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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society presents Kechera, an award-winning folk ensemble from Jakubany, Slovakia, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Hillcrest Hall, 631 Minersville-Llewellyn Highway, Minersville.

Students are free. There is an admission charge for adults.

Refreshments will be available. For more information contact Sharon Jarrow at 610-759-2628 or email

Thursday, September 11, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Jeffrey Collins, Tamaqua's first Artist in Residence, wraps strands of acrylic yarn around a bare wooden frame before applying acrylic paint to add layers of texture to his work.

Tamaqua has an art district.

Yes, it does, and it continues to grow through the efforts of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center and the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.

The latest sign of growth will be seen during an art exhibit this Saturday, featuring the work of Tamaqua's first artist in residence, Jeffrey Collins.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Recipes are being sought for the 19th annual Pennsylvania Taste of Elegance Chef Competition. The event is open to all chefs working full-time in the food service operatons.

Recipes submitted will be pre-judged and up to 10 chefs will be selected to compete on Nov. 17 at Bear Creek Resort in Macungie.

The winning chef receives $1,000 and will be invited to attend the National Pork Board's 2015 Taste of Elegance event.

All pork cuts may be used and recipes should be "menu friendly," showing practicality with flair.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

As promised last week, in this week's column I'm sharing a recipe for homemade Blue Cheese Dressing.

Rich and tangy, this salad dressing is super simple to make. Drizzle it over some crisp fresh greens and add a few healthy twists from the pepper mill, and you have yourself a winner.

Want to amp up the flavor a bit? Toss on a few extra crumbs of blue cheese.

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

1 pint mayo

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons chopped chives

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This weekend the nine winery members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will celebrate Harvest Weekend when they will welcome wine lovers for tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and wine pairings, and live entertainment.

Event hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.Harvest Weekend is a free event, however each winery sets its own wine tasting fee policy. Visit each winery's web site for details.

Wineries include:

Ÿ Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth

Ÿ Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Times News Cookbook and Recipe contest is currently underway.

We are accepting original recipes in the following six categories: Main Dishes and Sides, Holiday Cookies and Candies, Desserts, Tailgating, Edible Gifts, and Beverages and Smoothies.

Send your recipe to the Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, Attention: Donna Hall; or email it to Deadline to submit recipes is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 5.

To learn more about this year's contest, log on to and click on the cookbook on the left side of the page.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Q. Is it possible to donate your own blood to yourself?

Yes you can. This is called "autologous" blood donation. It's done in the weeks before nonemergency surgery. The blood is stored until the operation. Autologous donation is most often employed in surgery on bones, blood vessels, the urinary tract, and the heart, when the likelihood of transfusion is high. This form of blood donation is good for the patient, but it's beneficial to society, too.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Dr. John Viteritti

Aging is an inevitable part of life, but getting older doesn't necessarily mean we're getting less healthy.

Remember fitness guru Jack LaLanne? He followed a daily diet and exercise routine well into his 90s, and encouraged others to do the same.

With September being Healthy Aging Month, it's the perfect time to look at some of the steps we can take today to help ensure a healthier tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Plans are underway for the 45-year high school reunion for Slatington High School Class of 1970.

Organizers are looking for anyone interested in helping plan the reunion, to be held next year.

For more information call Terry Kistler at 610-767-8711 or Dennis Solt at 610-767-2532.

Also, classmates who moved within the past five years are asked to call either Terry or Dennis.

Monday, September 8, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS There are many products on the market today for people with celiac disease or who have a sensitivity to gluten.

Sales in gluten-free foods and drinks are skyrocketing, up 44 percent between 2011 and 2013, according to one marketing company, Mintel. You probably know at least one person who has cut gluten from their daily diet. Could you benefit from a gluten-free diet?

Eliminating gluten can be a truly life-changing step for people with celiac disease and sensitivities or allergies to wheat or gluten. But for the rest of us, gluten isn't the diet buster it's been made out to be.