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Thursday, October 16, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY THE ARTIST Janis Ian will perform Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Award-winning songwriter Janis Ian will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House this Friday.

The stop in Carbon County is part of a 10-day tour throughout the northeast.

"It's a solo show, just me and the guitar," said Ian. "We just finished two sold-out crowds in Providence, where I've never played before. I think people have a better time than they expect."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

When Janis Ian was launched into the spotlight in 1967 with "Society's Child," a song about an interracial relationship and a white girl's disapproving parents, she tapped into the nation's growing rage over interracial relationships.

"Society's Child" was written by Ian when she was just 14 years old. The song was banned from many radio stations, and one station in Atlanta that did play the song was burned down.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Locally owned and operated wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will introduce wine lovers to the region's official wine grape during Chambourcin Weekend Saturday and Sunday.

Chambourcin is the only wine grape that is grown by all nine wineries. Each winery will feature its own activities such as wine tastings, live entertainment, vineyard tours, or food and wine pairings. Event hours at all of the wineries are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Chambourcin Weekend is a free event, however some wineries charge for tastings.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


8 graham crackers

4 scoops Turkey Hill All-Natural chocolate ice cream

4 scoops Turkey Hill All Natural vanilla ice cream

2 bananas, cut in slices

4 tablespoons whipped peanut butter

Handful of chopped peanuts

One-third cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon shortening


In a small bowl, mix peanut butter and chopped peanuts. Set aside.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's been a busy week and I did a lot of cooking, but all of it was for recipes I've already shared here, like my homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce. We also had our annual cookbook judging, so time was pretty short and so was my imagination, not to mention my energy level.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jennifer Domines is all smiles after being named the grand prize winner of the 27th annual Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest. Jennifer's "Buffarolls" were the winning entry in the Tailgating Category, and she wowed the judges on Monday when all of the

category winners presented their finished dishes. This year's cookbook will be published with the Nov. 6 issue of the Times News.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Madelyn Dolinsky, Tamaqua, demonstrates how she mixes together peanut butter and chopped peanuts to create a recipe that grabbed the attention of the Turkey Hill chain and earned her finalist status in competition.

Forget s'mores.

They might be a tasty snack, but that trend is dated.

They're so 1970s.

Hometown's Madelyn Dolinsky came up with a better idea with something to please her father.

"My dad likes chocolate and peanut butter," she said.

So with that combination in mind, Dolinsky concocted a dessert to knock your socks off.

It's called the Nutty Chocolate Ice Cream Banana Sandwich and she created it just in time to enter a contest sponsored by Turkey Hill.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's that time of year. Step into any school, doctor's office or grocery store and you're likely to be greeted by sniffling and sneezing.

The CDC estimates that adults have an average of two to three colds per year, and approximately 5 to 20 percent of adults and children will get the flu.

Most colds occur during the winter and spring, and the flu likewise peaks in winter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Check the label when choosing a hand sanitizer.

When used correctly, hand sanitizer can be an important tool in your cold- and flu-fighting arsenal.

Plain soap and water are the best way to remove germs from your hands. But when soap and water aren't available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol is the next-best thing.

Look for a product with a main ingredient of ethyl alcohol, ethanol, isopropanol, or isopropyl, said Kocher, who follows the CDC's guidelines for hand sanitizers. Sanitizers with these types of alcohol are more effective for killing germs.

Monday, October 13, 2014

PPL Electric Utilities focuses on helping customers stretch energy dollars.

Given a choice, you probably wouldn't chop a 3-inch hole in the wall of your home. Besides being unsightly, it would let a lot of cold air inside.

By the same token, if you have a -inch gap at the base of your 3-foot-wide front door and don't do anything about it, you may as well have that hole in the wall. It has the same effect when it comes to heat loss.