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Friday, April 12, 2013
Sara Behler and Francis Flexer Jr.

Jerry and Diane Briggs of Tamaqua have announced the engagement of their daughter, Sara Behler of Barnesville, to Francis Flexer Jr., son of Louise and Francis Flexer Sr. of Tamaqua.

The bride-elect is a 2001 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and earned a bachelor's degree in special education from Kutztown University in 2005.

She is currently employed by the Mahanoy Area School District.

Her fiance is a 2002 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and earned an associate degree in electronic engineering technology from Lincoln Technical Institute in 2003.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dominick Angel Fabio O'Laughlin and Jenel Rodgers, 1544 Black Birch Way, Tobyhanna.

Christos Moscaritolo and Marianne Louise Marykwas, 255 Behrens Rd., Jim Thorpe.

Brandon John Bachert, 504 Mahoning St., Lehighton, and Alice Chou, 1093 Westbury Drive, Bethlehem.

Joseph S. Murphy and Star Elizabeth Angstadt, 107 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning.

Eric Michael Spadt and Sheila Marie Zawoiski, 43 W. Garibaldi Ave., Nesquehoning.

William Paul Shiffert Jr., 65 Beaver St., Lehighton, and Anne Marie Fraker, 76 Bear Creek Drive, Jim Thorpe.

Friday, April 12, 2013
Rhiannon Loretta Walck

WALCK A daughter, Rhiannon Loretta Walck, was born at 1:32 p.m., March 21, 2013, to Timothy and Megan (Setzer) Walck of Coudersport, Pa. Born in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, she weighed 7 pounds, 4.4 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Judy and Roger Bauer of Coudersport; and Jerry and Melissa Setzer of Douglas, Mass.

Paternal grandparents are Barbara Walck-Herman and Joseph Herman of Palmerton, and the late Larry Walck.

Friday, April 12, 2013

JANDRASITZ A son, Paxton William Jandrasitz, was born in Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, on April 3, 2013, to Colin and Montana (Brown) Jandrasitz of Millville.

Maternal grandparents are Jay and Sandy Brown of Millville.

Paternal grandparents are Bill and Joanne Jandrasitz of Nesquehoning.

Maternal great-grandmother is Shirley Brown of Millville.

Paternal great-grandparents are Dacia Christman of Nazareth and Jo Ann Jandrasitz of Tuscarora.

Friday, April 12, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. George Pekurny

Mr. and Mrs. George Pekurny of Mahoning Valley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month. They were married on March 2, 1963 at St. John's Slovak Lutheran Church in Lansford by the late Rev. John Kovacick.

Mrs. Pekurny is the former Linda Pettit, daughter of the late Ralph E. Pettit and Carrie C. Pettit of Lehighton. George is the son of the late George and Anna Pekurny of Mahoning Valley.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
TOP LEFT: Jennifer Benninger, advertising sales representative and member of the TIMES NEWS Cookbook Committee, congratulates this year's grand prize winner, Ted LaRizzio. TOP RIGHT: The cover of the 26th annual TIMES NEWS Recipes from our Readers. ABOVE: Winners of the six categories in this year's Cookbook and Recipe contest are, from left, Kellie Kromer, Soups, Stews and Chili; Ted LaRizzio, Main Dish; Genevieve Laubach,  Vegetarian; Kathy Goff, Breads, Biscuits and Muffins; Kerry Uher, Christmas Cookies; and Harry J. Procina, Desserts.

Looking for a recipe for Braised Beef with Wine and Mushroom Sauce? How about Sweet and Spicy Chili or Pistachio Banana Cake?

Well look no further, the TIMES NEWS has you covered.

Hot off the press, in today's edition is the 26th Annual Recipes from our Readers. The cookbook is a collection of recipes from some of the area's best cooks. It features tried and true favorites, like Polish Pierogies to newer treats, like Vegetarian Meatloaf.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Irene Zimmerman says she has lived a contented life in her 100 years.

Irene Zimmerman celebrated her 100th birthday on April 7. She says she has lived a contented life and attributes her long life to God.

"He has a plan for me. I read my Bible every day," she says.

Irene adds that she has followed a healthy lifestyle and has been lucky enough to have very little illness.

One of six children, Irene was born in Tharptown, Pa. She had five brothers. Her first job was in a dress factory until she married her husband, Roy Zimmerman in 1931. They lived in Shamokin and had four children.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Turkey Pot Pie

When my husband would be out of town and I had just myself to worry about for dinner, I'd often stop at the grocery store on the way home and pick up a turkey pot pie. They are one of my favorite go-to quick dinners.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find them lately. Not to worry. I have a much better solution.

On Sunday we had a turkey breast for dinner (I had been dreaming about turkey sandwiches). Since it was just the two of us, and it was a pretty meaty turkey breast, there were plenty of leftovers. I decided to make homemade turkey pot pie.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Thomas Dennis McKillip, 5734 Hegerman St., Philadelphia, and Marylouise Baldwin, Box 1253, Albrightsville.

Thomas Edward Dougherty and Joycelyn Marie Ferrance, 117 E. Broad St., Beaver Meadows.

Warren Edwin Kelley, 640 Long Mountain Rd., Effort, and Paula Ann Soliman, 54 Wintergreen Trail, Albrightsville.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Marian Catholic High School Class of 1964 is in the process of planning its 50th reunion.

A meeting will be held at the Parkview Inn at 204 W. Ludlow St. in Summit Hill on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m.

Anyone interested in participating should call Barbara Delay at (570) 225-7119 or email barbde1946@gmail.com.