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Friday, February 17, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Joe Mifkovich and Pauline Groff were selected as MapleShade's Valentine King and Queen.

MapleShade Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning held a Valentine's Day party a day late with vocalist Eric Kearns "Voices of Legends" entertaining the group.

Picked as Valentine's Day King and Queen were Joe Mifkovich and Pauline Groff.

Each received a bag of candy and a lot of congratulatory wishes.

Friday, February 17, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bill Burkhardt, 83, of Albrightsville, and Frances Vargo, 85, of Lehighton, were chosen as King and Queen of Hearts at the eighth annual Valentine's Day Party Tuesday at Blue Mountain Health System's Adult Day Services Center in Palmerton.

His and her royal majesty.

That's what it must have felt like for Bill Burkhardt and Frances Vargo on Valentine's Day after being chosen by their peers as King and Queen of Hearts.

That dynamic duo's majestic moment took place at the eighth annual Valentine's Day Party at Blue Mountain Health System's Adult Day Services Center in Palmerton.

Roxanne Downs, director of Adult Day Services, said the selection process was simple: a picture of each of the client's were posted on the wall to be chosen by their peers.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

To help compile your wedding, engagement, anniversary or baby's birth information for publication in the TIMES NEWS, forms are available in our main office at 594 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton, as well as in our satellite offices in Tamaqua, Lansford and Palmerton.

Wedding pictures and stories will be published free up to six months after the wedding. After the deadline, there is a $50 charge to have your wedding appear in the TIMES NEWS.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Gnaden Huetten Campus, 211 N. 12th Street, Lehighton, community room.

The group is aimed for women with cancer-related issues to meet in a casual atmosphere to gain personal support.

Contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 for more information.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Ailene Abbie Meyers Utz

Ailene Abbie Meyers Utz will soon be celebrating her 95th birthday. She was born on Feb. 17, 1917 to Maud Jordon and John Kemp Meyers of Dayton, Ohio.

She met her husband David William Utz while they were students at Ohio Wesleyan University. They were married for more than 50 years until his passing. Over the years they lived in Dayton; Albany, N.Y.; Chicago; and Savannah, Ga.

Abbie moved to Heritage Hill from Savannah in September after the passing of her companion of more than 10 years, Tom Carr.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Josephine Sanders Bock, 90, and Emmett Bock, 95, are still sweethearts after almost 70 years of marriage (their anniversary is April 24). They are currently residents at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown, but formerly resided in Bowmanstown. They have three daughters, Nancy, Mary Jane and Barbara, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They met at a Lehighton Country Club dance while Josephine was still in school. Josephine worked as a secretary in her father's factory and Emmett worked in old computer management. They were crowned King and Queen of Hearts at Mrs.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Residents at the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center celebrated at a Valentine's Day Caring Social yesterday. Above, voted in as part of the Valentine's Royal Court, from left, are "Duchess" Delores Howard, Mt. Carmel native; "Duke" Joseph Wadyak, Summit Hill native; "Queen" Margaret Pukalavage, Tamaqua native; "King" Leo McGrath, Tamaqua native; "Princess" Ann Labyak, Jim Thorpe native; and "Prince" Elden Clemens, Quakake native.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Panther Valley Senior Center in Nesquehoning crowned its Valentine's Day King and Queen at a party attended by 62 people from Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe. Everyone enjoyed a sing-a-long and other musical entertainment. The 2012 King was Mike Hudicka and the Queen was Marie Jane Derkosh.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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

The speaker will be award-winning romantic suspense author Autumn Jordon, whose topic will be 'Breathing Life into Your Novel With Emotion.'

The core of the romance genre is emotion. The core of any great novel is emotion. Jordon will share ways to touch a reader's heart and cause them to become emotionally invested in the characters' lives.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The TIMES NEWS annual Cookbook and Recipe Contest is officially under way and this year will be bigger and better than ever before. In celebration of our 25th annual cookbook, we are going all out.

The categories for this year's contest are Main Dishes; Desserts; Salads and Side Dishes; Slow Cooker; Money Saving Meals; Salad Dressings, Sauces and Marinades; and Celebrations (which includes your favorite recipes for parties and entertaining).