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Monday, January 24, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Suzi DeMara, right, of Care Net, Lehighton, watches as Kristyn Gates of Lansford and Jeffrey Gangaware of Coaldale light luminaries Sunday at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, as part of the church's Sanctity of Human Life Sunday observance.

Members of First Congregational Church, Coaldale, joined with thousands of churches across the United States on Sunday, Jan. 23, in observing Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

Suzi DeMara, of Care Net, Lehighton, a pro-life, nonprofit pregnancy resource center, addressed the congregation and explained how the organization provides support to those facing an unplanned pregnancy and encourages healthy choices in sexuality, relationships, and parenting.

Monday, January 24, 2011
Jordan Nevaeh Frace

FRACE A daughter, Jordan Nevaeh Frace, was born at 1:48 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest to Nicole and Theodore Frace of Tamaqua.

She weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 18 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Kate Lueders, Coaldale and Joe Otto, Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Rodney Frace Sr., Palmerton, and Julianne Frace.

Monday, January 24, 2011
Jason Wright and Kelly Leitzel

The engagement of Kelly Leitzel, Boothwyn, Pa., to Jason Wright, Swedesboro, N.J., has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richard and Marybeth Leitzel of New Ringgold. She is a 2002 graduate of Marian Catholic High School. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Lock Haven University. She has been employed as a fire claims representative by State Farm Insurance for five years.

Friday, January 21, 2011
Ashley "Mo" Frey and Jeremy Lichtenwalner

The engagement of Ashley "Mo" Frey, Lehighton, to Jeremy Lichtenwalner, Lower Macungie, has been announced by the couple's parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richey and Lori Frey of Lehighton. She is a 2001 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 2005 graduate of Millersville University, where she earned a dual bachelor's degree in special education and elementary education. In 2009 she graduated from Millersville with a master's degree in language and literacy education.

She is currently employed as a special educator in the Lehighton Area School District.

Friday, January 21, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

New Year's resolutions and resolving to lose weight or at least start living a healthier lifestyle are probably on everyone's list of things they'd like to accomplish. However, just a few weeks into the New Year, many of those resolutions are probably already forgotten or abandoned.

Friday, January 21, 2011
Krystallynn Reis and John C. McCutchan

KThe engagement of Krystallynn Reis of Towamensing Township to John C. McCutchan, Staten Island, N.Y. has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Pat and John Reis of Towamensing Township. She is a 2006 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, and a 2008 graduate of LCCC, where she received an associate degree in business administration. She is currently a senior at East Stroudsburg University, where she is majoring in early childhood education. She is employed as a waitress at Sunny's Pizza in Towamensing Township.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Michael Christian Coscio, 443 1/2 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, and Colleen Elizabeth Hunt, 626 Mauch Chunk Rd., Palmerton.

Dennis James Schlicher II and Angelica Paige Delong, 4586 Timberline Rd., Walnutport.

Charles Paul Kern III, 697 Cherry St., Lebanon, and Tara Leanne Boyer, 974 Thompson Ave., Jonestown.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

ARACE A daughter, Ashlyn Jane Arace, was born at 12:44 a.m. on Oct. 29, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest to Sarajane and Tim Arace of Lehighton.

She weighed 3 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 16 1/2 inches.

Ashlyn was welcomed home by an older sibling, T.J., who is 4 years old.

Maternal grandmother is Barbara Koons of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Judy Rush of Kunkletown, and Gene and Laura Arace of Pittstown, N.J.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nicole D. Corby and Jeremy McCormick, 24 Main St., Middleport.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
This Dec. 12, 2010 photo shows soba noodle stir-fry in Concord, N.H. If you have a hankering for Chinese but don't feel like going out, try this simple and versatile recipe to satisfy the craving. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

This simple and versatile soba noodle stir-fry is for those nights when your cravings for Asian food aren't strong enough to get you out the door.

Soba noodles are made from buckwheat. In addition to having a mild flavor that works well with many ingredients, they also cook in just 3 to 4 minutes, making them a weeknight dinner dream ingredient.

They can be served hot, often in broth, or cold with a dressing.