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Friday, December 27, 2013
Michael Brisbane and Amber Juracka

The engagement of Amber Juracka of Jim Thorpe, to Michael Brisbane, also of Jim Thorpe, has been announced by her father, William, and stepmother, Nancy, of Jim Thorpe.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Temple University, where she received her bachelor's degree. She is pursuing a master's degree in counseling from Johns Hopkins University.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
This Nov 4, 2013 photo shows grilled bacon wrapped scallops in Concord, N.H. This all-protein finger food appetizer is perfect for holiday entertaining. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Bacon-wrapped scallops are one of the most luxurious appetizers you can serve, not to mention one of the easiest to prepare.

I like using big, plump Alaskan sea scallops and apple wood smoked bacon. Because there are only two main ingredients in this dish, you need to make sure you use the best quality the biggest, freshest sea scallops you can find, and the most flavorful bacon. After that, they are so easy to grill that you hardly need a recipe.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
New Year's dining

Not up to putting on a formal dinner party for New Year's Eve? Can't blame you. And who cares? Most people would prefer the more casual atmosphere of lots of appetizer-sized nibbles, anyway.

To help you pull it all together, we assembled an easy menu that recasts some classic appetizers in fresh ways. Start off with a roasted take on the traditional shrimp cocktail. Make it funky by serving the shrimp and roasted grape tomatoes in individual spoons. We also have a quick and east pineapple chicken salad that's served in lettuce wraps.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Henry Desrosiers, director of the Carbon County Veterans Affairs office, right, accepts a homemade wreath from Annabella Redline and Dakota Naimon, two students from the fourth-grade class of Leo O'Donnell, left. Annabella's father is currently deployed, while  Dakota's brother is in the military.

Students at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe want to bring a little Christmas cheer to veterans and senior citizens in nursing homes.

Recently, the school competed in a wreath decorating contest.

Each class was allowed to create a wreath using whatever theme the students decided on.

David McAndrew, assistant principal at the school, explained that some students chose veteran themes, while others chose holidays and other themes.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Q. How many kinds of hepatitis are there?

Your liver helps your body digest food, store energy and remove poisons. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that makes it stop working efficiently.

Hepatitis is usually caused by a virus. There are five main hepatitis viruses types A, B, C, D and E. There are several other causes of hepatitis.

Some people who have hepatitis have no symptoms. Others may have loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, fever, muscle and joint pain, diarrhea, dark-colored urine, pale bowel movements, stomach pain, and jaundice.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will host an Alzheimer's Caregiver's Support Group from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the third floor conference room at the Palmerton Hospital Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. Palmerton. After Jan. 7, the meetings will be held every other Tuesday at the same time and location.

Catherine Miller, community liaison for Behavioral Health at BMHS, will facilitate the group. The intent will be to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1973 hosted its 40-year reunion on Nov. 9 at Mahoning Valley Country Club. Classmates attending included, top photo, first row, from left, Beth Ann Franks, Cathy (Fetteroff) Smith, Tina Kannapel, Patricia (Hunsicker) Diehl, Melody (Edgar) Nenscel, Susan (Borger) Strohl, Gail (Fink) Schafer, Anna (Borger) Smith, Trudy (Hartranft) Kunkle, Christine (Young) Lamon.

Monday, December 23, 2013
Ethel M. Kitchen

Ethel M. (Eicke) Kitchen, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 92nd birthday.

Born in Shenandoah on Dec. 23, 1921 she is the daughter of the late Carrie (Rose) and Alonzo Eicke.

Ethel and her sister, Carrie, were raised by their four paternal aunts in Wilkes-Barre.

She graduated from G.A.R. High School, Wilkes-Barre in 1939. She retired from 20 years of service from the Carbon County Court House as secretary to District Attorney George Kerestes, District Attorney John Deutsch and Judge Richard Webb.

Monday, December 23, 2013
Robert "Bob" LeMasters

Robert "Bob" LeMasters recently celebrated his 93rd birthday.

He was born Dec. 21, 1920 in St. Louis, Mo. to Harvey and Mable LeMasters. He had one sister, Florence, who was 10 years his senior.

Bob attended St. Louis public schools. He was excused one day to participate in volunteer public service, and was docked a day absent, which prevented him from earning a perfect attendance award for his 12 years, something that bothers him to this day.

Friday, December 20, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Poppy Seed Tea Bread has a nutty almond flavor and is topped with an orange sugar glaze.

Gifts in good taste are wonderful, but gifts that taste good are the best.

With Christmas just around the corner, you may find yourself wondering what to give that special boss or your child's favorite teacher. Food gifts have long been a popular option. If you take the time to package it prettily, it won't even matter if you don't make it from scratch.

Here are some ideas, including some from our readers, and even some recipes to help you give a tasteful, and tasty gift this holiday.

Former Summit Hill resident Heather Urquiza says she loves to make homemade gifts.