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Monday, March 14, 2011

Diem Phuong Tran, 47 Susquehanna Blvd., West Hazleton, and Eric Matukonis, 18 Walnut St., Tamaqua R.D.

Billie J. Jelassi, 135 Coal St., Cumbola, Blythe Township and Braxton J. Moore, 321 Schuylkill Ave., Pottsville.

Monday, March 14, 2011
Ava Camille Serfass

A daughter, Ava Camille Serfass, was born at 4:22 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2011 at St. Luke's in Allentown, to Tammy and Danny Serfass Jr. of Lehighton.

She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

The new baby has four older siblings: Brianna, 17; Owen, 5; Olivia, 3; and Sophia, 1.

Maternal grandparents are Pete and Martha Balogach, Lehighton. Paternal grandparents are Danny and Tessy Serfass, Palmerton.

Maternal great-grandmother is Gloria Balogach, Lehighton.

Friday, March 11, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System's Gala Committee is betting Lady Luck will be with them on their 14th annual event. Seated, left to right, are Romaine Biege, Jeannine Siegmond, Dr. Barbara Davis. Standing, left to right, are Denise Kennedy, Lisa Johnson, Susan Strauss, Joseph Guardiani, Jen Roberti, Kay DeMatte and Alicia Shutack-Silliman. Absent from the photo are the co-chairmen, cardiologists Dr. Ronald Stein and Dr. Bill Markson; and Lois Richards, Patty DeSousa, Sylvia Goral, Dr. Deborah Smith, Vicki Hanley, Allison Long and Sherill Hoover.

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but guests at Blue Mountain Health System's 14th Annual Gala will want to take home the prizes and memories of all the fun they had for a good cause.

The Casino Night Gala will be held Saturday, April 16 at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville, Northampton County.

Organizers hope the event will raise $100,000 for the not-for-profit Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton hospitals and the Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Murphy

Wendy Marek and Scott Murphy were united in marriage on Oct. 9, 2010 at St. John's Orthodox Church in Nesquehoning.

The Rev. Robert Teklinski officiated the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her parents, Michael and Christine Marek of Nesquehoning, the bride chose her cousin, Natalie Angst of Drums, to serve as matron of honor.

Bridesmaids included Kristin Untisz, Fairborn, Ohio; Melissa Sweigart, Mifflinburg, Pa.; and Johanna Murphy, Annandale, Va., sister-in-law of the bridegroom.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Ethan ClaytonZettlemoyer

A son, Ethan Clayton Zettlemoyer, was born on Dec. 3, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Allentown, to Jennifer Balliet-Marchorro and Bradley Zettlemoyer of Nesquehoning.

He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

The new baby has four older siblings, Erick, 8; Isaiah, 5; Bradley, 3; and Kayden, 2.

Maternal grandparents are Brenda Strohl-Green of Lansford, and the late James Balliet, Palmerton.

Paternal grandparents are Cindy Wambold-Cornell of Allentown, and John Zettlemoyer of Bethlehem.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Reabold

Katie Sweigert, daughter of Daryl and Kathy Sweigert, Bernville, Pa., became the bride of Ryan Reabold, son of Earl and Jean Reabold of Lehighton on Sept. 25, 2010 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Reading.

The Rev. John M. Gibbons, pastor, officiated at the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose her sister Molly Corman of Harrisburg, as her matron of honor. Her sister Megan Sweigert, also of Harrisburg, was the maid of honor.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD A touch of sweetness from apricot preserves balances this  Prosciutto, Apricot and Blue Cheese Panino Sandwich.

A great grilled cheese practically defines comfort, all crispy bread and gooey cheese.

And a grilled cheese is the perfect base to add other flavors, whether you fancy a slice of tomato or a little ham or bacon. This version is similar to a grilled ham and cheese for adults. Salty prosciutto pairs with creamy, earthy blue cheese.

A touch of sweetness from apricot preserves balances the sandwich. This quick and flavorful lunch would be great served with an arugula salad dressed with balsamic vinaigrette.

Prosciutto, Apricotand Blue CheesePanino

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Q: I've been spending too much on groceries lately. Any ideas on how I can save money and still serve up good meals?

A: It's a common myth that healthy foods come with a high price tag. Here are 10 foods overflowing with nutrients that won't bust your grocery bill.

1. Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt has a thicker texture and tangier flavor than regular yogurt, and that's a good thing!

2. Whole-grain pasta

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Members of the TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest committee are waiting to see what our readers are cooking up for this year's contest. Front row from left, Donna Hall, classified advertising representative; Karen Cimms, lifestyle editor; and Tami Kunkel, page compositor. Back row, Linda Muffley, Jennifer Benninger and Darlene Hentosh, advertising sales representatives; and Amy Miller, reporter and photographer.

Recipes are pouring in for the 24th Annual TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest. The deadline is fast approaching, and you only have until midnight Saturday, March 12 to submit your original recipe for consideration in this year's contest, and for inclusion in our annual cookbook.

There are over $900 in prizes up for grabs, including grocery store and restaurant gift certificates. Everyone who submits a recipe will receive a TIMES NEWS pizza cutter.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Q. My husband quit cigarettes and now he's chewing tobacco. What can I tell him to make him quit this disgusting habit?

For starters, you can tell him that chewing tobacco like all other forms of smokeless tobacco contains about 30 cancer-causing substances. Then you can follow up with these facts:

Ÿ The chances of getting a variety of cancers increases with the use of smokeless tobacco. These cancers can grow in your mouth, throat, esophagus, kidneys and pancreas. The cancers can kill you or leave you disfigured from surgery.