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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Suzanne M. Fletcher

This column is part of a continuing educational series about Health Care Reform from Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The open enrollment period for individual health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act recently began for coverage effective Jan. 1. If you didn't sign up for coverage in 2014, be sure to mark Dec. 15 on your calendar. That's the last day to sign up if you want your coverage to start Jan. 1.

Monday, December 8, 2014
This undated image provided by Harbor Sweets shows the company‡-s ‡¨Chanukah Box‡Æ of chocolates decorated with a menorah. Harbor Sweets, a small New England handcrafted chocolate company, created the box in response to demand among customers who wanted to give chocolates as a holiday gift while acknowledging friends and clients who don‡-t celebrate Christmas. It‡-s one of a number of examples of products originally conceived of as Christmas gifts that have been rethemed for Hanukkah. (AP Photo/Harbor Sweets)

NEW YORK (AP) – Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel.

Christmas has gingerbread houses; Manischewitz sells Chanukah House kits, using cookie dough with blue-and-white icing.

These are just a few of the Hanukkah-themed products inspired by Christmas traditions and toys. Pinterest and Etsy are loaded with blue-and-white Hanukkah crafts like wreaths and stockings.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The holidays are here and each year we consider the age old question … "Is it OK to re-gift?" The answer may surprise you, although most of us have done it at one time or another.

"It is perfectly appropriate to give another person an item that doesn't fit you, or suit your particular needs or lifestyle. The only caveat is to proceed with respectful caution," says Diane Gottsman, a national modern manners and etiquette expert.

Some of Gottsman's re-gifting rules include:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Jennifer L. Dimmig and Robert D. Nunemacher Jr. were united in marriage on Aug. 30, 2014, at Salem United Methodist Church in Orwigsburg. The Rev. Lou Hornberger officiated the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, Edward Dimmig of New Philadelphia, the bride chose Drusilla Dennis of Kutztown as the maid of honor.

Bridesmaids included Rebecca Dennis of Lansford and Amy Nunemacher or Andreas. Flower girls were Kayla Nunemacher and Jasmine Moyer.

Jason Miller of Port Carbon served as best man.

Friday, December 5, 2014
Sweet start  to the holidays

Three judges fought their sweet tooth long enough to announce winners Thursday night in the Dimmick Memorial Library gingerbread house contest in Jim Thorpe.

According to Mary Ann Kmetz, library director, there were 10 entries in the group division, three in the child division (12 and under) and one in the adult division.

Winning the children's division was Katrina Trine, 11, of Jim Thorpe.

"I found out about the contest and thought it would be a fun way to bring me and my dad together," she said.

Friday, December 5, 2014
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS The seventh annual Creche/Nativity Display at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave. in Jim Thorpe is from noon to 5 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday.

St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave. in the heights section of Jim Thorpe will welcome the public to its seventh annual Creche/Nativity Display from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This year's display will feature nativity items made from a variety of materials such as pewter, tin, cloth, ceramic, wood, beeswax and more.

The items range in age from new to very old. There are nativities on display with figures that are barely an inch high, and others that are a couple of feet tall.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Members of the Bach and Handel Chorale rehearse Monday at St. John's in the heights  section of Jim Thorpe, its home base. The chorale is preparing for a series of Christmas concerts that begin this weekend. For a video of the rehearsal scan this photo with the Ads R Live app. To download the app, text the word "ADS" to 40691.

Looking to start the holidays off right? The Bach and Handel Chorale will kick off the beginning of its 31st year as well as the Christmas season with a series of concerts beginning this weekend in Jim Thorpe.

"At the beginning of Advent we get ready for the celebration of Christmas and the birth of Christ, and when we're in the setting we're in at St. Mark's and playing the songs we perform, you really get a sense of the miracle of Christmas," says chorale board President Leta Thompson.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to start thinking about giving thanks to the many people in our lives through holiday tipping. It's a topic that confuses many: how much to give and to whom?

Jacqueline Whitmore, an internationally-recognized etiquette expert, author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, offers these tips:

Ÿ Give what you can.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail are encouraging wine lovers to buy local this holiday season by inviting them to festive events, offering specials on wine, and more.

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a nonprofit organization of wineries whose mission is to promote agritourism and to create a premiere wine destination and grape growing region while promoting Pennsylvania wines from the region.

All of the member wineries have won awards at state, national and international levels.

Some of the events include:

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Woman's Club of Lehighton will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Trinity Hall in Lehighton.

The program will feature Trinity's Sanctuary Choir singing "A Celebration of Carols" directed by Susan Lovejoy.