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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
First lady Micehlle Obama arrives on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for the Presidential Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Obama made it a fashion tradition Monday night, wearing a custom-made Jason Wu gown to the inauguration balls. The ruby-colored dress was a follow-up to the white gown Wu made for her four years ago when she was new to Washington, the pomp and circumstance, and the fashion press.

She now emerged in velvet and chiffon as a bona fide trendsetter.

"I can't believe it. It's crazy," said Wu, reached at his Manhattan studio. "To have done it once was already the experience of my life. To have a second time is tremendous."

Monday, January 21, 2013
@$:LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gabby Freed in her UCA cheerleading uniform.

It isn't just the game. The building up of excitement for a coal region football game has many elements, like the aura of the stadium lights, the sounds of a marching band, and the cheerleaders poised between the bleachers of fans and the players.

For Gabrielle "Gabby" Freed, Tamaqua, a high school junior and daughter of Tom and Kim Freed, watching cheerleaders perform at a high school football game is one of her earliest memories.

Monday, January 21, 2013

If you are a high school student who loves to write and who would like the opportunity to see your work in print, the TIMES NEWS invites you to submit your work for possible publication in our newspaper.

Poems, essays, short stories and works of non-fiction will be considered for use in our Lifestyle section on a random basis, as part of a new feature called "Young Voices."

There will be no compensation for any work submitted, and all items are subject to editing.

Monday, January 21, 2013
Agnes Limberg

Agnes Limberg, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, is celebrating her 91st birthday tomorrow.

Born in Easton, Pa. on Jan. 22, 1922, Agnes was married to Laird Limberg for 32 years until his death in 1972.

Agnes has eight children: Michael Limberg, Hazleton; Dorothy Moser, Wayne, Pa.; Karen Wright, Neshanic Station, NJ.; Mary Thompson, New Tripoli; Patricia Limberg, Colleyville, Texas; Diane Piparata, Easton; Laird Limberg, San Diego California, and Jeffrey Limberg, Mesa Arizona.

She has 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Monday, January 21, 2013
Walter Woods

Walter Woods, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, recently celebrated his 92nd birthday. Born in Patterson, N.J. on Jan. 17, 1921 he was the son of the late Walter Woods and Jean Johnson.

He graduated from Hawthorne High School in 1939 and enlisted in the Air Corps. He served as a pilot during World War II and received a number of combat medals including: American Theater Medal, Air Medal with 3 Oak Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal and Good Conduct medal.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will hold its February meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

How does a writer cross the threshold from "good" to "great"? Award-winning author Kathy Kulig discusses techniques used by successful businesses and individuals that can help writers make that leap in their writing career.

Friday, January 18, 2013
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2001 file photo, Phillips, who had Alzheimerís disease, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, she was 94. Phillips' column competed for decades with the advice column of Ann Landers, written by her twin sister, Esther Friedman Lederer. Their relationship was stormy in their early adult years, but later they regained the close relationship they had growing up in Sioux City, Iowa. The two columns differed in style. Ann Landers responded to questioners with homey, detailed advice. Abby's replies were often flippant one-liners. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

NEW YORK (AP) – Two men had recently bought a house together in San Francisco, and the neighbors were annoyed. The men were entertaining "a very suspicious mixture of people," the neighbors wrote, asking: "How can we improve the neighborhood?"

"You could move," Dear Abby replied.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Jessica McFee and Shane Spotts

The engagement of Jessica McFee, daughter of David McFee and Linda McFee of Mt. Carmel, Pa., to Shane Spotts, son of Allen Spotts Jr. and Gwen Spotts of Tamaqua, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Mt. Carmel Area High School and a 2011 graduate of Bloomsburg University.

She is employed at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

The prospective bridegroom is a 2007 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 2011 graduate of Bloomsburg University.

He is employed by the Minersville Area School District.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @$:Board members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge (Northeastern Pennsylvania), which serves Carbon County, finalize the details of the annual "Bowl for Kids' Sake" Bowlathon. This year's bowlathon will be held on Saturday, March 23 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop in Lehighton. The organization is currently seeking bowlers, sponsors and volunteers. Board members, from left, are David Matsinko; Jenna Sargent, caseworker; Shirley Radler, secretary/treasurer; Brenda Benner, vice president; and Marie Hahn, president.

Lace up your bowling shoes it's time to "Bowl for Kids' Sake."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge's Carbon County chapter will host its annual "Bowl for Kids' Sake" Bowlathon on Saturday, March 23 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop in Lehighton, board members announced last week. The board is actively seeking bowling teams and sponsors for the event.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will not meet in January or February. Meetings will resume at 6 p.m. on March 6.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (except for January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township. This is located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.