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Monday, January 14, 2013

Karis A. Rupert and Jason L. Shoenberger, 1139 Mahoning Mountain Road, Lehighton.

Nicolle L. Meneloski and Timothy P. Spohr Jr., 57 N. Sheridan St., McAdoo.

Michelle A. Matula, 711 Fairview St., Tamaqua R.D., and Raymond G. McHose, 180 Stock St., Nesquehoning.

Tanyha Sirkot and Matthew P. Neidlinger, 425 S. Cleveland St., McAdoo.

Monday, January 14, 2013
Kevin Steber and Kira Michalik

The engagement of Kira Michalik of Summit Hill to Kevin Steber, also of Summit Hill, has been announced by her father and mother.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Robert Michalik of Summit Hill and Karen and Eugene Eckhart of Lehighton.

She is a 1997 graduate of Panther Valley High School and a 1999 graduate of Churchman Business School. She is employed by the Borough of Lehighton as treasurer.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services announces that there is an adult homemaker assistance program available to residents.

The program provides in-home assistance to income eligible county residents, age 18-59, who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or capable of assisting with the care of their home or personal needs.

Monday, January 14, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Conor S. Sedam

Nicole Elizabeth Hlavaty and Conor Scott Sedam were married on Sept. 2, 2012 at The Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.

The Rev. Dr. Vincent Carroll performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Ronald and LaRae Hlavaty of Lehighton. The bridegroom is the son of Scott and Jana Sedam of Novi, Mich.

Tara Haas of Denver, Colo. was chosen as the "executive vice president of bridal affairs." Bridesmaids included Alicia Cortese, Bethlehem; Kimberly Hager, Harleysville; and Kiernan Sedam, Chicago, Ill.

Friday, January 11, 2013
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Janell Burley Hofmann, right, holds a copy of the contract she drafted and that her son Gregory, left, signed as a condition for receiving his first Apple iPhone.

NEW YORK (AP) – Janell Burley Hofmann honored her 13-year-old son's "maturity and growth" at Christmas with his first iPhone, but it came with strings attached.

Eighteen strings, to be exact, in a written code of conduct that placed the mommy blogger at the center of the debate over how parents should handle technology in the hands of their teens, especially younger ones just entering the frenetic world of social networks and smartphones.

Friday, January 11, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua area volunteer knitters seen here Tuesday night have been spending hours producing Memory Squares from skeins of yarn. The squares will be assembled into quilts for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. From left are Cindy Miller, Susan Bonner, Jill Leader and Lorraine Blickley. Missing is Debbie McKinley.

A humble group of Tamaqua area women volunteers, who call themselves the "Knit-Wits," are spending hours in volunteer service to a town they've never visited and people they've never met.

The five women have banded together to knit dozens of colorful, creative acrylic wool squares measuring six inches by six inches.

The squares, or patches, will be used to create blankets of warmth and a touch of love for victims of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services announces that there is an elderly home help assistance program available to eligible residents.

The program provides in-home assistance to income eligible county residents, age 60 and older, who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or capable of assisting with the care of their home or personal needs.

Services are provided for the purpose of ensuring safe and sanitary conditions and may include: light housekeeping; laundry assistance; and/or shopping assistance.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

All were tangy, most were mild, and a few were somewhat on the spicy side.

Aside from their delicious taste, the common denominator behind the recent Chili Cookoff held at the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton was its worthwhile cause.

Hosted by Family Promise of Carbon County, the purpose of the event was "to have a fun day," said Robert Fatzinger, executive director, of the organization.

In all, seven batches of chili were entered into the competition, and were judged according to color, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste on a scale of zero to 10.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

Food is love.

That's probably the last thing any nutritionist or dietitian wants to see in print, but if we're being honest, we have to admit that many of our strongest memories involve food: A favorite dinner cooked by Mom on our birthday; Grandma's apple pie, warm from the oven; or even an overcooked hotdog (just the way I like them!), grilled by Dad at the first cookout of the year.

Holidays, first dates, weddings, baptisms -- food evokes memories of not only good times, but of family and friends.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Q. I wear dentures now. Any pointers I should know about?

The following are some tips for eating with dentures:

Ÿ Don't bite with your front teeth or pull your food outward from your mouth.

Ÿ Chew food on both sides of your mouth simultaneously to stabilize your dentures.

Ÿ Cut food into small pieces.

Ÿ When you first eat with your dentures, you should avoid sticky foods, raw vegetables and hard-to-chew meats.

Ÿ It is more difficult to feel inside your mouth when you wear dentures, so be careful with hot foods and anything with small bones.