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Friday, January 18, 2013
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2001 file photo, Phillips, who had Alzheimerís disease, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, she was 94. Phillips' column competed for decades with the advice column of Ann Landers, written by her twin sister, Esther Friedman Lederer. Their relationship was stormy in their early adult years, but later they regained the close relationship they had growing up in Sioux City, Iowa. The two columns differed in style. Ann Landers responded to questioners with homey, detailed advice. Abby's replies were often flippant one-liners. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

NEW YORK (AP) – Two men had recently bought a house together in San Francisco, and the neighbors were annoyed. The men were entertaining "a very suspicious mixture of people," the neighbors wrote, asking: "How can we improve the neighborhood?"

"You could move," Dear Abby replied.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Jessica McFee and Shane Spotts

The engagement of Jessica McFee, daughter of David McFee and Linda McFee of Mt. Carmel, Pa., to Shane Spotts, son of Allen Spotts Jr. and Gwen Spotts of Tamaqua, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Mt. Carmel Area High School and a 2011 graduate of Bloomsburg University.

She is employed at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

The prospective bridegroom is a 2007 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 2011 graduate of Bloomsburg University.

He is employed by the Minersville Area School District.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @$:Board members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge (Northeastern Pennsylvania), which serves Carbon County, finalize the details of the annual "Bowl for Kids' Sake" Bowlathon. This year's bowlathon will be held on Saturday, March 23 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop in Lehighton. The organization is currently seeking bowlers, sponsors and volunteers. Board members, from left, are David Matsinko; Jenna Sargent, caseworker; Shirley Radler, secretary/treasurer; Brenda Benner, vice president; and Marie Hahn, president.

Lace up your bowling shoes it's time to "Bowl for Kids' Sake."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge's Carbon County chapter will host its annual "Bowl for Kids' Sake" Bowlathon on Saturday, March 23 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop in Lehighton, board members announced last week. The board is actively seeking bowling teams and sponsors for the event.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will not meet in January or February. Meetings will resume at 6 p.m. on March 6.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (except for January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township. This is located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Matt MacMillen and Hollie Huntington

The engagement of Hollie Huntington to Matt MacMillen, both of Sudbury, Mass. has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Karen and Bill Nothstein of Andreas. She is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School and has a bachelor's degree in accounting, and a master's degree in taxation from Fordham University.

She is employed as a CPA and tax manager at Rocket Software, Inc., in Waltham, Mass.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kimberly S. Noel, editor of Lifestyles Over 50, will speak at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Black Diamond Writers Network.

A certified senior adviser and owner of Spectrum Senior Consultants, Noel will share her story about how she transformed her experience and talent into a regional magazine designed for older adults.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Board members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, Carbon County welcomed their new caseworker to the local organization.

Caseworker Jenna Sargent joined the Carbon and Monroe county chapters as a caseworker this fall. She is a graduate of Wilkes University with a degree in psychology and philosophy. In addition to being a caseworker for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, she is also a Big Sister through the organization.

"I am, perhaps most importantly, a Big Sister. I wanted to be sure that I could still be a Big Sister if I took the job," she added.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The first time I made French Onion Soup it was for one of my very first dinner parties. I really wanted to impress these friends, so I decided to give the soup a practice run.

Using a recipe with pictures and step-by-step instructions that I had found in a magazine, I sliced several pounds of onions (stopping every now and then to rinse my burning eyes with cold water). I sautéed and stirred, and patiently waited until the onions were the perfect shade of brown (as shown in the directions), and then let my soup simmer for what seemed like hours.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
@$:TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Melody Patrick of New Ringgold was the winner of last year's Cookbook and Recipe contest with her Wonton Sausage Appetizers. After winning in the Celebrations category, Melody captured the grand prize as well.

Get out in that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans, because the 2013 TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest is under way!

This year there will be six categories: Main Dish; Vegetarian; Breads, Biscuits and Muffins; Soups, Stews and Chili; Christmas Cookies; and Dessert. A winner will be chosen in each category, and will be invited to bring their prepared winning dish to the TIMES NEWS office in Mahoning Township, where a panel of judges will sample each dish to determine a grand prize winner.

Every entrant will receive a TIMES NEWS rubber jar opener, shaped like a daisy.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Scott Crown and Diane Pham

The engagement of Diane Pham of Gorham, Maine to Scott Crown of Newark, Del. has been announced by his parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Tham and Hanh Pham of Geneva, Ill.

She is a 2006 graduate of Beloit College, Beloit, Wis., where she majored in chemistry; and a 2010 graduate of the University of Delaware, where she earned a degree in chemistry and biochemistry.

She is employed by IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Maine.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Barry and Wanda Crown of Stroudsburg.