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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Do you have someone on your Christmas gift list who loves to cook? If so, you might want to consider one of these two cookbooks.

If the lucky recipient likes a bit of a challenge, or if their tastes are a bit more gourmet, “Vanilla Table” by Natasha MacAller is sure to put a smile on their face.

Think “vanilla” is plain and boring? Think again.

From Salt & Pepper Vanilla Kettle Corn to Island Crabcakes with Vanilla-Grapefruit Rémoulade, this beautifully photographed cookbook is a sweet and savory compilation of deliciousness.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ShopRite of Stroudsburg will host three holiday cookie baking classes for children, 4 to 10 on Saturday.

Children and their parents will make, bake and decorate Christmas cookies at the store.

The fee is $3 per child and each child will go home with a personalized “Chef in Training” apron, hat and decorated cookies.

In addition to making their own cookies, children will help assemble cookie trays that will be donated to the Salvation Army in East Stroudsburg. For every child who registers, one tray of holiday cookies will be donated.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

(This is the last in a three-part series on smoking.)

If you smoke, you owe it to yourself to quit. And I believe you have an obligation to try to help others to quit. I’m doing my part by offering this unusual series of columns.

No scolding or exaggerated scare tactics. I’m giving you just the facts in a chain of bulletins.

You can stick these columns on bulletin boards and refrigerators. I recommend giving them to a smoker you love.

Here are more:

Cigarette smokers die younger than nonsmokers. Smoking shortens lives by about 14 years.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

More people who are overweight or obese may get screened for diabetes under new guidelines released earlier this month by a panel of prevention experts. Those whose blood sugar is higher than normal now can be referred to nutrition and exercise counseling without paying anything out of pocket for it.

“Obesity and overweight have been risk factors all along for diabetes,” says Dr. Wanda Filer, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “But we haven’t had guidelines that actually said, ‘Screen those folks.’”

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The holiday season is supposed to be “The most wonderful time of the year.”

But for some, it’s quite the opposite and the holidays can actually be more like the most miserable time of the year.

Steve Siebold, a psychological performance and mental toughness coach and author of “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class,” says, “The change from everyday routines, the large gatherings, the decorating, shopping and more can make many people feel overwhelmed and stressed this time of year.”

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, will welcome caregivers across the area to a Night with the Nurses at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Presenting at this month’s event is Inge Allen, RN, from Southeastern Home Health Services. Attendees will have a chance to interact with each other, discuss problems, get tips, and learn from each other and from nursing professionals on how they can better care for senior parents or family members.

Light refreshments will be served for those attending.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

“Mary, Did You Know? — A Christmas Cantata” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Evangelical Free Church, 2420 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West in Lehighton. The church is located three-quarters of a mile west of Normal Square on Route 443.

Everyone is welcome to this free concert.

Following the cantata, there will be a time of fellowship and dessert.

For more information, call the church at 570-386-4547.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Jim Thorpe Class of 1965 will meet for lunch at noon on Thursday at Antonio’s Restaurant on Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Class members are asked to bring a small gift for a gift exchange game.

Monday, December 14, 2015
In this January file photo, girls listen during the Girl Scout Troop 582’s cookie training session at Beach Vineyard Church in Panama City Beach, Florida. As the Girl Scouts’ membership continues a sharp decline, its leaders are betting on technology to reverse the trend, including a major expansion of its year-old program enabling Girl Scout cookies to be sold via mobile apps and the girls’ personalized websites. AP FILE PHOTO

NEW YORK — As the Girl Scouts’ membership continues a sharp decline, its leaders are betting on technology to reverse the trend, including a major expansion of its year-old program enabling Girl Scout cookies to be sold via mobile apps and the girls’ personalized websites.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Keystone Trails Association, the statewide voice of Pennsylvania’s hikers, is offering two winter hikes along the Appalachian Trail in the Palmerton area in January. Both hikes will start at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

The Appalachian Trail is Pennsylvania’s most well-known trail. It stretches over 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine and is enjoyed by millions of hikers each year.