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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This April 11, 2011 photo shows a raspberry-lemon trifle in Concord, N.H. These individual trifles are made from angel food cake cubes and fresh berries layered with whipped cream and lemon curd. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Give mom the royal treatment this Mother's Day with these Brit-inspired trifles. Because face it, as nice as breakfast in bed is, dessert is better.

Traditionally made with liquor-soaked ladyfingers or sponge cake and layers of whipped cream, custard and fruit, we've taken liberties to create a more family-friendly version.

Our individual trifles are made from angel food cake cubes and fresh berries layered with whipped cream and lemon curd (look for it alongside the jams and jellies at the grocer).

Raspberry-LemonTrifles

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
AP Photos/Matthew Mead Instead of presenting a bouquet of flowers to your mother for Mother's Day, consider a flowered cake, like this Lemon Honey Triple-Layer Cake.

Instead of giving your mother a bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day, consider a flowered cake.

This beautiful and easy-to-make cake features the flavors of lemon and honey and is swathed with a cloud-like blanket of honey meringue. It then it crowned with masses of sugared edible flowers.

Be sure to buy flowers that are safe to eat, as many flowers are sprayed with pesticides. Most grocers sell edible flowers with the herbs in the produce section.

Lemon HoneyTriple-Layer Cake

Start to finish: 1 hour 20 minutes (40 minutes active), plus cooling

Servings: 12

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This April 4, 2011 photo shows orange pistachio and goat cheese crusted pork chops in Concord, N.H. Round out this recipe with a quick salad or some green beans and rice pilaf. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This hearty Mother's Day dinner is as beautiful as it is delicious. Because while moms may like pretty things, it doesn't mean they don't also want a dinner that leaves them satisfied. To round out this recipe and make it a meal, a quick salad or some green beans and rice pilaf would be perfect.

Orange Pistachio and Goat Cheese Crusted Pork Chops

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Zest and juice of 2 oranges

1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios

4 ounce log soft goat cheese

teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon salt

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Q. What exactly degenerates when you get macular degeneration?

The macula. It is at the center of the retina in the back of your eye. The retina transmits light from the eye to the brain. The macula allows us to perform tasks that require central vision such as reading and driving.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.

In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Bach and Handel Chorale recently performed its annual Easter concert accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra. The chorale plans to perform several times this summer and has announced the date for its annual Christmas concert.

The Bach and Handel Chorale's annual Easter concert was held on Sunday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe.

Young and old alike crowded into St. Mark's for the sold-out concert, which featured the full chorale, 23-piece orchestra and a cantata.

The highlight of the concert was "Son of God," a short Passion and Easter Cantata written by Chris Eubanks of Lehighton and composed by Randall Douglas Perry, director and founder of the chorale. The concert marked the first public performance of this piece.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will observe "Fibromyalgia Awareness Day" Wednesday, May 4 with two meetings and an open house.

The public is welcome to attend from 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. when chiropractor Dr. Jan McGovern will discuss "Rhythm Healing." Free literature and refreshments will be available.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. (except January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, located off the Airport Beltway, Hazleton.

Monday, May 2, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rainie Werner, far left, and Diane Luicana, far right, pose with the Mauch Chunk Historical Characters. Werner is the coordinator of the Walk in Time Game that the characters will be conducting with the garden party guests. The characters will be dressed in period costumes circulating the guests while giving them historical insight and asking historical trivia questions. The Kemmerer Carriage House can be seen in the background. Historical tours and art exhibits will be held in the carriage house.

Coordinators of the St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Black Diamond Garden Party met with the Mauch Chunk Historical Characters at Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe recently to share plans of the upcoming event.

The Black Diamond Garden Party will be held June 11 from 6-9 pm at the Asa and Harry Packer mansions and Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe. The event is open to the public and anyone wanting to attend is asked to make a reservation.

Funds raised will be used on renovations for the recovery and operating rooms at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital.

Monday, May 2, 2011
Morgan JudithCummins

CUMMINS A daughter, Morgan Judith Cummins, was born at 11 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2011 at St. Luke's, Allentown, to Kristy and Mark Cummins Jr. of Lehighton.

She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Clair Breiner, Lehighton, and the late Judith Breiner.

Paternal grandparents are Mark Cummins Sr., Lehighton, and Elizabeth Humphreys, Atco, N.J.

Monday, May 2, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Administrative Assistant Luncheon at Blue Ridge Country Club. Models during the event were, from left, Rose Ann Billings, Connie Christman, Sheila Knappenberger, Pearl Sheckler and Heather McClure.

Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce gave Carbon County bosses an opportunity to honor their administrative assistants on Wednesday at the 11th annual Administrative Assistant Day luncheon at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

Jack Sturm served as master of ceremonies and Earl Schneider welcomed everyone to the event.

Administrative assistants were served a salad or sandwich of their choice and presented a gift bag of items, a long stemmed carnation and the opportunity to win prizes, all donated from local businesses.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Tamaqua Education Association will hold this year's Retirement Dinner on June 10 at Capriotti's in Tresckow. All present and past members are invited to attend.

Please contact Sharon Chromiak at (570) 668-0617 or schromiak@tamaqua.k12.pa.us, or Judy Midas, (570) 645-4394 or jmidas@tamaqua.k12.pa.us after 4 p.m. by May 15 if interested in attending.