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Thursday, July 1, 2010
Angela M. Kutchera and Matthew Haddle

The engagement of Angela Marie Kutchera to Matthew Haddle has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of James and Jamesina Kutchera of Jim Thorpe. She is a 2003 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, and earned a bachelor of science degree from Drexel University in 2007.

She is employed as a certified clinical perfusionist at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of John and Deanna Haddle of Johnstown, Pa. He is a 1999 graduate of Bishop McCort Catholic High School.

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Joel S. Smith

Nicole M. Buck and Joel S. Smith exchanged vows on May 30, 2010 at their Kunkletown home.

Walking the aisle together, the couple were wed by Renee Mundy of Levittown, Pa., in a single ring ceremony. A reception at the couple's home followed the ceremony.

The bride chose her cousin Laura Buck, Palmerton, to serve as maid of honor. Kristine Bealer was a bridesmaid.

The bridegroom's cousin, Cory Hunsicker, Lehighton, performed the best man duties, along with the bridegroom's twin sons, Ty and Trevin, Palmerton.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it's time to fire up the grill. The long weekend is the perfect time to brush up on your grilling skills and save some cash.

Vegetarians, beware. Because meat is often the most expensive part of any meal, I'll be focusing on meat again! I've found that if we can keep the price of our main dish low, the rest of the meal is easy.

The price is right

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
COURTESY TASTE OF HOME MAGAZINE Patriotic Trifle

The Fourth of July is right around the corner so plan on giving your celebration some extra fireworks with these delicious and patriotic desserts!

Featuring festive red, white and blue colors these summery delights from Taste of Home magazine will be the star of your get-together and a great way to end a fantastic party.

Whip up a Patriotic Trifle or some Patriotic Cupcakes and you'll have your guests begging you to host another party.

For more patriotic recipes, visit TasteofHome.com.

Patriotic Trifle

1 package (3 ounces) berry blue gelatin

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
An American berry tart is seen in this May 30, 2010 photo. A holiday as big as the Fourth of July deserves a big dessert with serious panache like this Independence Day worthy fresh summer berry tart. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe))

Like the classic French fresh fruit tarts you see in pastry shops, this American berry tart has serious panache. But we want you to enjoy your July Fourth celebration, so we came up with a simpler approach.

We've replaced the pastry cream filling with a sweetened cream cheese, and used a simple press-in crust. And if you can't be bothered to arrange your berries neatly, you can just pile them on top.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and you have the perfect, impressive summertime dessert.

American Berry Tart

For the crust:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thirteen students of the Perry Music Studio held a recital on Sunday afternoon, June 13, at historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Students who performed and the pieces they played were: Kendra Johnson, "Whispering Hope;" Teegan Kunkel, "Run Mouse" and "Animal Band;" Sydney Vincent, "Kumbayah" and "Sailing;" Felician Konopka, "Fur Elise" (main theme) and "The Fly and the Bumblebee;" and Michalina Konopka, "Little Prelude" and "Night Song;"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Haggerty

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Haggerty of Jim Thorpe recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married May 11, 1985 at St. John's Lutheran Church, North Street, Jim Thorpe. The Rev. Swavely was the officiating minister.

Mrs. Haggerty is the former JoAnn Highland, daughter of Elmer Highland and the late Ann Highland. She is a special-education teacher at the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe.

Mr. Haggerty is the son of Marjorie Haggerty and the late Gerald Haggerty Sr. He is the postmaster in Summit Hill.

The couple has a 14-year-old son, Alex.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Q. I saw a woman with what looked like a small tire around her neck. Do you know what that could be?

It could be a goiter, which is a benign enlargement of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small gland made up of two halves that lie along the windpipe just below the voice box.

When the thyroid can't produce enough hormone to meet the body's needs, the gland compensates by enlarging. Iodine, a chemical element, is needed to produce thyroid hormone. Therefore, an iodine deficiency can lead to goiter and hypothyroidism deficient activity of the thyroid.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Noah Matthew Lusch

A son, Noah Matthew Lusch, was born to Kimberly and Michael Lusch of Lehighton, at 6:15 p.m., on May 11, 2010, at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown campus.

He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce; and measured 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Terry and Holly Bierman of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Ron and Karen Lusch of Lehighton.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. George Millet of Tamaqua

Mr. and Mrs. George A. Millet of Tamaqua will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 1. They were married in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, by the Rev. Gilbert.

Mrs. Millet is the former Lois Erbe.