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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
This Apr. 14, 2014 photo shows summer baked Alaska in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)This Apr. 14, 2014 photo shows summer baked Alaska in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

When it comes to ice cream, I generally feel it's hard to improve on a simple scoop right out of the carton. But this time my mind has turned to baked Alaska. I know ... How retro!

Baked Alaska once was the star dessert of cruise ship dining rooms and upscale restaurants. The classic recipe called for vanilla ice cream enrobed in sponge cake, lavishly frosted with meringue, then lightly browned in a high-heat oven.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Oven-Roasted Vegetables are super easy and super tasty.

We love vegetables, so figuring out ways to serve them so that my kids would eat them was never an issue.

Boiled, baked, fried, sautéed it didn't matter.

Which makes me wonder how it is, that up until a couple years ago, I had never had them roasted.

I don't know exactly why roasting vegetables makes them taste even better, but it does. They are sweeter and the flavors are just more intense. All you really need is a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper, and you have a terrific side dish.

This is perfect for feeding a crowd because it goes a long way.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Q. In soap operas, the writers love to include characters with amnesia who don't remember their identities.

Is it common for someone to actually forget who they are?

It's extremely rare. People with amnesia usually are aware of their identities. A person's identity is among the most durable long-term memories.

Amnesia, which means loss of memory, comes in several forms.

The most common type is anterograde amnesia. People with this form have trouble learning and making new memories.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Jeff Steinberg

Zion's Stone Church, 45 Cemetery Road, New Ringgold, will present the Jeff Steinberg Ministry Team at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

Born in Philadelphia with multiple birth defects, he has no arms and two bent, scissored legs a condition known as Phocomelia, thought to be the result of Thalidomide or a similar drug prescribed for his mother during pregnancy.

He and the news of his condition were kept from his mother until he was almost 2 years old.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer free educational seminars on weight loss surgery at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, and Tuesday June 24 in the second floor multipurpose room at the Palmerton Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave.

The bariatric (weight loss) surgery program can help individuals with severe obesity lose weight who have been unable to lose using other methods. The surgery is an option for people whose health and quality of life are affected by severe obesity.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Glen R. Laudenslager

Glen Robert Laudenslager, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating his 95th birthday on May 15.

Born in Lewistown, he has lived in Cape May and Colonia, New Jersey, as well as in Port Charlotte, Florida over the years.

After graduation from high school he worked at the American Viscose Corp., making rayon thread for use in clothing, stockings and more.

He spent three years in the Army Air Force and was stationed in Southern Italy as a radar mechanic. He also worked as a machine operator for 41 years in the steel mill.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Ethel Ferguson

Ethel Ferguson, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, recently celebrated her 94th birthday.

Ethel was born in Philadelphia on May 11, 1920.

She resided in Delaware County until 2006.

Ethel graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1938.

In 1941 she married her high school sweetheart Russell Ferguson. Ethel says they shared 65 wonderful years together.

Ethel has two children, Michael from Glen Mills, and Russell from Lehighton.

She also has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System recognizes Stroke Awareness Month with free stroke screening from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday in the second floor Next Step Acute Rehab Unit at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Daniel Yeager, MD, medical director of BMHS's Acute Rehabilitation Center, will screen participants for the presence of carotid bruits. Acute Rehab staff will evaluate for elevated blood pressure and irregular heart rates and rhythms.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Bach and Handel Chorale is pulling out all the stops for its 30th anniversary and will continue the celebration with a special concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

There will be two performances of "A Celebration of American Song"at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, featuring the combined efforts of the chorale and the Perseverance Jazz Band.

Area concertgoers who are used to hearing the chorale perform the classical works of the masters will be surprised by a different musical genre, Dixieland jazz.

Monday, May 12, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Steber

Kira Michalik and Kevin Steber, both of Summit Hill, exchanged vows on Oct. 26, 2013, at Capriotti's in McAdoo. Summit Hill Mayor Paul R. McArdle officiated the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, Robert Michalik of Summit Hill, the bride is also the daughter of Karen and Eugene Eckhart of Lehighton. She chose Kristen Berk of Kutztown to serve as matron of honor.

Bridesmaids included Sherry Hoffman of Lehighton and Grayce Berk and Emilee Berk, both of Kutztown. Kacy Lou Steber of Summit Hill was the flower girl.