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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is seeking nominations for its 2016 Gallery of Hope. Earlier this year, several northeastern and north central Pennsylvania residents took the brave step of sharing their personal stories of surviving breast cancer in an effort to educate others about the disease.

Highmark collected their experiences for the 2015 Gallery of Hope, a viewable display containing survivor profiles and educational resources designed to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Q. I’m from an Italian-American family and we seem to have a predisposition for gallstones. Is this something people of my ethnic background get more often?

I could find no evidence that people with an Italian background get more gallstones than others. However, Native Americans have an inclination for this malady; they have the highest rate of gallstones in the U.S.

There are a bunch of other risk factors. People over age 60 are more likely to develop gallstones than younger people.

Friday, October 2, 2015


It’s impossible to live in the present if you’re caught up in the past.

I read that quote a decade ago in a book about grieving. It resonated with me because at the time, three years after my husband Andy passed away, I was still having a hard time moving on.

I did everything one is supposed to do to get on with life. I made new friends and tried things I had never done before. I succeeded in staying busy, going home at night only when I was tired and was sure I could sleep.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Jade Steber, eighth grade, Lehighton Area Middle School, “Yes, something comes from Mars. Might find cells that were previously living.”


Lehighton Area Middle School

Jade Steber, eighth grade, Lehighton Area Middle School, “Yes, something comes from Mars. Might find cells that were previously living.”

Jade Schleicher, seventh grade, Lehighton Area Middle School, “They are going to find some form of life because everything thrives on water.”

Aubrey Hunt, seventh grade, Lehighton Area Middle School, “Possibly, some sort of artifacts or something.”

Friday, October 2, 2015

Old-time music is traditional music that developed in rural and often isolated areas of the Appalachian and other regions.

It predates radio, record players, and other modern inventions. The two main strains of the music come from the banjo, with common playing styles from Africa, and from the fiddle, which came from western Europe, Germany, Scotland and Ireland.

The fiddle and banjo were played separately and together, particularly for dancing in the 19th century when music was used for house raisings and community entertainment.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Derek J. Smarr

Church of St. Joseph in Jim Thorpe was the setting for the Aug. 8 wedding of Laura Ann Kelshaw, daughter of Gary and Mary Kelshaw of Jim Thorpe, and Derek Joseph Smarr, son of Joseph and Debora Smarr of Tamaqua. Officiating the double ring ceremony was the Rev. Francis J. Baransky. Michael Seroka was the organist.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by Kristen Vender of Old Forge as the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Katina Schoellkopf of Blandon, and Kristina Kochie of Somerset, New Jersey.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Darin Lusch

Brandee (Bickhart) Hoffman and Darin Lusch were united in marriage on May 2 in the vineyard of the family winery. The Rev. Ken Ogden officiated the double ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Barbara Wilbert of Port Treverton, and the late Larry Bickhart. Given in marriage by her stepfather, Stephen Wilbert, she was attended by her daughter, Olivia Hoffman, and her husband’s daughter, Ryline Lusch, as maids of honor.

Friday, October 2, 2015

England does not exist.

I know there are pictures and historical records. I have friends who claim they live there, too, but since I have never been to England, it is not real to me.

Man has never set foot on the moon either. You know how I know? I wasn’t there.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Klotz Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Klotz Sr. of Lehighton are celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 28, 1963, by the late Rev. Engle.

Mrs. Klotz is the former Mary Ann Labenburg, daughter of the late Gordon Angstead and the late Ellen Angstead. Her husband is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Klotz Sr.

Before retiring Mr. Klotz was self-employed at B&B Automotive in Lehighton. Mrs. Klotz is employed by the Times News.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Christopher Hager and Lauren Kattner Copyright - George Street Photo and Video, LLC

The engagement of Lauren Kattner, of Lehighton, and Christopher Hager of Summit Hill, has been announced by her parents, Vincent and Louise Kattner Jr. of Lehighton.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia where she obtained a doctor of pharmacy degree. She is currently employed as a clinical pharmacist at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.