Friday, February 24, 2017


Monday, February 6, 2017
Natalie Martino with Leonardo. Natalie was a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence as part of her junior and senior year service project. Leonardo has since graduated from his training and is now a hearing dog for a woman in California. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Imagine someone gave you an adorable puppy and you fall in love. You walk it, feed it, teach it how to behave and take it with you wherever you go.

Now imagine someone takes that dog away. You’d be devastated, right?

Now imagine you knew all along that you would love that puppy and then have to say goodbye.

That’s exactly what happened to Natalie Martino of Saylorsburg.

“My family and I had always loved dogs,” says Natalie, “and I was looking for a community service project to do for my school.”

Monday, February 6, 2017

Having a service dog is not just a convenience for Patricia Parker of Fresno, California, it’s a lifesaver.

“I am what is known as a ‘late-deafened adult.’ That means I was born hearing, but I became deaf when I was 38 because I had the chickenpox,” says Parker.

“I went into the hospital hearing and came out three days later with a 60 dB hearing loss that became progressively worse over time until I was profoundly deaf.”

Friday, February 3, 2017

A few nights ago after dinner, I looked across the kitchen at our fishbowl where Buddy the betta lives.

He was lying on the bottom of the bowl at rest, getting ready for his next ascent to the top.

I thought that Buddy must be satisfied to swim up and down his bowl several times a day. When he swims to the top with his deep blue fins rippling like a wind-driven sail on top of a boat, he shows off his brilliant colors.

We all live in a fishbowl, so to speak.

Friday, February 3, 2017
A robin rests on a pile of snow, proving they are not just predictor of spring. JULIE FEINSTEIN PHOTO s

When the phone rings at work, sometimes I know the answer; sometimes not. Recently, I had a call regarding robins staying during the winter (and what can be done help them). I knew just what to say.

Not all robins migrate. It really is that simple — they are short-distance migrants. They lack the ambition to fly very far each fall. Over the past 10 years, robins have been spotted during the winter months in every state in the U.S., except Hawaii.

Her immediate response to my answer was, “But … robins mean spring is coming!”

Well, no, not always.

Friday, February 3, 2017

I couldn’t wait until my kids were in school, because I couldn’t wait to be a PTA mom. Based on my experiences over the past six years, about half of the parents out there just went, “I know, right?” and the other half of you went, “OMG, what is wrong with you?”

During the 20-plus years that I have been coaching, I have learned that the most successful teams are the ones that have the best parent organizations. By successful, I don’t mean that they have the most wins, I mean that being around that team is an enjoyable experience for everyone around them.

Friday, February 3, 2017
Hudson Smith Godard

GODARD — A son, Hudson Smith Godard, was born at 2:21 p.m. Nov. 12, 2016, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, Connecticut, to Megan Smith Godard and Brian Godard, of Bristol, Connecticut.

He weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and measured 21 inches long.

He was welcomed by his older sister, Elliot, who is 2½ years old.

Maternal grandparents are David and Nancy Smith of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Bob and Carolyn Godard of Connecticut.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Northampton Community College held a commencement ceremony onSunday for more than 600 graduates who completed associate degrees and specialized diplomas.

Brodheadsville: Aliyah Aldridge, AS; Nicole Anderson, SD; Rameez Badar, SD; Justin Clarke, AAS; Joseph Nicnick, AAS

Cherryville: Bryanna Rycek, CERT

Friday, February 3, 2017
Regan Kate Yenser

YENSER —A daughter, Regan Kate Yenser, was born at 7:43 a.m. on Nov. 23, 2016, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, to Nicole Smith Yenser and Jon Yenser, of Breinigsville.

She weighed 6 pounds, 2.9 ounces, and measured 19 inches long.

The maternal grandparents are David and Nancy Smith of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Dennis and Jane Yenser of Lehighton.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Lehigh Carbon Community College has announced the December 2016 graduates.

Jim Thorpe: Michelle Cartier, Theresa Hausman, Terrance Moll II, Dawn Sehenuk, Nicholas Strubinger and Anita Swigar.

Kunkletown: Ashley Kraftician.

Lehighton: Keith Blackwell-Rodgers, Kristin Gower, Stephen Greene, Sherry Smalley and Olivia Wetzel.

Nesquehoning: Jessica Brennan and Kristina Gilbert.

New Ringgold: Katey McVicker.

New Tripoli: Debra Wanamaker.

Friday, February 3, 2017
Natasha Kozak and Robert J. Campomizzi

Natasha Kozak and Robert J. Campomizzi, both of Tamaqua, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Sandra Fehr of Hometown and David Bleam of New Tripoli. She is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and Lehigh Carbon Community College.

She is employed by Jeldwen and McDonald’s.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Jean Ann Demarco of Tamaqua and Robert F. Campomizzi of Shenandoah Heights. He is a 2002 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School. He graduated from Lehigh Carbon Community College in 2004 and Kutztown University in 2006.