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Friday, October 30, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kline

St. Katharine Drexel in Lansford was the setting for the Aug. 8, 2015, wedding of Tamarra Rusnock, daughter of Greg and Trudi Rusnock of Lansford, and Michael Kline, son of the late Kenneth and Edna Kline of Hamburg. The Rev. Kenneth Medve officiated the double-ring ceremony. Jeana DePuy was the organist.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by Dawn May as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Christine Erbe, daughter of the bride; Mackenzie Siliekus, junior bridesmaid; and Galina Rusnock as flower girl.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Do you know how to stop time?

Stop looking at it.

Turn away from clocks. Don’t wear a watch. I wore a watch everyday for 38 years teaching in a public school where everything we did was scheduled to an exact minute.

A student would come up to me and say, “Mr. Strack, do you know what time it is?”

Knowing the motive for the question, I would look down at my wrist with this reply. “What time do you want it to be?”

Friday, October 30, 2015

Steven Schleicher graduated from LCCC in Schnecksville on May 20 with a degree in HVAC certification. He graduated from Lehighton Area High School in June 2011.

He is the son of Todd and Karen Schleicher of Lehighton. He has a brother, Kenneth Schleicher, also of Lehighton.

Steven was honored at a party in July at his home in Lehighton with 40 guests in attendance.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Did you ever have one of those days when you wonder why you ever got out of bed?

It’s a Saturday morning. I had an agenda. Bake cupcakes, paint a quick, easy project for my painting class on Monday night and be at my sister’s house at 4 p.m. to see my niece Abby all dressed up for her school’s homecoming dance.

8 a.m.: Time to rise and shine. (Hey. That’s early for this retired gal.)

Friday, October 30, 2015

This morning was one of those incredible mornings when I was absolutely taken with the beauty of my everyday world.

The air was still with the invigorating feel of fall’s crisper days. Everything smelled so fresh and everything seemed so new.

I looked around me at the sky filling with color and felt, as I often do, overwhelmed with the beauty of the world.

I took an early morning stroll just to inhale the exquisite beauty of a perfect morning.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Anewalt

Otterbein United Methodist Church was the setting for the May 9, 2015, wedding of Grace Murtoff, daughter of Gary and Kathleen Murtoff of Carlisle, and Dustin Anewalt, son of Dee and Jamie Anewalt of Cranberry Township, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Anewalt of Lehighton, the late Arland and Bernice Reed, also of Lehighton.

The double ring ceremony was officiated by Daniel Summers. Deborah McGowan, the bride’s aunt, was the pianist. The bride’s cousin, Danielle McGowan, played the violin.

Friday, October 30, 2015


Autumn Wander will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Paradise Price Preserve in Paradise Valley.

Brodhead Watershed Association and Pocono Heritage Land Trust naturalists will lead this jaunt on the 777-acre property, a gem in the Monroe County Open Space program, that features natural history and abundant beauty.

Hike leaders Don Miller and Bill Sweeney will introduce participants to several trails and natural features on this and other protected properties in the Cranberry Creek watershed.

Friday, October 30, 2015


The Heritage Center, Summit Hill, along with Panther Valley Library and the Strawberry Playhouse, are collecting hats and gloves for kids and teens from Nov. 1-30.

You can drop off your donations of clean gently used or new hats and gloves at the Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St. in Summit Hill, Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, or at any event; at the Panther Valley Library, Bertsch Street, Lansford, when open or in the book box; or the Strawberry Playhouse, Tuscarora, before shows.

Friday, October 30, 2015


Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers for several committees, including volunteer outreach, celebration dinner, fundraising, public relations and finance.

Committees meet once a month.

Volunteers of all skill levels are also needed as the local organization focuses on home preservation, which allows those affected by low income, age and disability to make necessary repairs on their homes.

Contact the office if you are interested at 570-476-9846.

Friday, October 30, 2015


If you decide to skip the tricks and treats this weekend, you could always pick up a good book.

Here are the top 10 books, e-books and print, according to The New York Times:

1. “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks

2. “The Martian” by Andy Weir

3. “The Survivor” by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

4. “The Murder House” by James Patterson and David Ellis

5. “Foreign Affairs” by Stuart Woods.

6. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by David Lagercrantz.