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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Olivia Rebert and Daniel Blake

The engagement of Olivia Rebert of Glenville, and Daniel Blake also of Glenville, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Steven Rebert of Hanover and Holly and Brian Seymore of Spring Grove.

She is a graduate of Ithaca College where she earned a degree in science writing and human disease.

She is employed as a technology coordinator, writer and media designer.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Gary and Judy Blake of Summit Hill.

He is a graduate of DeSales University where he earned a degree in political science.

Friday, January 30, 2015
AP FILE PHOTO Skiers take to the slopes at night at Camelback Ski Area in Tannersville. With most people parked in front of their TV on Super Bowl Sunday, it's a great day to hit the slopes, says Carleen Ladden of Lehighton. "My favorite thing is to go skiing because the slopes are EMPTY!" The same holds true with restaurants, museums and other venues. Times News correspondent Stacey Solt says she and her family enjoy going to their favorite, usually busy restaurant, because it's not crowded. Says Megan Rodgers of Lehighton, "My mom goes to Longwood Gardens to do some photography on Super Bowl Sunday. She says it's a great day to go, because there isn't anyone there!"

Super Bowl Sunday is just two days away! Excited?

No?

You're not alone.

Not everyone paints their face and sits glued to the television for four hours, with a buffalo wing in one hand and a cold beer in the other.

You can watch a movie, or binge watch Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy or Orange is the New Black. You could also find Jersey Shore marathons on MTV or Sex and the City marathons on E!

Tired of the same-old, same-old? PBS will broadcast a new episode of Downton Abbey.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Grab your  popcorn  and the tissues

So the Super Bowl isn't your thing, or maybe you're just not into it this year.

Or maybe you like your football with a little drama on the side, deflated balls not withstanding. Perhaps you're up for a different breed of sports hero.

How about a good old-fashioned football movie instead?

We polled some of the Times News staff members, including the editorial and sports departments, and asked them to share their favorite football movies.

Here are the top five:

1. Rudy

2. Remember the Titans

3. The Blind Side

4. We Are Marshall

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Bach and Handel Chorale will be hosting a Wine and Chocolate Valentine Celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mauch Chunk Museum Ballroom, 41 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

There will be wine tasting, a chocolate fountain, hors d'oeuvres, a basket raffle, DJ dancing and Valentine Photos.

Tickets are $15 per person at the door.

For more information, visit www.bhchorale.org.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Increase your chances of having your book published by learning what publishers really want. Kathy Ruff, freelance writer, will share tips on creating a synopsis or book proposal.

Learn what components publishers want and discover ways to show potential publishers that you know the industry and will do your part as the creative professional you are.

Find out how you can gain an edge to get your book published with an effective query letter and proposal.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Northampton Community College will sponsor a free screening and panel discussion of "Fed Up" at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 11.

"Fed Up" is a 2014 documentary film that focuses on the causes of obesity in the U.S., presenting evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem, and points to lobbying by "Big Sugar" blocking attempts to enact effective policies to address the issue.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Fair Queen Jordan Behrens at the opening banquet of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and the Pennsylvania State Showmen's Convention in Hershey.

Carbon County Fair Queen Jordan Behrens recently represented the county fair during the Pennsylvania Fair Queen State Competition in Hershey.

Alana Eisenhour of the York County Fair was crowned the state winner, but Jordan still enjoyed the competition.

"This experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Jordan. "I was honored to be able to participate. I did my best to represent Carbon County and our fair and appreciate all the support I received from the fair board and the entire community."

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Shawnee Playhouse, 552 River Road, Shawnee on Delaware, will present original playwright readings at 7 p.m. on March 6, 13, 20 and 27, and the public is welcome to attend and weigh in on its favorites.

Audience members are invited to join in the annual play-reading series to help select the winner for the 2015 playwright contest.

Local writer Rich Strack of Jim Thorpe, who was a winner in the 2014 competition, has a short play included here as well.

Writers from the Pocono area and well beyond have submitted their original comedies, dramas and musicals.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
This Dec. 15, 2014 photo shows mini bean and beef burritos in Concord, N.H. To make burritos into a finger food, use small flour tortillas. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

There is something magical about a burrito, that combination of crispy tortilla edges that turn doughy soft at the center, all concealing a delicious blend of beans and meat and melted cheese. Splash that sucker with some salsa, sour cream, perhaps a spoonful of guacamole, and that's a pillow of perfection on your plate.

Usually, a burrito makes a meal. But for my Super Bowl party, I decided to turn the dish into a finger food. Using smaller flour tortillas, I rolled up an army of burritos filled with refried beans, ground beef and cheese.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
AP Photo/Matthew Mead From left, Maple Coffee Pepper Jerky and Sweet Heat Beef Jerky. It may sound daunting to season and dry your own meat, but it actually is a simple process that requires little hands-on time.

Sure, you'll have some guacamole and some chips and some chicken wings. And a plate of nachos isn't a bad idea, either. But how about something to set your Super Bowl spread apart?

How about some homemade beef jerky? Because while it may sound daunting to season and dry your own meat, it actually is a simple process that requires little hands-on time. It also can be done well ahead as in several weeks and the results are pretty spectacular. And let's not forget how wonderfully a well-seasoned hunk of jerky goes with all that beer you'll be drinking.