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Friday, December 24, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Stahl

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Stahl of New Ringgold celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 19. They were married in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Coaldale, by the Rev. Sacks.

Mrs. Stahl is the former Julia J. DeSantis, daughter of the late attorney Paris J. and V. Mae (Garber) DeSantis. Her husband is the son of the late William C. and Margaret (Bashore) Stahl.

The couple has two daughters: Patricia J. (Stahl) Clifford and Marianna J. Stahl. They also have three grandchildren: Bryce, Bryn, and Baylen Clifford.

Friday, December 24, 2010
Nora Alice  Nothstein

A daughter, Nora Alice Nothstein, was born at 5:22 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Pottsville Hospital to Ashley and Matthew Nothstein of Lansford.

She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 17 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Mike and Mary Hall of Nesquehoning.

Paternal grandmother is Lisa Brauchle of Fogelsville.

Friday, December 24, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher A. Hartz

Jacquelyn M. Willing, daughter of Jack and Nancy Willing of Tamaqua, became the bride of Christopher A. Hartz, son of Bryan and Sharon DeLay of Tamaqua, and the late Rodney Hartz, Tamaqua, on June 5, 2010 at St. Jerome Church in Tamaqua. The Rev. James C. Bechtel officiated at the double ring ceremony. John Melley was the organist, Mary Minor was the soloist.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Cheryl (Stidham) Sitlinger of Tamaqua as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Cristy (Schaeffer) Clemson, of Mary D; and Amanda Hartz of Tamaqua, sister of the bridegroom.

Friday, December 24, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Hartranft

Mr. and Mrs. William G. Hartranft, Lehighton, are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. They were married on Dec. 24, 1955 at the Reformed Church in Tamaqua.

Mrs. Hartranft is the daughter of the late Leroy and Ruth Hein of Tamaqua. Her husband is the son of the late Daniel and Anna Hartranft.

The Hartranfts have four children: Bonnie Lee, wife of William Hrichin of Summit Hill; Laurie Ann, wife of James Dunkle of Jim Thorpe; William Charles Hartranft, Lehighton; and Kathy Joy, wife of Todd Kerschner of Summit Hill.

Friday, December 24, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Phillips

Janelle Heydt and Nathan Phillips were united in marriage on Oct. 16, 2010 at Zion Reformed United Church of Christ, Chambersburg. The Rev. Jeffrey Diller and the Rev. Donald J. Stump Sr. officiated at the double ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Gary and Melodie Heydt, Weatherly, and the bridegroom is the son of Michael and Theresa Phillips of Otho, Iowa.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose Sarah Hamm of Weatherly as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Angie Wilson of Hagerstown, Md. and Christa Zimmerman of Chambersburg.

Thursday, December 23, 2010
AP Photo Tracy Hermanstorfer watches as Coltyn offers dad, Mike Hermanstorfer, a bite of a french fry at their home in Colorado Springs. Tracy, now 34, went into cardiac arrest while preparing to give birth to Coltyn at a hospital on Dec. 24, 2009.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Strangers sometimes ask if they can touch 1-year-old Coltyn Hermanstorfer on the head or take his photo after he and his mother, Tracy, recovered from a near-death experience during childbirth last Christmas Eve.

"People feel that he is, like, somehow connected right directly with God," said Coltyn's father, Mike Hermanstorfer, who isn't convinced of that, "We'll find that out later in life,"

But he has no doubt it was a miracle, and he understands if others want to get as close to it as they can.

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Pearl Jean Kromer

A daughter, Pearl Jean Kromer, was born at 7:38 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2010 at Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville, to SSG Karin L. Heffron and SSG LeRoy E. Kromer II, of Pottsville. She weighed 6 pounds, 15.5 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

She was welcomed home by her 5-year-old brother Pierce James Kromer.

Maternal grandparents are Jim and Georgine Heffron of Duncott, Pa.

Paternal grandparents are LeRoy and Regina Kromer of Andreas. Paternal great-grandparents are Nicholas and Margaret Butrie of Lansford.

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Ruth Isabelle Huhn

Ruth Isabelle Huhn, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 99th birthday on Christmas Day.

Born in Brooklyn, Indiana in 1911, Ruth was the first born child of the late William F. Weber and Jennie V. (Witmer) Weber.

After finishing school, Ruth was employed at the Reed & Lovatt silk mill in Weatherly. She was also employed as a secretary at Tung Sol Electric Company in Weatherly.

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Edgar Castillo and Brooke Costello

Dimps and Val Hawthorne (Bowman) of Dillsburg, Pa.; and Steve and Kathy Costello of Reading, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Ashleigh Costello to Edgar Castillo, both of San Antonio, Texas.

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of the late Victor and Madalyn Bowman of Lehighton and the late Marina and Esteben Costello of Palmerton.

She is a 2005 graduate of Westchester University, where she received her RN, BSN in nursing.

She is currently employed as a nurse and also as a part-time personal trainer.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Beef Wellington is seen Oct. 31, 2010, in Concord, N,H. This roast uses a center-cut beef tenderloin section. Whether it's a standing prime rib, a rack of lamb or a saddle of veal, roasts can be as intimidating as they are dramatic. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

You've decked the table with china and linens and your grandmother's monogrammed silver.

The only thing missing? A gigantic, glistening roast, the ultimate expression of holiday luxury.

"You're serving something that people normally can't afford," says James Peterson, cooking instructor and author most recently of "Meat: A Kitchen Education" (Ten Speed, 2010). "It's a splurge."

But roasts – whether a standing prime rib, a rack of lamb or a saddle of veal – can be as intimidating as they are dramatic. Peterson offers a few techniques to help you conquer the beast: