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Thursday, December 23, 2010
Pearl Jean Kromer

A daughter, Pearl Jean Kromer, was born at 7:38 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2010 at Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville, to SSG Karin L. Heffron and SSG LeRoy E. Kromer II, of Pottsville. She weighed 6 pounds, 15.5 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

She was welcomed home by her 5-year-old brother Pierce James Kromer.

Maternal grandparents are Jim and Georgine Heffron of Duncott, Pa.

Paternal grandparents are LeRoy and Regina Kromer of Andreas. Paternal great-grandparents are Nicholas and Margaret Butrie of Lansford.

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Ruth Isabelle Huhn

Ruth Isabelle Huhn, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 99th birthday on Christmas Day.

Born in Brooklyn, Indiana in 1911, Ruth was the first born child of the late William F. Weber and Jennie V. (Witmer) Weber.

After finishing school, Ruth was employed at the Reed & Lovatt silk mill in Weatherly. She was also employed as a secretary at Tung Sol Electric Company in Weatherly.

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Edgar Castillo and Brooke Costello

Dimps and Val Hawthorne (Bowman) of Dillsburg, Pa.; and Steve and Kathy Costello of Reading, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Ashleigh Costello to Edgar Castillo, both of San Antonio, Texas.

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of the late Victor and Madalyn Bowman of Lehighton and the late Marina and Esteben Costello of Palmerton.

She is a 2005 graduate of Westchester University, where she received her RN, BSN in nursing.

She is currently employed as a nurse and also as a part-time personal trainer.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Beef Wellington is seen Oct. 31, 2010, in Concord, N,H. This roast uses a center-cut beef tenderloin section. Whether it's a standing prime rib, a rack of lamb or a saddle of veal, roasts can be as intimidating as they are dramatic. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

You've decked the table with china and linens and your grandmother's monogrammed silver.

The only thing missing? A gigantic, glistening roast, the ultimate expression of holiday luxury.

"You're serving something that people normally can't afford," says James Peterson, cooking instructor and author most recently of "Meat: A Kitchen Education" (Ten Speed, 2010). "It's a splurge."

But roasts – whether a standing prime rib, a rack of lamb or a saddle of veal – can be as intimidating as they are dramatic. Peterson offers a few techniques to help you conquer the beast:

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ganache tarts are elegant, decadent and the epitome of chocolate love.

Best yet, they are easy to make, can be prepared ahead of time and transport well. In other words, they are perfect for the holidays.

Our dressed up version is flavored with peppermint extract and topped with festive snowflake cookies, but you could just as easily flavor it with orange, almond or vanilla extracts and top it with whatever cookie shapes inspire you. Holly leaves would be pretty and elegant, and snowmen would be fun.

Chocolate Peppermint Snowflake Tart

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gerber

Elda and Ralph Gerber of New Ringgold are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married on Dec. 21, 1940 at Zion's Stone Church in Snyders by the late Rev. W.W. Moyer. They are lifelong members of Zion's Stone Church.

Mrs. Gerber is the former Elda Shellhamer, daughter of the late Eva and Morris Shellhamer of New Ringgold. Her husband is the son of the late Katie and Mahlon Gerber of New Ringgold.

The Gerbers have two daughters: Janice, wife of Walter Rudy of Bridgeville, Del.; and Rhea, wife of Gerald Steigerwalt of New Ringgold.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Q. You can settle a bet for me. Who gets shoulder problems more often, athletes or seniors?

Athletes such as pitchers, tennis players and swimmers are especially susceptible to shoulder problems because of their repetitive overhead motions. However, shoulder problems are most likely to victimize people older than 60. You can deduce that, as a group, old athletes are at the highest risk of shoulder injury.

(Shoulder problems are so common among seniors that I am doing a two-parter on the subject. This is the first column.)

Let's start with some anatomy.

Monday, December 20, 2010
Kathryn Maryn Breslin

A daughter, Kathryn Maryn Breslin, was born at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2010 at Reading Hospital, Reading, to Robert and Melissa Sommers Breslin of Summit Hill.

She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed home by her big sister Caroline, 2.

Maternal grandparents are Joseph and Lorraine Sommers of Summit Hill.

Paternal grandparents are Donna Breslin of Summit Hill and the late Edward Breslin.

Monday, December 20, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The first place winners of the annual 4-H ornament contest are, clockwise from top left, Santa Rabbit, made by Lynea Reiner of Weatherly; 4-H Snowflake, made by Brittany Fronheiser of Palmerton; and the 4-H Clover, made by Molly Mertz of Lehighton.

The Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Carbon County held its annual holiday ornament contest for 4-H members recently.

Georgia Farrow, program assistant and youth development/4-H, said this is the 11th year the extension has held the contest.

She noted that one of the reasons the extension office sponsors the contest annually is to bring awareness to the Christmas tree industry, which is one of the leading agricultural industries in Carbon County

Monday, December 20, 2010
Kayleigh Alissa Halenar

A daughter, Kayleigh Alissa Halenar, was born at 12:42 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2010 at Reading Hospital to Heather and Joe Halenar of Jim Thorpe.

She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Glenn and Audrey Kline of Bethel, Pa.

Paternal grandparents are John and Jane Halenar of Jim Thorpe.