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Friday, August 10, 2012
Elizabeth Gilmore and Mark Ruch

The engagement of Elizabeth Gilmore of Allentown to Mark Ruch of Lehighton, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Christine Gilmore of Allentown and Jeffrey Gilmore of Reading. She is a student at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is majoring in psychology and English literature. She will graduate in 2013.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Roxanne and Brian Ruch of Lehighton. He is a student at Millersville University, where he is majoring in biology.

The couple is planning a wedding for mid-2014.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1967 is having its 45-year class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, beginning with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m.

Reservations are due by Sept. 22. If more information is needed by any class members, call Loren at (610) 826-2397 or LaRae at (570) 386-2108.

Friday, August 10, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. "Chip" Reed on their wedding day

Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. "Chip" Reed of Lehighton are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today. They were married on Aug. 10, 1952 by the Rev. Kirke Davis at First Presbyterian Church, Lehighton.

Mrs. Reed is the former Joanne E. Schoch, daughter of the late Mildred and Allen Schoch of Lehighton.

Mr. Reed is the son of the late Miriam R. and Jabez H. Reed of Weissport. He is the former owner of Reed's Market in Weissport, which closed its doors on Dec. 31, 2010, after 80 years in business.

Friday, August 10, 2012
Jennifer Clarkson and James Greene

The engagement of Jennifer Clarkson of Silver Spring, Md., to James Greene, also of Silver Spring, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Clarkson of Needham, Mass.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Susan Greene of Lehighton.

A wedding is planned for October of this year.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Ashfield TOPS #941 recently installed officers for 2012-2013. They include, from left, leader Tess Hinger; Faye Farber, who is standing in for co-leader Deborah Wehr; secretary Ruth Beidleman; treasurer Doris Zipp; and weight recorders Joan Cressley and Joe Talotta. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets each Monday in the social hall at Dinkey Memorial Church, Ashfield, with weigh-in from 5:45-6:15 p.m. The meeting follows at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call Hinger at (610) 852-2976; by email at; or by mail at 630 Club Road, Palmerton, PA 18071.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Elaine "Dolly" Watto

Elaine "Dolly" (West) Watto recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She was born on Aug. 3, 1922.

She attended school in East Mauch Chunk, and is a lifetime resident of East Mauch Chunk, which is now Jim Thorpe.

Dolly is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and has been active in her community over the years.

She continues to conduct worship services at a local convalescent home for the elderly, and she still tends her own garden.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lichens cover a tree in Master Gardener Julie V. Foley's back yard.

One of the most common inquiries we receive at The Greenline, our Master Gardener help line, goes something like this: "There is something growing on my trees, a disease I think. I want to know what to spray on it to stop the growth."

Oh, how we love to spray questionable vegetation whether it is necessary or not. Our usual response at first involves questions. The most accurate answers come after we request samples and/or photos of the "growth" in question. More often than not, the mysterious invaders turn out to be some form of lichen.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Clarissa Colondo, an eighth-grade student at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Lehighton, won first place in the annual CYO Diocesan Declamation Contest in Colesville; as well as first place in her district. This was her first time competing in the contest. To be eligible to compete on the diocesan level, students must be enrolled in a Catholic school, be in seventh or eighth grade, present a 10-minute speech and show their ability to execute good communication, body language, eye contact and self confidence.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Timothy Michael Doyne and Amanda Sue Geist, 40 E. Snyder Ave., Lansford.

Jorel Joseph Ruiz and Alicia Lynne Smith, 25 E. Kline Ave., Lansford.

Anthony Scott Palmer, 14 W. Abbott St., Lansford, and Lisa Marie Searfoss, 223 N. Second St., Apt. 1, Lehighton.

Christian Seth Caputo, 352 E. Union St., Tamaqua, and Melissa Luchetta, 872 Park Ave., Apt. 2, Cranston, R.I.

Justin Franklin Andrews and Holly Ann Strausberger, 8 Main Rd., Lehighton.

James Harry Gilbert and Autumn Leigh Barna, 385 S. Lehigh Gorge Drive, Weatherly.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
In this June 3, 2012 image provided by Macduff Everton, artist, Mary Heebner, is shown in her new studio, in Santa Barbara, Calif. The open space, with plenty of natural light, is ideal to create larger works that she can begin on the floor, and then pin them to a nearby wall for a different perspective. (AP Photo/Macduff Everton)

An artist's workspace is as personal as the artwork.

Talk to different artists, and you'll get a variety of individual requirements for the spaces in which they create: Some need a lot of space, others very little. Some need quiet, others crank the music to deafening levels. There are those who want every piece of equipment in its place, and others who scatter their materials all over.

The common denominator? Each finds that personal blend of the functional and the inspirational.