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Friday, January 4, 2013

The Bach and Handel Chorale is holding three open rehearsals for its spring 2013 concert season on Monday, Jan. 7, 14, and 21.

Interested singers may attend the rehearsal with the chorale and remain for a short audition at the conclusion of the rehearsal.

Rehearsals are held Monday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

All voices are needed. Membership is open to students in seventh-12th grade in addition to adult membership of those 18 years old and up.

Friday, January 4, 2013
Erin McQuade and Christopher Coombe

Kevin and Anne McQuade of Matthews, N. C., and Scott and Charlene Coombe of Andreas have announced the engagement of their children, Erin McQuade and Christopher Coombe, both of Myerstown.

The bride-to-be earned a bachelor's degree in education in 2007 and a master's degree in 2008 from C.W. Post, Long Island, N.Y. She is employed as a special-education teacher for the Governor Mifflin School District in Reading.

Her fiance earned a bachelor's degree in marketing, in 2007, and a master's degree in business education, in 2008, from Bloomsburg University.

Friday, January 4, 2013
This image released by Tiffany's shows a 15.04ct Oval Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Ring with white diamonds and set in platinum and 18k yellow gold. (AP Photo/Tiffany's)

NEW YORK (AP) – It's the story, not necessarily the stone or other bells and whistles, that gives jewelry shared between generations its high value.

And there is so often a good, interesting and meaningful story since many people get or give jewelry to commemorate an event or send a message: It could be a birthday or anniversary, a statement of love or gratitude. But, says Annabel Tollman, a top industry stylist, a pendant, earrings or bracelet "are rarely exchanged because it's Tuesday."

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1968 will hold a reunion meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Lehighton American Legion to start planning the 45-year class reunion.

Anyone that is interested in helping to plan the reunion is asked to attend the meeting.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Beth A. Lech and Todd P. Tyson, 347 Archery Club Road, New Ringgold.

Devon L. Miller and Arron J. Hosier, 430 Arlington St., Tamaqua.

Deborah S. Wheeler and Robert C. Birdsall, 258 Archery Club Road, New Ringgold.

Tinia M. Fucci, 1125 W. Berwick St., Easton, and Michael A. Barndt, 301 Morea Road, Mahanoy Township.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Harrisburg, PA Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects more than 2.7 million Americans aged 40 and older.

Unfortunately, there are usually no early symptoms of glaucoma and the disease progresses so gradually that patients often don't realize they have the disease until their vision has been permanently damaged.

During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology encourages residents to know their risk factors and get routine eye exams in order to save their sight.

Thursday, January 3, 2013
 In this July 19, 2012 file photo, host Tim Gunn poses for a photo while promoting the launch of the new season of "Project Runway" in New York's Times Square.

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Gunn has advised divas for years on "Project Runway," so working with a princess is no big deal.

In the new Disney Junior animated series "Sofia the First," Gunn's royal steward character, Baileywick, helps the young Sofia adapt to royal life after her mother marries a king. Baileywick not only helps Sofia (voiced by Ariel Winter) dress like a royal, but he also guides her on developing manners, grace and an independent spirit.

"I feel very comfortable in this role," he says.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The carols have been sung, the gifts have been exchanged, the cookies are gone and now it's time to put Christmas away.

Before you decide to trash the used fresh evergreens, think again. There are more good uses for them.

Once the untrimmed Christmas tree is outside, consider making a bird feeding station out of it. Tether it to a small tree, preferably near some shrubs, which will serve as shelter for the birds between feedings.

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Lillian MaeGallagher

A daughter, Lillian Mae Gallagher, was born at 8:12 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, to Jeannine and Philip Gallagher of Lansford.

She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Michele and Robert Heckman of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Diane and Philip Gallagher Jr. of Lansford.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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Are you a celebrity watcher? A magazine clipper? A list maker, supplement taker, whole grains baker? No matter what kind of person you are, there's a new diet cookbook to help lay the foundation for that inevitable New Year's resolution.

The 2012 crop of healthy eating books runs the gamut from secrets of the rich and famous to levelheaded lifestyle recommendations and quick-loss programs. Here are a few that crossed our desks.

For celebrity worshippers

"One Dish at a Time" by Valerie Bertinelli (Rodale Books)