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Friday, March 9, 2012

Pennsylvania Women's Press Association will again offer its annual Teresa Spatara Scholarship of $1,500 to a print journalism major working toward a newspaper career.

Both men and women collegians may apply. Applicants should be Pennsylvania residents at a Pennsylvania college or university and classified as a junior, senior or graduate level student for the fall of 2012.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will host its third annual Write it Right writers' conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 21 at the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce Building, 91 S. Progress Ave., Pottsville.

Keynote speaker Ann Boyle, author and former literary agent, will speak about Flourishing in a Changing Literary Landscape. She will join other professional writers and authors to share their expertise with those interested in learning more about the craft and business of writing.

Speakers include:

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Pierce

Nadine Kokinda, daughter of Andrew (Arty) and Sonya Kokinda, both of Summit Hill, became the bride of Barry Pierce, son of Diane and Barry Pierce Sr. of Royersford, on Jan. 16, 2012 at The Riu Hotel & Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The Rev. Navara Peart officiated the double ring ceremony, which was witnessed by 40 of their family and friends.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Cheryl Wargo of Summit Hill to be her matron of honor.

Her niece, Jacqui Kokinda of Nesquehoning was her junior bridesmaid.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Steven Kocher and Amber E. Walck-Kocher

Amber Elizabeth Walck, daughter of Rod and Cheryl Walck of Lehighton, and Steven Kocher, son of Larry and Gail Kocher, also of Lehighton, were united in marriage at sunset Nov. 5, 2011 at Sun Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico.

The Rev. Mayra Gomez Soto officiated the double ring ceremony. Music was provided by a three-man mariachi band.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose her sister, Jamie Neary of Conshohocken as matron of honor. Nicole Behler of Glenmoore was a bridesmaid.

Michael Venarchick, Allentown, and Matthew Blanco of Boston, Mass. were best men.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Carl Leroy Bush and Vicki Jo Haupt, 404 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton.

William Daniel Dunkelberger and Annette Tenisci, 238 S. Second St., Lehighton.

Anthony Dick and Nicole Chivon Collier Strohl, 216 A Bridge St., Lehighton.

Danny Donald Allen Hogan and Millicent Celeste Pheps, 348 Coal St., Nesquehoning.

Trevor Lee Kunkle and Kimberly Ann Rodgers, 715 Coal St., Lehighton.

Edward James Kudlesky III and Elizabeth Ann Show, 321 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe.

Christopher Bryon Styer and Jolene Beth Shultz, 518 Columbia Ave., Palmerton.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Carol Zickler/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Office spoke to members of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club at their March meeting. His informative presentation on Senior Security was well received. Midas is a DARE instructor as well as a police officer. He offers community programs to local organizations. With Lt. Midas are Jean Mikovich, left, chairwoman of the hospitality committee; and Madeline Ligenza, right, program chairwoman. The club will enjoy a dinner at the home of member Nan Kevilly on April 2. Members need to contact Kevilly and let her know which entrée they chose.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Categories this year are Main Dishes; Desserts; Salads and Side Dishes; Slow Cooker; Money Saving Meals; Salad Dressings, Sauces and Marinades; and Celebrations (which includes recipes for parties and entertaining).

Recipes must be created or modified by the person submitting the recipe or a member of that person's family.

The winner in each category will receive a $50 grocery store gift card and a $50 restaurant gift card. Winners will also receive additional surprise gifts.

The grand prize winner will receive a $250 grocery store gift card.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The 1988 Cooking Classic Champion was Christine Mifkovich of Lehighton.

Here is Christine's winning recipe.

Shredded Apple Pie

Pie Crust (Makes enough for two pies)

5 cups flour

2 cups Crisco shortening

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 egg

Water

Mix flour and Crisco. Mix vinegar and egg and add enough water to measure 1 cup of liquid. Add the liquid mixture to the shortening mixture and cut with a knife to make pastry dough (or use a food processor). Roll and line 10-inch pie plate.

Pie Filling

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
RON GOWER/ COURTESY OF RICk FORGAY II

When the TIMES NEWS launched its first Cookbook Classic two-and-a-half decades ago, the main focus of the project was to reach out to readers and have them become involved with the newspaper on a more personal level.

Marigrace Heyer, former TIMES NEWS lifestyle editor, was instrumental in getting the annual cookbook and contest off the ground; along with Richard Forgay II, who was the promotions manager at the time; and Don Reese, who continues as the TIMES NEWS advertising manager.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its special program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. H.H.T.L.C., a registered nonprofit organization, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309. It offers therapeutic riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October.