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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System recognizes Stroke Awareness Month with free stroke screening from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday in the second floor Next Step Acute Rehab Unit at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Daniel Yeager, MD, medical director of BMHS's Acute Rehabilitation Center, will screen participants for the presence of carotid bruits. Acute Rehab staff will evaluate for elevated blood pressure and irregular heart rates and rhythms.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Bach and Handel Chorale is pulling out all the stops for its 30th anniversary and will continue the celebration with a special concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

There will be two performances of "A Celebration of American Song"at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, featuring the combined efforts of the chorale and the Perseverance Jazz Band.

Area concertgoers who are used to hearing the chorale perform the classical works of the masters will be surprised by a different musical genre, Dixieland jazz.

Monday, May 12, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Steber

Kira Michalik and Kevin Steber, both of Summit Hill, exchanged vows on Oct. 26, 2013, at Capriotti's in McAdoo. Summit Hill Mayor Paul R. McArdle officiated the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, Robert Michalik of Summit Hill, the bride is also the daughter of Karen and Eugene Eckhart of Lehighton. She chose Kristen Berk of Kutztown to serve as matron of honor.

Bridesmaids included Sherry Hoffman of Lehighton and Grayce Berk and Emilee Berk, both of Kutztown. Kacy Lou Steber of Summit Hill was the flower girl.

Monday, May 12, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Nanovic

Elizabeth Berger, daughter of attorney John and Carolyn Berger of New Lenox, Illinois, was united in marriage to Christopher Nanovic, son of the Honorable Roger and Cindy Nanovic of Jim Thorpe, on Nov. 16, 2013, at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago. The Rev. Paul Novak officiated the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose Antonia Toomey of Turlock, California, as her matron of honor.

Bridesmaids were Kimberly Nanovic of Jim Thorpe, sister of the bridegroom; Emily Halter and Callie Pogge of Chicago; and Amy Wopperer of Elmsford, New York.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Averi Daley, 6, of Lehighton, the daughter of Dorinda and Robert Daley, is the winner of this year's Draw Your Mom Contest. Averi's drawing was selected at random from over 200 entries. Averi, shown here with her mom, Dorinda, says she was "surprised" when she found out she had won. Averi received a $50 gift card to Penn's Peak for her winning entry and is looking forward to a special lunch with her mother. To see all of this year's entries, go to and look for "Draw Your Mom" under the Lifestyle menu.

Friday, May 9, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A musical cabaret, "Remember When" will open the 11th season of the Strawberry Playhouse next weekend. Front from left, Jenna McBreen and Lucille Falá-Brennan. Second row, David Marchetti and Rick Lorady. Also performing will be Cassidy Munley.

The Strawberry Playhouse, 60 Church St. in Tuscarora, opens its 11th season with an entertaining musical cabaret, "Remember When" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17 and at 2 p.m. May 18.

Remember When offers music from the past and present spotlighting vocalists Jenna McBreen, Cassidy Munley and Lucille Falá-Brennan, with a featured performance by Rick Lorady

McBreen, a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a bachelor of arts in theater, has performed throughout the area and Philadelphia.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Douglas Karl Ruch and Lori Ann Gutekunst, 221 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Jeremy Brooks Whiteman and Kari Ann Karba, 747 Edgemont Ave., Palmerton.

Carl Edward James Jr. and Cathy Jo Strohl, 1776 Cherry Hill Road, Lehighton.

Charles August Henneborn III and Apheraddyttie Ezzmerrelda Rahn, 1011 Bluegrass Lane, Effort.

James Mitchell Zuber and Samantha Jo Unger, 32 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

Brian Christopher Deren and Teresa Dianne Harvey, 233 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

Brian Joseph O'Donnell and Jennifer Kunkel, 115 Lauderburn Ave., Weatherly.

Friday, May 9, 2014
Alison Figler and Chad Wasilkowski

The engagement of Alison Jeanette Figler to Chad Justin Wasilkowski has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Christopher and Robin Figler of Stewartsville, N.J.

She is a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School and attended Warren Community College and Marywood University.

She will continue her studies in physical therapy and is currently a physical therapy aide at Mackarey and Mackarey P.T. Consultants LLC in Scranton.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Charles and Janice Wasilkowski of Walnutport.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the 443 Beacon Restaurant, Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton, to plan for the 50th anniversary reunion.

All class members are welcome to attend. Any questions can be addressed to

Friday, May 9, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Michael E. O'Donnell signs copies of his book "Increasingly high water during Wednesday's rains called for flairs and orange cones to be placed along a section of Mountain Road in Slatington just east of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. By 6:30 p.m., standing water at least four or five inches deep had completely covered the roadway from one side to the other in several spots.."

Jim Thorpe Area High School has received a gift of a book written by a graduate and former resident of Jim Thorpe.

Michael E. O'Donnell, class of 1960, has published "O'D: A Memoir Fifty Years of Teaching and Travel."

The collection of essays traces his career as a passionate teacher who has traveled worldwide.

Most of all, the essays are about people he has met and who have influenced and helped him.

O'Donnell attended East Stroudsburg University, where he majored in French. He joined John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps in 1962 and served in Morocco.