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Friday, July 22, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Smith Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Smith Sr. of Franklin Township recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

They were married on June 21, 1986 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church by the Rev. David Williams.

Mrs. Smith is the former Cheryl Wentz, daughter of the late Paul and Edna Wentz. Mr. Smith is the son of the late Roy and Jane Smith.

Mr. Smith is employed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. His wife is employed by PNC Bank.

The Smiths are the parents of one son, Brian Smith Jr., who graduated from Penn State University in 2010 with a degree in finance.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The 63rd annual Eck reunion will take place at the Emmaus Community Park, 1401 Shimerville Road, Emmaus in the rotary pavilion on Aug. 7.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

Please bring a covered dish or dessert for the community table, a cake for the cake walk and a prize for the raffle table.

A business meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. There will be games for the children.

Please bring current photos of your family.

For more information, call Lori Berta at (610) 967-9681 or (610) 533-9679.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The 84th Wanamaker-Snyder family reunion will take place on July 24, at the pavilion in Victory Park, Slatington, from 11 a.m. until dark.

Please bring items for games, prizes and the cake walk. Grills will be available. Beverages and free sundaes will be provided. Other than that, bring your own food.

Call Barbara at (610) 439-7775.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1976 is seeking information on the following members: Karen Bonser, Audrey Bellangee, James Binder, Michael Craddock, Harold Clampitt, Arthur Burnhauser, Kathleen Dunkle and Richard Williams.

If anyone has information on these classmates, call Audrey Wargo at (570) 956-3720 or email

The classes of 1975-1979 will be holding a reunion on Oct. 22 at the Lehighton Orioles Community Center.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The descendants of Weaver John Fretz and his brother, Christian, will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at St. Matthew's Kellers Church, 3668 Ridge Road, Perkasie, Pa., to celebrate the 123rd anniversary of the first Fretz family reunion. The family arrived in Bucks County from Germany in the 1720s and has spread to many states in the U.S. and Ontario.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Phillip Albert Gasker and Danielle Cheri Litchauer, 324 N. Eighth St., Lehighton.

Mark James Carlin and Becky Ann Babel, 824 Edgemont Ave., Palmerton.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Barbara M. Keilman-Shermanand David S. Zellner

The engagement of Barbara M. Keilman-Sherman of Andreas, to David S. Zellner, has been announced by the couple.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Gary and Helen Keilman of Tamaqua. She is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and Bloomsburg University. She is employed in Allentown.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Jewel and the late William D. Zellner of Andreas. He is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology. He is employed in Pottsville.

The wedding is set for Nov. 12, 2011.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The 79th Annual Reunion of the Strohl Family will be held Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Palmerton Memorial Park beginning at 1 p.m. Family members are asked to bring a covered dish. Sodas and hot dogs will be available for purchase.

A brief business meeting will be held immediately after lunch. Bring cakes for the cakewalk and a small prize for bingo.

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Walck

Aaron Walck and Heather Graeff were married at 1 p.m. June 25, 2011 at the All Saints Episcopal Church, Lehighton.

The Rev. Jane Bender presided over the double ring ceremony. Patricia Cook was the vocalist and John Kadillak was the organist.

The bride is the daughter of Elaine and Kerry Graeff, of Orefield.

The bridegroom is the son of Charity Walck, of Lehighton.

Presented in marriage by Jake Warner of Kunkletown, the bride was attended by matron of honor Kayla Kromer of Lehighton. Bridesmaids were Rachael Stofanak, Allentown; and Kerrilynn Davis, New Tripoli.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A reunion for all students who attended Packerton School before it closed in 1959 is being planned for Saturday, Sept. 17.

Information on all students, whether or not they plan on attending the reunion is requested. Class representatives are also now accepting reservations. Deadline for reservations for the reunion is Aug. 20.

Information can be submitted to Barry Lee Ahner by calling (610) 377-4240 or write him at 58 Beaver St., Rear, Lehighton, PA 18235.