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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sitting with their homemade cookies during a recent fundraiser at Christ Church in McKeensburg are volunteers, from left, Susan Mantz, Dorothy Faust, President Helen Koch and Nancy Shellhamer.

Christmas just isn't Christmas without baked treats.

Believe it or not, the word cookie came from the Dutch, meaning "little cake."

In addition to being made popular by the American Dutch, who brought over the holiday treats in the early 17th century, the British also started to indulge in baked treats, as they traditionally use them in their daily tea service.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Q. I saw a woman with what looked like a small tire around her neck. Do you know what that could be?

It could be a goiter, which is a benign enlargement of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small gland made up of two halves that lie along the windpipe just below the voice box.

When the thyroid can't produce enough hormone to meet the body's needs, the gland compensates by enlarging. Iodine, a chemical element, is needed to produce thyroid hormone. Therefore, an iodine deficiency can lead to goiter and hypothyroidism deficient activity of the thyroid.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Adeste Fidelis (Oh Come all ye Faithful) resonated throughout St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe as the Bach and Handel Chorale began its procession.

Within moments, this historical church with its Tiffany window and its manual Austin Organ was filled with angelic voices that sang well-known Christmas carols such as the "Little Drummer Boy" and not so well known songs such "Gentle Jesus, Gift of Love" and "Mary's Lullaby."

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The group does not meet in January and February, but there is still time for you to attend the Holiday Party at 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

There will be no guest speaker; just some food and drinks and getting to know one another better in a casual holiday setting. Participants should feel free to bring their spouse, friend, or whomever they like.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Monday, December 5, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Proud parents Jeanette Pupko, 23 and David Versuk, 25 with newborn daughter Lucy Anna Versuk.

It was the first day of maternity leave for Jeanette Pupko. She spent her day off doing things around the home in preparation for the birth of her first child who was due Nov. 29.

At midnight, Pupko left to pick up soon-to-be daddy, David Versuk from his shift at Trainer's Inn in Lehighton. Upon their return home, Pupko felt the "nesting" instinct kick into full gear and instead of going to sleep, she found herself washing dishes and doing other chores. When she finally did lie down to rest, she started to experience cramping that kept her from falling asleep.

Monday, December 5, 2011
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A son, Zackary John Zelinsky, was born at 12:51 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2011 at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown, to Marcy and Jay Zelinsky of Palmerton. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed by an older sister, Alexandria, 15.

Maternal grandparents are Bruce and Gail Connell of Palmerton.

Paternal grandmother is Susan Zelinsky of Palmerton.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A free Alzheimer's Support Group for dementia caregivers meets 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. The next meeting will be Dec. 7.

The group will share ideas and tips to help caregivers cope with the day-to-day stresses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

For more information on the support group, call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or email dipper38@ptd.net.

Friday, December 2, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS The newly-elected board of directors for the Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theater included, Jonathan Rodgers, seated, president; and standing, from left, Barbara Maloney, executive board member; Josiah Behrens, secretary; and Marissa Miller, treasurer. Zane Bachert is also an executive board member.

It's been a bit of a tumultuous year for the Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theater, and one filled with a lot of changes.

In March, CSCT founder Janet Sager handed over the reins of the group to its members.

A veteran of the Broadway stage and longtime area teacher, choreographer, performer, director and costumer, Sager had been the driving force behind the theater group.

Friday, December 2, 2011

St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave. (Heights) in Jim Thorpe will welcome the public to its fourth annual Creche/Nativity Display on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

This year's display will feature close to 250 different nativity items made from a variety of materials such as pewter, tin, cloth, ceramic, wood, bees wax and more.

The items range in age from new to very old. There are nativities on display with figures that are barely an inch high, and others that are a couple of feet tall.