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Friday, February 22, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Mathisen

Alissa Byerley, daughter of Lynn and Nancy Byerley of Palmerton, and Christopher Mathisen, son of Thomas and Cathe Mathisen of Lehighton, were united in marriage on Aug. 25, 2012 at the Old Homestead Tree Farm in Lehighton.

The Rev. Anthony Pagotto, of Lehighton, officiated the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Jennifer Fisher of Effort to be her maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Amy Zeiser of Slatington and Amanda Mathisen of Lehighton.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG) will gather at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Palmer Township Library, 1 Weller Place, Easton.

The monthly meeting will feature two workshops.

In the morning session, which runs from 11 a.m. until noon and is free to everyone, editors Tina Gallagher and Pattie Giordani will demonstrate the dos and don'ts of agent/editor appointment etiquette and the elements of a winning pitch. Examples will be analyzed.

Friday, February 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Simon Maurer, talks to the crowd, while Anita Gordon, sits at the piano. Also pictured is Julie Askernia, page turner.

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble (GCE), based in New Ringgold, performed recently at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Haven.

The performance consisted of Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata - Allegro for Violin and Piano; Ravel Noctuelles from Miroirs for Piano; Schubert Piano Trio Op. 99 - Andante un poco mosso; Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola, K. 424 - Adagio and Allegro; and Fauré Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15.

The next performance of the ensemble, which is celebrating its 23rd year, will be Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at the church.

Friday, February 22, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher West

Johnna Leigh Yurko, daughter of Sharon and Robert Yurko of Summit Hill, and J. Christopher West, son of Carol West and Jay Stevens of Tunkhannock, were united in marriage on Dec. 15, 2012 at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg.

The Rev. Ellyn Kravette officiated the double ring ceremony, which included music on violin and cello by Penn Strings.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Yvette Yurko of Allentown to be maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mandy Breiner, Nesquehoning ,and Jennifer Horvath, Stroudsburg.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Deb Davis displays two dresses already donated to TAFFN's annual Belle of the Ball event. She said they are still accepting donations.

In this time of financial difficulty, every girl deserves to dress like a princess for her spring formal.

As the 2013 school prom season approaches, organizers and volunteers from the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network are collecting gently used gowns and accessories for "The Second Annual Community Belle of the Ball."

Coordinators Deb Davis and her mother Gwen Evans say that last year's event resulted in over 220 gowns being given to deserving young women, saying that the program was a "tremendous success."

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Arlene Bowers, 79, of Slatington, and John Schatz, 85, of Walnutport, were selected as Queen and King of Hearts at the ninth annual Valentine's Day Party held recently at Blue Mountain Health System's Adult Day Services Center in Palmerton.

Some people really know how to use the popular vote to their advantage.

Just ask John Schatz and Arlene Bowers, who rode their wave of fame straight to the top as they were crowned King and Queen of Hearts.

The clients of Blue Mountain Health System's Adult Day Services Center in Palmerton earned that esteem at the center's ninth annual Valentine's Day Party.

As he was crowned, Schatz, of Walnutport, expressed his joy.

"I feel like a million bucks," said Schatz, 85. "I love coming here to the center."

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Dorothy Abelovsky

Dorothy Abelovsky, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 89th birthday Feb. 16.

Born in Egypt, Pa., she later moved to Northampton. Dorothy was one of five children, and the only girl.

When she was 16, her brothers asked her to fill in on their baseball team as an outfielder, because they were "one man down." After the game, one of the fellows came up to her and said, "Hi Dorothy, I'm Joseph, and one day I am going to ask you to marry me." Dorothy said she gave him a look of horror.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Casey Yelito and Helen Mattras were crowned Valentine King and Queen

during the

Valentine's Day Party held at the Panther

Valley Senior Center on Feb. 14.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Mom's Pot Roast has been a favorite for generations in our family.

My number one comfort food? My mother's pot roast.

Whether I was sick or sad, or celebrating a birthday when my mother asked what I would like her to make, my answer was almost always the same: pot roast.

My mother's pot roast is also a favorite of two of my daughters.

When Margaux had her first child, I remember having two pot roasts simmering on the stove at the same time one for dinner that evening and one for the freezer, so she wouldn't have to cook every night.

In addition to being simple, this dish is very tasty, and perfect for company.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Boilo and Chili winners are, front from left, Mike Gimbor and Vanessa Christman, who won the judge's choice for specialty boilo; Jared Soto, who won the judge's choice for traditional boilo; Stephanie McCarroll, who won the people's choice for traditional boilo; and Priscilla Hosak, who won the people's choice for specialty boilo. In the back row is co-coordinator Tom McCarroll; Cy Rother, who won the people's choice for traditional chili; Donette Miller who won the judge's choice for traditional chili; Helen Walters, who won the judge's choice for specialty chili; Charles Connely who won the people's choice for specialty chili; and co-coordinator Brian Connely.

Two longtime rivals came together for a cause recently during the Chili and Boilo Cook-off held Saturday at the East End Fire Company in Tamaqua.

The cook-off consisted of dozens of contestants competing for the best traditional and specialty boilo and chili recipes, all to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Cook-off coordinators and longtime fire company members Tom McCarroll, with East End Fire Company, and Brian Connely, with American Hose Company, came up with the idea a few months ago while sitting down with friends on a Saturday afternoon.