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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
@$:AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Peanut butter banana smoothie

2014 must be the year of the smoothie.

Everywhere I turn, friends, coworkers and friends of friends are talking about whipping up concoctions to drink their daily quota of fruit and vegetables.

I even jumped on the bandwagon and so far, I'm enjoying playing the "mad scientist" in the kitchen.

I have to admit, I'm not a fruit and veggie eater; so it was appealing to be able to get some of the fruits and vegetables that I needed for a day by drinking them.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Jim's Chili

Last week we asked our readers what their favorite comfort food was on cold winter nights.

While macaroni and cheese was the number one vote-getter, chili was a close second. And why not? It's one of those dishes that warms you both inside and out.

Recipes for chili comes in many different varieties.

Put a dozen cooks in a kitchen and ask them all to make chili, and I guarantee you will have 12 very different recipes.

It's no different in my house, where there are only two cooks me and my husband, Jim.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Q. I'm a 73-year-old woman. How much calcium do I need?

Women who are older than 50 should be consuming 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day. Older women need plenty of calcium to prevent osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Osteoporosis leads to an increase risk of bone fractures typically in the wrist, hip, and spine. One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Longtime crossword constructor Bernice Gordon born on Jan. 11, 1914, poses for a portrait with her dictionaries at her home, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Philadelphia. The New York Times is scheduled publish one of her puzzles, making her the first centenarian ever to have a grid printed in the paper. Gordon‡-s feat comes not long after the centennial of the puzzle itself. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – What's a nine-letter word for a significant event? Try MILESTONE.

Longtime crossword constructor Bernice Gordon is marking two big ones: She turned 100 on Saturday, and The New York Times will publish another one of her puzzles on Wednesday – making her the first centenarian to have a grid printed in the newspaper.

"They make my life," Gordon said. "I couldn't live without them."

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Lansford High School Class of 1964 will hold its 50-year reunion on Friday, May 23 at the Inn at Jim Thorpe in the Switchback Room.

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Reservation deadline is March 1.

For cost and additional details, please contact Lorraine Karnish Taylor at 610-866-1790.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Walter George Haas Jr., 135 Gap Road, Palmerton, and Victoria Joan Carden, 403 Fourth St., Palmerton.

Patrick John Michael McLaughlin and Lateisha Sierra Thomas-Roane, 725 White St., Box 61, Bowmanstown.

David Rolon Fernandez and Dorine Uliano, 417 W. Broad St., Apt. E, Hazleton.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1965 will host a luncheon at Sapore's Italian Family Restaurant, 99 Bridge St. Lehighton, at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer a free educational seminar on weight loss surgery at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, in the third floor conference room at the Palmerton Hospital campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton.

The bariatric (weight loss) surgery program at Blue Mountain Health System can help individuals with severe obesity lose weight they have been unable to lose using other methods. Bariatric surgery is an option for people whose health and quality of life are being affected by severe obesity.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Adult Day Services at Blue Mountain Health System will hold its Family Caregiver Support Group from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Adult Day Center, 6th and Iron streets in Lehighton.

Attendees are invited to share comments, suggestions and ideas to help support each other and nurture friendships while learning to cope with the 24 hour-a-day job that can be physically and emotionally exhausting to the caregiver.

The support group centers on caregivers tending to family members with Alzheimer's, stroke, dementia, Parkinson's, or other physical or mental disabilities.

Monday, January 13, 2014
AP FILE PHOTO In this Aug. 12, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama presents the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Billie Jean King, known for winning the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match, and championing gender equality issues, during ceremonies at the White House in Washington. King believes standing up to discrimination is the best way to combat it. She will help lead the U.S. delegation in the opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics in Russia, which recently passed an anti-gay law.

Billie Jean King believes standing up to discrimination is the best way to combat it, so she had no hesitation joining the U.S. delegation for the Sochi Olympics.

King will help lead the delegation in the opening ceremony Feb. 7 at the Sochi Games, which has been overshadowed by a recent anti-gay law in Russia, amid calls for a boycott and criticism from human rights groups.