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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Rick Kirkendall and Tracy Shupp

The engagement of Tracy Shupp, Lehighton, and Rick Kirkendall, also of Lehighton, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jean Shupp and Mark Shupp, of Lehighton. She is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School and is currently a student at Lincoln Technical Institute.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Kimberly Tracey of Whitehall, and Rick Kirkendall of Lehighton. He is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School and is also currently attending Lincoln Technical Institute.

No date has been set for the wedding.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Representing Lehighton Area Girl Scouts are from left, front row, Shyanne Kleintop, Bryanna Berger, Shain Hrusovsky, Katrina Remaley, Bridget Dowd, Emily Sangiuliano and Jessica Vanfossen and back row, Suzie DeMara, director of Care Net of Carbon County; and Pam Berger, leader of Junior Troop 3248.

Several large bins filled with baby wipes, diapers and clothing, plus baby food and toys were donated to Care Net of Carbon County by Lehighton Area Girl Scouts.

"Your items will help mommies and daddies who don't have a lot of money," said Suzi DeMara, director of Care Net.

"Our mommies and daddies will have to earn these items by taking classes in parenting skills and working on their relationships."

DeMara said that when parents have good relationships, they are better parents and stay together to raise their babies.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Q. I'm 69 years old and I'm considering surgery for obesity. Am I too old for this?

There is no upper age limit for this type of surgery. However, the procedure is riskier for anyone older than 65.

Obesity surgery also known as bariatric surgery limits your food intake. Some operations also restrict the amount of food you can digest. It is designed for men who are at least 100 pounds overweight and women at least 80 pounds overweight.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gene Wayne Miller and Cynthia Lee Eichelberger, 155 W. Main St., Weatherly.

Todd Allen Diener and Jennifer Koch, 185 White Oak Drive, Lehighton.

Matthew Lee Christman and Jessica Marie Phegley, 8 Stoney Ridge Rd., Apt. A5, Palmerton.

Monday, May 9, 2011
Sean Ryan Helmer

A son, Sean Ryan Helmer, was born at 4:06 a.m. on April 11, 2011 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Jennifer and Chad Helmer of Allentown.

He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Ronald and Johanna Brelsford of Stratford, Conn.

Paternal grandparents are David and Carol Helmer of Lehighton.

Maternal great-grandmother is Marjorie Brelsford of Stratford.

Paternal great-grandfather is Ardie Helmer of Palmerton.

Monday, May 9, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Beth Bollinger holds her son, Cale, 2, in front of their Walnutport home. Cale is the winner of the TIMES NEWS Draw Your Mom contest. His drawing was selected at random from among the more than 250 submitted. Cale was presented with a $50 gift card for dinner at Roadies Restaurant at Penn's Peak in Penn Forest Township. Check tnonline.com later this week to see a sampling of some of the drawings submitted in this year's

contest.

Monday, May 9, 2011
M.Craig McDonald/Special to the TIMES NEWS Participating in Christ Lutheran Church's May Faire were, front row, children on the Christ Lutheran Youth Ministry group; and back row, organizer Donna Tweed, Tracey Hassler, the Rev. John Hassler, and the winner of the Spring Bonnet Category, Jill Tillney and model Meeghan Rossi.

Christ Lutheran Church held its first annual May Faire Festival titled, "Let Spring Light Your Heart" Saturday. The church is located on Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903.

Families feasted on baked goods, barbecued chicken and homemade desserts.

Children ran freely on the grounds laughing and dancing with painted faces in between breaks of organized activities. The Faire was open to everyone.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The photographs of R. Alexander Trejo will be on display at the Dakota Ridge Gallery in Jim Thorpe on May 14, the opening day of the Jim Thorpe Art Weekend.

The series, entitled "Architectural Surreal," highlights Trejo's passion for architectural subjects and their relation to surreal and romantic art.

A native of Philadelphia, Trejo began taking photos in his teens. While working for several years in the architectural field, he traveled whenever possible and noticed that his 'hobby' of taking pictures was becoming a real passion.

Monday, May 9, 2011
Marian Catholic High School's May Queen, Laura Cinicola, far left, with members of her court, from left, Joseph Meier, Sara Pisak, Michael Heffelfinger, Cathleen Cataldo, Jonathan Keer, Gino Kociolek, Mary Connors, Zachary Petrole and Holly Massar.

Students, faculty, administrators and parents at Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, continued a long-standing tradition of honoring Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother, during the school's annual May Procession observance on Monday, May 5.

The event took place during the morning Mass that preceded classes followed by the crowning of the Blessed Mother by Laura Cinicola, daughter of Frederick and Theresa Cinicola of Andreas, who had been selected to the school's May Queen.

Friday, May 6, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Adam LaRizzio loved music. In his memory his friends created an annual music festival, the funds from which will provide college scholarships for Jim Thorpe Area High School graduating seniors. His family will also use money from the foundation to help families suffering from the sudden, tragic loss of a loved one.

In February of 2010, Teddy and Lori LaRizzio of Jim Thorpe found themselves trying to pick up the pieces of their once almost-perfect lives, following the sudden, tragic death of their 22-year-old son, Adam.

Surrounded and supported by a community they loved, the LaRizzios realized there were two things important to them keeping their youngest son's memory alive, and giving back to the community that had been there for them in their hour of need.