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Friday, March 8, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nancy Matyas, a registered dietitian at Blue Mountain Health System, answers questions during a talk on heart health.

Members of the Blue Mountain Health System recently held a "Myth busters" session to teach local residents about heart disease's most common myths and important facts.

"One of the reasons we have talks like this is because coronary heart disease is the single leading cause of death in America," said Toni Gibson, RN BSN MHA, associate vice president of nursing at Blue Mountain. She noted that more than 850,000 Americans will have a heart attack each year. For half of these people, the first symptom of heart disease is death they will die before reaching the hospital.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Like most health matters, food plays an important role in the prevention of heart disease.

During a recent heart disease "Myth busters" session at Blue Mountain Health System, registered dietitian Nancy Matyas reviewed commonly held beliefs about nutrition and heart disease.

The "Myth busters" talk was part of the hospital's Lunch and Learn series. To prove that eating healthy can be fun and tasty, the hospital offered a lunch with heart-healthy foods, including vegetable bean soup; grilled chicken, walnut and strawberry salad on spinach; and a custard and raspberry parfait.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Katherine Hudson and Michael Crowley

The engagement of Katherine Hudson of Simsbury, Conn., to Michael Crowley, also of Simsbury, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jane Hudson and Dr. Ronald Balthazar of Watinsville, Ga. and Dr. Richard Hudson and Brenda Rodgers of Colbert, Ga. She is a graduate of Oconee Country High School in Georgia, and Cornell University in New York.

She is employed as a variable annuity product analyst at Lincoln Financial in Hartford, Conn.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Vanessa M. Felter and Joshua M. Ford, 1117 E. Centre St., Mahanoy City.

Christine M. Young, 182 Hollow Road, Catawissa, and Wayne E. Krueger Jr., 68 Kutz Road, Fleetwood.

Elizabeth M. McClure and Darren R. Borger, 89 Washington St., Middleport.

Abby L. Keyster, formerly of Tamaqua, and Adam R. Kurtz, of 12730 Madison Boulder Lane, Humble, Texas.

Jennifer L. Kusek and Eric D. Croll, 339 Miller Road, Zion Grove, North Union Township.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club thoroughly enjoyed their evening at Maple Shade ALC in Nesquehoning recently. They were treated to dinner, followed by a tour of the facility. Madeline Ligenza, club member, instructed some volunteers in the art of ballroom dancing. From the left are Maria Mihalski, instructor Madeline Ligenza (front), Pat Sasserath, Judy Moon, Jane Pietruch and Gloria Shubeck. The executive board will be meet at Nan Kevilly's on March 24 at 1 p.m. The next meeting of the club will be April 1 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The engagement of Ayumi Wakamatsu and Matthew R. Rehrig has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Hiroshi and Yoko Wakamatsu of Naka City, Japan. She is a graduate of Mito Secondary High School and a graduate of Tokai University in Tokyo, Japan.

She is employed by YAMAHA Corporation in the English Education Department.

The bridegroom is the son of Patrick and Susan Conner of West Penn Township, Tamaqua. He is a 2002 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, and a 2006 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

There will be a Diamond luncheon on Friday, March 8 for women of of Trinity Lutheran Church who are 70 years and older, at Luther Hall.

Following the luncheon, there will be a fashion show featuring clothing from the Trinity Thrift Store.

Store volunteers, Trinity congregants, and customers will model the fashions.

The fashion show is being held to raise awareness of the thrift store and to remind the community that all proceeds from clothing sales benefit the Trinity Food Pantry.

Kay Patterson is supervisor of the Trinity Thrift Store.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

John Jacob Kibler, 301 Water St., Lansford, and Kayleigh Elizabeth Kuchera, 46 N. Fifth St., Coplay.

Brian Stephen Bromiley and Jayne Marie Swankoski, 1103 W. Church St., Ap. 4, Champaign, Ill.

Robert Keith Maier and Victoria Francine Nothstein, 331 High Point Rd., Lehighton.

Craig Thomas Sommers and Rebecca Lynn Mantz, 138 E. Berea St., Summit Hill.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The 26th Annual TIMES NEWS Recipe and Cookbook Contest is under way. Have you submitted your recipes yet?

There are $900 in prizes up for grabs, and six categories to enter. Categories include Main Dish; Vegetarian; Breads, Biscuits and Muffins; Soups, Stews and Chili; Christmas Cookies; and Dessert.

For more information and rules, go to: http://www.tnonline.com/2013/jan/16/your-mark-get-set-cook.

The deadline for entries has been extended to midnight, Tuesday, March 12.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Irish Halupkis

To help get you in the mood to cook, and with St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, we thought we would share one of our winning recipes from the last year's recipe contest.

Kimberly Hyska, of Jim Thorpe, was the winner of our Main Dish category last year with her recipe for Irish Halupkis.

These little stuffed cabbage rolls feature corned beef and mashed potatoes instead of the traditional ground beef, pork and rice, but they are just as delicious. They even have a little beer in them, and what's St. Patty's Day without beer?