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Friday, January 4, 2013
This image released by Tiffany's shows a 15.04ct Oval Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Ring with white diamonds and set in platinum and 18k yellow gold. (AP Photo/Tiffany's)

NEW YORK (AP) – It's the story, not necessarily the stone or other bells and whistles, that gives jewelry shared between generations its high value.

And there is so often a good, interesting and meaningful story since many people get or give jewelry to commemorate an event or send a message: It could be a birthday or anniversary, a statement of love or gratitude. But, says Annabel Tollman, a top industry stylist, a pendant, earrings or bracelet "are rarely exchanged because it's Tuesday."

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1968 will hold a reunion meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Lehighton American Legion to start planning the 45-year class reunion.

Anyone that is interested in helping to plan the reunion is asked to attend the meeting.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Harrisburg, PA Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects more than 2.7 million Americans aged 40 and older.

Unfortunately, there are usually no early symptoms of glaucoma and the disease progresses so gradually that patients often don't realize they have the disease until their vision has been permanently damaged.

During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology encourages residents to know their risk factors and get routine eye exams in order to save their sight.

Thursday, January 3, 2013
 In this July 19, 2012 file photo, host Tim Gunn poses for a photo while promoting the launch of the new season of "Project Runway" in New York's Times Square.

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Gunn has advised divas for years on "Project Runway," so working with a princess is no big deal.

In the new Disney Junior animated series "Sofia the First," Gunn's royal steward character, Baileywick, helps the young Sofia adapt to royal life after her mother marries a king. Baileywick not only helps Sofia (voiced by Ariel Winter) dress like a royal, but he also guides her on developing manners, grace and an independent spirit.

"I feel very comfortable in this role," he says.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The carols have been sung, the gifts have been exchanged, the cookies are gone and now it's time to put Christmas away.

Before you decide to trash the used fresh evergreens, think again. There are more good uses for them.

Once the untrimmed Christmas tree is outside, consider making a bird feeding station out of it. Tether it to a small tree, preferably near some shrubs, which will serve as shelter for the birds between feedings.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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Are you a celebrity watcher? A magazine clipper? A list maker, supplement taker, whole grains baker? No matter what kind of person you are, there's a new diet cookbook to help lay the foundation for that inevitable New Year's resolution.

The 2012 crop of healthy eating books runs the gamut from secrets of the rich and famous to levelheaded lifestyle recommendations and quick-loss programs. Here are a few that crossed our desks.

For celebrity worshippers

"One Dish at a Time" by Valerie Bertinelli (Rodale Books)

Monday, December 31, 2012
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The Weatherly Community Library was the recipient of a $1,500 donation from the Carbon County Bar Association. Pictured from left are the Rev. Don Adams, library treasurer; JoAnn Garber, library

technician; Ruth Isenberg, president, library board of trustees; and attorneys Angela Stehle and Seth Miller of the Carbon County Bar Association.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will hold its January meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

How Scrivener can help with plotting and writing will be discussed. Members are reminded to bring their laptops.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Jan. 14, at the Schuylkill Medical Center East, 700 E. Norwegian St., Pottsville. The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
The Sunday School class of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church performed "The Not-So-Silent Night" in front of family, friends and the church congregation during the annual Christmas pageant.

Sunday School students of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Summit Hill presented their annual Christmas Pageant titled "The Not-So-Silent Night" on Sunday.

The play was a light-hearted and modern-day twist on the birth of Jesus. The setting was a courtroom where shepherds Abel, Seth and Josiah, played by Ian Mertz, Alexis Berger and Stephen Hood, were charged with disturbing the peace after becoming excited over the birth of baby Jesus.