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Thursday, July 14, 2011
In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, from left, Josh Herdman portrays Gregory Goyle, Tom Felton portrays Draco Malfoy and Louis Cordice portrays Blaise Zabini in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)

If last year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" marked the beginning of the end with a gripping feeling of doom and gloom, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" wraps things up once and for all on a note of melancholy.

Oh, it's dramatic, to be sure: gorgeous, somber and startling as the young wizard faces his destiny and fights the evil Lord Voldemort.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Although the movie doesn't officially open until Friday, the mania for Harry Potter already has a firm hold in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" officially opens Friday, but movie theaters around the area are either sold out or close to selling out their special midnight showings.

"Midnight is sold out already," said Kat Stein, director of public relations and communications at the Franklin Institute. "A hundred tickets have already sold for the 2:30 a.m. show and 50 have sold for the 5 a.m."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This July 6, 2011 photo shows sweet quesadillas in Concord, N.H. These quesadillas are a fun treat for days when something warm and comforting is called for. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Sometimes peanut butter and crackers or a piece of fruit just isn't enough for the kids after a long day of summer fun. To keep snacking interesting, try one of these simple recipes.

The peanut butter and jelly cubes need time to set up, so be sure to start them well in advance. The blueberry blendies are a quick, healthy frozen beverage that appeals to both kids and adults; it's sort of like a drinkable soft-serve ice cream. Sweet quesadillas are a fun treat for days when something warm and comforting is called for.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
AP PHOTO When kids assemble their own lunch, like this parfait, they can use healthier ingredients you and your kids love, like berries, cereal or granola. You also can include a wider variety of ingredients than the typical box includes, and have it assembled in little time.

Kids love the chance to assemble their own lunches.

Not the night before, mind you. They're quite happy to leave the packing of lunch to you. We're talking about when they eat it. Present them with a variety of agreeable ingredients, and the little ones have a blast assembling their own sandwiches, pizzas, fajitas and other kid-friendly creations.

It's part of the reason those boxed lunches available at the grocer are so popular. But there's no reason you need to pay a premium for those, or be a slave to their questionable quality.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Want to bake like a pro? Here are tips from Food Network's Anne Burrell to help you achieve better results:

1. Measure up. Use a liquid measuring cup for liquids and a dry measure for flour, sugar and other dry ingredients. Baking is all about precision.

2. Preheat your oven. This the No. 1 step in every baking recipe and the No. 1 step that everybody skips. You can't overestimate the importance of preheating the oven.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Marian High School Class of 1986 is planning its 25th reunion for Saturday, Oct. 1.

Information was mailed out to classmates. If you have not yet received information about the reunion, contact Theresa, (570) 384-7386; Cheryl, (570) 497-5773; or Paula, (570) 668-6852.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Truman Andrews of Franklin Township, recently observed their 52nd wedding anniversary on June 27. The Rev. Paul Buehrle married the couple at St. Paul's Church, Big Creek.

Mrs. Andrews is the former Joy Ann Young, daughter of the late Stella Ahner of Lehighton.

Mr. Andrews is the son of the late Clinton and Marguerite Andrews of Slatington and is retired from Bethlehem Steel.

The celebrants have three children: Wendy Jo Bussey-Williams, Scott Alan Andrews and Marci Ann Warnkin, all of Lehighton.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sensinger  on their wedding day

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sensinger of Lehighton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently. The couple was married on June 24, 1961, at Episcopal Church, Lehighton, by the Rev. Wyatt.

Mrs. Sensinger is the former Anneliese Leyrer, daughter of the late Wilhelm and Babette Leyrer of Rothenburg, Germany.

Mr. Sensinger is the son of the late Walker and Nomia Sensinger of Lehighton.

They have three children, Timothy Sensinger of Palmerton; and Darvin and Shari Sensinger, both of Nesquehoning; as well as three grandchildren, Alex, Tatum, and Cameron Sensinger.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sydney Reese

Sydney Reese, 14, of Slatington, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National Miss Pennsylvania Pageant. The pageant will take place at the Hilton Harrisburg Aug. 8.

Reese will be participating in the junior teen division. The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant in California, where she will receive a tour of Hollywood and two tickets to Disneyland.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Q. A friend of mine was diagnosed with Jumping Frenchmen of Maine. Have you ever heard of this?

Not until now. Jumping Frenchmen of Maine is a rare, unexplained disorder that produces an extreme startle reaction to a sudden noise or sight.

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine was first identified during the late 1800s in Maine and the Canadian province of Quebec.

It was discovered among an isolated population of French-Canadian lumberjacks. Since the discovery, the extreme startle reaction has been found in other societies in many parts of the world.