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Monday, November 26, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jessica Kutza, left, and Mary Ann Dulaney show a "Socks for Seniors" drop-off box. The mother-daughter team is organizing a gift drive for local senior citizens through the national "Socks for Seniors" program, collecting socks, personal care items, and more for residents in local nursing and rehabilitation centers. Donations can be placed in drop-off boxes throughout our area.

Two area residents are working to make the holidays a bit brighter for area seniors.

Mary Ann Dulaney and her daughter Jessica Kutza of Coaldale have organized a "Socks for Seniors" project throughout our area, gathering warm socks and other items to distribute to local seniors.

"Every year, we buy items for local nursing homes. When we heard about the Socks for Seniors program, we thought this would be a great way to grow what we were already doing," said Dulaney.

"Everyone remembers the kids during the holidays, but no one remembers senior citizens."

Monday, November 26, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 3, at Maple Shade Meadows, 50 E. Locust St., Nesquehoning.

The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Monday, November 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS TUFFCAMP, a total-body fitness program based in Lehighton, is now a certified CrossFit gym. CrossFit certified coaches include, from left, Marcy Vincent, Mary Kaye Snyder, Chrissy Mayernik (owner and head coach) and Peter Shanton.

If you're looking to get in shape before the holidays or add a challenging new workout to your week, you have a new option.

TUFFCAMP, a total-body fitness program based in Lehighton, is now a certified CrossFit gym and the first and only CrossFit gym in Carbon County. With the new certification comes a new name: CrossFit TC Unplugged.

Friday, November 23, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Amanda Tertel, left, and Sarah Dalton, volunteers at the Trinity Thrift Store in Lehighton, help to set up the "snowman" display at the annual Christmas sale. The Trinity Thrift Store's Christmas sale will continue on Saturday, Monday at Tuesday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church's Luther Hall in Lehighton.

Want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, without spending a lot of money?

Stop by the Trinity Christmas sale to find the perfect gifts at bargain prices. The Trinity Thrift Store in Lehighton will continue its annual Christmas Sale this Saturday, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church's Luther Hall.

All proceeds will benefit the Trinity Food Pantry, which offers emergency food supplies to needy families in the Lehighton Area School District.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
In this image taken on Oct. 8, 2012, a slice of maple pumpkin pie with cinnamon-maple whipped cream is shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

A classic Thanksgiving dinner is only complete with the classic finish – an aromatic pumpkin pie rich with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and topped with pillowy soft mounds of whipped cream.

To sweeten both the pie and the cream, we turned to maple syrup, which complements the other ingredients with a rich, but still subtle sweetness.

Maple Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon-Maple Whipped Cream

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: 8

For the pie:

9-inch prepared deep-dish pie crust in a pan

15-ounce can pumpkin puree

1 cup grade B maple syrup

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
In this image taken on Oct. 2, 2012, sweet-and-sour glazed carrots and green beans are shown in a serving bowl in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

For a family-friendly Thanksgiving dinner, the sides matter. A lot.

Because if the mashed potatoes aren't truly wonderful, you're going to have some seriously upset children at the table. Which is to say, this isn't the time to experiment by spiking them with blue cheese or a 50-50 ratio of garlic to potato, or to test whether mashed cauliflower really does taste just like the real thing.

This is the time to make wonderfully fluffy, buttery, salty, peppery, delicious mashed potatoes.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
AP Photo/Matthew Mead A Plain Jane turkey is shown served on a platter.

Children don't care if you've slaved hours over the Thanksgiving turkey. And they certainly don't appreciate the nuanced layers of flavor you once extracted from the bird with the help of expert brining and seasoning and rotating and roasting and trussing and fussing.

You know, back before you had kids. Back when you had time to worry about such things.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members and guests of the Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir in Lehighton will offer a cantata service, "The Voices of Christmas," in preparation for the Advent and Christmas seasons on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. The program will include a 20-piece orchestra and harp, featuring musicians from throughout the area and New York. Choir members and guests include, front row from left: Susan Lovejoy, Samantha Stuckley, Kathy Long and Stacey Sheckler. Second row: Edwin Belon, Barbara Belon, Susan Tatro, Nancy Markley, Kay Patterson and Jacki DePue. Third row: Bruce Costenbader, Vern Andrew, Howard Sheckler and George Markley. Back row: Early Schneider, Cliff McFarland and Kim DePue. Not shown are performers Angela Stuckley, Al Sellers, Deb Smith and Sally House.

Members of Lehighton's Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir will begin their preparations for the Advent and Christmas seasons this Sunday, Nov. 25 with "The Voices of Christmas," a contemporary cantata by Joseph Martin.

The service will begin at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran, Third and Iron streets, and is expected to last approximately one hour.

All members of the community are invited.

The cantata service will feature a full orchestra and harp. Approximately 25 members of Trinity's Sanctuary Choir and guests will perform during the service.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Oberg

Rachel Holmberg, daughter of Joseph and Deborah Holmberg of Tamaqua, and Ted Oberg, son of Christopher and Diane Oberg of Lancaster, were united in marriage on May 19, 2012 at St. Therese's Catholic Church in Shavertown, Pa. The Rev. James Paisley officiated the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose her cousin, Sandra Davis of Hazlet, N.J. to be her matron of honor.

Monday, November 19, 2012

On Thanksgiving Day how do you get the turkey into the oven and the kids out of your hair?

It's not as hard as you think, say family dinner experts. A number of strategies – crafts tables, light snacks, and yes, even inviting the kids into the kitchen – will ensure that all is well when you finally sit down to give thanks.

Though it seems counterintuitive to bring the kids into the kitchen while you're negotiating stuffing, squash and your mother-in-law's running commentary, giving eager children a job lets them feel like they're part of the action.