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Thursday, January 10, 2013

All were tangy, most were mild, and a few were somewhat on the spicy side.

Aside from their delicious taste, the common denominator behind the recent Chili Cookoff held at the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton was its worthwhile cause.

Hosted by Family Promise of Carbon County, the purpose of the event was "to have a fun day," said Robert Fatzinger, executive director, of the organization.

In all, seven batches of chili were entered into the competition, and were judged according to color, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste on a scale of zero to 10.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Food is love.

That's probably the last thing any nutritionist or dietitian wants to see in print, but if we're being honest, we have to admit that many of our strongest memories involve food: A favorite dinner cooked by Mom on our birthday; Grandma's apple pie, warm from the oven; or even an overcooked hotdog (just the way I like them!), grilled by Dad at the first cookout of the year.

Holidays, first dates, weddings, baptisms -- food evokes memories of not only good times, but of family and friends.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Q. I wear dentures now. Any pointers I should know about?

The following are some tips for eating with dentures:

Ÿ Don't bite with your front teeth or pull your food outward from your mouth.

Ÿ Chew food on both sides of your mouth simultaneously to stabilize your dentures.

Ÿ Cut food into small pieces.

Ÿ When you first eat with your dentures, you should avoid sticky foods, raw vegetables and hard-to-chew meats.

Ÿ It is more difficult to feel inside your mouth when you wear dentures, so be careful with hot foods and anything with small bones.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Robertshaw

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Robertshaw of Tamaqua celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29. They were married in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. William Vezius.

Mrs. Robertshaw is the former Donna Clemson, daughter of the late William and Frances Clemson.

Monday, January 7, 2013
Photo/Pa. Farm Show Peachy Apple Pie

Lorrie Rauch of New Tripoli, Lehigh County, won first place with her Peachy Apple Pie in the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie contest on Saturday at the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

"It's all in the apples," said Rauch. "If you have a good apple, you have a good pie."

Her choice was Cortland apples from a local farmer's market.

Rauch, who loves baking and competing, won the contest in 2009 and has baked a different type of pie each year she competed in the contest.

Monday, January 7, 2013
Laura Getz

Laura Getz, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 85th birthday recently. She was born on Dec. 27, 1927.

The youngest of nine children, Laura was raised by her older sister Anna, as both their mother and father passed when Laura was very young.

At age 16, Laura moved in with her sister Tilly, who Laura says is responsible for introducing her to her husband, Luther Getz. Tilly was married to Luther's brother Warren. They invited Luther to dinner to meet Laura, and the rest is history, she says with a smile.

Monday, January 7, 2013
Albert Murphy

Albert Murphy, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated his 87th birthday. He was born on Dec. 27, 1925.

Born and raised in Effort, he was an auto mechanic, like his dad. At 18 he was drafted into the Army in 1943, but not before marrying his high school sweetheart Elaine before deployment.

He spent two years in Germany, just outside Berlin. He spent part of his service as a POW.

He was eventually released by the Russian Army and returned home where he and Elaine began their life.

Friday, January 4, 2013
Michael J. Screenock and Lindsey D. Hinkle

The engagement of Lindsey D. Hinkle of Weatherly, to Michael J. Screenock of Freeland, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of David and Kimberly (Kreiss) Hinkle of Weatherly. She is a 2003 graduate of Weatherly Area High School and a 2007 graduate of Shippensburg University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology.

She is a certified phlebotomist through Luzerne County Community College and is employed as a laboratory assistant at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

Friday, January 4, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde H. Mase

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde H. Mase of New Ringgold will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

They were married on Jan. 5, 1943 in Jim Thorpe (formerly Mauch Chunk).

Mrs. Mase is the former Rose Rutch.

The couple have two children: Joan Seyler of Bath, Pa., and Frank Mase of Kennebunk, Maine.

They have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration in honor of the occasion is being planned for this coming June.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Bach and Handel Chorale is holding three open rehearsals for its spring 2013 concert season on Monday, Jan. 7, 14, and 21.

Interested singers may attend the rehearsal with the chorale and remain for a short audition at the conclusion of the rehearsal.

Rehearsals are held Monday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

All voices are needed. Membership is open to students in seventh-12th grade in addition to adult membership of those 18 years old and up.