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Monday, December 13, 2010

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Monday, December 13, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Gurcsik Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Gurcsik Jr. of Hometown celebrated their 25 wedding anniversary on Sept. 7. They were married in St. Theresa's Catholic Church, New Cumberland, by Msgr. Joseph W. Leary.

Mrs. Gurcsik is the former Mary E. Coogan, daughter of James and Selina Coogan of New Cumberland. Her husband is the son of John Gurcsik of Cape May Court House, N.J., and Teresa Gurcsik of Sicklerville, N.J.

The couple has four children: Eileen M. Gurcsik, John F. Gurcsik III, James M. Gurcsik and Michael P. Gurcsik.

Friday, December 10, 2010
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Mildred Zeiser places the figures in her nativity at a previous Creche/Nativity Display at St. John's Lutheran Church, Jim Thorpe. A variety of settings for the Holy Family will be displayed this weekend.

Experience the true reason for the season this weekend when St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe hosts the third annual Creche/Nativity Display on Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

There will be approximately 200 different nativity displays from members of the congregation.

The display will include a variety of international nativity scenes from such countries as Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Portugal and more.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Matthew John Ohlsen and Becca Anne Schmoyer, 82 Jackson St., Apt. A-4, Hoboken, N.J.

Keith Patrick McArdle, 2 E. Ridge St., Apt. 1, Lansford, and Joanne Addy Turner, 430 Hazle St., Tamaqua.

Friday, December 10, 2010
AP PHOTO/JON VAN GORDER This product imageshows brightly dotted paper complimented by a ribbon with smaller dots, a creation by Susan Swan from the book "Wrapped with Style," Universe Publishing, 2009. A gift-giver's thoughtfulness is as apparent in how a gift is wrapped as in what's inside.

A gift-giver's thoughtfulness is as apparent in how a gift is wrapped as in what's inside.

"In our world of ubiquitous merchandise, wrapping can make a gift distinctive," says Wanda Wen, author of "The Art of Gift Wrapping" (Potter Craft, 2010) and owner of Soolip, a gift-wrap shop in West Hollywood, Calif. "When you wrap a gift, do it with grace and consciousness."

Make it personal

Thursday, December 9, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton High School Class of 1970 held its 40-year class reunion Nov. 27 at the Lehighton Legion. Those attending included, front row from left, Dianne (Fries) Pawlowski, Rose (Bartholomew) Kwolek, Beverly (Gildner) Wisocky, Louise (Searfoss) Fisher, Jane (Nenscel) Treskot, Leona (George) Green, Marianne (Payonk) Kleintop, Judy (Heffelfinger) Smith and Debbie (Strohl) Kochanacz.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS To make the glitter ball ornaments, pour diluted glue into the glass ornament, then swirl to coat the inside of the ball.

Why should the kids have all the fun? We adults like to play with paint, glitter and glue too, and what better time to exercise our creative muscles than at Christmas?

For just a few dollars, you can create beautiful, hand-decorated Christmas tree ornaments that will look like you spent plenty at a department store.

Here are directions for several different Christmas ornaments. Pick your favorite, or make them all and mix and match. You can tie the look together by repeating the same colors, or coordinating with matching ribbon.

Glitter balls

Thursday, December 9, 2010
A dish of fried ribbon cookies are seen in Concord, N.H. These cookies from Lidia Bastianich's cookbook "Nonna Tell Me a Story," are a Christmas tradition in her home and might become one in yours. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

Lidia Bastianich can still hear the pounding of her father's pestle on Christmas Eve as he prepared baccala mantecato, the dried codfish central to Italy's Vigila feast.

"I remember the whole ritual of soaking it and cutting it and whipping it up," says the chef and author whose latest book, a children's picture book titled "Nonna Tell Me a Story" (Running Press, 2010), focuses on Christmas traditions.

"My father would sit on a chair and put a big pan between his legs, and he'd have a pestle and whip it up," she says. "That dish brings him with us at Christmas."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Sweet and sassy snowmen

Too cold to go outside and build a snowman? Then build one inside with these two recipes courtesy of Disney Family Fun.com

Gather the family together in your kitchen to make some holiday magic as you build a Smiling Snowman Cake or Defrosty the Snowman.

The kids can help out with the Smiling Snowman Cake by measuring ingredients and adding them to the bowls.

Young children could also help dress Defrosty, by adding his hat, nose and eyes.

And remember, the best part of these snowmen is that you can eat them when you're done!

Smiling Snowman Cake

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
@$:STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Bach and Handel Chorale perform during their annual Christmas Concert at St. Mark's Church in Jim Thorpe. The chorale will offer two more concerts this season on Dec. 11 in Ringtown and Dec. 12 in Coaldale.

The Bach and Handel Chorale ushered in the Christmas season this weekend at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe, treating a standing-room-only crowd to classic and contemporary Christmas favorites. The sold out performance was the first of several Christmas concerts this year.

The chorale entered the sanctuary in candle-lit processional, singing the a cappella "Adeste Fidelis." Members wore their traditional black attire, made festive with green silk scarves and red bow ties.