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Monday, January 4, 2016

The first few weeks after the holiday season often consist of using gift cards, exchanging items and returning unwanted gifts. Before you stand in a long line to return holiday gifts, the Better Business Bureau serving Metro Washington, D.C., and Eastern Pennsylvania advises you to read and understand the policy on gift returns and exchanges.

Monday, January 4, 2016
Meredith Bay Tyack stands in her kitchen with her year-old daughter, Eleanor, in Burlington, Vermont. Her new year’s resolution is to take on a zero waste lifestyle, eliminating plastic and disposable food packaging and other items. MEREDITH BAY TYACK VIA AP

NEW YORK — Sure, sure, sure. You’re gonna quit smoking, lose weight, get organized and work for world peace in 2016.

And we’re pulling for you. We really are. You can do it!

New Year’s resolutions come as big strokes and small victories, along with a high rate of failure. Is it best to reach for the stars or make a petite promise?

We asked a few folks about their plans to do better, go bigger or simply baby step it outside the box next year.

Seven marathons in seven days

Saturday, January 2, 2016

I know there are guys who like to shop, but you can’t count me as one of them.

I walk into a store. I scope out the shortest cashier lines. I set up my built-in radar. I find what I need. I buy it. I’m out of there.

I think guys like me are descendants of the caveman. The Neanderthal picked up his spear, went into the woods, killed the first animal he saw, dragged it back, and ate his meal.

Saturday, January 2, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Brett Diehl

Jenna Ferraraccio and Brett Diehl were united in marriage on Sept. 12, 2015. The ceremony was held at the Scottish Heights Golf Club in Brockport. Air Force 2nd. Lt. Paul Munson, a friend of the couple, officiated. The reception was held at the Brockwayville Depot in Brockway.

Attending the bride were matrons of honor Kim Baun and Crystal Fatula. Gabrielle Wayne was the bridesmaid. The flower girl was Maya Fatula.

Saturday, January 2, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Yenser

Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie was the setting for the Aug. 15 wedding of Nicole Smith, daughter of David and Nancy Smith of Lehighton, and Jon Yenser, son of Dennis and Jane Yenser, also from Lehighton. Officiating the double ring ceremony was Brian Godard, brother-in-law of the bride. Steve Green was the vocalist.

Saturday, January 2, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Anthony

Danielle Lynn Steele became the bride of Brandon Paul Anthony on Oct. 3, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton. The Rev. Nancy L. Moore officiated the double ring ceremony. Susan Lovejoy was the organist.

The bride is the daughter of Paul Steele and Denise Ackles of Tamaqua. She was given in marriage by her father.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

In case you indulge a little too much this evening, LabDoor.com has a few tips to survive the morning after.

MYTHS: How NOT To Treat a Hangover

1. Hair of the dog

Drinking more alcohol when you have a hangover only works temporarily by raising your BAC (blood alcohol concentration). A hangover will return once BAC begins to drop.

2. Simple sugars

Glucose or fructose taken after intoxication produced no change in hangover symptoms in a clinical study.

3. Activated charcoal

Thursday, December 31, 2015
Nic East of Jim Thorpe will be the featured artist at the next gallery showing at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. An artist meet and greet will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Jim Thorpe artist and craftsman Nic East will have his work featured beginning Jan. 7 at the Tamaqua Community Art Center.

East grew up on a farm in Delaware County and began dabbling in art at an early age. After earning a degree in industrial and graphic design from the Philadelphia University of the Arts, he started his own design business, NE Design Consultants.

He also began creating sculptures by welding scrap metal together. This led to the birth of a second company, Iron Men Ornamental Metalsmiths.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The date for the concert by the Eric Mintel Quartet at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, has been changed from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6.

Mintel formed his quartet in 1993 and has accumulated a host of accolades since then. His Mauch Chunk Opera House concert will feature classic television scores.

His band includes Nelson Hill on sax, bassist Jack Hegyi and drummer Dave Mohn.

What’s coming up in January?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

“God with us, Emmanuel,” a Christmas musical, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church, 824 Catawissa Road in Tamaqua.

For more information, call 570-617-2702.