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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Daria M. Astorino and Christopher D. Capone, 45 East Maple Street, Palmyra.

Monday, May 21, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School students Shane Mulligan and Lauren Christ demonstrate "tonal" percussion instruments during the first Panther Valley Percussion Ensemble concert. Christ organized the concert as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award with the help of Mulligan and Karina Derr.

Lauren Christ's Gold Award project was destined to be a thunderous success.

Christ completed the top award in Girl Scouts recently by organizing and presenting the Panther Valley Percussion Ensemble's first concert.

In doing so, she hopes this concert series will continue and inspire more young musicians who are interested in percussion instruments.

There were no woodwind, brass or string instruments at this concert. No microphones or speakers either, as Panther Valley High School Principal Joseph Gunnels pointed out in his opening remarks.

Monday, May 21, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley Varsity Cheerleaders had a successful competitive season. Squad members include, front row from left, Theressa Eckhart, Kasey Gray, Stephanie Blum and Cara Shubeck. Second row, Sarah-Mary Tucker, Emily Horvath, Sarah Marouchoc, Brielle Poeldnurk and Kaitlyn Matula. Back row, Rylie Krapf, Storm Hughes and Kiley Boswell.

The Panther Valley Varsity Cheerleaders enjoyed a successful competitive season in 2011-2012.

It began on Dec. 3 with a first place win at the Moravian Cheer Classic in Bethlehem in the Varsity Non-Tumbling division, their first competition of the season, beating East Stroudsburg North.

The squad's next win was one of the biggest of the season.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mark B. Goff and Rosemary Regina Brown, 315 N. Pine St., Summit Hill.

Jonathan Paul Grega and Lynn Erin Kurzawa, 285 Camp St., Bristol, Conn.

Jason Christopher Kreitz and Michelle Lyn Vogt, 137 E. White St., Apt. 1, Summit Hill.

Brendan Paul Whitfield, 1717 Tacoma Court, Apt. K, Allentown, and Maria Joan Martino, 1716 Cedar Hill Drive, Allentown.

Christopher Allen Person Jr. and Shannon Ella Marie Henry, 503 Lansford Court, Lansford.

Nicholas John Smith, 1338 Barrington Drive, Northampton, and Jamie Lee Beers, 407 Gypsy Hill Gardens, Lehighton.

Friday, May 18, 2012
Cory P. Balliet, Esq. and Dr. Megan E. Statkewicz

Dr. Megan E. Statkewicz, formerly of Sylvan Beach, N.Y., is to be married to Cory P. Balliet, Esq., of Nesquehoning.

The couple met through mutual friends in Philadelphia, and were engaged on Cayo Levantado in the Dominican Republic.

Friday, May 18, 2012
George Rusnock and Monica Adams

The engagement of Monica Adams to George Rusnock, both of Chambersburg, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Amy and Randy Schock of Tamaqua.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Trudi and Gregory Rusnock of Lansford.

They are planning a wedding for August of this year.

Friday, May 18, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pat Paterick shares stories and advice about dealing with Alzheimer's disease at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly. Paterick is a retired licensed practical nurse (LPN) and daughter of the late Louise Poniatowski, who succumbed to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 89.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be devastating for the entire family. No one knows this more clearly than Pat Paterick, a retired licensed practical nurse (LPN) and daughter of the late Louise Poniatowski, who succumbed to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 89.

She recently offered words of hope and advice for family members dealing with Alzheimer's at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly. Dealing with any type of dementia is difficult, she acknowledged, stressing the need for family members to take care of themselves and seek out others to talk about their troubles.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Susan M. Boyle and Kevin A. Kupres

The engagement of Susan M. Boyle, Tamaqua, to Kevin A. Kupres, New Ringgold, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of George and Kathryn Boyle of Tamaqua.

She is a 2001 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and a 2005 graduate of Alvernia University.

She is currently employed as a teacher at Minersville Area Junior-Senior High School.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Randy and Sue Kupres of New Ringgold.

He is a 2004 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Ellen E. Blum and Matthew D. Hager.

Mr. and Mrs. John Blum of Haddon Heights, N.J. and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hager of Moosic, Pa. have announced the engagement of their children, Ellen Elizabeth Blum to Matthew David Hager.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Haddon Heights High School and Moravian College in Bethlehem.

She earned her degree in business management and is the director of Consumer Media at WebMD in New York City.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Palmerton High School and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs.

H.H.T.L.C., a registered nonprofit organization, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309. It offers therapeutic riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October.