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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
This June 9, 2014 photo shows Mackays dundee orange marmalade, left, and Crofter's superfruit spread, right, in Concord, N.H. Jams and jellies are good for adding oomph to everything, including sweet-and-sour chicken (apricot jam), barbecue pork ribs (seedless raspberry), beef marinades (orange marmalade), ham glazes (blackberry or cherry), sweet-and-savory dips for vegetables and crackers (red pepper jelly), even sandwich spreads. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

It was probably 15 years ago that I discovered the magic that is a nearly empty jar of jam.

Until then, I'd always hated those sticky knuckle moments of scraping the slimy dregs of the jar, hoping I had enough to add that sweet balance so needed by the otherwise leaden smear of peanut butter on my bread.

Then an Italian cook who was supposed to be teaching me pasta making got sidetracked. She wanted a salad to go with our orecchiette, and she wanted to make her own vinaigrette.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Q. What is sundown syndrome and who does it affect?

Sundown syndrome, which is also called sundowning, is a symptom that affects people with dementia. Those with the syndrome become confused and anxious as the sun sets. People with sundowning often have trouble sleeping.

The cause of the syndrome isn't known yet. Some research suggests that sundowning may be related to changes to the brain's circadian pacemaker. That's a cluster of nerve cells that keeps the body on a 24-hour clock.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton High School Class of 1964 held its class reunion on June 14 at Mahoning Valley Country Club. Classmates who attended include, front row from left, Rita Trimmel Thompson, Derue Stuckley Kistler, Delores Smith, Noreen Hill Larkins, Cindi Eckman, Anna Kressley Williams, Anabelle Nace Werner, Carol Hall Mangold, Linda Andrews and Sandy Walck Maury.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The fourth One-Room Elementary School Reunion in Franklin Township will be held Sept. 27 at the Franklin Township Fire Company on Fairyland Road in Franklin Township.

Anyone who attended any of the following elementary schools is invited to attend the reunion: Long Run, Walcksville, Big Creek, Indian Hill, Harrity and Wagner schools.

If your address has changed since the last reunion, please let the organizers know by calling or emailing at longrunreunion@yahoo.com or call Althea at 610-377-3498, Patty at 610-751-0439 or Florence at 570-325-3118.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nicollette Arieanne Scheitrum has graduated with the honors of summa cum laude from Misericordia University with a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education and special education.

She is the daughter of David and JoAnn Scheitrum of Summit Hill.

She is also a graduate of Panther Valley High School, where she was the salutatorian of her class in 2010.

Nicollette earned the honor of dean's list every semester while attending college and was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

Monday, July 21, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Brent Gower

Diane Holtzman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Holtzman of Kunkletown, was united in marriage with Brent Gower, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gower of Palmerton, on May 31, 2014, at Famularo's in Cresco. The Rev. Dennis Schappel officiated the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose Amanda Holtzman to be her matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Megan Flynn, Jennifer Dowd and Natasha Fiola.

The bridegroom chose Dennis Clark to be his best man. Groomsmen included Dennis Holtzman, Garth Gower and Jonathon Gower.

Monday, July 21, 2014
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Looking ahead to your first fall semester can either be daunting or exciting, depending on how you handle change. As for me, I spent the summer before freshman year ignoring emails from my professors, waiting until the last minute to buy school supplies and changing the subject whenever a relative asked if I was excited for college.

To say the least, I was nervous. Would I get along with my roommates? Would I be able to handle the workload? How am I supposed to find my way around?

Monday, July 21, 2014

The next Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meeting will be held at 6 p.m. July 29, at the Lehigh Carbon Community College, Jim Thorpe campus. Note the time change of the meeting.

The topic will be "How to Build a Support System for the Grandparent who is Raising a Grandchild."

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dennis William Hartranft and Eunice Irene Heimer, of Lehighton.

Lee Allen Constenbader Jr. and Ashley Patricia Schaefer, of Kunkletown.

Shawn Adam Skrimcovsky and Tara Amberly Marzen, of Jim Thorpe.

John Wilber Fox Bailey and Jennifer Lynn Mast, of Lehighton.

Luke Miller Graver and Sarahann Ahner, of Lehighton.

Martin Torgersen III and Ellen Rebecca Zanolini, of Weatherly.

Jonathan Michael Lobach and Tiffany Magon Smith, of Lehighton.

Eric William Whiteman and Tammy Lynn Kistler, of Lehighton.

Monday, July 21, 2014
@$:Mr. and Mrs. Jason Trubilla

Nicole Matsago and Jason Trubilla were united in marriage at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Orwigsburg during a 2 p.m. ceremony on June 21, 2014. The Rev. Darcy Reis officiated the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her brother, James Matsago Jr., the bride is the daughter of Ruth and Dave Morgan of Zion Grove, and the late James Matsago Sr., formerly of Tuscarora. The groom is the son of Charles and Debra Trubilla of Deer Lake.