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Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Fern Horn, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated her 87th birthday. She was born on Jan. 23, 1926.

Previously from Slatington, Fern was an active member of the Meals on Wheels program.

"Delivering foods to shut-ins was so rewarding," Fern says looking back on her life. "You meet so many nice people who can live alone, but just don't want to cook or do the dishes anymore!"

Fern has one son Randy, who lives in Slatington.

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Betty Serfass

Betty Serfass, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 86th birthday on Jan. 5.

She was married to Ervin Serfass, but "people just called him Reds," Betty says affectionately.

"That, naturally, was your nickname if you had red hair. We met when I was very young. I was off from school and went shopping with my mom to Mooney's Food Market here in Palmerton. Reds was working at the deli counter.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

With the bitter cold temperatures outside right now, a warm bowl of soup is the ultimate comfort food, and this soup more than fills the bill.

Zuppa Rustica is the result of several reincarnations of a soup from a famous restaurant chain. The soup is one of my husband's favorites, and one he orders often. A few years ago, I found a copy cat version of the soup online, and gave him the recipe.

Never one to follow exact directions, he made a couple alterations, and his version was richer and tasted better than the original.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
In this image taken on January 7, 2013, a recipe for roasted fresh salsa guacamole is shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Looking for a few simple ways to freshen up the go-to dish of the Super Bowl? We cobbled together a mighty tasty basic guacamole, then came up with four ways to turn basic into unbelievably good.

If sweet and heat are your style, go for guac mixed with brown sugar candied bacon and hot sauce.

Heat fiends will prefer the corn and chipotle blend, while those who favor the exotic touch might like the shrimp and mango version.

And for those who want it all? A roasted fresh salsa guac.

Base Guacamole Recipe

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 12

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Q. I'm 68. Should I get the shingles vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says adults 60 and older with normal immune systems should get the shingles vaccine.

Shingles is a painful skin disease caused by the chickenpox virus awakening from a dormant state to attack your body again. Some people report fever and weakness when the disease starts. Within two to three days, a red, blotchy rash develops. The rash erupts into small blisters that look like chickenpox. And it's very painful.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
First lady Micehlle Obama arrives on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for the Presidential Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Obama made it a fashion tradition Monday night, wearing a custom-made Jason Wu gown to the inauguration balls. The ruby-colored dress was a follow-up to the white gown Wu made for her four years ago when she was new to Washington, the pomp and circumstance, and the fashion press.

She now emerged in velvet and chiffon as a bona fide trendsetter.

"I can't believe it. It's crazy," said Wu, reached at his Manhattan studio. "To have done it once was already the experience of my life. To have a second time is tremendous."

Monday, January 21, 2013
@$:LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gabby Freed in her UCA cheerleading uniform.

It isn't just the game. The building up of excitement for a coal region football game has many elements, like the aura of the stadium lights, the sounds of a marching band, and the cheerleaders poised between the bleachers of fans and the players.

For Gabrielle "Gabby" Freed, Tamaqua, a high school junior and daughter of Tom and Kim Freed, watching cheerleaders perform at a high school football game is one of her earliest memories.

Monday, January 21, 2013

If you are a high school student who loves to write and who would like the opportunity to see your work in print, the TIMES NEWS invites you to submit your work for possible publication in our newspaper.

Poems, essays, short stories and works of non-fiction will be considered for use in our Lifestyle section on a random basis, as part of a new feature called "Young Voices."

There will be no compensation for any work submitted, and all items are subject to editing.

Monday, January 21, 2013
Agnes Limberg

Agnes Limberg, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, is celebrating her 91st birthday tomorrow.

Born in Easton, Pa. on Jan. 22, 1922, Agnes was married to Laird Limberg for 32 years until his death in 1972.

Agnes has eight children: Michael Limberg, Hazleton; Dorothy Moser, Wayne, Pa.; Karen Wright, Neshanic Station, NJ.; Mary Thompson, New Tripoli; Patricia Limberg, Colleyville, Texas; Diane Piparata, Easton; Laird Limberg, San Diego California, and Jeffrey Limberg, Mesa Arizona.

She has 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Monday, January 21, 2013
Walter Woods

Walter Woods, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, recently celebrated his 92nd birthday. Born in Patterson, N.J. on Jan. 17, 1921 he was the son of the late Walter Woods and Jean Johnson.

He graduated from Hawthorne High School in 1939 and enlisted in the Air Corps. He served as a pilot during World War II and received a number of combat medals including: American Theater Medal, Air Medal with 3 Oak Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal and Good Conduct medal.