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Thursday, November 20, 2014
FILE PHOTO Debra Reilly of Penn Forest is township has advanced to the semifinals for the Grammy's "Music Educator of the Year" award.

In June, when Debra Reilly of Penn Forest Streams found out she had been nominated by one of her students for a Grammy as "Music Educator of the Year," she said that she was grateful to be able to do what she loves every day.

Now she has even more to be grateful for. Reilly was notified by phone in September that she is one of 25 semifinalists in the nationwide search.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
This Oct. 27, 2014, photo shows roasted grape succotash in Concord, N.H. This dish of roasted vegetables starts with classics, onion, butternut squash and corn, but mixes it up with a can of chickpeas and halved red grapes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Tired of the same old sides at Thanksgiving? We decided to come up with something both fresh and familiar.

This dish of roasted vegetables starts with classics – onion, butternut squash and corn – but mixes it up with a can of chickpeas and halved red grapes.

The chickpeas add a mild nutty flavor, as well as a pleasantly chew-crunchy texture.

The grapes offer a gentle sweetness that works so well not only with the rest of the ingredients in this dish, but also with all the other traditional Thanksgiving offerings.

Roasted Grape Succotash

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Country superstar's new  book an entertaining dream

Things get hectic this time of year. Not only are we looking for gifts, we're also looking for fun, easy ways to entertain.

Because we're so busy, we also want to make simple weeknight meals because other than those marathon cooking days, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we just don't have time to spend in the kitchen.

I think Martina McBride might have the answer to your problems.

The country singer superstar recently published a beautiful cookbook and entertainment guide that offers an array of recipes for special gatherings and family-friendly options.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
This Oct. 27, 2014, photo shows barbecue spiced turkey in Concord, N.H. Looking for sides that play up everything going on with this bird? Consider a cornbread-based stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes and roasted squash drizzled with cumin-spiked butter. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

It occurred to us recently that many of the same flavors we crave on grilled meats during the summer also would be superb on roasted turkey at Thanksgiving.

After all, cumin and chili powder and garlic and onion and thyme and smoked paprika don't just play well with beef and ribs. They're also splendid on turkey, not to mention alongside stuffing and mashed potatoes.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Flu vaccines will be offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday for people 18 and over at Mahanoy City Senior Community Center, 138 W. Centre St.

Vaccines will be available at no cost to the uninsured or those who are under-insured. Adults with Medicare are asked to bring their Medicare and supplemental insurance cards.

Appointment are required. Call 570-773-0738 to schedule an appointment. For more information, call 570-624-3017.

The senior center is operated by Diakon Community Services under contract with the Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On Oct. 24 the Cosmetology department of Carbon Career & Technical Institute initiated a PINK OUT for Breast Cancer Awareness. The students provided temporary pink hair spray to the student body and faculty for $1. The experience raised $171 for the cancer society. Accepting the donation for the Women's Cancer Support Group were Lucille Andrews and Karen Geiger. Seated, from left, are Lisa Walck and Geiger; and back, Akaya Lacey, Andrews and Heavenly Dailey.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Q. Is it my imagination, but am I getting fewer fevers than I did when I was younger?

The immune system doesn't function as efficiently in older adults as it does in younger people.

The body's fever response to infection is not always automatic in elderly people. More than 20 percent of adults over age 65 who have serious bacterial infections do not have fevers.

This brings us to germs, which are defined as microbes that cause disease. Infectious diseases caused by microbes are the leading cause of death.

Monday, November 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a difference on Thanksgiving – or those who just want to watch terriers instead of touchdowns on TV.

"Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular" will air Nov. 27 and feature a slew of celebrities aiming to find thousands of needy dogs a home by Black Friday.

Hosted by Swank and "Glee" actress Jane Lynch, the two-hour program crams in dog stories, viral videos, musical tributes, a fundraiser, contests and glitterati galore.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Smart ways to reduce plastic use at home

There are areas of concern involving the use of plastics and an increased risk for children, say certain sources.

According to WebMD, some studies suggest that possible effects from BPA (Bisphenol A), a common chemical in plastics, could be most pronounced in infants and young children.

"Their bodies are still developing and they are less efficient at eliminating substances from their systems," WebMD reports.

Also, the FDA reports that PVC plastic can be a toxic exposure risk via DEHP, a softener that is released from PVC as it degrades.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Donald A. Curran and Kaitlin Craney

James and Lynette Curran of Jim Thorpe have announced the engagement of their son, Donald A. Curran of Whiteman AFB in Missouri, to Kaitlin Craney of Windsor, Missouri, daughter of Diana Bone Craney of Jefferson City, Missouri and Jeff Craney of Grain Valley, Missouri.

The bride-to-be is a 2011 graduate of Schuyler County High School and currently is a student at UCM, studying to earn a degree in interior design.

She is currently employed as a caregiver at Amy's Loving Care.

The prospective bridegroom graduated from Jim Thorpe Area High School in 2007.