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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School held its 2010 Homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 15. Crowned as Homecoming Queen was Stacey Wallace, left, while E. Franklin "Grif" Griffiths IV was crowned Homecoming King. The ceremony took place at halftime of the Tamaqua-Schuylkill Haven football game.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Megan L. Maradeo and Lee Herko

The engagement of Megan Lee Maradeo of Norristown to Lee Herko, also of Norristown, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Kathy and David Maradeo of Nesquehoning. She is a 2007 graduate of Kutztown University, where she majored in criminal justice and paralegal studies. She has been employed by MAXIMUS Federal Services, King of Prussia, since February of 2008.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
In this photo taken on Oct. 2, 2010, 9-year-old Jeremy Nativio holds his mother Stacy Nativio's finger as she offers some pre-game advice prior to a recent Neshannock, Pa. Pee Wee football game. Finding out their son had Down syndrome before he was born gave Stacy and Dan Nativio time to prepare for the challenges ahead. But there was no preparing for the news that came the day he was born. Jeremy had leukemia. Jeremy's gone from battling leukemia twice to being part of a new kind of battle: playing on the defensive line of his Pee Wee football team. (AP Photo/New Castle News, Lisa Micco)

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – Stacy Nativio was 17 weeks pregnant with her third child when she got the news.

Her unborn son, Jeremy, had Down syndrome.

"We said, 'This is what God's given to us,'" Stacy remembered, sharing how she and her husband, Dan, tried to remain positive.

"And we're going to take everything that comes with it."

Finding out their son had Down syndrome before he was born gave the couple time to prepare for the challenges ahead. But there was no preparing for the news that came the day he was born.

Jeremy had leukemia.

Monday, October 18, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Candidates for the 2010 Homecoming Queen and King at Marian High School, Hometown, are: front row, from left, Cathleen Cataldo, Hilary Furmanchin, Christine Valente and Katelyn Collevechio. Back row, Justin Petrovich, Evan Bellizia and Dominick Richards. Zachary Miller is also a candidate. The king and queen will be crowned during halftime festivities on Friday, Oct. 22 when the Colts host the Blue Devils from Shenandoah High School. Also, in observance of Homecoming, Marian alumni, family and friends are invited to a social in the school cafeteria after the game.

Monday, October 18, 2010
Stephen Bariexca and Erin O'Gurek

William and Siobhan O'Gurek of Summit Hill, announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Elizabeth, to Stephen Bariexca, son of Stephen and Gail Bariexca of Summit, N.J.

The bride-elect is a 2003 graduate of Marian High School, Hometown, and a 2008 graduate of Villanova University, where she received a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

She is employed as a critical care nurse at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tahiti D. Kibler and Francis J. Sabol, 321 E. South St., Mahanoy City.

Deborah L. Bensinger and Tony A. Mundo, 229 Schuylkill Ave., Tamaqua.

Nicole P. Ems and Michale M. Lang, 252 W. Howard Ave., Coaldale.

Jennifer M. Frantz and David M. Roehl, 70 Washington St., Middleport.

Sezen Arabach and Robert J. Holland Jr., 61 Locust Ave., MaryD, Schuylkill Township.

Ruth E. Santamaria and Jose L. Vigo, 313 Penn St., Tamaqua.

Linda M. Thomas and Michael J. Loch, 534 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Jody D. Kehl and John E. Mickey III, 339 Hazleton St., Tamaqua.

Monday, October 18, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Area High School crowned seniors Lyndsey Heinrich and Levi Serfass as 2010 Homecoming Queen and King at homecoming festivities at the high school on Oct. 8.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will not meet at the hospital in October. Instead, they will gather at Zion U.C.C., Second and Iron streets, Lehighton, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, for a Service of Healing led by the Rev. Allen Heckman.

The service is designed to offer God's presence with strength and comfort in a time of physical, emotional, or spiritual suffering within this community of faith.

This service is open to all who desire to attend. Call Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 with further questions. The church's phone number is (610) 377-1191.

Monday, October 18, 2010
SHAWN MCFARLAND/TIMES NEWS

Stephanie Behrends and Tarik Williams were crowned Homecoming Queen and King at festivities during the Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain West football game on Friday, Oct. 8.

Friday, October 15, 2010
Steve Kocher and Amber Walck

The engagement of Amber Walck of Fairfax, Va., to Steve Kocher, also of Fairfax, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Rod and Cheryl Walck of Lehighton. She is a 2003 graduate of Lehighton Area High School. She graduated from Penn State University in 2007 with a bachelor of science degree in art education.

She is employed as a freelance makeup artist and also works for Customink.com.