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Friday, March 28, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS  Mary Coover looks at the picture of "Lehigh Gap Nature," which was entered by Andrew Hollywood. She said everything was in such detail. It took first place in the scenic category.

Nature in Photographs, the first photography show at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, held an opening reception March 23.

There was a good turnout of people who enjoyed the variety of photographs. Both the subjects and the photographers came from a wide area as well as locally.

From the approximately 150 entries, 50 were chosen to be entered in the show in three categories wildlife, scenic and macro.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Not just the 'baby blues'

"If you say it from the heart, you can't say it wrong,"

Talk show host, Phil Donahue spoke these words to Nancy Berchtold just before she appeared as a guest on his TV program in 1985. It would be the first of many programs featuring Berchtold and other new mothers who had experienced what doctors had called a postpartum psychiatric illness.

Berchtold, a former Bucks County teacher, and her husband, John, were overjoyed as they expected their first child in December of 1983.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
This March 3, 2014, photo shows zucchini crab cakes with lime aioli in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

To help get us in the mood for spring, we've given a seasonal makeover to the classic crab cake.

We started by adding the fresh flavor of shredded zucchini. It melts into the bolder flavors of the other ingredients, yet still keeps the crab cakes tasting light.

For a binder, we skipped the usual bread and instead used mashed potato, which gives the finished crab cakes a light and fresh texture.

For a topping, we created a simple lime aioli, which lends a vibrant tang.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here's a dish that achieves the fancy quotient for company, but is easy and quick enough for a weeknight family dinner.

We've enjoyed both components of this separately. The chicken is adapted from a recipe my husband saw on a TV show several years ago. With a nice crunchy coating of pecans, it's good all by itself.

The maple reduction (that's just a fancy word for cooking a liquid or sauce at high heat until it boils down to a thicker consistency, intensifying the flavor), is adapted from a recipe I use over the holidays as a glaze on root vegetables.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
This March 3, 2014, photo shows spring corn soup in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The warm days and cool nights of spring can make for challenging dinners.

During the days, we want to be outside enjoying the sun, but the evenings call for something warm and comforting. Trouble is, warm and comforting dinners require time at the stove.

Our solution? A quick and easy soup that is jammed with fresh vegetables and comes together in about 30 minutes.

We combine seasonally perfect asparagus with the sweet taste of frozen corn and a heap of fresh thyme. The result is light, yet fresh and filling.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Q. What is the most common type of cosmetic surgery?

(This is the first of two columns on changing your appearance.)

I was surprised by the answer to this question. I guessed facelift and was wrong.

My wife, Gale, answered correctly without hesitation. Breast augmentation is the leader. She talks to more women, I guess.

Women outnumber men by about 9 to 1 for undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With the idea of "giving back to the community," the sixth annual Jim Thorpe Policeman's Charity Ball was held Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom in Jim Thorpe. The event benefitted the youth of Jim Thorpe. Committee members who helped organize the sold-out event include front, from left, Jamie Solomon, charity ball co-chair; Tammy Lombardo; Jessica Pruitte; Rebecca Bailey; Kristen Schrantz; and Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko. Second row, Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz, chairman; Ronald Sheehan; John Pruitte; Lee Marzen; and Eric Schrantz. Missing are committee members Joanne Klitsch and Louise McClafferty.

With proceeds benefiting the youth of Jim Thorpe, the sixth annual Policeman's Charity Ball was held Saturday evening at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom in Jim Thorpe.

"The Jim Thorpe Police Department enjoys giving back to our community," said Chief Joseph Schatz, chairman of the charity ball.

"As always, giving back to the community is what this great event is all about," echoed co-chairwoman Jamie Solomon.

Proceeds from the ball will help fund such Jim Thorpe youth programs as a fishing derby in May, an evening of safe Halloween activities, and Christmas in the Park.

Monday, March 24, 2014
This photo shows a color palette Sasha Duerr has dubbed "compost colors," dyed using onion skins and avocado pits, from left, yellow onion skin and alum salts, yellow onion skin with no mordant, avocado pits and soda ash, avocado pits with no mordant, and avocado pits and iron added. These colors were made with alum, iron and soda ash, with hues and shades that vary depending on  mordants and modifiers that are used.

Transforming weeds, kitchen scraps and other natural elements into a rainbow of textile dyes is a concept as old as civilization itself, with dye vats dating to as early as 2000 B.C.

Now, these homemade pigments some long abandoned in favor of more startling chemical dyes are being rediscovered in kitchens and studios around the world.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development is hosting an Administrative Professional Celebration luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, 323 Country Club Road, Lehighton.

Doors open at 11:30 and the lunch and program is at noon. There will be a fashion show presented by Coldwater Creek.

Registration is required by calling Kasara McLaughlin at 610-577-6962 or email

Friday, March 21, 2014
Carrie Deebel

Carrie Deebel, a lifetime resident of Ringtown is celebrating her 99th birthday. She was born March 22, 1915.

She is a quilt maker and an excellent baker. She loves to read and enjoys her family.

Carrie has two children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She is currently a resident at Victorian Manor in Lehighton.