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Friday, March 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Isabella Baka is the third girl at Franklin Elementary School in Lehighton to attain the top level Presidential Award in all four years at the school.

This award is the highest achievement level in a battery of physical fitness tests provided by "The President's Challenge" program, which is designed to inspire children to become physically active and fit.

Isabella now joins an elite group consisting of Aubrey Blasiak, Lauren House, Aaron Berger and Kyle Hunter, who previously accomplished this feat within the past 15 years.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Donate your prom and wedding dresses today and help support Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter. New and gently-used dresses and accessories including jewelry, purses, shawls, and shoes will be accepted until March 15.

Drop off locations include the following Blue Ridge Communications offices: Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford, and Lehighton.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Daniel Andrew Williams and Annette Marie Wieand, 148 Jamestown St., Lehighton.

Jeremie Jacob Kunkle and Shana Richards, 2321 S. Lehigh Gorge Drive, Weatherly.

Todd Anthony Carmody and Amy Elizabeth Reichardt, Box 899, Pocono Lake.

John David Weaver and Caitlin Hollar, 444 E. Patterson St., Lansford.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Dorothy Schaar

Dorothy Sarah (Jacquot) Schaar, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 94th birthday on March 8.

Born in Cementon, Pa. in 1917, Dorothy, lovingly known as Mrs. Schaar, has also resided in Audenried, Pa., St. Petersburg, Fla., and Freeland, Pa.

She worked in Woolworths and for United Charities.

She was married to her husband, Robert, on July 27, 1937 and remained married for 42 years until his passing.

She is the proud mother of two children, Barbara Schaar of Hazleton and Robert Schaar of Benton.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Mia Josephine Samok

A daughter, Mia Josephine Samok, was born at 8:24 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2011 at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown, to Sara Sebelin and Nick Samok of Palmerton.

She weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Joe and Karen Sebelin of Jim Thorpe.

Paternal grandparents are Mike and Jeanne Samok, Palmerton.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ashley E. Berger and Timothy L. Vidal, 314 Bobb Alley, Cumbola, Blythe Township.

Allison M. Freewald and Albert M. Shaw Jr., 33 Mauch Chunk St., Tamaqua.

Ginger L. Alansky, 1234 E. Market St., Mahanoy City, and Brian J. Howley, 232 E. Mahanoy St., Mahanoy City.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Pastry chef Jean-Luc Albin certainly can turn out a delicious traditional king cake – one with a premium brioche dough, rich with butter and eggs. But these days it's his inspired variations on that classic that he's most passionate about.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

If you won't be lucky enough to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you can still bake up a taste of it at home.

Granted, you'll need to supply your own revelry in the streets, but a slice of this delicious king cake should get you in the mood. The top is decorated with the colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green and gold. You also can color the icing and decorate or you can drizzle with white icing and decorate with colored sugars.

King Cake

Start to finish: 4 hours (45 minutes active)

Servings: 16

For the dough:

1 cup warm milk

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
William Evan Burrell

A son, William Evan Burrell, was born at 12:51 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2010 to Jennifer and David C. Burrell III of Tucson, Ariz.

He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20.5 inches long.

He was welcomed home by an older brother, Charles Burrell, who is 2 years old.

Maternal grandparents are Evan and Maria Bevan of Bethlehem.

Paternal grandparents are Mary and David C. Burrell Jr. of Lansford.

Paternal great-grandmother is Margaret Burrell of Tamaqua.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Q. I am petrified of spiders. Is my fear justified? Are they dangerous or just creepy?

Spiders are not aggressive. They bite you only in self-defense. Most bites by spiders are harmless. However, there are dangerous spiders. Spider bites are responsible for fewer than three deaths a year in the United States.

Spider bites have caused people to have limbs amputated. These victims refused to get medical remedies early and suffered from large wounds that became infected.