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Monday, November 22, 2010

Apron's Cooking School head chef Rich Norris and sous chef Scot Hill shared their expertise with Wishbone U. students during a three-hour class recently, and offer the following:

Cooking andequipment

Trust your nose. When food smells done, it probably is.

Parchment paper on baking sheets makes for easy cleanup. Parchment and wax paper are not interchangeable.

Purchase an instant-read thermometer.

Start potatoes in cold water so they cook evenly.

Monday, November 22, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett McCall

Mary Ellen and Emmett McCall of Lansford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 12.

They were married in the former St. Michael's Catholic Church, Lansford, by the late Rev. Thomas Edwards, cousin of the bridegroom. The late Monsignor Joseph Baron, pastor, was the Mass celebrant.

Mrs. McCall is the daughter of the late George and Helen Sniscak of Lansford. Her husband is the son of the late Patrick and Helen McCall of Mahoning Valley.

Monday, November 22, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ulshafer

April Lynn Strohl, daughter of Edward and Antoinette Strohl of Palmerton, and Bill Ulshafer, son of James and Jean Sherry of Lehighton, were united in marriage on May 8, 2010 at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe. Christian Morrison, mayor of Tamaqua, officiated the double ring ceremony.

Friday, November 19, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Grace-St. Paul United Methodist Church on Route 903 in Jim Thorpe has a group of talented women who have knitted and crocheted over 400 prayer shawls since 2005. Here Connie Melber, Irene Pyne, Cassie Wallace, Pat Rowe, Leona Knotts and Pam Bacsick are holding shawls. Looking the Rev. Michael Netznik, church pastor.

Grace-St. Paul United Methodist Church in Jim Thorpe is a new church but women there have been knitting or crocheting prayer shawls since 2005.

Started by Pat Rowe, the group makes the shawls for ailing or needy people.

The oldest knitter is Anna Moore of MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning, who just turned 105 years of age.

She has knitted hundreds of the shawls.

Through Nov. 16 of this year, 69 shawls have been given out.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Zellner of Summit Hill celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 18. They were married in St. Mark's Church, Mauch Chunk, in 1959.

Standing for them were Judith Beely Thomas of New Jersey and Daniel Marsolick of Summit Hill.

The Zellners have four children: Aura Lee, Martin, Lisa and Charles Jr. They have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A dinner was held at Costello's Restaurant in Coaldale to celebrate the special occasion.

Friday, November 19, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1970 celebrated its 40th anniversary with a reunion, Labor Day weekend at the Tamaqua Elks Lodge. Class members in attendance included front row from left: Patsy Rarick Shoudt, Marilyn Zeigler Motley, Kathy Wehr Shoemaker, Patty Sherry DeLay, KayAnn Wehry Oertner, Mary Ann Camerini Deeble, Gloria Smulligan Forte. Second row, Anthony Forte, Lynda Walton Martian, Barb Nelson, Barbara Usowski Ferguson, Betty Ann Bubble Waidell, Georgeanne Boyle Knowles, Diane Keich Carroll, Deborah Walters Kurtz, Barbara Hartman, Lonnie Reed Dermo.

Friday, November 19, 2010
PRNewsFoto/Foster Farms Foster Farms Turkey Helpline experts answer your turkey cooking questions at (800) 255-7227. Operators will be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week during Nov. 17-29, including Thanksgiving Day.

Need to talk turkey? Baffled by Brussels sprouts? Sure, you could go old school and call a 1-800 holiday helpline. But these days, cooks are finding inspiration, or salvation as the case may be, online.

From smart phone apps that put together your grocery lists to Twitter sessions that answer your pressing pumpkin questions, traditional sources of holiday help are transforming to meet the demands of a digital age.

"People are just going online more and more to get their Thanksgiving questions answered," says Angela Moore, vice president of FoodNetwork.com.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday entertaining doesn't have to be stressful. Follow these simple tips to host a boffo gala while still enjoying the spirit of the season:

1. Forgo a traditional floral centerpiece on the dining table and instead create a charming holiday scene featuring gingerbread houses or ceramic Christmas-village miniatures.

2. Rather than rushing out to buy expensive new china, glasses and silverware for a holiday get-together, consider renting it.

3. A simple way to give holiday decorations a professionally decorated look is to stick to just two or three colors.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Patricia A. Rehrig and Daniel A. Dunn, 30 Greenwood St., Coaldale.

Natalie A. Opella and Stephen M. Phy, 726 Bar Claw Way, Madison, Wis. Opella is formerly of Mahanoy City.

Beth A. McCarthy, 718 E. Pine St., Mahanoy City, and Edward D. Zanders Jr., 40 Hahns Dairy Road, Palmerton.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Dovale

Tara McArdle and Oscar Dovale were united in marriage on July 31, 2010, at the basilica of Santa Luzia in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, in a double ring ceremony.

The daughter of George and Jane Culver of Jim Thorpe, and William McArdle, also of Jim Thorpe, the bride was given in marriage by her mother.

Her sister, Lisa Butrymowicz of Little Egg Harbor Township, N.J. was the matron of honor. The bridegroom's sister, Ema Paula Dovale of Lanheses, was a bridesmaid.