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Saturday, January 3, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Peters

The Barnhouse Village Gazebo in Bath was the setting for the Oct. 4 wedding of Kathleen Dombrosky, daughter of Paul and Betty Dombrosky of Andreas, to Rick Peters, son of the late Allen and Joyce Peters.

The double ring ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Robert W. Busch.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride was attended by Kimberly Eckert of Auburn.

Bridesmaids were Olivia Cordero of Lancaster, daughter of the bridegroom, and Annette Dombrosky of Andreas, sister-in-law of the bride.

Best man honors were performed by John Eckert of Auburn.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Tawnie J. Gerber, Tamaqua, and Brandon R. Heffelfinger, Tamaqua.

Alesha Quaca and Todd J. Witkowski, both of Tamaqua.

Saturday, January 3, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Sean Dennison

Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, was the setting for the wedding of Tiffany Marie Walters, daughter of Craig and Helen Walters of Tamaqua, and Sean Dennison, son of Dr. Randall and Gale Dennison of Kentucky.

The couple's friend, Michael Hall, conducted the ceremony. The bride's siblings, C.J. and Brittany Walters, provided readings.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by the Dennison nieces, Isabella and Anna.

An outdoor reception was held at the botanical gardens following the ceremony.

Friday, January 2, 2015
This May 14, 2014 photo shows a gardener preparing the soil for planting in her designated plot at the South Whidbey Demonstration and Community Garden near Langley, Wash. She added fertilizer and some other soil amendments before putting more cool-season vegetables into the ground. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

The arrival of a new year is always a good time for fresh starts, and there are few things as enjoyable to start or that provide fresher returns than gardening.

But how should a novice begin?

A helpful first step is to develop a plan. Decide what you want to grow. Choose the best place for growing it. Determine how much you can safely harvest and store. Finally, lay it out.

Friday, January 2, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Rich Strack's one-act play, "The Waiting Room," opens  Saturday at Shawnee Playhouse and will run over the next three weekends. Strack's play won third place in the annual Shawnee Original Playwright Series.

Under Rich Strack's senior picture in his high school yearbook, his future plans included "sports writer."

It took 45 years to achieve that dream, but now that he has, there's no holding him back.

In addition to being a part-time sports and feature writer for the Times News, this weekend Strack will be sitting in the audience at The Shawnee Playhouse, surrounded by family and friends, watching his first play come to life.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Left-over Christmas ham baked with pineapples and a simple glaze.

When my husband and I honeymooned in Williamsburg, we brought back with us a smoked Virginia ham. It was wrapped in a cloth bag and we hung it from the ceiling in our small apartment kitchen.

When I unwrapped it four months later on Christmas Eve I was horrified to find out that it not only had spots of mold on it, I needed to scrub it, then soak it overnight, and then scrub it again in the morning with a stiff brush before cooking it.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
This Dec. 8, 2014 photo shows preparing tofu that will be sauteed with broccoli and red peppers in chili-orange sauce in Concord, N.H. ()

My mom started traveling abroad when I was in high school. And after each of her trips, we cooked a meal from the country she'd just visited.

It was after her trip to Italy that I became a huge fan of veal. Veal, of course, is notoriously bland, so what's the appeal?

I love it because it functions mostly as a firm landing strip for the delicious sauce of your choice, and I'm a nut for sauces. Recently, I figured out that tofu plays the same role for vegetarians as veal does for carnivores.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Q. Can a sinus infection give you a toothache?

I can write from personal experience on this one. I had a bad toothache that sent me to my dentist. He did some X-rays and could find nothing wrong. He asked me about my sinuses, and I told him I was fighting an infection. Bingo.

Yes, infection in the sinuses located in your cheekbones can cause your upper jaw and teeth to ache, and your cheeks to become tender to the touch. Sinusitis is a nasty malady that can do much more than give you a toothache.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

In November Medicare published its intention to cover the cost of annual lung cancer screening for people with a history of heavy smoking.

Widespread screening is expected to save tens of thousands of lives each year.

William Burfeind, MD, chief of thoracic surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network, recently shared with the Times News about the decision and why heavy smokers should be screened.

Burfeind is also a clinical associate professor of surgery at Temple University.

Q. Why is this significant?

Monday, December 29, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY STATEPOINT

You may have heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't buy a home unless you can put down 20 percent of the purchase price.

However, today's home buyers have many choices when it comes to the size of the down payment.

While this magic number of 20 percent will save you from paying Private Mortgage Insurance, an added insurance policy that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage, you can pay considerably less than this if you want.