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Saturday, November 15, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fritzges

Alyson McDonald, daughter of attorney and Mrs. William McDonald of New Ringgold; became the bride of Michael Fritzges of Philadelphia at the Pomme in Radnor on July 19, 2014.

The bride chose her sister, Ashley Hage, as the maid of honor; while the bridegroom selected Cory Merkel as the best man.

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds welcomed family and friends to a reception at the Pomme. They then honeymooned in St. Lucia.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Stephanie Curran and Joseph S. Libid

James and Lynette Curran of Jim Thorpe have announced the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Curran, Osan AFB in South Korea, to Joseph S. Libid, Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, son of Fernando Libid and Yolanda Pasimio of Chino, California.

The bride-to-be is a 2009 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School.

She is currently enlisted in the United States Air Force for Medical Readiness and is working on her degree in health care administration through CCAF.

Stephanie has been a member of the USAF since 2009. She is the recipient of many awards and medals.

Friday, November 14, 2014
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After thinking that we would have a quick autumn due to lack of rain at the end of summer, instead we had a lovely long display with early reds and late yellows. Now the leaves are coming down and it's time to put them to work. Gather them up and store them where they won't get wet and matted together over the winter. They provide the carbon that will fuel your compost pile next spring.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Aurthor Jeff Davis

Lock the doors and board up the windows.

The power grids are down, food is gone, communications are reduced to short range transmission, and the only sound on the radio is a killer's heavy breathing.

Jim Thorpe native Jeff Davis' suspense/thriller "CRUDE" is a chilling story of a social and environmental disaster that occurs when the world's oil supply is abruptly exhausted.

We recently spoke with Davis, who writes as J.L. Davis, about his latest work.

Q. Tell us what "CRUDE "is about?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Palmerton Area School District will host this year's Carbon County Chorus Festival and Concert on Nov. 20. The concert will take place in the Palmerton High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

The guest conductor will be the internationally acclaimed choral conductor, performer and music educator Eduardo Azzati of Moravian College.

The concert will feature choral singers of Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Panther Valley and Weatherly high schools.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The nine wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will debut their first wines from the 2014 vintage this weekend during Nouveau Weekend, the last Wine Trail event of the year.

Wineries will also feature food and wine pairings for visitors to sample. Nouveau wines are bottled very young, without barrel aging, and are light, fruity and semi-dry to dry red wines.

Event hours at all of the wineries are Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. The event is free, however some wineries charge for wine tastings.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets in Lehighton, will offer an annual candlelighting service to remember children who are gone too soon.

The second Sunday in December of each year is designated as "Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day." It is a time to commemorate and honor the memory of children who have died at any age from any cause.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jamie Tworkowski, founder of "To Write Love On Her Arms," will be speaking at 7 p.m. Monday at Moravian College in Bethlehem.

The event is free. Music will be by Eric James of The Last Royals.

"To Write Love On Her Arms" is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

It's purpose is to encourage, inform, inspire and invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Instead of having to fuss with a pie crust, with spiced pumpkin cannoli, simply purchase prepared cannoli shells, which are easily filled with the pumpkin filling.

Who says the Thanksgiving pumpkin dessert has to be a pie? We decided to tinker with tradition just a bit by turning the usual pumpkin pie filling into cannoli. Same great taste, whole new packaging.

Not only is this an impressive, finger food-friendly way to get a pumpkin dessert on the table, it's also easy.

Instead of having to fuss with a pie crust, you simply purchase prepared cannoli shells, which are easily filled with the pumpkin filling.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows gingerbread hot cocoa in Concord, N.H. Once the cooler weather arrives, the hot coca craving can intensify. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

We can't help it. Once the cooler weather arrives, we crave hot cocoa with the same intensity that we crave a cold beer during barbecue season.

There is, after all, something intensely comforting about drinking a warm mug of chocolate! Add a dollop of freshly whipped and lightly sweetened cream and it doesn't get much better.

To help take our hot cocoa game to the next level, we decided to see how many ways we could doctor a mug of basic cocoa. Turns out, the possibilities are pretty inspiring. Here are 10 combinations to consider adding to your hot cocoa.