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Thursday, November 7, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Pleasant Valley Class of 1963 held its 50-year class reunion Oct. 12 at the Kunkletown Rod & Gun Club. There were 48 in the graduating class. Of 43 remaining, 29 attended the reunion. After a fun-filled social time, a group photo was taken and a mystery auction was held. Laughter filled the room as certain class mates tried to outbid the next. A catered meal was served, followed by homemade desserts. Each class member received a blue and white tote bag with "Pleasant Valley Class of '63 50th Class Reunion 2013" printed on it.

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Ryan Matthew Selby

A son, Ryan Matthew Selby, was born at 2:57 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2013 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, to John and Tammy Selby of Hometown.

He weighed at 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 22 inches long.

Ryan was welcomed home by his siblings, Payton, 4, and Aubree, 2.

Maternal grandparents are Peggy Hauseman of Jim Thorpe and the late Robert Reis.

Paternal grandparents are Mary Ann Selby of Jim Thorpe and Jack Selby of Hometown.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Butternut Squash Soup

Remember Pavlov's dog? The dog hears a bell and starts to drool, thinking food will soon appear.

I'm just like that dog in that I feel a nip in the air, and I start to let's just say my mouth waters thinking of soup.

Today's recipe is adapted from one I received from my colleague Chris Parker, who is not only an excellent reporter, she's an excellent cook.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
A healthy fried appetizer

This dish is my idea of a one-size-fits-all appetizer for the looming holidays, whether we're talking about Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

It's particularly apt for Hanukkah because the eggplant is "fried" in oil and oil is one of the holiday's central symbols.

The good news is that the eggplant is pan-fried not deep-fried and vegetarian, so it's still reasonably healthy. Heck, if you built a bigger version, you could even turn it into a vegetarian entrée.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Eating properly is important for yourself and your family.

Surprisingly cooking can be easy and affordable. Have you wondered whether you could stretch your budget and make great-tasting, healthy meals every day of the week?

That is what "Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters for Adults" is all about.

Second Harvest is offering hands-on classes for adults from 6-8 p.m. every Monday, beginning on Nov. 11, at Zion United Church of Christ.

These classes will help you make the most of what you've got, so that your family gets the best nutrition possible.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Jim Thorpe Class of 1965 will meet for lunch at Bert's Steak House, 416 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 21.

Those planning to attend must contact George at 570-325-4236 so that he can give the restaurant an accurate head count.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Fritz

Delbert and Loise Fritz of Lehighton recently observed their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 26, 1953 at St. John's Lutheran & Reformed Church, Mahoning, by the Rev. W.W. Moyer.

Mrs. Fritz is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Russell D. Miller. Her husband is the son of the late Helen and Willard Fritz.

Loise graduated from Lehighton High School and the Allentown Business School. She was a secretary for approximately 12 years for the Prudential Insurance Company, in its Lehighton office.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Q. I'm 78 and I'm forgetting things more often now. Should I be worried?

For starters, worrying is a waste of time. If you think your forgetfulness is the sign of the onset of Alzheimer's, get to a doctor for a check-up.

The scary truth is that Alzheimer's begins with difficulty remembering the familiar people, things, events. Or, you start having trouble doing simple arithmetic in your head. These annoyances are common to seniors with healthy brains, so most of us don't get too worked up over them.

Monday, November 4, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tony Stianchie stands in paved garden area of the former St. Joseph Cemetery, Summit Hill, which he completed as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Anthony "Tony" Stianchie wanted to attain his Eagle Scout status within the Boy Scouts of America by the time he was 16 years of age.

"Some Scouts lose sight of that goal," he said. "I saw it in many cases where boys would put it (that goal) on the back burner. That stuck with me and I felt it was a good goal to set before I would age-out (Scouts have until age 18 to attain Eagle Scout status)."

Monday, November 4, 2013

Anna Mae and Robert Bashago of Tamaqua are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

They were married Oct. 26, 1963 by the Rev. Stephen Ponisciak in the former Saint Bertha's Church, Tuscarora.

They have one son, Robert Jr.

Anna Mae is a daughter of the late Amelia and Michael Pawk, Brockton.

Robert is a son of the late Kathryn and Peter Bashago, Tuscarora.

Robert retired from the Pottsville Republican newspaper after working 31 years in the printing department.