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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Borger

Gene and Sandy Borger of Kresgeville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 29.

Mr. Borger is the son of the late Leroy and Esther (Buskirk) Borger. Mrs. Borger is the daughter of the late William Getz and Madalyn (Griffith) Getz.

A surprise party was hosted in their honor by their children, with 90 guests and family members enjoying an evening of dinner and dancing.

The Borgers have two children: a daughter, Donna Diehl, wife of Chip; and a son, Douglas Borger, and his fiancee Arlene Dunkleberger, all of Kunkletown.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tamara Rogers and Matthew Tirpak

The engagement of Tamara Rogers, Coaldale, to Matthew Tirpak, also of Coaldale, has been announced by the couple's parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Melissa and Robert MacDonald of Lansford, and Todd Rogers Sr. of Coaldale.

She is a 2004 graduate of Panther Valley High School and is employed by Hiles Bros.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Thomas and Janel Tirpak of Summit Hill.

He is a 2002 graduate of Panther Valley High School. He is employed by the family business, Northeast Chemical & Supply.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This Oct. 12, 2010 photo shows creamy bacon and scallion mashed potatoes. With some of the favorite toppings of a baked potato this recipe may not win any health awards but for the once a year Thanksgiving feast the taste is worth it. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

Since Thanksgiving is no time for sacrifice, I decided to amplify the flavor – and, consequently, the fat – of one of the meal's most critical sides.

And so I took a basic mashed potato and added some of the most popular baked potato toppings, bacon and scallions. I also considered whipping a bit of sour cream into the mix, but feared it would be too, well, sour. So I opted for an 8-ounce block of cream cheese.

The result is a delicious, creamy mashed potato with enough flavor to truly shine on an otherwise crowded table of sides.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sue Ann Gerhard, second from right, director of Development & Alumni Affairs at Marian Catholic High School, presents a check to Barbara Wilson, second from left, of the Alzheimer's Association. With them are Patti Anglovich, far left, and Kathy Ruff, far right. The Marian community recently held a dress down day in an effort to help fight Alzheimer's disease through research and support programs and services and sold "a reason to hope" bracelets and "forget me not" flowers. A total of $550 was presented to the Alzheimer's Association. Carbon County raised over $19,000 toward this disease.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy M. LaClair

Keri Sue Harris, daughter of Peggy Sue O'Donnell of Jim Thorpe and George and Patricia Harris of Lehighton, and Jeremy LaClair, son of Phil and Jill LaClair of Evans Mills, N.Y., were united in marriage on Sept. 18, 2010 at Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe. The Rev. James Ward officiated at the double ring ceremony. Karen Horvath was the organist, while the bride's aunt, Tracy-Jo Strohl of Poughkeepsie, was the vocalist.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Q. What is white coat syndrome?

If you suffer from white coat syndrome, your blood pressure jumps as soon as a doctor or nurse approaches you. If your doctor knows this, he or she may recommend a home blood-pressure monitor or ambulatory monitor that is worn around the clock and takes your pressure every half-hour.

Blood pressure tends to spike when you are excited by an emotion such as anger or fear. But high blood pressure known as hypertension is very sneaky. It's called the silent killer, because it usually has no symptoms.

Monday, November 15, 2010
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Valda Musselman, Palmerton, was the winner of the quilt block challenge in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness at The Quilted Crow in Lehighton. Presenting her with a tote bag and gift certificate is shop co-owner Jane Heckman.

Area quilters are helping the fight against breast cancer, stitch by stitch.

The Quilted Crow, a quilt shop in Lehighton, held its second annual quilt block challenge in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Area piecers were encouraged to create a quilt block, using a challenge fabric of white with pink polka dots.

Other fabrics were permitted, but the challenge fabric had to be used in the block. The shop provided the challenge fabric free to the participants.

Monday, November 15, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Duane A. Dellecker

Mr. and Mrs. Duane A. Dellecker of Lehighton recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

They were married on Nov. 9, 1985 at Hope Lutheran Church in Cherryville by the Rev. Hiburger.

Mrs. Dellecker is the former Barbara A. Love. She is employed as a materials management coordinator for Life Quest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Quakertown.

Mr. Dellecker is the director of Carbon County's Department of Solid Waste.

The Delleckers are the parents of two daughters: Ami Fritchlee, wife of Matthew Fritchlee, and Ashley Dellecker-Exner, all of Lehighton.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Most of the time, sweet cravings come down to habit. For example, if you grew up always having dessert after dinner, your brain will be conditioned to expect that. Even your body will prepare you will actually salivate, preparing for the delicious treat. Without it, the meal won't feel complete.

This doesn't mean you can't get rid of the habit. But it will take some time and an effective strategy to get there.

Friday, November 12, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew T. Fritchlee

Ami N. Dellecker, daughter of Duane and Barbara Dellecker of Lehighton, became the bride of Matthew T. Fritchlee, son of Theodore and Kelly Fritchlee of Bath on Oct. 29, 2010 at the Maymont Plantation, Richmond, Va.

The Honorable Ernest Irbe officiated at the double ring ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Jennifer Berry was the maid of honor and Tyler Berger was the best man.

Following the ceremony, the couple held a dinner reception with family and friends in Williamsburg, Va., followed by a honeymoon in Williamsburg.