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Thursday, January 27, 2011
** HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011. THIS PHOTO CANNOT BE PRINTED, BROADCAST, OR PUBLISHED ONLINE BEFORE MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011 AT 12:01 ** In this Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 photo, Beverly and Eugene Murray prepare dinner at their home in Cary, N.C. As the economy improves and families have more spending money, they're still saving restaurants for special occasions. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Eating at home may be one of the few behavioral changes from the recession that stick.

Forced to eat more meals at home when money was tight, people learned new habits. Some discovered they enjoy cooking and dining in. As the economy improves and families have more spending money, they're still saving restaurants for special occasions.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Does reading a nutrition label on your favorite box of cereal have you confused? Do you know what to look for to find better foods?

If you want to learn more about what the numbers on those labels mean, let Laura Smith, certified nutritionist, help.

Smith will explain how to read nutrition labels and the importance of understanding the nutritional value of the foods you eat at the Coaldale TOPS meeting held 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Education Room of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. The free program is open to the public.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

Have you submitted your favorite recipes for the 24th Annual TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest? If not, there's still time to flex your culinary muscles and take part in this year's contest. Your effort could win you a grand prize valued at more than $300!

Over $900 in prizes are up for grabs this year and everyone who enters will receive a TIMES NEWS pizza cutter.

The cookbook will be included in the April 14th edition of the TIMES NEWS.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Q. I'm 68 years old and I want to know how much Vitamin D you need to be healthy.

The U.S. Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has established Adequate Intake (AI) levels for vitamin D. The daily levels in International Units (IU) for everyone are as follows according to age:

Ÿ Under the age of 50 - 200 IU

Ÿ From 50-70 years-old - 400 IU

Ÿ Over 70 years-old - 600 IU

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Panther Valley High School Class of 1986 is currently organizing its 25-year reunion in 2011.

Fellow classmates are invited to send contact information to Anthony DeGiosio at degfam92@comcast.net, or by mail to 540 Jefferson Blvd., Jefferson Township, PA 18436.

In addition, an organizational meeting for this reunion will be held at Kelly's Pub in Lansford on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m.

Monday, January 24, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Suzi DeMara, right, of Care Net, Lehighton, watches as Kristyn Gates of Lansford and Jeffrey Gangaware of Coaldale light luminaries Sunday at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, as part of the church's Sanctity of Human Life Sunday observance.

Members of First Congregational Church, Coaldale, joined with thousands of churches across the United States on Sunday, Jan. 23, in observing Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

Suzi DeMara, of Care Net, Lehighton, a pro-life, nonprofit pregnancy resource center, addressed the congregation and explained how the organization provides support to those facing an unplanned pregnancy and encourages healthy choices in sexuality, relationships, and parenting.

Monday, January 24, 2011
Jordan Nevaeh Frace

FRACE A daughter, Jordan Nevaeh Frace, was born at 1:48 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest to Nicole and Theodore Frace of Tamaqua.

She weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 18 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Kate Lueders, Coaldale and Joe Otto, Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Rodney Frace Sr., Palmerton, and Julianne Frace.

Monday, January 24, 2011
Jason Wright and Kelly Leitzel

The engagement of Kelly Leitzel, Boothwyn, Pa., to Jason Wright, Swedesboro, N.J., has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richard and Marybeth Leitzel of New Ringgold. She is a 2002 graduate of Marian Catholic High School. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Lock Haven University. She has been employed as a fire claims representative by State Farm Insurance for five years.

Friday, January 21, 2011
Ashley "Mo" Frey and Jeremy Lichtenwalner

The engagement of Ashley "Mo" Frey, Lehighton, to Jeremy Lichtenwalner, Lower Macungie, has been announced by the couple's parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richey and Lori Frey of Lehighton. She is a 2001 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 2005 graduate of Millersville University, where she earned a dual bachelor's degree in special education and elementary education. In 2009 she graduated from Millersville with a master's degree in language and literacy education.

She is currently employed as a special educator in the Lehighton Area School District.

Friday, January 21, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

New Year's resolutions and resolving to lose weight or at least start living a healthier lifestyle are probably on everyone's list of things they'd like to accomplish. However, just a few weeks into the New Year, many of those resolutions are probably already forgotten or abandoned.