Monday, February 27, 2017


Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Bacon-Chipotle-Ranch Cheesy Football CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Here’s a recipe for a game-day treat from Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

Bacon-Chipotle-Ranch Cheesy Football

Prep time: 10 minutes, plus refrigerating

Makes 20 servings, 2 tablespoons each

2 8-ounce packages Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

1/4 cup Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing

3 tablespoons finely chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

1 3-ounce package Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits

2 cups tightly packed Italian parsley, chopped

1 Kraft Big Slice Pepper Jack Cheese Slice


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

If you plan to serve a variety of dishes for the Super Bowl, sliders are more sensible than the full-sized guys. But they happen to be a little trickier to cook than a standard-issue burger. The slider’s size makes it tough to put a nice crust on the outside while ensuring that it doesn’t overcook on the inside.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Connie Heckman instructs her New Seasons’ low-impact aerobics class Friday morning at The Zoo Health Club in Lehighton. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

The key to a successful workout, according to Connie Heckman, is correct form.

Heckman has worked for over 20 years as a certified nutritionist and personal trainer throughout Carbon County, and now she brings her decades of experience to The Zoo Health Club in Lehighton.

“People have knee problems and don’t know how to do squats or lift weights and get rotator cuff issues, I see it in the gym all the time,” she said.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Q. What’s the best way to treat epistaxis?

Well, that one made me go to the dictionary. Turns out epistaxis is the fancy word for nosebleed.

The best way to treat a nosebleed is to resist every instinct in your body to tilt your head back or to lie down. You have to keep your head higher than your heart to cut down on bleeding. And, if you lean back, you can swallow blood, which can produce vomiting and diarrhea.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The fourth annual Paint the Mountain Pink breast cancer event will take place at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The first 200 lift ticket purchasers will receive a free bandanna, compliments of Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.

The grand raffle prize is a Ski & Stay package from Killington Mountain Lodge, Killington, Vermont. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. The winner does not need to be present to win. For raffle tickets (available in advance and on-site) and a complete list of prizes, visit

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Grace Evangelical Free Church of Cressona will host a “What Women Want” luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14.

The cost is $15. Susan Pasquali from Mechanicsburg will be speaking. Jenny Wagner of Diakon Community Services will also be a special feature at the luncheon.

Reservations or cancellations must be made by Feb. 8. Call Gale at 570-527-2224 or Michelle at 570-617-3896.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make those perfect pockets of potatoes and cheese, otherwise known as pierogies, the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, is the place to be on Saturday.

A pierogi-making class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

The cost will include a pierogi press, ingredients and a recipe card.

For more information, or to register, call 570-668-1192.

Monday, January 30, 2017
Tax scammers have invented increasingly brazen ways to defraud consumers. AP FILE PHOTO Copyright - A20132013

As tax season approaches, people will likely see more scams, the Federal Trade Commission warns. There’s little to prevent a criminal from picking up the phone or sending a bogus email, but there are four things you can do when these communications arrive:

1 Know how the IRS initiates contact. “The IRS should never, ever be contacting you by email, ever. They should never ever be contacting you by phone. They should only be contacting you via letter,” Portland, Oregon-based CPA Joe Seifert says.

Monday, January 30, 2017
Maritza Montejo, right, works with a client at Liberty Tax Service in Miami. Tax preparers do a big chunk of America’s tax returns, more than 80 million a year, according to the IRS. AP PHOTO Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Tax preparers do a big chunk of America’s tax returns — more than 80 million a year, according to the IRS — but if you’re nervous about handing confidential information to someone in a largely unregulated field, you’re not alone.

Here are some tips to help you find a good tax preparer and reduce the risk of expensive errors and exposing your finances.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Certified AARP TaxAide volunteers are available to provide free tax form assistance to middle and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. All sites offer E-filing and direct deposit for any refunds.Tax help will be available during the times and days listed February through April. Do not call the sites unless a phone number is noted below. For a TaxAide site near you, call 1-888-AARPNOW (227-7669).

Carbon County

• Palmerton Senior Center, 501 Delaware Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays starting Feb. 6.