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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

When my husband asked for ham last week, I was very excited. We've had a large ham in our freezer for months now and I couldn't wait to get that freezer space back.

When I pulled the ham out of the freezer to thaw, I checked the sell-by date. Much to my surprise, the ham's sell-by date was May 2009. I guess this ham has been in our freezer longer than I thought.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1960 held a 50th-anniversary reunion on Aug. 28 at the New England Fire Company, Walker Township. The 60 class members in attendance were joined by nine former educators. The teachers are seated in the front row flanked by class members Nancy Brode Barron and Vincent Caputo. Teachers included: Lorchak Yurchak, Sarah Ann Richards, Curt Steigerwalt, Dr. H. Bruce Geiger, Richard Jones, Harry Fetterman, Harold Boyer, Mary Ellen Boyer and Nicholas Young.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Members of the Bowmanstown School reunion committee are, front row, Doris Swolensky, Barbara Meinhart, Marlene Shupp and Carole Parsons. Back, Beth Rehrig, Lawrence Rehrig, Laird Swantz and Shirley Sickels.

Bowmanstown School is no longer, but the building has gone on to serve the community in a number of ways.

The students who attended the two-story building continue to meet and renew the friendships they made many years ago.

Recently, 65 classmates and guests had a chance to gather for the school's 12th reunion at Franklin Township Fire Company.

Attendees came from as far away as Florida, Arizona and Tennessee.

The school building is now used as a borough hall. It was formerly used as headquarters for Head Start.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In March, after a difficult pregnancy, Mary Anne Christo and her husband, Eric Waksmunski, were blessed with twins.

Anticipating the usual complications faced by premature babies, the couple also had to face the unexpected when both Shane and Wyatt were diagnosed with Down syndrome. According to the National Down syndrome Cytogenetic Register in London, it is estimated that of all births, there will be 14 or 15 sets of non-identical twins with Down syndrome in every 1 million births.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Melissa Luchetta and Christian Caputo

The engagement of Melissa Luchetta of East Providence, R.I. to Christian Caputo, also of East Providence, has been announced by their families.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Stephen and Verna Luchetta of Andreas. She is a 2005 Tamaqua Area High School graduate, and a 2007 graduate of LCCC, where she received an associate degree in veterinary technology. She is employed as a licensed veterinary technician at Atwood Animal Hospital in Cranston, R.I.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Sienkiewicz

Cheryl A. Kemp of Lehighton, and Alan Sienkiewicz, also of Lehighton, were united in marriage on Aug. 14, 2010 at the East Penn Sporting Club Social Hall in Lehighton. The Rev. William Thompson officiated the wedding ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of David and Thelma Eickhoff. She was given in marriage by her sons, Matthew Bryfogle and Kyle Kemp. She chose her daughter, Susan Powell, to serve as matron of honor. Her daughter, Kimberly Kemp, was a bridesmaid.

Matthew Bryfogle also served as best man, while his brother, Kyle Kemp, was the usher.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Q. I think I need a hearing aid. Any recommendations?

(I've received this question from more than a few readers. It's a subject of great interest to seniors, so I'm going to write two columns on hearing aids.)

About one in three Americans over 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid uses one.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Third Parryville School Reunion will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Franklin Township Fire Company. Doors open at 4 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m.

Deadline for reservations has been extended to Sept. 18. Letters with information and the cost were previously sent to classmates. Those wishing to reserve their place should send a check made payable to Parryville School Reunion and mailed to Irene Hopstock, 1375 Cherry Hill Rd., Palmerton, PA 18071. For more information call Hopstock at (610) 377-1646.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Jessica Holly A. Landis and Kevin M. Hoy, 517 Third St., Nesquehoning.

Jessica L. Sediva, 220 E. White St., Summit Hill, and Christopher M. Fessler, 219 Mahangtongo St., Pottsville.

Suzanne L. Deoliveira and Christopher M. Spece, 208 E. Railroad St., New Ringgold.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Blue Mountain Health Systems is planning its ninth annual Ladies Night Out dinner and program on Oct. 19 at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, 10th Street, Jim Thorpe.

While the dinner and program are free, participants are asked to register by calling (610) 377-7070.

Information, educational handouts and door prizes will be available.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. for the Breast Cancer Awareness Marketplace. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m.

Everyone attending is encouraged to wear pink.