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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To brine or not to brine? High heat or low and slow? Jellied or whole berry? And of course, to stuff or not to stuff?

They are, of course, the perennial Thanksgiving debates. So let us give you a little clarity this year. And if your relatives disagree and want to argue about it, you can blame us.

Monday, November 16, 2015

As the holiday season approaches, nonprofits are asking that we look at the organizations we value most and consider supporting them.

The Lehighton Area Memorial Library is no different and is launching its “Secret Santa” wish list this week as a way to expand its offerings to the community.

The wish list, available both as an Amazon.com wish list and in the library, will give supporters a chance to purchase a book, movie, craft, game or supplies for the library.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Heritage Center, Summit Hill, along with Panther Valley Library and the Strawberry Playhouse, are collecting hats and gloves for kids and teens from Nov. 1-30.

You can drop off your donations of clean gently used or new hats and gloves at the Heritage Center, 1 West Hazard St. in Summit Hill, Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, or at any event; at the Panther Valley Library, Bertsch Street, Lansford, when open or in the book box; or the Strawberry Playhouse, Tuscarora, before shows.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Monroe County Historical Association will host the annual “Holiday Luncheon at the Stroud Mansion” fundraiser on Dec. 10 and 11.

There are two seatings each day. The early lunch seating will be held at 11 a.m. and guests may dine until 12:30 p.m. and the late lunch seating will be held at 1 p.m. and guests may dine until 2:30 p.m.

The holiday luncheon will be held on the second floor of the 1795 Stroud Mansion, 900 Main St. in Stroudsburg. Please note the second floor is not handicap accessible.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Whether they are holding a Secret Santa program or simply decorating for the holidays, local libraries are actively accepting donations throughout November and December — and all year long.

Donation policies vary, but most libraries take donations of new or gently used books, DVDs, toys and games. Libraries are also searching for items as varied as cake pans and Legos, depending on their individual offerings and lending needs.

Friday, November 13, 2015
Kaelyn Boran-Smith Copyright - Zubek-Miller Photography

Tamaqua Area High School senior, Kaelyn Boran-Smith, has been selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars organization.

The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

The announcement was made by the founder and chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Peg is an 88-year-old woman who goes to yoga class every day.

Many admire her because she can do every move and can keep up with others decades younger than she is.

I find her admirable for an additional reason. After her husband of 53 years passed away, and she was alone in the area, she worked hard to make a new life for herself.

She had to, because like many wives she had wrapped her life around her husband. When he was gone there was no one left in her life.

Friday, November 13, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Tom C. Gerhard

Mr. and Mrs. Tom C. Gerhard, Packer Township, Weatherly, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 5. They were married in SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Beaver Meadows. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Watro.

Betty is the daughter of the late John and Mary (Chernanski) Kovalick, Beaver Meadows, and Tom is the son of the late John (Homer) Gerhard of Packer Township.

Friday, November 13, 2015
Ava Alabovitz, second grade, Panther Valley – “First, you would get a turkey. Then defrost it. Then you would put it in the oven as long as it says. But before that, you would stuff it with filling. When it’s done, let it cool off, and there’s your feast.”

How do you cook Thanksgiving dinner?

Friday, November 13, 2015
Lori Schappell, left, of Reading is connected at the head to her twin, George. The two learned how to compromise in order to survive. ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS

One benefit of working at a daily newspaper is the opportunity to meet interesting people.

It’s a special reward that goes with the job.

It’s a benefit I value in huge proportions. That’s because I enjoy learning from folks in all walks of life. Everybody is interesting in one way or another.

Nearly 10 years ago I was invited to spend a day in center city Reading to meet Lori Schappell and her twin sister Reba. They were 44 at the time, the world’s oldest living female conjoined twins.