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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Mariann Kmetz, the director of the Dimmick Memorial Library in Lehighton, answers a question for David Holmes of Nesquehoning at the library's public computers. When sharing financial information online, or using a public computer to do personal business, it's important to take extra steps to protect your information.

'Tis the season: Both online shopping and identity theft peak during the holiday months, when more shoppers mean potentially more targets for identity thieves.

Fortunately, there are ways to protect your financial and personal information as you finish your holiday shopping.

Be mindful where you shop

Perhaps the best defense is simple common sense. Be mindful of what websites you use, and never share your credit card or personal information if you're not sure a website or purchase is legitimate.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
This July 21, 2014 photo shows bacon apple baked pancake in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)This Dec. 1, 2014, photo shows bacon apple baked pancake in Concord, N.H. The baked pancake was inspired by an upside down cake. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Like Thanksgiving, Christmas is one of those holidays that requires aroma.

On Thanksgiving, we need the house to smell of turkey and stuffing and sweet potatoes. On Christmas, we need whiffs of indulgent breakfast items, like cinnamon rolls or a bubbling fruit crisp. Or maybe you prefer hash browns and bacon. Those get the job done nicely, too.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
PHOTOS COURTESY OF TURKEY HILL Christmas morning calls for a special breakfast while after you unwrap all those gifts. Spiced Egg Nog Pancakes sound perfect.

Egg nog reigns supreme in a season of snowmen, holiday shopping, and knit hats with matching scarves.

But, as popular as egg nog may be, many people are unaware of how versatile the festive beverage can be as an ingredient, in everything from egg nog pancakes to egg nog cheesecake.

Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster County will produce more than 122,000 gallons of its traditional Egg Nog and Light Vanilla Nog this year, and another 175,000 containers of Egg Nog Ice Cream.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Photo courtesy of StatePoint An unexpected wine can enrich your holiday season.

This holiday season consider trying an unexpected wine pairing and surprise your guests with a bottle of port.

What is port? This traditional wine comes from the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. It is classified as a fortified wine, which means that a neutral distilled spirit has been added during fermentation. The addition of the spirit stops fermentation early and leaves a little residual sugar. This sweetness is a hallmark to port wines. There are a number of port styles, including tawny, white, vintage; one of the most popular being ruby port.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Macaroni Pie is a quick, cheap dinner, especially at this time of year.

This recipe is one of my all-time favorites. I shared it several years ago when I did a story about meatless meals for Lent, and it was a big hit.

At this time of year, when we're looking for quick, easy and cheap meals (have you gone over your Christmas budget yet? I have!), this Macaroni Pie is a winner. It goes together in no time, and can be used as a main dish or a side dish. It's also great for lunch the next day.

You can also eat it hot or at room temperature. I like mine with a little ketchup on the side.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Suzanne M. Fletcher

This column is part of a continuing educational series about Health Care Reform from Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The open enrollment period for individual health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act recently began for coverage effective Jan. 1. If you didn't sign up for coverage in 2014, be sure to mark Dec. 15 on your calendar. That's the last day to sign up if you want your coverage to start Jan. 1.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Q. What causes motion sickness?

Many people including me suffer nausea when traveling by boat, car or airplane. It also happens on rides in amusement parks and playgrounds. The symptoms of motion sickness are caused by conflicting messages arriving at the central nervous system.

Different parts of your body let your brain know where you are and what you're doing. The inner ears let you know if you're turning, or moving forward-backward, side-to-side, and up-and-down.

Monday, December 8, 2014
This undated image provided by Harbor Sweets shows the company‡-s ‡¨Chanukah Box‡Æ of chocolates decorated with a menorah. Harbor Sweets, a small New England handcrafted chocolate company, created the box in response to demand among customers who wanted to give chocolates as a holiday gift while acknowledging friends and clients who don‡-t celebrate Christmas. It‡-s one of a number of examples of products originally conceived of as Christmas gifts that have been rethemed for Hanukkah. (AP Photo/Harbor Sweets)

NEW YORK (AP) – Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel.

Christmas has gingerbread houses; Manischewitz sells Chanukah House kits, using cookie dough with blue-and-white icing.

These are just a few of the Hanukkah-themed products inspired by Christmas traditions and toys. Pinterest and Etsy are loaded with blue-and-white Hanukkah crafts like wreaths and stockings.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The holidays are here and each year we consider the age old question … "Is it OK to re-gift?" The answer may surprise you, although most of us have done it at one time or another.

"It is perfectly appropriate to give another person an item that doesn't fit you, or suit your particular needs or lifestyle. The only caveat is to proceed with respectful caution," says Diane Gottsman, a national modern manners and etiquette expert.

Some of Gottsman's re-gifting rules include:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Richard and LuAnn Noll of Lehighton recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

They were married Nov. 29, 1974, in Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton, by the late Rev. Dr. Jerome Wenner.

Mr. Noll is the son of the late Willard and Kathryn Noll of Bowmanstown and is retired from Alliant Tech/Hercules Aerospace Division. Mrs. Noll, the former LuAnn Williams, is the daughter of the late Lewis and Helen Williams of Lehighton, and is a retired furniture buyer, having worked for Kern's Furniture.