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Monday, October 31, 2011
Lois E. (Sands) Holman

Lois Evelyn (Sands) Holman, of Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, is celebrating her 98th birthday Nov. 1. Born in Hazleton in 1913, she was married to Allan Williams for 47 years until his passing in 1979, and to David Holman Sr. for 10 years until his death in 2000.

Lois is a member of the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross and received recognition for over 50 years of service. She was instrumental in starting the Red Cross Bloodmobile in Weatherly and was also a volunteer in the Hazleton Red Cross office during World War II.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Growing a garden using hydroponics. That's science.

Learning how a business ships packages to destinations all over the world using a computer-based tracking program. That's technology.

Building a windmill to harness wind energy. That's engineering.

Counting money. That's mathematics.

These are just a few of the things students learn through the 21st Century Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool program.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kruczek

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kruczek of Summit Hill will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday.

They were married on Oct. 28, 1961 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, by the late Rev. Msgr. J. Francis Haley.

Mrs. Kruczek is the former Anna Marie Cusanelli, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Cusanelli. Mr. Kruczek is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Kruczek.

The couple has two children, Edward, and his wife, Pam, of Coopersburg, and Deborah, wife of Robert Rohlfing of Summit Hill.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The engagement of Marie Jamie Geiger, Palmerton, to Cody Grant Fluke, New Ringgold, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Steven and Laurel Geiger of Palmerton. She is a 2003 graduate of Palmerton Area High School and a 2009 graduate of Marywood University where she earned a master of science in physician assistant studies.

She is employed at Northwestern Medical Center in New Tripoli.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Steve Matthew Carrigan and Jennifer Lynne Davila, 251 S. First St., Lehighton.

David Allen Bechtold Sr. and Trina Marie Eidem, 448 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

Stephen Michael Nesgoda and Sarah Ann Swankoski, 1095 Riverview Drive, Walnutport.

Daniel Bruce Hummel and Ashley Marie DeHaven, 3 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning.

Ken Alan Frantz and Mary Patricia Mower, 2250 Church Hill Rd., Lehighton.

Ryan Gordon Clay and Janet Lee Clay, 353 Stewart Creek Rd., Lehighton.

Eric David Clark and Erin Nicole Gabel, 111 Mohawk Trail, Albrightsville.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Richard Jasinski Jr. and Stacie Surotchak

The engagement of Stacie Surotchak to Richard Jasinski Jr., both of Hopatcong, N.J., has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Bruce and Anna Mae Surotchak of Tamaqua. She graduated from Tamaqua Area High School in 2004.

In 2008 she graduated from Marywood University with a bachelor of science degree in communication sciences and disorders. She received a master of science degree in 2010.

She is employed as a speech-language pathologist at a nursing home in Hackettstown, N.J.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Helen Cheslock

Helen (Zankofski) Cheslock, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, will be celebrating her 93rd birthday on Saturday.

Born in Hazleton in Oct. 29, 1918, Helen was married to her husband Richard for 35 years, until his passing in 1976.

Helen and her husband had two children: Richard Cheslock, who resides in Virginia, and Francella Hamecs, who resides in New Jersey.

Helen has three grandchildren, Lynn, Bryan, and Daniel; and two great-grandsons, Eric and George.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Ava Gioe admires her cake with her parents Michael and Giannina, and brother Joseph, at her 5th birthday party, which was held at Giovanni's in Scranton.

It was a party fit for a princess, thanks in part to Candy Repsher Knappenberger, a professional area baker and sugar artist.

After pairing up with Icing Smiles, an organization that matches chronically and critically ill children with volunteers who bake and donate unique birthday cakes, Knappenberger helped turn an already special day, into a memorable and wondrous event.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Diane Winnington, 64 Valley St., New Philadelphia, and Andrew J. Belsak, Box 181, New Ringgold.

Christina L. May and George L. Klipola, 9 Kaska St., Middleport.

Melody A. Carls and Bernie Watkins, 601 W. Maple St., Mahanoy City.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

(Today we'll go into the mailbag and answer three questions, instead of the usual one.)

Q. Is there such a thing as a painless migraine?

Sometimes we see light flashes that appear to be little lightning bolts or waves. This type of flash is usually caused by a blood-vessel spasm in the brain, which is called a migraine. These flashes can happen without a headache and they are called ophthalmic migraines or ocular migraines.