Friday, March 24, 2017


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dr. Rosalee Rehrig and her Relay for Life Team will partner with the staff at Galen Glen Winery, 255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas for their eighth annual Cheesecake for a Cure event from noon to 4 p.m. April 29. The event benefits the American Cancer Society.

Guests can purchase slices of homemade cheese cake to pair with a glass of wine. All proceeds from cheesecake sales are donated. In addition, the winery is donating $1 from every bottle sold during the event.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Black Bean and Mango Salad. MELISSA D’ARABIAN/AP PHOTO Copyright - Melissa d'Arabian

Canned beans are a fantastic convenience food. For a little over a buck, you can stock your pantry with a shelf-stable protein source that works in main dishes or in side dishes.

Mango is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A, and it makes the salad feel bright and tropical. I add yellow pepper and corn, which make it pretty.

Texture (and niacin!) comes from a light sprinkle of cashews and just a few smashed corn tortilla chips, which you can buy or make by roasting corn tortillas in the oven until crisp, about 15 minutes at 350 F.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Blue Ridge Communication is gearing up for its annual prom and wedding dress sale from 2 to 5 p.m. April 5 at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe. Dresses will be sold for $10 (cash only), unless otherwise noted.

Organizers are collecting new and gently used dresses and accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes. Today is the last day to donate.

Donations may be dropped off at the following Blue Ridge Communications locations: Palmerton, Gilbert, Walnutport (behind the post office), Stroudsburg and Lehighton

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
People head out into the woods every spring to pick these young ostrich ferns, or fiddleheads. AP FILE PHOTO Copyright - AP1997

Spring has arrived, which hopefully means all of the snow will soon be melting and the grass will be growing. That also means dandelions and fiddlehead ferns will be popping up all over.

We’re looking for recipes. Do you cook them? Eat them in a salad? Make dandelion wine? Do you harvest your own or buy them?

Email Karen Cimms, lifestyle editor, at

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Lemon raspberry pound cake muffins. AP PHOTO/J.M. HIRSCH

Fresh lemon — including the juice and the peel — is one of my all-time favorite ingredients, in part because it’s just so versatile. It can be the star of the show (as in this recipe) or a brilliant supporting actor (as in so many of my everyday dishes). It’s indispensable in fish dishes and pairs beautifully with all sorts of vegetables, raw and cooked. I also reach for it regularly to brighten up soups, stews and sautés.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Reporter Judy Dolgos-Kramer now regularly goes to the gym as part of Phase II of her journey toward a healthier lifestyle.

Editor’s note: Last week, Times News reporter Judy Dolgos-Kramer continued the story of her journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Her story continues this week, as she shares how she made out with Pocono Medical Center’s “Biggest Winner Challenge.”

Last spring, after learning there was nothing wrong with me healthwise, other than being overweight, I decided it was time to get healthy. Part of that process was to participate in the “Biggest Winner Challenge.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Mary Clancy went from 365 pounds back down to her normal weight after a 140-pound cancerous tumor was removed by doctors at Lehigh Valley Health Network. PHOTO COURTESY LVHN

ALLENTOWN (AP) — When Mary Clancey first noticed she was “getting a little plump,” as she calls it, she thought it was perhaps from her time working the fudge counter at her local Boscov’s Department Store in Pottsville.

She would soon realize the situation was far more serious, resulting in a five-hour operation to remove a 140-pound cancerous tumor from her abdomen.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
This image released by Sesame Workshop shows Julia, a new autistic Muppet character debuting on the 47th Season of “Sesame Street,” on April 10 on both PBS and HBO. AP PHOTO

NEW YORK — Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted.

That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes — and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, which too often is the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Q. Will taking testosterone bring back the virility of my youth?

The subject of testosterone is fuzzy, so it’s difficult to give a simple answer to this question.

There is some controversy about whether testosterone therapy should be used in men who have naturally lower testosterone levels because of aging. It remains unclear whether restoring earlier testosterone levels benefits older men.

Monday, March 20, 2017
A new program called StrongWomen, which aims to help men and women age 40 and older live a healthy life, is starting in Carbon County on March 28. METROGRAPHICS

It is important to continue a workout routine and healthy lifestyle as you age.

That’s because starting in your early 40s, women begin to lose 0.25 to 0.33 pounds of muscle a year, which is replaced by fat.

To combat the effects of aging and help men and women continue to live a healthy life well into their senior years, the Penn State Extension office and Blue Mountain Health System is partnering together for the StrongWomen/Growing Stronger program.