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Wednesday, November 11, 2015


With the outdoor market season having drawn to a close, Monroe Winter Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its new location inside the Newberry building, aka SOHO in the Burg Art Gallery at 600 Main St. in Stroudsburg.

Thirteen vendors make up the winter market lineup: Apple Ridge Farm, Aspen Ridge Farm, Cakes & Scones Bakery, The Daily Bread Bakeshop, Easton Salsa Company, Gross Family Dairy, Kitchen Witch Soaps, Mathez Farm, Menegus Farm, Pocono Limited Winery, Rolling Hills Farm, Special Lady’s Specialties and Woodsfresh Mushrooms.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


The Tamaqua Community Art Center is hosting a class on raw vegan cuisines and natural wellness on Sunday. The session will be taught by Leanne R. Phillips, the “Intuitive Living Foods Chef.”

The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and will center on health-enhancing living foods and pure essential oils.

Preregistration is required and may be made by calling 570-668-1192.

The art center is located at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

There were errors in two of the winning recipes in the 28th annual Recipes from Our Readers, published last Thursday.

The addition of 2-3 tablespoons of horseradish sauce was to be included in the Lump Crabmeat Dip, but was accidentally added to the Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup.

The correct recipes are reprinted here. We apologize to our winners and our readers for the mix-up.

Lump Crabmeat Dip

Peggy Zimmerman, Tamaqua

1 cup cream cheese, softened

½ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

½ tablespoon lemon juice

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Harvest the goodness

If you’ve ever canned or preserved food, or think you might want to, the “Ball Blue Book: Guide to Preserving” is pretty much your go-to guide. Some might even call it their canning “bible.”

The newest edition came out this spring, but the Ball Blue Book has been the expert since 1909. This latest book includes the largest update since its inception, with 75 new recipes, more pictures and step-by-step guides for beginners.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Blue Mountain Health System will offer a free program on quitting smoking at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the community room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Tobacco addiction is both mental and physical. For many smokers, it can be hard to break the social and emotional ties to smoking while getting over nicotine withdrawal symptoms at the same time. Some people are able to quit on their own, but research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Ben Salem United Church of Christ will present a health fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the church’s new social hall, 1965 Church Hill Road in Lehighton.

Information offered will include: Gift of Life, Miller Keystone Blood Mobile, a presentation by a physical therapist on Parkinson’s disease, The Link Suicide Prevention, nutritional support by Sodexo, and blood pressure screening by Ben Salem Health and Wellness Committee.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Imagine what you could do with $2,000. If you’re between 18 and 34, you might travel somewhere fun. Maybe buy a big TV. But would you buy health insurance?

Take it from another millennial: Think about insurance if you don’t have any.

We don’t get sick often, and maybe we’ll never get hurt, but without insurance, a serious accident or illness could put you on the hook for staggering medical bills that will haunt you for years.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Q. I heard that Botox can help if you have shaky hands. Is that true?

“Shaky hands” is a symptom of “essential tremor,” which is the most common movement disorder. The medical community calls it “essential,” because it isn’t linked to other diseases.

Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) injections, popular for ironing wrinkles, is used to treat muscle spasms and tremors caused by diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and neurological conditions such as muscle spasms of the neck, shoulders and face.

Monday, November 9, 2015


The Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock Club will be reorganizing at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Morgan household in Pine Grove. The club will elect officers and plan programs and activities for the coming year.

The Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock Club is an active group of youth breeding and raising livestock for the Schuylkill County Fair and the PA Farm Show. The club geographically covers territory from Pine Grove to Tamaqua and areas of northern Berks County. It is open to youth ages 8 to 18 interested in learning about how to raise livestock for the market place.

Monday, November 9, 2015


Tune into the Food Network tonight to watch Lehighton sugar artist Candy Repsher Knappenberger get her shot at a $50,000 grand prize.

Knappenberger will compete on “Cake Wars: Christmas,” which premieres at 9 p.m.

“Cake Wars: Christmas” is hosted by Jonathan Bennett.

Seven teams, each consisting of a cake artist, sugar sculptor and master food carver, will attempt to outdo each other with their outrageous holiday displays to jingle all the way home with a sweet $50,000.