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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
This June 9, 2014 photo shows easy overnight ham and cheese casserole in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Those first few weeks when the kids head back to school can be among the most hectic for families.

The lazy days of summer quickly give way to crazy schedules, homework and after-school activities. And don't forget somehow managing to slip dinner into the middle of all that.

This is why a do-ahead dinner can be a lifesaver as families get accustomed to their new routines.

So we created this easy, kid-friendly ham and cheese casserole that can be prepped and refrigerated the night before, then just popped in the oven the next evening.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
This July 21, 2014 photo shows tangy tomato-eggplant crostini in Concord, N.H. Salting and draining the eggplants and tomatoes removes excess water, which not only makes for a meatier texture, it also concentrates the flavors. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Want to get the most out of your late summer tomatoes and eggplants? Try the simple two-step prep we use for these easy crostini.

We start by salting and draining the eggplants and tomatoes.

This removes excess water, which not only makes for a meatier texture, it also concentrates the flavors.

After the draining, the vegetables are roasted, which caramelizes their natural sugars, further deepening the flavors. The result is incredibly rich and naturally sweet.

The whole thing gets tied together with a sweet-tangy balsamic glaze and bit of salty Parmesan.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Homemade French Salad Dressing is better than anything you can buy in a bottle.

Our "salad days" aren't yet over, so this week and next I'm sharing a couple recipes I adapted from one of my old church cookbooks.

Although I like salad dozens of ways, my favorite is a simple mix of oil and vinegar or lemon juice, and with little more than a pinch of other seasonings.

I simply eyeball it and taste until I like it. It's the way my mother always did it and my kids like it that way as well.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Q. I'm considering having a hip replaced. What are the odds that this operation will work?

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says joint replacement surgery is successful in more than 9 out of 10 people.

And replacement of a hip or knee lasts at least 20 years in about 80 percent of those who have the surgery.

In the procedure, an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a "prosthesis."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY METRO GRAPHICS Research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association indicates a  history of gestational diabetes elevates a woman's risk of developing heart disease as well as type 2 diabetes.

Pregnant women may face an increased risk of early heart disease when they develop gestational diabetes, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Gestational diabetes, which develops only during pregnancy and usually disappears after the pregnancy, increases the risk that the mother will develop diabetes later.

The condition is managed with meal planning, activity and sometimes insulin or other medications.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer free educational seminars on Weight Loss Surgery at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16, in the second floor multipurpose room at the Palmerton Campus and at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in the second-floor conference room at the Palmerton Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The women's cancer support group meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

The next meeting will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 16. at the Blue Mountain Health System, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton, in the community room on the ground floor.

The format is informal and ideal for people who are looking for personal, mutual support for cancer-related issues.

For more information, contact Karen at 610-377-6279 or Gerry at 484-629-3522.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. James Wentz

Mr. and Mrs. James Wentz of Lehighton are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

They were married in Zion United Church of Christ on Aug. 28, 1954, by the Rev. Alton Leister.

Mrs. Wentz is the former Shirley Hill, daughter of the late Robert and Geraldine Clay Hill of Lehighton. Mr. Wentz is the son of the late William and Beatrice Shellhammer Wentz of Parryville.

They have four children: Garry, Gregory and Scott, who is married to Patricia, all of Parryville, and Sherryl Armbruster of Lehighton.

They have six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Sarah E. Welsh and Joshua R. Donohue

The parents of Sarah E. Welsh of Hoboken, New Jersey, and Joshua R. Donohue of Jersey City, New Jersey, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Janet V. and David S. Welsh of Lansdale. A graduate of North Penn High School and Susquehanna University, she is employed as the regional educational executive at L'Oreal in New York City.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mary Ellen Donohue of Lake Hauto and the late Ricky H. Donohue, and the grandson of Beryl and Charles "Brum" Donohue of Tamaqua.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Caitlyn N. Ruch and John T. Pilla, both of Andreas.

Megan L. Ingraham, Tamaqua, and Kyle M. Berezwick, Mahanoy Plane.

Trisha Marie Sockwell, and Kevin M. Rehrig, both of Tamaqua.