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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Ragen Dunton lets her inner cupcake fashionista run wild as she learns different decorating ideas from Daughn Edwards. Her mother, Trina Dunton, looks on.

What's better than cake?

A mini cake.

Or more affectionately known as, the cupcake.

It's the perfect dessert or snack. It fits in your hand no silverware or plate needed.

Cupcakes aren't new to the dessert scene, but they have become quite the celebrities with television shows like "Cupcake Wars," "DC Cupcakes" and "Cupcake Girls." They are also a prominant feature in the half-hour sitcom, "Two Broke Girls."

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Here is a recipe for a stiff buttercream frosting that is good for decorating. Note: there's no butter.

2 cups of shortening

2 pounds of powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 to 6 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons meringue powder

Pinch of salt

Cream the shortening, flavoring and water. Gradually add the other ingredients and blend on medium speed until creamy. This icing can be thinned by adding water (a teaspoon at a time) for easier spreading.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Vince Gogal

Mr. and Mrs. Vince Gogal of Nesquehoning recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

They were united in marriage on Nov. 25, 1972 in the Immaculate Conception Church in Nesquehoning by the late Monsignor Michael Dutko and the late Rev. Paul Welkie.

The best man was Joseph Staivecki, former mayor of Nesquehoning. The matron of honor was Audrey Ann Gogal of Nesquehoning.

Mrs. Gogal is the former Gloria Hunadi, daughter of the late Emro and Ann Hunadi.

Her husband is the son of the late John and Mary Gogal.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Amanda L. Reightler and Samuel J. Swartz, 71 Lincoln Drive, Tamaqua R.D.

Katie M. Downey and Solomon J. Peel, 515 W. Spruce St., Mahanoy City.

Denise A.Hanrahan and Michael V. Fantanarosa, 472 Roosevelt Drive, Mahanoy City.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

(This is the second column in a series about vision correction.)

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. In this column, we'll cover eyeglasses.

Eyeglasses correct the following vision problems:

Nearsightedness (myopia), which blurs distant objects.

Farsightedness (hyperopia), which blurs near vision.

Astigmatism is caused by an uneven curvature of the eye's surface that produces abnormal focus.

Presbyopia is a natural condition of aging that makes it more difficult to focus on near objects.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Carter Ethan Reis

A son, Carter Ethan Reis, was born at 3:05 p.m. Nov. 2, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Kristin O'Donnell and Derick Reis of Jim Thorpe.

He weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Donna O'Donnell and Jens Kindt of Jim Thorpe and Francis O'Donnell of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Paternal grandparents are Jody and Don Reis of Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Ahner

Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Ahner recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 17, 1962 by the Rev. Henry E. Eisenhart in Zion Stone Church in Kreidersville.

Mrs. Ahner is the former Elaine Coleman, daughter of the late Thomas and Bertha Coleman. Her husband is the son of the late Charles and Ida Ahner.

Monday, December 10, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Ben Salem U.C.C. senior choir in Lehighton prepare for the performance of their annual Christmas cantata, "Thou Shall Call Him ... Jesus" on Sunday, Dec. 16. The choir has been offering a Christmas cantata to the public for more than 30 years. Performers include, front row from left: Laura Frey, Audrey Milan, Sharon Elder, LaVaun Shanton, Dolores Kuehner, Susan Messina and Adele Kunkle. Second row: Lynn Wassmer, La Rue Fritz, Shirley Frantz, Starr Scherer, Robert Keller, Chester Frantz, Curtis Gower and Al Baker. Back row: Barry Reed, Dayle Smith, Sal Messina, Ken Scherer and Gerald Burkett.

The senior choir of Ben Salem U.C.C. in Lehighton will offer their annual Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. This year's cantata will be "Thou Shall Call His Name … Jesus," a Christmas choral celebration by Lanny Wolfe, Bob Benson and Don Marsh.

The cantata will take the place of Ben Salem's traditional Sunday worship service. All are welcome to attend.

"Thou Shall Call His Name … Jesus" tells the familiar Christmas story through song and dialogue.

Monday, December 10, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Community members gathered at SS. Peter and Paul School's annual Christmas Festival and Gift Shop this weekend to support the school and get into the holiday spirit. All proceeds from the festival benefit the school, which offers pre-kindergarten through eighth grade instruction. At left, a snowman greets passersby near the entrance to SS. Peter and Paul's Gift Shop. Above, children ride the trolley between SS. Peter and Paul School's Christmas Festival and Gift Shop, which were located in different buildings. The short trolley ride is a favorite of young and old alike.