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Monday, March 21, 2011

Jeffrey Duane Hosier Sr. and Donna Lee Delabar, 316 Bridge St., Weissport.

George Edward Price and Crystal Dawn Lehman, 500 Mahoning St., Lehighton.

Barry Lee Schlier and Dana Briggs Lincovich, 354 E. Fell St., Summit Hill.

Dana Jay Miller and Lori Lynn Rhode, 901 North St., Jim Thorpe.

Demetrius Michael Lopresti and Amber Lynn Moyer, 214 Center St., Tamaqua.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The late author and gardener Ruth Stout once wrote, "I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden."

After a grim winter, it's fun to anticipate the first flower buds popping up. But home furnishings stores are already bursting with blossoms. Floral motifs are everywhere – on furniture, textiles, wall art and accessories. And shelter magazines like Elle Decor are featuring eye-catching florals in their spring editions.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Penny E. James, 103 Church Lane, Tamaqua R.D., and Richard L. Stroh, 1248 Main St., Slatington.

Samantha M. Benedetto and Jeremy M. Cammarn, 114 Water St., New Philadelphia.

Holly L. Witner and Travis J. Herring, 99 Top St., Sugarloaf.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Modeling some of the gowns donated for the fourth annual Prom and Wedding Dress Sale are, from left, Julianne Farina, BRC/Pencor Corporate; Cassie Borrell, Pencor Corporate; Erika Ahner, BRC/Pencor Corporate; Beth Winters, PTD; and Jen Brownmiller, Pencor Corporate. The sale takes place from 4-7 p.m. on March 29 at Penn's Peak. All proceeds will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Is there a prom in your future? How about a wedding?

Do you have a formal occasion coming up, or are you playing a diva in an upcoming theatrical production?

Maybe you're looking for an inexpensive costume for Halloween?

Well, have we got a deal for you!

The fourth annual Prom and Wedding Dress Sale will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at Penn's Peak on Maury Road in Penn Forest Township.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) – There's a new author in the White House: Michelle Obama.

The first lady has signed with the Crown Publishing Group for a book about healthy eating and the garden she started on the South Lawn of the White House.

The book, currently untitled, is scheduled to come out in April 2012. Crown announced Wednesday that Obama received no advance and will donate all proceeds to a charity or charities to be determined.

The first lady has been an advocate for locally grown food and last year started an anti-obesity campaign, "Let's Move!"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
AP PHOTO Potato latkes, traditionally served at Hanukkah, are the inspiration for these corned beef and potato pancakes with pickled cabbage creme fraiche. The final product is new twist on the traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage and is a tribute to Ireland.

When the people of Dublin, Ireland elected their first Jewish mayor, Robert Briscoe in 1956, baseball legend Yogi Berra allegedly exclaimed "Only in America!" This St. Patrick's Day recipe for corned beef and potato pancakes with pickled cabbage crème fraîche was created in that same spirit.

Potato latkes, traditionally served at Hanukkah, are the inspiration for these crispy potato and onion patties. But in this version, flavorful shreds of corned beef along with a pickled cabbage topping are added as a tribute to Ireland.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
AP PHOTO For this asparagus and potato soup recipe, all vegetables are roasted at high heat, caramelizing their natural sugars and enhancing the flavors.

Global markets and high-tech shipping methods have put asparagus on our tables virtually year-round, yet most of us still associate it with spring.

But whenever you eat it, asparagus is a nutritional powerhouse. It is low in calories (about 5 calories per stalk) and is packed with vitamins A, C and E, and folate.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Irish soda bread doesn't need yeast or a lot of kneading. You can make it in a food processor then finish it up with a bit of hand kneading. Younger cooks would enjoy making this bread with a big bowl and spoon rather then kneading.

Homemade bread in 45 minutes to an hour is a temptation hard to resist. It is the perfect accompaniment to Irish stew for St. Patrick's Day.

Green butter spread adds that wee bit of Irish to this warm wholesome loaf. I created it after thinking through the idea of adding spinach or loads of fresh green herbs to the bread itself.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Aaron Keller and Andrea Neff

Andrea Neff of Kresgeville and Aaron Keller, also Kresgeville, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Randy and Deb Neff of Danielsville. She is a 1996 graduate of Northampton High school. She is currently employed by St. Luke's Physician Group.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Allen Keller Jr. of Gilbert and Bonnie Keller of Trachsville. He is a 1994 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School. He is currently employed by Muschlitz Excavating.

A wedding is scheduled for May 7 of this year.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
MaryAnn Storm-Dait and Hubert "Bob" Alward

The engagement of MaryAnn Storm-Dait, Lehighton, to Hubert "Bob" Alward, also of Lehighton, has been announced by her mother, Mary S. Storm, Lehighton, and her sons, Joseph and Matthew Dait.

The bride-to-be is also the daughter of the late Lester G. Storm. She is a 1981 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing. She earned an associate degree in business management from L.C.C.C.

She is currently employed by Northampton County at Gracedale Nursing Home.