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Monday, December 16, 2013
Bennett Michael Kitchko

A son, Bennett Michael Kitchko, was born at 2:14 a.m. Aug. 19, 2013 at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Pa., to Sausanie (Ramos) and Michael Kitchko.

He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Sally Graves of Dunkirk, N.Y., and John and Maria Ramos of Silver Creek, N.Y.

Paternal grandparents are Sam and Michele Kitchko of Nesquehoning.

Maternal great-grandmother is Alba Ramos of Dunkirk.

Monday, December 16, 2013
Harvey Smith, Horses & Horizons' executive director, far left; and program director Elaine Smith, with Youth Volunteer of the Year, Meghan Sfarra; Volunteer of the Year, Denise Schafer; and "Volunteen" of the Year, Amanda Carnes.

At its recent year-end party, Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. recognized three area residents as outstanding volunteers for 2013. Denise Schafer of New Ringgold was named the organization's Volunteer of the Year, and Amanda Carnes of New Ringgold was honored as "Volunteen" of the Year.

This year, the nonprofit organization instituted a new award, Youth Volunteer of the Year, in honor of the dedicated service provided by Meghan Sfarra, also of New Ringgold.

Monday, December 16, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1968 held its 45-reunion Oct. 19 at the American Legion in Lehighton. Classmates in attendance included, front row from left, David Hawk, John Fegley, Pat Schneider, John Deutsch, Linda (Christman) Steigerwalt, Jean Bickel, Brenda (Nothstein) Bunting and James Szoke.

Friday, December 13, 2013
Travis Halabura and Jessica Bensinger

David and Margaret Bensinger of Tamaqua have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Bensinger, to Travis Halabura, son of David Halabura of Orwigsburg and the late Suzette Halabura.

The bride-to-be is a 2009 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 2012 graduate of Delaware Valley College, earning a degree in animal science.

She is employed at the Companion Animal Hospital in Tamaqua.

Her fiance attended Blue Mountain Area High School and is employed by Halabura Farms.

The couple is planing an August 2014 wedding.

Friday, December 13, 2013
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

Carbon-Schuylkill Community Theater will present an original holiday show this weekend at Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton.

"Another Holiday Show," is written and directed by Jonathan M. Rodgers. It is a musical about preparing for "yet another holiday show" in a theater company, and encompasses the popular "show within a show" concept.

The revue-style production was written to highlight some of the voices and talent of the Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater members.

Friday, December 13, 2013
Benjamin Kunkel and Brittani Klingeman

Brittani Klingeman of Altoona and Benjamin Kunkel of Jim Thorpe are engaged to be married.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Judy Klingeman and John Klingeman of Altoona.

She is a 2006 graduate of Altoona Area High School. She graduated from Penn State University, University Park in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology.

In 2012 she graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a master's degree in exercise science.

She is employed by Foxdale Village in State College.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Riley Fritz, daughter of Kelly Fritz of Lehighton and Justin Fritz of Nesquehoning, donated 11 inches of her hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that

provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21, suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Riley is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Paul of Nesquehoning, Beth

Lesniak of Whitehall, and Mr. and Mrs. John Fritz of Mondovi, Wisc. She is in second-grade at

Mahoning Elementary School.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Lee Sivak displays a heavy grape vine wreath base.

Visitors to the Lehigh Gap Nature Center created their own winter wonderland recently, as they created fragrant Christmas wreaths, snow globes, bird feeders and more.

The annual Christmas craft day took place last weekend. Greens were piled outside for the wreaths, and were brought by several different people.

In addition to wreaths, visitors could make pinecone bird feeders and tree ornaments.

Bill Mineo and his wife Lorraine have been coordinating the wreath projects for several years.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Charley Davidson Series, Darynda Jones, will be the Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers' cyber-speaker at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township. The discussion will focus on story openings.

In case of bad weather, visit www.plrw.org for meeting cancellation.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Jason Christopher Bauer and Virginia Cheryl Henninger, 682 Strauss Valley Drive, Lehighton.

Matthew Stephen Bonser and Brittany Anne Frable, 205 Vine St., Lehighton.