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Thursday, December 4, 2014

With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to start thinking about giving thanks to the many people in our lives through holiday tipping. It's a topic that confuses many: how much to give and to whom?

Jacqueline Whitmore, an internationally-recognized etiquette expert, author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, offers these tips:

Ÿ Give what you can.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail are encouraging wine lovers to buy local this holiday season by inviting them to festive events, offering specials on wine, and more.

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a nonprofit organization of wineries whose mission is to promote agritourism and to create a premiere wine destination and grape growing region while promoting Pennsylvania wines from the region.

All of the member wineries have won awards at state, national and international levels.

Some of the events include:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It really is hard to beat freshly baked cookies. Leave aside for a moment the deliciousness of the finished product; the simple act of cooking them makes your whole house smell like heaven.

But who has the time to whip up a batch of cookies every time a guest shows up at your door? Or every time you get a craving? Actually, if you rely on these refrigerator cookies, you do!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

My mother made the same Christmas cookies every year. She might add one or two different varieties, but there were always the ones we could count on: "S" Cookies, Dusan Confections, Caramel Spritz and Cappuccino Flats.

Mom's Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies, however, were everyone's favorite. (Except me, mine are the "S" Cookies.) My kids love them and my friends always ask for the recipe. I think if we didn't have them on the cookie plate on Christmas Eve, there would be a revolt in the house.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Woman's Club of Lehighton will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Trinity Hall in Lehighton.

The program will feature Trinity's Sanctuary Choir singing "A Celebration of Carols" directed by Susan Lovejoy.

Monday, December 1, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY gardeners.com

Liven up your holiday décor with lights, a bit of glitz and some colorful blossoms this season.

Start by gathering greenery from your landscape. Use needled evergreens like pines and firs, broadleaf evergreens like boxwood, holly and evergreen magnolia as well as junipers and arborvitaes to create wreaths, swags, centerpieces and garland. And don't forget to include cones, holly berries, crabapples and the bluish-colored fruit of junipers.

Monday, December 1, 2014

People of all ages can step back in time and experience Christmas Eve 1842 with a Pennsylvania German family while visiting the historic 1756 Pennsylvania German Troxell-Steckel Farmhouse in Whitehall Township. Special hourlong holiday tours will take place from 1 to 5:15 p.m. Saturday. The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is hosting the event.

"This is a rare opportunity for children and adults to relive Christmas before it became a shopping frenzy," said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the heritage museum.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Rod Heckman on their wedding day

Mr. and Mrs. Rod Heckman of Lehighton recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. They were married on Nov. 25, 1989, in Covenant United Methodist Church, Klecknersville, by the late Rev. Dave Unangst.

Mrs. Heckman is the former Robin Wadding, daughter of Beverly Cuff of Montello, Wisconsin; and John Raybuck of Knox, Pennsylvania. She is employed as a hearing support teacher for the I.U. 20.

Mr. Heckman is the son of Arlene Heckman of Klecknersville and the late Harvey Heckman. He is a sports writer for the Times News.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Arthur

Lori A. Melicharek and Glenn Arthur, both of Nesquehoning, were united in marriage on Oct. 18, 2014, at Meed's Methodist Church in Nesquehoning.

A reception followed in Jim Thorpe.

The bride is the daughter of Milan Melicharek of Tamaqua, who gave her in marriage, and Ester Dalmas of Macungie. She studied criminal justice at LCCC. She is now a homemaker and mother of three.

The bridegroom is a graduate of Panther Valley High School and is employed in the construction business.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sean Ryan McCormick and Amanda Marie Schlier, Palmerton.

Michael Joseph Mazar and Christina Renee Preen, Nesquehoning.

Matthew James Radocha and Debra Ann Binder, Lansford.

Matthew George Steigerwalt, Walnutport, and Erin Kathleen Kuhn, Jim Thorpe.

Norman Lynn Yuninger, Lancaster, and Paula Kay Eisenman, Walnutport.

Schuylkill County

Stephanie M. Krisak and Harry A. Heffelfinger, both of Tamaqua

Cheryl Ann Henne and Richard Allen Fryer, both of New Ringgold

Nancy L. Deskiewicz and Mark D. Ritschel, both of Andreas