Saturday, December 27, 2014


Friday, December 19, 2014
@Caption Stand Alone:Need a lift? Elizabeth Arden has created holiday gift sets for beauty buffs on your shopping list.  This set includes collagen-boosting Ceramide products in a gold keepsake bag.  Items designed to smooth and lift skin, as well as diminish wrinkles, include Ceramide Lift & Firm Day Cream SPF 30 and deluxe size Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, Ceramide Lift & Firm Eye Cream SPF 15 and Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser.  This set retails for $85 and is available where Elizabeth Arden products are sold.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pat Krome, left, and Pat Mackes, right, representing Western Pocono Women's Club, were guests of honor of Pennsylvania's first lady, Susan Corbett, at the reception held for winners of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Gardening and Greening Contest. WPWC is one of the recipients that received a "Gardens of Distinction" award for the triangle garden at the intersection of Route 209 and Old Route 115 in Brodheadsville.

When drivers approach the town of Brodheadsville from Route 209 and Old Route 115, their first glimpse of the community is a beautifully manicured flower garden triangle. It is maintained by the Western Pocono Women's Club throughout the year. Thanks to the hard work of its members and family members, it makes a great first impression.

The club's conservation committee green thumbs are made up of co-chairwomen Pat Mackes and Pat Krome, and Phyllis Bond and Linda Bryfogle.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On Nov. 9 the Catholic Daughters Charter Ryan #911 of Jim Thorpe celebrated its 90th anniversary. In 1924 when the Charter was formed there were 168 members. Currently there are 22 active members.

The Rev. James Ward of Immaculate Conception Church, Jim Thorpe, is the chaplain.

The chapter is involved in national, state and community charities, such as: food pantries and toys for children.

Women with a good Catholic standing are welcome to join. Meetings are 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month in the Brogan Room at St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe on North Street.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An iPad or a tablet is a great gift idea for a senior citizen. With the ability to increase the size of the print, vision-impaired seniors can still read emails from family or friends or online articles. Even those with arthritis, who might find it difficult to type on a keyboard, can navigate through an uploaded family photo album with a simple swipe of a finger.

Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be a challenge. It can be even more difficult when shopping for your favorite senior citizen, as many of our parents or grandparents may already have everything they need, or they just don't want more "stuff" or "clutter."

If that's the case, you may find yourself in a bit of a panic, especially with Christmas just nine days away. Relax. We have some suggestions that should bring a smile to your special someone.

Monday, December 15, 2014
Coffee in a jiff Genio is the most popular single-serve coffee machine in the Nescafé Dolce Gusto line.  We gave it a try and it produces a very hot, very quick, tasty cup of coffee. Although it's compact, it holds enough water in the reservoir for three cups of coffee.  The Dolce Gusto line brews 19 different hot and cold beverages, from a classic Americano, to a fat-free Skinny Cappuccino. The unit utilizes patented individual "Smart Capsules," similar to K-cups, but does not use K-cups.  The Genio sells for $129.99 and is available online at,, QVC and

Christmas is only 10 days away. If you find yourself wandering aimlessly around the shopping mall, or surfing the Internet, clueless as to what to give your mother-in-law or your best friend, we might be able to help.

Here are a few suggestions that we've put together, from cookbooks to coffeemakers. Look for more ideas over the next few days in the Lifestyle section.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Alanna G. Leslie and Craig A. Sterner, Tamaqua

Susan G. Sanders and Harry D. Paulus, Lansford

Micelle l. Watters and Donald A. Ney, New Ringgold

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jason Lee Davenport and Samantha Jean Weiss, Lehighton.

Edward Augusto Salas and Hillary Marielle Rodriguez Perez, Hazleton.

Jason Robert Wilk, Lehighton, and Amber Marie Recker, Palmerton.

Lyle Keith Mantz III and Cerissa Christina-Lynn Kibler, Coaldale.

Nicholas Richard Gildner and Farrah Lee Zurn, Lehighton.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lyle Keith Mantz III and Cerissa Christina-Lynn Kibler, Coaldale.

Nicholas Richard Gildner and Farrah Lee Zurn, Lehighton.

Friday, December 12, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Regina Yandrischovitz holds her swag up to see what it needs.

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington was as busy as Santa's workshop last Saturday.

The largest crowd ever hosted for such an event gathered to make fresh Christmas decorations, guided by Bill and Lorraine Mineo.

"We use all kinds of greens," said Bill Mineo as he and his wife prepared to help people make swags and wreaths built on grapevine bases.

A new evergreen that Mineo particularly likes is the Hanoki Cypress, a Japanese tree that is a form of redwood. The needles are short and blue.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Each of our area libraries offers public Internet access and beginner computer classes a chance for those without a home computer to access a world of information, balance their checkbooks using bank websites, and even finish their holiday shopping online.

When using a public computer to do personal business, it pays to take extra steps to ensure your safety, says Mariann Kmetz, the director of the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe.