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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween spending is expected to reach $7.4 billion this year.

That's a lot of candy.

According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $77.52 this Halloween, up $2.49 from last year. And it's not just candy; that amount also includes cards and decorations, as well as costumes.

"There's no question that the variety of adult, child and even pet costumes now available has driven the demand and popularity of Halloween among consumers of all ages," says NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a news release late last month.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Admittedly, it sounds like a Halloween trick. Chocolate hummus.

It's either disgusting or just a cruel joke, right? Neither, actually. But when I first saw it sold alongside "real" hummus at the grocer, I decided it had to be one of those.

There was no way a traditional hummus base with all sorts of savory things like chickpeas could possibly play nice with chocolate.

I was pleasantly mistaken. I bought it only because my son as most 10-year-old boys are is smitten with anything chocolate. Frankly, I was just curious what he'd make of it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken with Pineapple and Vegetables

This recipe is a creation from my husband, with whom I'm happy to share kitchen duties.

Jim enjoys being creative, and here's a simple recipe he came up with earlier this week.

My favorite part is the sweetness from the pineapple.

Serve it on a bed of rice, and it's practically a one-dish meal.

Chicken with Pineapple

and Vegetables

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup flour

Half teaspoon salt

Quarter teaspoon black pepper

Quarter teaspoon garlic powder

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
William "Bill"  Fillingham

William "Bill" Fillingham of Parryville celebrated his 90th birthday on Oct. 21. He was born in Geneva, New York. He served in the United States Army in the China Burma India Theater during World War II as an MP.

After the service, he decided he would like to live in the Allentown area. He got a job at Western Electric, where he met his wife, the former Florence Shoenberger. They were married almost 59 years before her death in December of 2007.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This Sept. 22, 2014 photo shows spicy sweet mole pumpkin seed clusters in Concord, N.H. The granola-like snack takes a more balanced approach to our Halloween sugar rush. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

It's true ... Despite what the kids think, not all Halloween treats need to rot your teeth on contact.

Which isn't to say the goodies we've gathered here a muddy punch and a granola-like snack don't have a sweet side. Rather, we decided to take a more balanced approach to our sugar rush. You know, just in case somebody over the age of 12 wanted some.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Special to the Times News

The fifth Parryville school reunion was held on Sept. 20 at Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. Class members who attended the reunion are, first row, from left: Marlene (Ellis) Reiner, Elaine (Souders) Seltzer, Betty (Souders) Nothstein, Florence (Wentz) Reed, Shirley (Rehrig) Greene, Romaine (Fritzinger) Hahn, Betty (Straup) Mertz, Alice (Ahner) Walck, Joan (Fritzinger) Frable and Phyllis (Kunkle) Koch. Second row, Keith Youse, Kathy Souders, Gloria (Koch) Heffelfinger, Berry Souders, Eileen (Miller) George, Sandra (Knauss) Edwish, Carol (Greene) Mertz, Rev.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Q. Does fiber in your diet reduce cholesterol?

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is acted upon by the normal bacteria in your intestines. Insoluble fiber is not digested by the body and promotes regularity and softens stools. Wheat bran, whole grain products and vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS One lump or two? Real sugar or artificial?

When it comes to buying sweetener in the grocery store, your choices are nearly unlimited.

You'll find bags of plain white sugar, found in sugar bowls across America. There's brown sugar, light and dark. And don't forget the small packages of artificial sugars in a rainbow of colors from pink and blue to yellow and green.

While they all do the same job, each has a different role. Artificial sugar has no calories or carbohydrates and is often the first substitute people make when trying to cut calories or carbs.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Monroe County Historical Association has announced a competition and scholarship event for Monroe County high school juniors.

The Monroe County History Challenge will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 in the Monroe County Court House in Stroudsburg. Each county high school is welcome to select two juniors to participate.

The competition will consist of four rounds of questions related to history and government. The first round will deal with international and national questions.

Monday, October 20, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS LaRue Smith of Palmerton, is a sprightly 100-year-old as of Oct. 17.

LaRue Smith of Palmerton celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday.

Born in Aquashicola, she attended Aquashicola School for eight years.

She helped her parents on their chicken and turkey farm until she married Albert Smith.

LaRue and Albert celebrated 24 years of marriage before he passed away in 1966.

They had four children, six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Smith worked several years in the garment industry until she retired.