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Friday, December 17, 2010
Brandon D. Shimp and Gabrielle M. Rowlands

The engagement of Gabrielle Marie Rowlands to Brandon Daniel Shimp, both of Coopersburg, has been announced by the couple's parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Elizabeth Rowlands of Jim Thorpe. She is a 2005 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School. She graduated in 2009 from East Stroudsburg University with a bachelor of science in EC/EL education. She went on to the University of Pittsburgh where she obtained a master's degree in library and information science.

She is currently employed at Bushkill Elementary as the school librarian.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

To help you compile your wedding, engagement, anniversary or baby's birth information for publication in the TIMES NEWS, forms are available in our main office at 594 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton, as well as in our satellite offices in Tamaqua, Lansford and Palmerton.

Wedding pictures and stories will be published free of charge up to six months after the wedding. After the six-month deadline, there is a $50 charge to have your wedding appear in the TIMES NEWS.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Gregory Stewart and Taryn Rehrig

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Rehrig, Lehighton, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stewart, Saylorsburg, announce the engagement of their children, Taryn Nicole Rehrig to Gregory Charles Stewart.

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard R. Ahner, Lehighton, and Maryann Rehrig, Palmerton, and the late James Rehrig.

She is a 2007 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and is currently attending Bloomsburg University, where she is working toward a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. James Koch II of Palmerton celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Nov. 28. They were married at St. John's Union Church in Palmerton by the late Rev. M.L. Wahrmann.

Mrs. Koch is the former Ruth Straup of Parryville, daughter of the late Thomas and Rose Straup of Parryville. She worked most of her life as a homemaker.

Her husband is the son of the late Gertrude and James Koch of Walcksville. He retired from the former Pryofax Gas Company.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Vlcek

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Vlcek of Tamaqua recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

They were married on Dec. 2, 1950.

Mrs. Vlcek is the daughter of the late William and Edna Brown of Tamaqua. Her husband is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Dubrosky of South Tamaqua.

Both are retired from the former Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds.

The couple has a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Bernise Vlcek of Tamaqua. They also have two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Q. What is a taste disorder?

There are several types of taste disorders. You can have a persistent bad taste in the mouth. This is called a dysgeusia. Some people have hypogeusia, or the reduced ability to taste. Others can't detect taste at all, which is called ageusia. People with taste disorders experience a specific ageusia of one or more of the five taste categories: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory.

The most common complaint is "phantom taste perception," which is tasting something that isn't there.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sophie Madison Thigpen

THIGPEN A daughter, Sophie Madison Thigpen, was born to Stacy and William Thigpen of Tamaqua, at 5:35 p.m., Sept. 18, 2010, at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville. She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces; and measured 19 1/2 inches.

Maternal grandparents are Brenda Hebelka of Coaldale and Matthew Allesch of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Kevin and Colleen Bauer of Lansford.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

With Christmas just two weeks away, I'm busy preparing for the holidays and planning my final gifts.

While I can't tell you what I'm buying people, I will tell you that a majority of our gifts for friends and the extended family are edible. I love cooking, and my friends and family love eating. (OK, I love eating too.)

I also enjoy knowing that edible gifts are inexpensive to make, which means that I can spread more holiday cheer on a small budget. It's a win-win situation for everyone.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
'The Christmas Carol's Muppet Invasion'

An invasion is about to take place in Lehighton and Tamaqua!

Musique Productions-Entertainers, under the direction of Jonathan M. Rodgers, will present "The Christmas Carol's Muppet Invasion." The show will be accompanied and narrated by Robert Fatzinger as Mr. Dickens.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS There were 15 entries in the Dimmick Memorial Library's Third Annual Gingerbread House Contest, which was held as part of Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas Festival.

The winning entries in the Dimmick Memorial Library's Third Annual Gingerbread House Contest were announced after judging of all submissions.

The contest was held at the library as part of Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas Festival.

Every part of the gingerbread house had to be edible with the exception of the platform on which it was built.

Contestants competed in one of three categories: adult (13 and up); child (12 and under); and group.