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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Mel Eckman

Jordan Mertz, daughter of Denise Mertz, and Mel Eckman, son of Malinda and Kyle Eckman, were united in marriage on Nov. 1, 2014, at Beltzville State Park.

Pastor Jim Dean officiated the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her brother, Tucker Mertz, the bride chose her sister, Avery Mertz, as her maid of honor.

Joseph Devereaux served as the best man.

Family and friends celebrated the nuptials in Lehighton following the wedding.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Amanda Lynne Follweiler and Ryan John Gallagher, both of Tamaqua.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Walter James Getz, White Haven, and Grace Ann Houseman, Coaldale.

Anthony Michael Zongaro and Ann Marie Palmer, Albrightsville.

Michael Todd Silfies and Cynthia Marie Malick, Slatington.

Friday, January 23, 2015
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Poinsettia plants are popular around Christmas, and will thrive as a houseplant with proper care. It's even possible to get them to rebloom next year, if you are diligent about giving them 15 hours of darkness each night, from September through December.

The holidays are over and if you're like me, you may have a couple of poinsettias hanging around, brightening up these dreary winter days.

Have you ever thought about resurrecting them next Christmas?

It will take a little effort and dedication on your part poinsettias can be notoriously finicky and even then, you might not have a brilliant red plant to show off, but it's worth a shot.

If you look online you can find a multitude of tips to get those persnickety poinsettias to bloom again. Here are a few from Michigan State University:

Late winter and early spring

Friday, January 23, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWSCathy Riotto's hand-knitted tablecloth took the blue ribbon at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

For many years, Cathy Riotto had a fan club of friends and family who were awed by her knitted creations.

It's only been in recent years that the Barnesville woman has entered state competition; and this year, she added two more Pennsylvania Farm Show blue ribbons to her many awards.

Her silk and wool knitted tablecloth won the Home-related Accessory category, and her mohair and wool stole won the Clothing Textile Open category.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Romantic: Success or Romantic: Fail

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we're celebrating romance both the good and the not so good.

To do that, we're sponsoring a Valentine's Contest, with two categories, which means two winners!

The winner in each category will receive a pair of tickets to see "Rhythm of the Dance" at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the State Theatre in Easton.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Fair Queen Jordan Behrens poses next to her tractor on her family farm in Penn Forest Township. Jordan heads to Hershey today where she will represent the county in the annual Pennsylvania Fair Queen State Competition.

When Jordan Behrens heads to Hershey this afternoon, it will be with the well-wishes of hundreds of Carbon County residents, especially those in the farming community and members of the local Lions and Lioness clubs.

Jordan, who is the reigning Carbon County Fair Queen, will be a contestant in the Pennsylvania Fair Queen State Competition over the next three days. This is the first time the current fair leadership will sponsor a contestant at the state competition.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken with Soft Rice

My husband, Jim, gets 100 percent of the credit for this recipe. It's another of his winners. He's had lots of those, as well as some real stinkers. (I still shiver when I think of the bacon-flavored spaghetti sauce.)

This is a really tasty dish for a cold winter night, and it really hit the spot.

We had it for dinner Sunday, and I had leftovers twice this week, it was that good.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
PHOTOS COURTESY QVC Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew

During the chilly months of winter nothing will warm you up like a hearty soup or stew.

QVC's resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable has the best recipes to cozy up to this winter, like this Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew, Grammie's Noodle Soup or Coconut-Curry Chicken Stew.

Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew

Serves 6-8

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Birte "Chris" Grover

Birte "Chris" Grover, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

Chris was born in Roskilde, Denmark, on Jan. 7, 1925.

She was a stewardess in her early 20s. She speaks five different languages, which certainly helped in her profession.

Chris met the love of her life, the late Niles Grover, who was a pilot, and they were married in 1948.

Chris was very active in the Weatherly Flower Club, of which she was president for many years. She's made many friends throughout the local area.