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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Romantic: Success or Romantic: Fail

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we're celebrating romance both the good and the not so good.

To do that, we're sponsoring a Valentine's Contest, with two categories, which means two winners!

The winner in each category will receive a pair of tickets to see "Rhythm of the Dance" at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the State Theatre in Easton.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Fair Queen Jordan Behrens poses next to her tractor on her family farm in Penn Forest Township. Jordan heads to Hershey today where she will represent the county in the annual Pennsylvania Fair Queen State Competition.

When Jordan Behrens heads to Hershey this afternoon, it will be with the well-wishes of hundreds of Carbon County residents, especially those in the farming community and members of the local Lions and Lioness clubs.

Jordan, who is the reigning Carbon County Fair Queen, will be a contestant in the Pennsylvania Fair Queen State Competition over the next three days. This is the first time the current fair leadership will sponsor a contestant at the state competition.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken with Soft Rice

My husband, Jim, gets 100 percent of the credit for this recipe. It's another of his winners. He's had lots of those, as well as some real stinkers. (I still shiver when I think of the bacon-flavored spaghetti sauce.)

This is a really tasty dish for a cold winter night, and it really hit the spot.

We had it for dinner Sunday, and I had leftovers twice this week, it was that good.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
PHOTOS COURTESY QVC Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew

During the chilly months of winter nothing will warm you up like a hearty soup or stew.

QVC's resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable has the best recipes to cozy up to this winter, like this Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew, Grammie's Noodle Soup or Coconut-Curry Chicken Stew.

Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew

Serves 6-8

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Birte "Chris" Grover

Birte "Chris" Grover, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

Chris was born in Roskilde, Denmark, on Jan. 7, 1925.

She was a stewardess in her early 20s. She speaks five different languages, which certainly helped in her profession.

Chris met the love of her life, the late Niles Grover, who was a pilot, and they were married in 1948.

Chris was very active in the Weatherly Flower Club, of which she was president for many years. She's made many friends throughout the local area.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Judi Kaufman meditates during a yoga class at her home on Jan. 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kaufman started writing poetry when a brain tumor made it hard for her to work, and her cancer is no longer treatable. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

LOS ANGELES Judi Kaufman was having a bad day. There were more and more of those now, 18 years into her battle against brain cancer.

A tumor, her third, now the size of a golf ball, was encroaching on healthy brain tissue, upending her balance and her speech.

Her walking was shaky and her stamina was depleted. Usually generous with greetings and hugs, on this gloomy winter day, she didn't feel like coming to the door to welcome a visitor.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Q. I get a lot of stomach aches. Do you have any tips to prevent them?

If you are having recurring abdominal pain, you should see a doctor immediately.

This kind of discomfort can be a symptom of a serious ailment. However, if you're talking about the kind of stomach aches we all get occasionally, there are some things you can do to prevent them.

Ÿ Eat small meals more frequently.

Ÿ Make sure that your meals are well-balanced and high in fiber.

Ÿ Drink plenty of water each day.

Ÿ Exercise regularly.

Ÿ Limit foods that produce gas.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a community health education program on lactose intolerance at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the first floor board room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Lactose intolerance, or lactose deficiency, means you aren't able to fully digest the milk sugar (lactose) in dairy products. It's usually not dangerous, but symptoms of lactose intolerance can be uncomfortable.

Monday, January 19, 2015
@$:Avi Loren Fox's Wild Mantle. (Tom Gralish/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

PHILADELPHIA Avi Loren Fox's entrepreneurial endeavor with a hooded scarf started where so many efforts to find oneself do at a bar.

The place: McShea's Restaurant & Bar in Narberth. The time: September 2013.

Fox's dilemma: The 2010 Temple University graduate with a degree in environmental studies had just closed a photography business she and her brother Nikolai operated for three summers.

"I decided to enter that terrifying space of taking a year without any plans," Fox recalled, citing her mother, Teresa, a meditation instructor, as the inspiration.

Monday, January 19, 2015

MIAMI – A few dozen pieces of personal correspondence by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, along with photographs of the former first lady in Palm Beach, sold at a Florida auction Saturday for a total of $28,400.

The items up for bidding at Palm Beach Modern Auctions included Onassis' handwritten notes to interior designer Richard Keith Langham and Bill Hamilton, then the design director at Carolina Herrera.

Onassis corresponded with both men about clothes and furnishings she was buying from the mid-1980s through her death in 1994.