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Monday, May 14, 2012
@$:STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Prizes were given for the mother with the most children, won by Pauline Snyder, the mother of three daughters and three sons. Attending the luncheon with Snyder were two daughters, two granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter. Seated from left are Snyder, great-granddaughter Annabelle Maxon, and daughter Carrol Smith. Standing is Snyder's daughter, Stacey Sheckler, and granddaughters Emily Sheckler and Janna Maxon.

Members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton celebrated Mother's Day weekend with a mother-daughter tea and luncheon. The meal and mother-daughter photos were sponsored by the Trinity Evangelism Committee.

Monday, May 14, 2012
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Anthony Muniz, 6, proudly shows off a drawing of his mother, Jennifer Higgins, right. Anthony is the winner of this year's TIMES NEWS Draw Your Mom contest. His drawing was selected at random from more than 270 entries created by area children. Anthony, a student at Panther Valley Elementary School, received a $50 gift card for dinner at Roadies Restaurant at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. All of this year's Draw Your Mom drawings can be viewed at www.tnonline.com. Click on the Lifestyle menu, and go to the drop down item labeled "Draw Your Mom."

Monday, May 14, 2012
Pauline Carsia

Pauline Carsia, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, recently celebrated her 93rd birthday.

She was born on May 9, 1919 in Hazleton, where she resided most of her life.

She had four sisters and a brother, who have passed away. She has two brothers, Patsy and Angelo Gerrone, living in Avon Lake, Ohio, and a brother Lewis Gerrone, residing in Hazleton.

Her husband Rocco passed away in 1982.

Pauline has two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Jake Maurer, Summit Hill, and Sandra and George Miller, Hazle Township.

Friday, May 11, 2012
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The Panther Valley High School Chorus presented several musical selections for the annual Spring Concert directed by Miriam Hoffer. Now is the Month of

Maying, What a Wonderful World, The Lazy Song, and Firework were sung by the entire chorus. This was followed by solos by high school and middle school

students. The Intermediate Chorus sang Sing for the Red, White and Blue which included several patriotic songs. The

Panther Valley Chorus Concert was held in the high school auditorium with both high school and intermediate choruses participating under the direction of

Friday, May 11, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

One hundred forty-two nurses and other medical staff who serve Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses were recently honored for their dedication to each patient that enters the hospitals.

During the eighth annual Blue Mountain Health System Employee Recognition Awards ceremonies, held May 10 at both campuses, administration honored the men and women with years of service awards; nursing excellence awards; ancillary, business and support staff awards; and the highest award, the Blue Ribbon Service Excellence Awards.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jason Michael Martz and Tiffany Marie Smith, 25 Raymond St., Lehighton.

Mark Edward Rawlins Jr. and Leann Marie Bunch, 35 Sambrooke Circle, Lehighton.

Harley Christopher Welch, 3393 State St., White Haven, and Shannon Mary O'Connor, 104 E. Main St., Weatherly.

Douglas Alexander Paton Jr. and Kellie Marie Hibbard, 33 E. Amidon St., Summit Hill.

John Thomas Pruitte Jr. and Jessica Marie Leslie, 109 North St., Jim Thorpe.

Charles Herbert Field III, 214 E. Ludlow St., Summit Hill, and Kayla Marie Pecha, 11 Little Flower Ave., Nesquehoning.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System will hold its 23rd Annual Children's Health Fair on Friday, May 18, at the Lehighton Recreation Center, Eighth and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Three 1.5-hour sessions will be available to students: 9-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m., and 12:30-2 p.m.

This year's theme is "Holidays!"

The fair is geared toward students in grades kindergarten through second; however, individuals with younger children are welcome to attend.

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.