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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Q. What is a taste disorder?

There are several types of taste disorders. You can have a persistent bad taste in the mouth. This is called a dysgeusia. Some people have hypogeusia, or the reduced ability to taste. Others can't detect taste at all, which is called ageusia. People with taste disorders experience a specific ageusia of one or more of the five taste categories: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory.

The most common complaint is "phantom taste perception," which is tasting something that isn't there.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sophie Madison Thigpen

THIGPEN A daughter, Sophie Madison Thigpen, was born to Stacy and William Thigpen of Tamaqua, at 5:35 p.m., Sept. 18, 2010, at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville. She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces; and measured 19 1/2 inches.

Maternal grandparents are Brenda Hebelka of Coaldale and Matthew Allesch of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Kevin and Colleen Bauer of Lansford.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

With Christmas just two weeks away, I'm busy preparing for the holidays and planning my final gifts.

While I can't tell you what I'm buying people, I will tell you that a majority of our gifts for friends and the extended family are edible. I love cooking, and my friends and family love eating. (OK, I love eating too.)

I also enjoy knowing that edible gifts are inexpensive to make, which means that I can spread more holiday cheer on a small budget. It's a win-win situation for everyone.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
'The Christmas Carol's Muppet Invasion'

An invasion is about to take place in Lehighton and Tamaqua!

Musique Productions-Entertainers, under the direction of Jonathan M. Rodgers, will present "The Christmas Carol's Muppet Invasion." The show will be accompanied and narrated by Robert Fatzinger as Mr. Dickens.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS There were 15 entries in the Dimmick Memorial Library's Third Annual Gingerbread House Contest, which was held as part of Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas Festival.

The winning entries in the Dimmick Memorial Library's Third Annual Gingerbread House Contest were announced after judging of all submissions.

The contest was held at the library as part of Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas Festival.

Every part of the gingerbread house had to be edible with the exception of the platform on which it was built.

Contestants competed in one of three categories: adult (13 and up); child (12 and under); and group.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
SUSAN BRYANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shane and Wyatt Waksmunski sit on Santa's lap for their first time at the Eastern Pa. Down Syndrome Center's annual Holiday party Dec. 11 at the Allentown Brew Works, Allentown.

Despite a difficult week, 9-month-old twins Shane and Wyatt Waksmunski with their parents Eric and Mary and 3-year-old brother Jesse traveled from their home in Mahoning Township Saturday to join other families at the Eastern Pa. Down Syndrome Center's annual Holiday party. The event was held in the Hamilton room at the Allentown Brew Works, Allentown. The restaurant donated use of the room to EPDSC.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Logan AliviaGillespie

A daughter, Logan Alivia Gillespie, was born at 1:18 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Loren and Patrick Gillespie of Jim Thorpe.

She weighed 7 pounds, 10 1/2 ounces and measured 21.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Clifford and Kathleen Hurley of Jim Thorpe. Maternal great-grandmother is Evelyn McGavin.

Paternal grandparents are Timothy and Patricia Herman of Jim Thorpe, and Bernie Gillespie and Debra Sebelin, also of Jim Thorpe. Paternal great-grandmother is Delores Gillespie of Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @$:Haleigh Jacob as St. Lucia.

A Tamaqua Area High School sophomore, Haleigh Jacob of New Ringgold, recently portrayed St. Lucia in the 31st annual Muhlenberg College Lucia Fest, held in the college's Egner Memorial Chapel earlier this month.

Lucia Fest is a Swedish pageant of music and candlelight, featuring children of the faculty and staff of Muhlenberg College. Haleigh's father, Merritt Jacob, is a professor at Muhlenberg.

The pageant celebrates the tradition of St. Lucia, the saint of light.

Monday, December 13, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Greene Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Greene Jr. of Lehighton recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

They were married on Dec. 11, 1954 at the Methodist Church in Parryville.

Mr. Greene is the son of the late Norman and Florence (Andreas) Greene. Mrs. Greene is the daughter of the late Frank and Matrona (Dorward) Rehrig.

The Greenes have two children: Kim Henry, wife of Harold Henry of Lehighton; and Norman III, husband of Tracey Greene of Lehighton.

They also have five grandchildren: Timothy Knopf, Lehighton; and Emily, Heidi, Linsey and Norman IV, also of Lehighton.

Monday, December 13, 2010

When did festive get so expensive?

Just flip through any catalog or walk into a department store and it seems that the holidays have become an over-the-top affair.

It comes at a time when we're already feeling the pinch with parties and gifts, and now the style police seem to be telling us that we're just not in the holiday spirit if we don't have light-up Nutcrackers on our front lawns.

Enough is enough, and it's time to stop the madness.