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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.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Dean Allen Berger Jr. and Briann Marie Eickhoff, 12 S. Kittatinny Rd., Lehighton.

Joshua Ryan Krieger and Cortney Diana Kehler, 82 Oak Hill Rd., Weatherly.

William Francis Murray Jr., 201 North Ave., Jim Thorpe, and Margaret Bridget Stiely, 438 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

Joseph Thomas Ruzicka and Heather Nittany Compton, 165 Tar Run Drive, Lehighton.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Genevieve Skavery

Genevieve Skavery, a resident of Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, celebrated her 95th birthday recently. She was born Jan. 26, 1918 to Stanley and Victoria Swatski of Mt. Carmel.

Genevieve and her husband Stanley, who worked as a coal miner, were married June 17, 1939 at St. Stanislaus Church in Shenandoah.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Policeman's Ball Committee members gathered in the lobby of Memorial Hall just prior to the start of their fifth annual event are, from left, Louise McClafferty, Police Chief Joseph Schatz, Tammy Lombardo, Councilwoman Joanne Klitsch, Detective Lee Marzen and Jamie Solomon. Missing from the photo is Betsy Arner, Jim Thorpe Borough Council president.

Memorial Hall on East 10th Street in Jim Thorpe was the setting last Saturday evening for the fifth annual Policeman's Ball, which was hosted by the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

The emcees for this year's event were Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko and Police Chief Joseph Schatz.

"I'd like to thank the committee for an outstanding job," Sofranko said of the ball. "They've done a fine job here once again this year."

Sofranko also expressed his gratitude to the borough council, residents and those in law enforcement who attended the ball.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Rhonda Carl, Ashland, was crowned 2013 Pennsylvania Fair Queen.

Rhonda Carl, Ashland, was named 2013 Pennsylvania Fair Queen at the state competition held Jan. 26, at the annual joint convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs (PSACF) and Pennsylvania State Showmen's Association at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

"The PA Fair Queen Program is considered a great leadership program for the young women in Pennsylvania," said George Greig, state Department of Agriculture Secretary, who attended the convention.