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Friday, February 1, 2013

Dean Allen Berger Jr. and Briann Marie Eickhoff, 12 S. Kittatinny Rd., Lehighton.

Joshua Ryan Krieger and Cortney Diana Kehler, 82 Oak Hill Rd., Weatherly.

William Francis Murray Jr., 201 North Ave., Jim Thorpe, and Margaret Bridget Stiely, 438 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

Joseph Thomas Ruzicka and Heather Nittany Compton, 165 Tar Run Drive, Lehighton.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Genevieve Skavery

Genevieve Skavery, a resident of Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, celebrated her 95th birthday recently. She was born Jan. 26, 1918 to Stanley and Victoria Swatski of Mt. Carmel.

Genevieve and her husband Stanley, who worked as a coal miner, were married June 17, 1939 at St. Stanislaus Church in Shenandoah.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Policeman's Ball Committee members gathered in the lobby of Memorial Hall just prior to the start of their fifth annual event are, from left, Louise McClafferty, Police Chief Joseph Schatz, Tammy Lombardo, Councilwoman Joanne Klitsch, Detective Lee Marzen and Jamie Solomon. Missing from the photo is Betsy Arner, Jim Thorpe Borough Council president.

Memorial Hall on East 10th Street in Jim Thorpe was the setting last Saturday evening for the fifth annual Policeman's Ball, which was hosted by the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

The emcees for this year's event were Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko and Police Chief Joseph Schatz.

"I'd like to thank the committee for an outstanding job," Sofranko said of the ball. "They've done a fine job here once again this year."

Sofranko also expressed his gratitude to the borough council, residents and those in law enforcement who attended the ball.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Rhonda Carl, Ashland, was crowned 2013 Pennsylvania Fair Queen.

Rhonda Carl, Ashland, was named 2013 Pennsylvania Fair Queen at the state competition held Jan. 26, at the annual joint convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs (PSACF) and Pennsylvania State Showmen's Association at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

"The PA Fair Queen Program is considered a great leadership program for the young women in Pennsylvania," said George Greig, state Department of Agriculture Secretary, who attended the convention.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
AP PHOTO Buffalo chicken tenders

First, a confession. I don't watch the Super Bowl. As a matter of fact, I rarely even know who is playing. Still, I'm well aware that it is far and away America's largest secular holiday and that the celebration requires not only watching the game on television, but also eating a hefty snack or meal while doing so.

Naturally, such a manly event calls for manly cuisine, dishes designed to be eaten by hand and that will stick to the ribs. The key food groups are meat and melted cheese, preferably deep-fried.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Paired with a loaf of crusty bread, "What to do with that hambone" Soup is an easy and inexpensive weeknight dinner.

After a long, hard day at work, it's a joy to come home to the intoxicating aroma of a soup that's been simmering on the stove all afternoon.

I love to cook, but I'll be the first to tell you that this "three times a day, seven days a week" thing never sat well with me. I did it for years, especially when my children were growing up and I was a stay-at-home mom, but once I started working full-time and the kids were older and then out of the house, cooking during the week was one of the first things to change.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
In this image taken on January 7, 2013, sweet and sticky slow cooked short ribs served on skewers are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The day of the big game calls for big, stick-to-your-ribs grub.

So we went with that as a theme, creating a recipe for boneless beef short ribs that are inspired by all the sweet and sticky goodness of Chinese-style pork ribs.

To keep you in front of the television instead of the stove, we kept the recipe simple. Start by dumping everything in a bowl to marinate. When you're ready to cook, transfer it to a baking sheet and pop it in the oven. Done.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is offering an antidote to the winter doldrums with two new exhibitions that allow visitors to experience the colorful styles of the 1920s along with exotic, tropical scenes from the heart of the Caribbean.

Fabulous Flappers: Fashion from the Ellie Laubner Collection and Haitian Art from the Rodale Family Collection will run from Feb. 3 through April 14, with a festive opening party planned for Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m., complete with Roaring 20s themed food, music and dress-up.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I received an email that was labeled Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins. I found it so interesting that I was planning to write about the information included in this email.

The email begins with this statement: "After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try to eliminate cancer, Johns Hopkins is finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way."

Intriguing. But first I made a mandatory visit to Snopes.com, the Internet's premier debunker. Sure enough, the email was a phony. It was not from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Ethel Cadugan

Ethel Cadugan, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 93rd birthday on Jan. 16.

Originally from Jim Thorpe, she was married to Woodrow Cadugan and was a sample maker for Berkley Bags when the factory operated in downtown Jim Thorpe.

"Wages were a lot lower but I worked there less than four years, just until I could afford to buy a washer," Ethel states.

"Many women did that at that time," Ethel says. "If you wanted something, you worked for it!"