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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
This May 5, 2014 photo shows Memphis-style baby back ribs in Concord, N.H. Back ribs usually are sold in either full slabs (13 ribs) or half slabs (7 ribs), and are the most expensive cut of rib. When they come from a pig that was less than a year old, they are referred to as ‡¨baby‡Æ back ribs. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

It was one of those culinary epiphanies. I realized you rarely get great barbecued ribs from a restaurant. They have to come from backyards.

My rib-awakening came during the world's largest barbecue contest, Memphis in May. All it took was that first bite of a grill-smoked rib for me to recognize the real deal. There is nothing like homemade ribs.

And here is the dirty little secret: They don't take nearly as long as the competition guys would like you to think they do. And they are much simpler to prepare than legend has it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The next Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meeting will be held at 6 p.m., July 29, at the Lehigh Carbon Community College, Jim Thorpe campus.

Note the time change of the meeting.

The topic will be, "How to Build a Support System for the Grandparent who is Raising a Grandchild."

Any grandparent raising a grandchild is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Connie Biederman

Connie L. Biederman, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Born in Philadelphia on July 1, 1924, she is the daughter of the late Charles and Leona Oettle.

She graduated from the Philadelphia High School for girls in 1942. Following graduation, she went to work at the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia, where she worked for 37 years. She started as a file clerk and later became assistant coordinator.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Robert Lee Kibler II, Albrightsville, and Anne Marie Darcy, Kunkletown.

Nathaniel William Kunkle and Stephanie Nicole Kelhart, Lehighton.

Anthony Charles Petaccio Jr. and Tanya Lynn Schafer, Lehighton.

Ryan Thomas Harter and Audra Dale Harleman, Los Gatos, California.

Kenneth George Reeder and Matilda Theresa Oliver, Lehighton.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Q. How common is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. This condition creates an increased risk of fractures.

Our bodies remove old bone and replace it with new bone. During our growth stage, new bone is added faster than old bone is removed. We hit peak bone mass around age 30. After that age, we lose more bone than we form.

Who is at risk of

getting osteoporosis?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Krystal Seaman and Jared Goodhile

Krystal Seaman and Jared Goodhile, both of Lehighton, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Laurie Anthony of Lehighton and Thomas Seaman of Allentown.

She is also the stepdaughter of Gary Anthony of Lehighton.

She attended Palmerton Area High School, before attending Carbon Career & Technical Institute to study cosmetology.

She graduated in 2008.

She is employed full-time at Holiday Hair in Walnutport, where she has worked for over six years.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Michele McLaughlin, left, and Beth Bacher discuss a nine-patch quilt from the Civil War era during their presentation "Money, myth and madder: Women and quilting during the Civil War."

The American Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865, unquestionably changed the direction of our country. It also dramatically changed the way society viewed women.

Local quilters and quilt historians Beth Bacher and Michele McLaughlin recently discussed these changes in society during "Money, myth and madder: Women and quilting during the Civil War," presented to a group of quilting and history enthusiasts at the Quilted Crow in Lehighton.

The two women began researching quilting and women in the Civil War more than a year ago.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The monthly luncheon for graduates of the Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1965 will be hosted by Rich and Darlene Nothstein at their home 526 Harvard Court in Palmerton, at noon on July 17.

Expect to have fun, games and swimming.

Call 610-737-1559 or 610-826-7339 for further information.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Janet Sager is currently directing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a show that she's become quite familiar with over the years.

After years of performing, teaching, traveling and raising two sons, Janet Bliss Sager is at it again, directing "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Shawnee Playhouse.

Following her interest in ballet and earning three degrees from the University of Washington, Sager made her way from her hometown of Seattle to Montana to New York City, where she was hired in the first national tour of the Broadway musical in 1982.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  This cake is ready for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Use your imagination and colored sanding sugar to create your own masterpiece.

This week's recipe isn't a recipe at all, but it is fun.

What you see in the photo is actually a birthday cake my daughter made, but the star and the red, silver and blue sanding sugar made me think it would be perfect for a July Fourth celebration.

You can use any size or shape cake, and any flavor. This was a chocolate cake with white icing in the center (a few spoonfuls of red and blue sanding sugar was mixed in to keep it festive). The icing is Chocolate Mocha.