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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ganache tarts are elegant, decadent and the epitome of chocolate love.

Best yet, they are easy to make, can be prepared ahead of time and transport well. In other words, they are perfect for the holidays.

Our dressed up version is flavored with peppermint extract and topped with festive snowflake cookies, but you could just as easily flavor it with orange, almond or vanilla extracts and top it with whatever cookie shapes inspire you. Holly leaves would be pretty and elegant, and snowmen would be fun.

Chocolate Peppermint Snowflake Tart

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gerber

Elda and Ralph Gerber of New Ringgold are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married on Dec. 21, 1940 at Zion's Stone Church in Snyders by the late Rev. W.W. Moyer. They are lifelong members of Zion's Stone Church.

Mrs. Gerber is the former Elda Shellhamer, daughter of the late Eva and Morris Shellhamer of New Ringgold. Her husband is the son of the late Katie and Mahlon Gerber of New Ringgold.

The Gerbers have two daughters: Janice, wife of Walter Rudy of Bridgeville, Del.; and Rhea, wife of Gerald Steigerwalt of New Ringgold.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Q. You can settle a bet for me. Who gets shoulder problems more often, athletes or seniors?

Athletes such as pitchers, tennis players and swimmers are especially susceptible to shoulder problems because of their repetitive overhead motions. However, shoulder problems are most likely to victimize people older than 60. You can deduce that, as a group, old athletes are at the highest risk of shoulder injury.

(Shoulder problems are so common among seniors that I am doing a two-parter on the subject. This is the first column.)

Let's start with some anatomy.

Monday, December 20, 2010
Kathryn Maryn Breslin

A daughter, Kathryn Maryn Breslin, was born at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2010 at Reading Hospital, Reading, to Robert and Melissa Sommers Breslin of Summit Hill.

She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed home by her big sister Caroline, 2.

Maternal grandparents are Joseph and Lorraine Sommers of Summit Hill.

Paternal grandparents are Donna Breslin of Summit Hill and the late Edward Breslin.

Monday, December 20, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The first place winners of the annual 4-H ornament contest are, clockwise from top left, Santa Rabbit, made by Lynea Reiner of Weatherly; 4-H Snowflake, made by Brittany Fronheiser of Palmerton; and the 4-H Clover, made by Molly Mertz of Lehighton.

The Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Carbon County held its annual holiday ornament contest for 4-H members recently.

Georgia Farrow, program assistant and youth development/4-H, said this is the 11th year the extension has held the contest.

She noted that one of the reasons the extension office sponsors the contest annually is to bring awareness to the Christmas tree industry, which is one of the leading agricultural industries in Carbon County

Monday, December 20, 2010
Kayleigh Alissa Halenar

A daughter, Kayleigh Alissa Halenar, was born at 12:42 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2010 at Reading Hospital to Heather and Joe Halenar of Jim Thorpe.

She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Glenn and Audrey Kline of Bethel, Pa.

Paternal grandparents are John and Jane Halenar of Jim Thorpe.

Monday, December 20, 2010
William Valinch

William Valinch, formerly of 407 Rolling Mill Ave., Tamaqua, will celebrate his 102 birthday on Dec. 22.

Currently residing in Sacramento, Calif., Bill was born in Gilberton, the son of the late John and Margaret (Zerdgusky) Valinch.

He was married to the former Julia McGee for 70 years and has two sons, William of North Huntington and John of Carmichael, Calif. A long time Notre Dame fan, he continues to enjoy regular trips to the casino.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Michael Allen Meckes and Jenny Lynn D'Elia, 209 Cold Spring Drive, Jim Thorpe.

Earl Arlington Schlier Jr. and Lisa Marie Fairchild, 413 N. Second St., Lehighton.

Friday, December 17, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Shane Murphy

Kellie Beth Hegarty, daughter of Marian and Sean Hegarty, Tamaqua, and Shane Murphy, son of Kathleen and Brad Murphy, Tamaqua, exchanged vows on June 12, 2010, at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Tamaqua.

The Rev. William Linkchorst officiated the double ring ceremony. Susan Baddick was the organist.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose her sister Kerri Hegarty, Tamaqua, as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were her sisters, Carla Najarro and Sherry Bynon, both of Tamaqua. Flower girls were nieces, Alexis Higgins and Corabel Najarro, both of Tamaqua.

Friday, December 17, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Blickley

Lisa Mary Breznak, daughter of Joseph and Susan Breznak, Hazleton, and Daniel Joseph Blickley, son of Joseph and Margaret Blickley, Brockton, were united in marriage on Oct. 2, 2010 in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church, Hazleton.

The Rev. Michael Piccola performed the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose her sister, Jennifer Reimiller, Midlothian, Va., as matron of honor, and sister Veronica Breznak, Hazleton, as maid of honor.