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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Denise Frey, clinical dietitian at Blue Mountain Health System, recently gave a presentation on lactose intolerance. She recommends sufferers take time to read the food labels to make sure they aren't accidentally eating lactose, and also getting enough calcium in their diet.

If you love ice cream, but find that it often makes you sick, you might suffer from lactose intolerance.

Some of those unlucky individuals gathered at the Gnaden Huetten Campus of the Blue Mountain Health System recently for a presentation by Denise Frey, a clinical dietitian with Blue Mountain.

According to Frey, lactose intolerance is an enzyme deficiency in the small intestine, which means there is not enough lactase to fully digest lactose.

Monday, April 6, 2015

There will be a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend Friday through Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn Allentown West.

This experience is for couples with good marriages, who would like to learn an exciting and effective method of communication. This method will afford you the opportunity to renew the romance in your marriage and create more intimacy.

The weekend starts Friday evening and ends Sunday at 4 p.m.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Join the Penn State Master Gardeners in Carbon County at the Environmental Education Center, 151 E.White Bear Drive, Summit Hill from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday for a workshop titled "It's Time to Plant."

Master Gardeners will teach you best practices for preparing your soil, composting, mulching, companion planting, growing herbs, gardening for bees and butterflies and attracting birds. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Each participant will get to plant their own herb seeds in newspaper pots. The experts will tell you how to care for them and when to plant them outside.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring is finally here! It's time to open up the windows, let in some fresh air and de-clutter your house … and your finances.

"The stuffiest place in your house tends to be that old file drawer crammed with financial statements, and much of it you don't need … like that credit card statement from 1996," says Gail Godesky, first vice president and area manager of The Provident Bank.

"April is the perfect time to apply the tried-and-true 'keep, toss' method of spring cleaning to your financial life."

Monday, April 6, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS ShopSmart magazine shares several secrets to slashing your grocery bills without using coupons.

YONKERS, NY Clipping coupons can be a chore, but there are secrets to slashing grocery bills without using coupons.

The April 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, uncovers ways to track supermarket sales cycles and other special discounts for big savings, plus food storage tips so shoppers can stock up on items when they are on sale.

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Schuylkill County is offering its 2015 Spring Education series to county residents interested in gardening.

On April 11, the seminar will focus on native plant options. The session begins at 9 a.m. and will offer tips on converting a yard to include more native shrubs, benefits of replacing lawn with more productive plants and the special use of native plants in rain gardens.

It will be presented by master gardeners Nadia Hassani, Ardella Newswanger and Gabriele Feibert, with Connie Schmotzer of the Penn State Extension in York County.

Friday, April 3, 2015

There is one aspect of grilling that is often overlooked: the importance of cleaning your grill.

This year keep your barbecue in optimal shape with these 5 grill cleaning tips from Jim Ginocchi, president and founder of Coyote Outdoor Living.

1. Turn the grill to "high" and let it warm up for 10-15 minutes.

2. Once the grill is hot, turn it off and scrub your stainless steel grates with a stainless steel brush. Knocking all debris down toward the drip tray.

Friday, April 3, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Trying to cut back or eliminate candy from your child's Easter basket this year? There are plenty of ideas that your kids will enjoy just as much, if not more.

A tisket, a tasket, what's in your Easter basket?

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend roughly $16.4 billion dollars on everything from food and clothing, to decorations and greeting cards this Easter, with the average person spending about $140.62 each.

Of that grand amount, only $2.2 billion will be spent on candy.

So if those baskets aren't bursting with chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps, what are the kiddies waking up to Easter morning?

We asked our readers to weigh in on Facebook.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
This photo released by Sony Pictures Television shows Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, right, and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, center, and Grant O'Rourke as Rupert MacKenzie, in a scene from Starz' new TV series, "Outlander." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Television, Ed Miller)

After six months of "droughtlander," fans of Ron Moore's epic "Outlander" will finally get their due when the show returns Saturday after what seemed to be an interminable midseason break.

The series, which has already been renewed for a second season, is based on Diana Gabaldon's wildly popular novels about a World War II combat nurse who falls through time and into 1743.

Catch episode eight at 9 p.m. on Starz.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Tartan Terrors will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe Saturday.

The Tartan Terrors are their own Celtic Invasion, mixing rock's energy with traditional folklore, dance and humor.

With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles, standing room only audiences understand why they are recognized internationally for their music, comedy and stage performances.

Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on four different continents, in some of the most prestigious festivals, Highland Games and theaters of North America and for good reason.