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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The 81st annual reunion of the Strohl Family will be held Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Palmerton Memorial Park.

Bring a covered dish and join everyone for the 1 p.m. luncheon. Sodas and hot dogs will be available for purchase. A brief business meeting will be held immediately after lunch.

Family members are asked to bring cakes for the cakewalk and a small prize for bingo.

Please bring old family pictures and other Strohl mementos for discussion.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Strohl

Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Strohl of Walnutport are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 31, 1948 at the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton.

Shirley is the daughter of the late Allen R. and Carrie Mae (Kipp) Kresge and stepdaughter of the late Hattie Crissman.

Charles is the son of the late Floyd and Ethel Strohl.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Helping to organize clothing for St. John's annual clothing giveaway are, from left, Miriam Borosh, Luther Snyder, Asher Huffaker, 5, and Bonnie Hoffman. The annual giveaway will start this Thursday at 9 a.m. and continue on select dates until Aug. 17. In addition to clothing and shoes for infants, children, women and men, organizers will also give away toys and household items.

St. John's Lutheran Church in the Heights, Jim Thorpe, will begin its annual clothing giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m.

The giveaway will continue on select dates through Aug. 17. The program will run on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"This year we have an abundance of clothing," said organizer Bonnie Hoffman, noting that organizers believe this is the biggest giveaway the church has hosted yet. "We are very excited for people to take advantage of this."

Monday, July 29, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Zoe Rodgers, 4, and Andrew Rodgers, 3, make crayon candles on a hot summer day. The craft was part of a lesson on the sun as the sun heated the crayons, they melted to create a colorful candle.

School may be out for the summer but that doesn't mean it's time to stop learning.

Children's minds are like sponges, and summertime can be a great opportunity to continue the learning process outside of the classroom.

"It is important to keep kids' minds engaged during the summer months," said Melinda Penberth, a fourth-grade teacher at Panther Valley Elementary School "It helps kids stay motivated, focused, and exercises their brain. It also helps children become lifelong learners."

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Snyder of 313 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary on July 29. They were married in Zion's Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. Charles Schlitzer.

Mrs. Snyder is the former Joan Schlosser. Retired, she was employed as Tamaqua borough secretary for 25 years. Her husband is a disabled veteran with more than 16 years of military service. He was last employed as plant superintendent at the former Diversified Metals in Hometown.

The couple has two daughters, Suzanne Blanchard of Gatesville, Texas, and Kim Kropp of Tamaqua.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Members of the graduating class of 1993, Jim Thorpe Area High School, will be holding their 20-year reunion on Aug. 23, from 6-10 p.m. at Blue Mt. Ski Area, Palmerton.

Members of the class attending are reminded that the deadline for payment and to make reservations is Aug. 5. They may be mailed to Aaron Sebelin, 650 Columbia Ave., Palmerton, 18077. Checks should be made out to "Jim Thorpe Class 1993." If you have questions, call (610) 751-3800.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Hannah Grace Benack

A daughter, Hannah Grace Benack, was born to Victoria and Jeremy Benack of Lansford at 8:09 a.m. April 25, 2013 at Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long.

She was welcomed home by her sister, Abigail, 6.

Maternal grandparents are Fred and Christine Landsky of Washington, N.J. Paternal grandparents are the Rev. Dr. Wayne and Sharon Benack of Jim Thorpe.

Maternal great-grandmother is Connie Rhinehart of Washington. Paternal great-grandparents are Joan Brode of Coaldale and Ardis Benack of Weatherly.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Ammon Hartwell

Primitive Methodist Church, Tamaqua, was the setting for the May 11 wedding of Heather L. Zehner of Tamaqua and Ammon M. Hartwell, also of Tamaqua. The Rev. Rodney Hall officiated and Sandra Clemson served as organist.

The bride is the daughter of Francis E. Zehner of New Ringgold and Sharon K. Zehner of Tamaqua. Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by Coleen Sadusky, matron of honor. Amanna Hartwell-Bradley was a bridesmaid, while Kayla Hartwell served as flower girl.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Donald and Maxine Mertz, Jim Thorpe, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 20.

They were married in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Packerton by the Rev. William Kroft.

They were honored at an anniversary dinner hosted by their children, Charlotte Nemeth, Christine Sutters and Donald Mertz II; grandchildren, Shanea Mertz, Jared McGuire and Amanda Sutters; and great-grandchild, Kasey Kovacs.

Mrs. Mertz is retired from health care and Mr. Mertz is retired from Bethlehem Steel.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Esrang Jr.

Georgine and Kenneth Esrang Jr. of Lehighton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 29, 1963 at People's E.C. Church in East Weissport by the Rev. Horn and the Rev. Steinhart.

Mrs. Esrang is the former Georgine Smith, daughter of the late George and Anna Mae Smith.

Mr. Esrang is the son of the late Martha and Kenneth Esrang Sr.

They were honored at a surprise celebration dinner hosted by their daughters, Robin Grohotolski of Palmerton and Amy Coleman and her husband LeRoy of Lehighton, at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.