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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Bertha Gersbach

Bertha Gersbach of Slatington celebrated her 90th birthday on June 15. She is the former Bertha Getz, daughter of the late Issac and Lauretta Getz of Union Hill. She is a twin sister to the late Beatrice (Getz) Long of Union Hill.

She was married to the late Willard Gersbach and has two sons, Willard "Bill" of California and Fred and his wife Diane of Slatington. She has two grandchildren, Eric Gersbach and his wife Gayle of Slatington, and Leah Gersbach of Conshohocken.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Storm All-Star Cheerleaders, based out of Lehighton, attended a National Cheerleading competition in Ocean City, Md. April 4-5.

Storm had three teams participate in the competition. The Flurries, a Tiny level 1 team consisting of girls ages 3-5, and Thunder, a Youth level 1 team consisting of girls age 12 and under, were both named National Champions.

Lightning, a Junior level 2 team consisting of girls 14 and under, placed second. The National Champions received a National Champion bag and all three teams received trophies.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Q. If you want to control your weight, is it better to eat three meals a day, or should you eat more, smaller meals?

There is no scientifically proven answer to this question. Until there is, I'd suggest simply reducing your total food intake for each day until your weight goes down.

Monday, June 17, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS

The winner of this year's "Draw Your Dad" Father's Day contest was Wyatt Smith, 5. Wyatt is the son of Jeremy and Vanessa Smith of Lehighton and the big brother of Kailyn, 2. He recently completed kindergarten at East Penn Elementary. Wyatt's drawing was selected at random from more than 180 entries. He received a $50 gift card for Roadie's Restaurant at Penn's Peak. To view all of the "Draw Your Dad" drawings submitted this year, go to www.tnonline.com/drawyourdad.

Monday, June 17, 2013
New York Times Best-Selling Author and former Parkland resident, Lauren Weisberger has reason to smile due to her successful career.

Summer a time for great beach fashion and great beach books. What's trending this season? Cobalt blue, Palazzo pants and "Revenge Wears Prada," New York Times best-selling author and former Parkland resident Lauren Weisberger's much-anticipated sequel to chick-lit hit, "The Devil Wears Prada."

Monday, June 17, 2013
TOP: Members of the Happy Hookers are, from left, Nancy Hartz, Connie Dixon, Doris Nelson, Janet Hagerty and Laurie Wall. Other members include Maryann Lishman, Peggy McArdle and Bonnie Smith. ABOVE: Showing off their work are members Connie Dixon and Marian Hollenbach.

Members of the Happy Hookers sewing and knitting group are making lap throws for residents at the St Luke's Hospital Miners Campus.

The group meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the community room of the ABC Hi-Rise in Tamaqua. Their needle work consists of cross stitch, hand quilts, granny squares and more.

The members also enjoy time spent socializing with each other.

For more information about the Happy Hookers sewing and knitting group, call Connie Dixon at (570) 668-1952 or Janet Hagerty at (570) 668-4809.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pursuing creative passions will be the topic of an artists' roundtable at the Black Diamond Writers' Network meeting, 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, June 15 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

The meeting is open all creative people, including painters, photographers, writers and more. There is no charge and the public is welcome.

For more information about the Black Diamond Writers Network, call Kathy Ruff at (570) 645-3059 or visit the Tamaqua Public Library website www.tamaquapubliclibrary.com. For directions, call the library at (570) 668-4660.

Friday, June 14, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Ralph Herbst, left, and EddieJo Bunker, met online and plan to be married sometime this year.

At a time when technology seems to draw us farther apart, a growing number of adults are using the Internet and social media to find new friends and partners. An eHarmony poll by Harris Interactive indicates that nearly 1 in 4 newly married couples now meet online, which means that more people who got married connected through a dating website or social media than through work, school, family or friends.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Most match-making websites, including Match.com and eHarmony, offer subscribers basic tips to ensure that online dating is as safe as possible.

It's important to follow some common-sense rules, including the following:

Use anonymous

contact tools

Most websites allow you to contact fellow subscribers without sharing your email or phone number.

Use these tools, and don't offer personal information like a home or cell phone number until you're more comfortable with an individual and feel ready to take that next step.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Schuylkill County Fair will accept fair queen applications through July 7.

The contest is open to girls ages 7-20. Contestants must submit information by July 7 along with a typed 1 1/2 page letter on why they would like to be fair royalty; two wallet-sized photos for publishing in local newspapers; a $30 check made payable to the fair association; and an information and release form found at www.schuylkillfair.com. Contestants will receive a confirmation letter.