant at Penn's Peak. To view all of the "Draw Your Dad" drawings submitted this year, go to

Monday, June 17, 2013
New York Times Best-Selling Author and former Parkland resident, Lauren Weisberger has reason to smile due to her successful career.

Summer a time for great beach fashion and great beach books. What's trending this season? Cobalt blue, Palazzo pants and "Revenge Wears Prada," New York Times best-selling author and former Parkland resident Lauren Weisberger's much-anticipated sequel to chick-lit hit, "The Devil Wears Prada."

Monday, June 17, 2013
TOP: Members of the Happy Hookers are, from left, Nancy Hartz, Connie Dixon, Doris Nelson, Janet Hagerty and Laurie Wall. Other members include Maryann Lishman, Peggy McArdle and Bonnie Smith. ABOVE: Showing off their work are members Connie Dixon and Marian Hollenbach.

Members of the Happy Hookers sewing and knitting group are making lap throws for residents at the St Luke's Hospital Miners Campus.

The group meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the community room of the ABC Hi-Rise in Tamaqua. Their needle work consists of cross stitch, hand quilts, granny squares and more.

The members also enjoy time spent socializing with each other.

For more information about the Happy Hookers sewing and knitting group, call Connie Dixon at (570) 668-1952 or Janet Hagerty at (570) 668-4809.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pursuing creative passions will be the topic of an artists' roundtable at the Black Diamond Writers' Network meeting, 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, June 15 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

The meeting is open all creative people, including painters, photographers, writers and more. There is no charge and the public is welcome.

For more information about the Black Diamond Writers Network, call Kathy Ruff at (570) 645-3059 or visit the Tamaqua Public Library website For directions, call the library at (570) 668-4660.

Friday, June 14, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Ralph Herbst, left, and EddieJo Bunker, met online and plan to be married sometime this year.

At a time when technology seems to draw us farther apart, a growing number of adults are using the Internet and social media to find new friends and partners. An eHarmony poll by Harris Interactive indicates that nearly 1 in 4 newly married couples now meet online, which means that more people who got married connected through a dating website or social media than through work, school, family or friends.