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Thursday, February 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Casey Yelito and Helen Mattras were crowned Valentine King and Queen

during the

Valentine's Day Party held at the Panther

Valley Senior Center on Feb. 14.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Mom's Pot Roast has been a favorite for generations in our family.

My number one comfort food? My mother's pot roast.

Whether I was sick or sad, or celebrating a birthday when my mother asked what I would like her to make, my answer was almost always the same: pot roast.

My mother's pot roast is also a favorite of two of my daughters.

When Margaux had her first child, I remember having two pot roasts simmering on the stove at the same time one for dinner that evening and one for the freezer, so she wouldn't have to cook every night.

In addition to being simple, this dish is very tasty, and perfect for company.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Boilo and Chili winners are, front from left, Mike Gimbor and Vanessa Christman, who won the judge's choice for specialty boilo; Jared Soto, who won the judge's choice for traditional boilo; Stephanie McCarroll, who won the people's choice for traditional boilo; and Priscilla Hosak, who won the people's choice for specialty boilo. In the back row is co-coordinator Tom McCarroll; Cy Rother, who won the people's choice for traditional chili; Donette Miller who won the judge's choice for traditional chili; Helen Walters, who won the judge's choice for specialty chili; Charles Connely who won the people's choice for specialty chili; and co-coordinator Brian Connely.

Two longtime rivals came together for a cause recently during the Chili and Boilo Cook-off held Saturday at the East End Fire Company in Tamaqua.

The cook-off consisted of dozens of contestants competing for the best traditional and specialty boilo and chili recipes, all to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Cook-off coordinators and longtime fire company members Tom McCarroll, with East End Fire Company, and Brian Connely, with American Hose Company, came up with the idea a few months ago while sitting down with friends on a Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Silfies

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Silfies of Palmerton recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Silfies were married on Feb. 5, 1953 in Cherryville. The Rev. Roy Meck officiated the ceremony.

Mrs. Silfies is the former Joyce Everett.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It's time to clean out your closet and help area children.

Gently-used prom and wedding dresses are being collected for the annual Prom & Wedding Dress Sale to be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Most dresses will be priced at just $10 (cash only).

All proceeds from the even will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Organizers are accepting new and gently-used dresses and accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes, from now through March 20.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Q. I keep hearing about how bad coffee is for you. I also hear about how good coffee is for you. What gives?

The average American drinks over 400 cups of coffee a year, so how this popular beverage affects our health is an important issue.

Let's start with the bad part.

For the general population, the evidence suggests that coffee drinking doesn't have any serious detrimental health effects.

This is a summation from Dr. Rob van Dam, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Rachael Rzepiela and Aaron Rogal

The engagement of Rachael Rzepiela of Whitehall to Aaron T. Rogal of Palmerton, has been announced by his parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Brian and Michele Rzepiela of Whitehall. She is a 2011 graduate of Whitehall High School and is currently an education major at Northampton Community College. She is employed by The Growing Tree Day Care Center and Wawa.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Thomas and Donna Rogal of Palmerton. He is a 2010 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, and is also a member of the U.S. Army Reserves.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Travis Andrews and Alyson Dunstan

The engagement of Alyson Dunstan to Travis Andrews has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Bill and Carlette Dunstan of Jim Thorpe. She is the owner of All 4 Paws Mobile Grooming.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Jason and Pearl Sheckler of Jim Thorpe. He has a degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg University. Travis is employed by Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services as a prevention and education specialist, based in the Lehighton Area School District.

The couple plans to marry in June.

Monday, February 18, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Staff and residents of the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held their annual Valentine Royal Court party recently at the center. Pictured are King William Pack of Hazleton, Queen Theresa Yatko of Wilkes-Barre, Prince Ed Binder of Lehighton, Princess Rose Baddick of Tamaqua, Duke George Chenkansky of Coaldale, and Dutchess Minerva Ellis of Lansford. Felicia Porambo, activity director, expressed her appreciation to all the staff and residents who made the event a fun one.

Monday, February 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Residents at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital enjoyed Valentine's Day playing games, making crafts, singing and enjoying treats during their Valentine's Day party. During the festivities, Pauline Hager of Lansford, was named Queen and Thomas Rock of Hazleton, was named King.