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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Vicky Unitis’ Sweet & Sour Meatloaf was the grand prize winner in the 2015 Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest. She also took top prize in the Main Dishes & Sides Category. AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Copyright - Zubek-Miller Photography

Your best original recipe might just get you out of the kitchen for a couple days.

The 29th annual Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest is underway, and this year’s grand prize is a two-night stay at the Stone Lake Inn in Saylorsburg. The prize is valued at $400.

Prizes for category winners thus far include grocery store gift cards and kitchen items. Everyone who enters will receive a Times News kitchen scraper.

Categories this year include:

• Appetizers: Hot or cold, dips, spreads, finger foods and salsas.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

All Lansford house decorators start thinking about fall and Halloween. The Lansford Alive Events Committee is sponsoring an Autumn Harvest and Halloween House Decorating Contest.

For the Halloween decorating enthusiasts, be creative with lights, ghosts, witches, bats, etc. For the autumn enthusiasts, show your creativity with lights, scarecrows, pumpkins, hay bales, etc.

There will be two winners for both Halloween and autumn categories. Winners will receive a gift card. Judging will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Stuffed eggs with tuna, topped with dill, and guacamole, topped with tomatoes. AP VIA SARA MOULTON Copyright - Sara Moulton

If you’re open to rethinking the typical lunch box fare, consider losing the sandwich and embracing the stuffed egg.

There’s nothing more elemental and satisfying than good bread, but the standard loaf is loaded with empty calories. Eggs, by contrast, are low-carb, high-protein and gluten-free. And just about anything you can slide between two slices of bread can also be stuffed into a hard-cooked egg.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

To say thank you for the courageous work local first responders do in the treatment and prevention of domestic violence, Empire Education Group is offering complimentary haircuts to all police officers, firefighters and EMTs at all Empire student salons Friday during First Responders Day.

Local first responders will be treated to the complimentary services performed by senior level students under the supervision of licensed educators.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Following a recall by Asher’s Chocolates/Lewistown Inc., Giant Food Stores removed from its shelves multiple Asher chocolate candy products due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Products include:

• Asher’s Milk Chocolate Mini Pretzels, 4 oz., UPC 8944970151, lot numbers 000336481, 000335482

• Asher’s Dark Chocolate Mini Pretzels, 4 oz., UPC 8944970152, lot numbers 000335590, 000336482

• Asher’s Almond Butter Crunch, 4 oz., UPC 8944970000, lot number 000335623

• Asher’s Vanilla Caramels w/Sea Salt Dark, 4 oz., UPC 8944914666, lot number 000336125

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A celiac disease support group is forming in Carbon County.

Dr. Ahmed Hasan, a gastroenterologist with Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton, plans to launch the support group this month.

The exact date will be announced on the Carbon County Celiac Center website.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The graphic shows where villi are found on the inside of the intestinal wall. Healthy, fingerlike villi absorb nutrients from food, but they can be damaged if a person is allergic to gluten. When antibodies from the immune system attack the gluten, the villi become blunted. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

luten free has become a marketing “buzzword” for a variety of grain-based foods.

But who should be eating it?

Dr. Ahmed Hasan, a gastroenterologist with Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton, said many people don’t know they are sensitive to gluten and are going undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with something else.

“Celiac disease has been one of the most commonly missed conditions in the United States,” he said.

In order to find out just how many people have symptoms of celiac disease, he created an anonymous online survey.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will offer “Healthy Steps for Older Adults: A Falls Prevention Program” for adults 50 years and older, on Sept. 13 and15. Both sessions will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the health system’s Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

Healthy Steps is a four-hour, two-session workshop on preventing falls and staying active.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Q. My breasts have become large and I’m embarrassed. What can I do?

This question came from a man in his 60s. Breast enlargement in males is common. About 30 percent of older men have this condition, which can be caused by hormonal changes or simple weight gain. It can occur in one or both breasts.

When the usual balance of the female hormone estrogen and the male hormone testosterone in a man shifts, he can get “gynecomastia.”

Saturday, September 3, 2016
Carl and Jean Hafer

Carl and Jean Hafer of Tamaqua, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Aug. 15.

Mrs. Hafer is the daughter of the late Nellie Gallagher Fisher and Oswald Fisher of Tamaqua. She attended St. Jerome’s School and belonged to the CWEA when it was active. She also was a Cub Scout den mother for 18 years.