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Announcements

Friday, April 22, 2011
Jennifer Franko and Ryan Dudek

The engagement of Jennifer Franko, daughter of Guy and Lucille Franko of Jim Thorpe, to Ryan Dudek, son of Jerry and Sue Dudek of Auburn, N.Y., has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is a graphic designer. Her fiance is a web designer.

A wedding is planned for this July.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Brian Thomas Herman and Amanda Kathleen Hiller, 51 Penn Spring Drive, Jim Thorpe.

Matthew Aaron Minnich and April Renee Rehrig, 440 Coal St., Lehighton.

Donald Paul Serfass and Bonnie Lou Dunbar, 231 Nick Lane, Lehighton.

Daniel B. Mendolia and Jaime Lynne Strohl, 215 S. Second St., Lehighton.

William Lewis Vogel and Maureen Marie Novitsky, 145 Columbia Ave., Palmerton.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mary Kocher

Mary Kocher, a well-known local artist, recently celebrated her 90th birthday at a surprise party, given by her friends in the Carbon County Art League, and held at the home of Bill and Penny Allison.

The celebration was a first for Kocher.

"I couldn't believe it. It's the first party I've had in my 90 years," Kocher said. "We were matter of fact about such matters. We didn't have birthday parties. We were just busy with our lives."

Kocher grew up in Morgantown, W.V. As a child, she was immersed in art, as it was an interest of her parents and siblings.

Monday, April 18, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua C. Smale

Jodi Lee Arner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Arner, Palmerton, became the bride of Joshua Cory Smale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Smale, also of Palmerton, on Oct. 9, 2010 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmerton.

The Rev. Jody Neifert performed the double ring ceremony. Randall Perry, Jim Thorpe, was the organist, while Yvonne Caton of Slatington and Lauren Strohl of Palmerton, were the vocalists.

Friday, April 15, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Pavlik

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Pavlik of Nesquehoning celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 8. They were married by the late Monsignor A.J. Angelini of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in New Columbus.

Mrs. Pavlik is the former Theresa A. Kuzo, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Kuzo of New Columbus.

Mr. Pavlik is the son of the late Joseph A. and Anna Pavlik of Lansford.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rebecca L. Turner and Matthew R. Follmer, 36 Meadow Ave., Tamaqua R.D.

Sharon R. Palko, 1916 N. 15th St., Reading, formerly of Middleport, and Frank Lupia, 3221 Eisenbrown Rd., Reading.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Weissport School Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 21 at the Polk Township Fire Company, Route 209 North, Kresgeville.

This social event is open to former students, teachers, family and friends.

For more information, call Norm at (610) 417-2499.

Please respond by April 9.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua C. Smale

Jodi Lee Arner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Arner, Palmerton, became the bride of Joshua Cory Smale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Smale, also of Palmerton, on Oct. 9, 2010 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmerton.

The Rev. Jody Neifert performed the double ring ceremony. Randall Perry, Jim Thorpe, was the organist, while Yvonne Caton of Slatington and Lauren Strohl of Palmerton, were the vocalists.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Kolten MichaelWarner

A son, Kolten Michael Warner, was born in the Schuylkill Medical Center East, Pottsville, on March 10, 2011 to Michael and Tonya Warner of Tamaqua.

He weighed 7 pounds, 1.5 ounces and measured 19.75 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Tom and Lori Schlorf of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Paul and Rosie Warner of Andreas.

Great-grandparents are Tom and Mae Hope and Rose McCarroll, all of Tamaqua; and Elizabeth Warner, formerly of Tamaqua; and the late John McCarroll, Charles and Mary Elizabeth Schlorf and Paul Warner.

Monday, April 11, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Harry

Anthony and Anita (Pelosi) Harry of Palmerton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 8.

They are the parents of Diana Janny, wife of Michael Janny, Nazareth; Steven and his wife, Holly of Whitehall; and Anthony and his wife, Josann of Palmerton; and the grandparents of Amanda and Josh Sutter and Jarred and Rachel Harry.

Mr. Harry is retired from the garment industry, where he worked as a cutter/spreader for 40 years. He is an ardent gardener and enjoys reading and watching anything to do with World War II.