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Thursday, April 9, 2015
AP PHOTO Tyrion Lannister,  portrayed by Peter Dinklage, appears in a scene from season four of "Game of Thrones."

HBO's "Game of Thrones" kicks off its fifth season when it returns this Sunday at 9 p.m.

The epic fantasy, set in the make-believe continent of Westeros, swirls with warring armies, forbidding landscape and fire-breathing dragons.

Fans of the mega-hit have already been promised a sixth season.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dr. Rosalee Rehrig and her Relay for Life Team will join with the staff at Galen Glen Winery on April 18 for their sixth annual fundraiser for The American Cancer Society.

From noon to 4 p.m., the team will sell slices of homemade cheesecake.

"This year we have set a goal of $10,000," said Rehrig. "We raise funds for the American Cancer Society because they are dedicated to funding research and finding new treatments and a cure for cancer."

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
PHOTOS COURTESY THE NATIONAL PASTA ASSOCIATION Primavera Pasta Salad, top left, Lasagna Verde, above, and Chicken Penne with "Cream" Sauce, take advantage of the fresh vegetables available at this time of year.

Spring is officially here and the new season brings with it a bounty of fresh vegetables.

Seasonal veggies like asparagus, broccoli and corn can bring new life to pasta recipes and transform them into refreshing, healthy, wholesome dishes.

Here are a few recipes from the National Pasta Association to help you usher in spring deliciously.

Lasagna Verde

Serves 8

4 ounces lasagna noodles (about 8 sheets or enough for 2 layers)

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 pounds spinach, well-washed

32 ounces part-skim ricotta

2 eggs

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Peach-Glazed Pork Roast combines the tanginess of roasted garlic with the sweetness of maple syrup and peach jam.

Generally, I can take pork or I can leave it. But when it's well made, which usually means well-seasoned and roasted with tons of garlic, I'm more amenable to eating it.

And that's exactly the case with this recipe. I got slammed with some horrible late-winter cough and chest cold recently, and ended up spending a couple days in bed.

My husband, bless his heart, came to the rescue, knowing I would need a recipe for this column. To give credit where credit is due, this is one of his creations.

Not only does he get a thumbs-up, I'm nominating him for Husband of the Year.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1970 Reunion Committee is seeking the addresses of the following classmates: Bruce Messinger, Gary Potter, Denna Berger Bookheimer and Louise Kistler Fabian.

Those with information can call Linda at 610-377-5488.

The class will be holding its 45-year reunion on Aug. 1 at the Orioles Community Center in Lehighton.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 20 at the Orioles Club. Any class member is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon Dr. Vitaly Sawyna will offer a free educational seminar on Weight Loss Surgery at 6 p.m. April 23 in the third floor multipurpose room at the Palmerton Hospital Campus at 135 Lafayette Ave.

Bariatric surgery is an option for people whose health and quality of life are being affected by severe obesity.

Weight loss surgery options including gastric bypass, lap-band and gastric sleeve will be discussed, and the surgeon will answer all your questions about the process and procedure.

To register call 610-377-7070.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

(This is the first installment in a three-part series on breast cancer)

Breast cancer is second behind lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in women. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is about 1 in 8.

The female breast is composed primarily of milk-producing glands (lobules), ducts that connect the glands to the nipple, and soft tissue. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that has grown from breast cells.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Denise Frey, clinical dietitian at Blue Mountain Health System, recently gave a presentation on lactose intolerance. She recommends sufferers take time to read the food labels to make sure they aren't accidentally eating lactose, and also getting enough calcium in their diet.

If you love ice cream, but find that it often makes you sick, you might suffer from lactose intolerance.

Some of those unlucky individuals gathered at the Gnaden Huetten Campus of the Blue Mountain Health System recently for a presentation by Denise Frey, a clinical dietitian with Blue Mountain.

According to Frey, lactose intolerance is an enzyme deficiency in the small intestine, which means there is not enough lactase to fully digest lactose.

Monday, April 6, 2015

There will be a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend Friday through Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn Allentown West.

This experience is for couples with good marriages, who would like to learn an exciting and effective method of communication. This method will afford you the opportunity to renew the romance in your marriage and create more intimacy.

The weekend starts Friday evening and ends Sunday at 4 p.m.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Join the Penn State Master Gardeners in Carbon County at the Environmental Education Center, 151 E.White Bear Drive, Summit Hill from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday for a workshop titled "It's Time to Plant."

Master Gardeners will teach you best practices for preparing your soil, composting, mulching, companion planting, growing herbs, gardening for bees and butterflies and attracting birds. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Each participant will get to plant their own herb seeds in newspaper pots. The experts will tell you how to care for them and when to plant them outside.