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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Landon John Schrantz

SCHRANTZ A son, Landon John Schrantz, was born at 5:26 p.m. March 27, 2012 at St. Luke's Allentown, to Kristen and Eric Schrantz of Jim Thorpe.

He weighed 8 pounds, and measured 21 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed home by his big brother, Brody, who is 3 years old.

Maternal grandparents are John and Gloria Otto of Jim Thorpe.

Paternal grandparents are Ed and Alicia Lewis of Jim Thorpe, and the late Carl Schrantz.

Maternal great-grandparents are Jackie and Claudine Otto of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton, in the community room.

Women who have been diagnosed with cancer are invited to attend for the purpose of mutual support in a friendly atmosphere. Call Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 for more information.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Nesgoda

Sarah Ann Swankoski, Coaldale, and Stephen Michael Nesgoda, Summit Hill, were united in marriage on Nov. 5, 2011 at St. Katharine Drexel Roman Catholic Church, Lansford.

The Rev. Kenneth Medve officiated the double ring ceremony. Jeana DePuy was the organist. Deacon Leonard Kassik, Hazleton, was the vocalist.

The daughter of Raymond and Patricia Swankoski, Coaldale, the bride was given in marriage by her father. She chose her sister, Beth Swankoski of Coaldale, to be her maid of honor.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

An announcement has been made of the engagement of Tammy Schock of Tamaqua and Jesse Stine of New Ringgold.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Howard Startzel Sr. of Tamaqua and the late Catherine Startzel. A graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, she is employed by Independent Living Services, Tamaqua, as a personal care associate.

Her fiance is the son of John Wojick of Reading and the late Paul and Pat Stine of Grier City. A graduate of Pottsville Area High School, he is employed as a landscaping specialist.

No date has been set for the wedding.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Casey J. Stephens and Barry N. Lutz Jr., 183 Claremont Ave., Tamaqua.

Rebecca L.P. Morgan and William D. Weist Jr., 520 W. Spring St., Frackville.

Rose M. Holland, 24 S. Logan St., McAdoo, and Jason D. McGlone, rear 24 Logan St., McAdoo.

Elizabeth Northey, 518 W. Spruce St., Mahanoy City, and John P. Lavin Jr., 271 Mount Olive Blvd., Shenandoah.

Tiffany A. Welch and Joseph M. Merenda Jr., 136 Grove St., McAdoo.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Jamie Steigerwalt and Sjaun Lobdell

Kim and John Szacska of Lehighton have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Steigerwalt, to Sjaun Lobdell, son of Eugene and Patricia Lobdell of Deposit, N.Y.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Moravian College. She currently teaches seventh grade math at Nazareth Area Middle School.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Valley Forge Christian College and currently works as an IT professional at the Linde Group.

A November wedding is planned.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
JASON SANDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ron Chupp of the Black Diamond Gallery shows off his "Patchwork Lithograph" created entirely by guests at his Saturday's opening.

This past weekend, the 2012 Jim Thorpe Art Weekend invited tourists and art enthusiasts to the shops and streets of Jim Thorpe to enjoy unique artwork, photography, music, food and even storytelling.

Attendees were encouraged to start their journey at the historic Old Mauch Chunk train station and work their way along Broadway to experience over a dozen participating artists and other exhibitors. Walking maps were available to guide visitors to the different destinations.

In Josiah White Park, adjacent to the train station, the Party Dawgs band provided entertainment.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Carbon County Fair is looking for young women to participate in the 2012 Queen Program.

Contestants must reside in Carbon County or West Penn Township (Schuylkill County) and be a female between 14 and 17 years of age by Aug. 7, 2012. This is not a beauty contest. Contestants will be judged on an essay, personal interview and speech presentation.

Madeline Ligenza, pageant coordinator, said judges look for the candidate who they believe will best represent the fair, while effectively promoting agriculture.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Nurses at Blue Mountain Health System celebrated National Nurses Week at Nurses Night Out. Front, from left, Joanne Bretzgar, director of nursing; Deborah Neff, director of emergency services; speaker Elizabeth O'Connell-Gifford; and Toni Gibson, associate vice president of nursing; and back row, Candy Madera, director of medical/surgical/intensive care unit; Roxanne Downs, director of adult day services; Renee Costenbader, director of acute rehab; Alicia Silliman, administrator of The Summit; and Nancy Matyas, clinical manager.

Nurses at Blue Mountain Health System celebrated National Nurses Week Monday, learning better ways to assess the needs and treat their patients' wounds. The event was held at the Blue Mountain Health System Annex.

Toni Gibson, associate vice president of nursing, served as master of ceremonies. She said the theme for the "Nurses Night Out" program was, "Advocate, Leading and Caring ... which is what nurses do."

"Be proud," said Gibson. "This is your week."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dr. Mary Theresa Webb, author and pastoral/spiritual counselor, will speak at the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network.

Her presentation, "Writing Your Soul Story," will share practical tips to help writers discover their spiritual journey and find the best way to write their story for future generations.

Webb has published both non-fiction and historical articles and books inspired by her career experiences and travels. Her stories, Memories, Miracles and Missionary Moments, are on her website, www.MaryTheresaWebb.com.