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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.

Friday, November 12, 2010
Kailyn Elizabeth Smith

A daughter, Kailyn Elizabeth Smith, was born at 9:18 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2010 at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, to Vanessa and Jeremy Smith of Lehighton.

She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long. She was welcomed home by her older brother, Wyatt, 3.

Maternal grandparents are Linda and Marty Klotz of Lehighton. Paternal grandparents are Cindy and David Smith, also of Lehighton.

Maternal great-grandmother is Mildred Miller of Lehighton. Paternal great-grandparents are Thelma Smith, Lehighton, and Gladys and Orville Wehr of Andreas.

Friday, November 12, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

"Hot" and "Spicy" those were the most popular comments made by the judges at the Tamaqua Elks Lodge annual Lodge Chili Contest. The winner of the contest was Donette Miller, who took great pride in making her chili, but wouldn't reveal her secret. Chili contestants pictured from left are Wayne Zehner, Chris Elliott, Bob Evans, Steve Bayer, winner Donette Miller, Danny Moyer and Becky Sheidy.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Season of Hope Gathering breast cancer fundraising event was very successful, thanks to all those on the committee who made it possible. Front row, from left are: Danette Troxell, Woven Friendships Branch of Home Consultants branch leader and chairperson; Rebecca Hrusovsky, recipient of this year's proceeds and breast cancer survivor; Dr. Joseph Russo, radiologist and guest speaker; Sandy Cray, breast cancer survivor and guest speaker; Christina Barnard; and Jeanine Villano-George, Dream Achievers Branch of Home Consultants branch leader. Middle Row, Farrah Greenzweig, Judy Barkanic, and Beatrice Schafer. Back row, Michelle Milisits, Colleen Stauffer, Ellen Counterman, Angie Buckles, Christine Serfass and Lori Hamm. All on the committee are Longaberger consultants.

In a sea of pink and white balloons, pink tablecloths and white napkins and ladies dressed in various shades of pink, the Season of Hope Gathering was a tastefully and delightfully successful breast cancer awareness event.

It is an annual Longaberger basket extravaganza with a very important goal to educate women about breast cancer and to raise money to help find a cure for the dreaded disease and help a local breast cancer patient.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Panther Valley Class of 2000 will be holding its 10-year class reunion on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Sports Zoo in Lansford.

Make checks payable to Amanda Christensen and send to 671 Mountain Rd., Millerstown, PA 17062 before Nov. 14.

For more information, visit the "PV Class of 2000 10th Year Class Reunion" page on Facebook.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Panther Valley Class of 1975 will be holding its 35th class reunion on Friday, Nov. 26, beginning at 6 p.m., at Kelly's Irish Pub Ballroom, Lansford.

To reserve a spot or for more information, e-mail gwynethann@windstream.net or Theresa Weiksner Zuber at theresazuber1975@yahoo.com by Nov. 15.