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Thursday, March 6, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Franklin Klock, naturalist at Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, constructs a bird box at the center. These boxes, which attract a number of species of birds, are available for purchase at the center.

Bird lovers, are you looking to attract birds to your property?

If so, why not purchase a handmade bird box from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill.

The boxes, which are available for a $10 donation, are all made by the staff as well as volunteers at the center.

They each have their own "quirks" to them since a number of people constructed the boxes.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Roasted Potato-Wrapped Haddock

This past summer I fell in love with a kitchen gadget that has been relatively slow to catch on in the U.S. the mandoline.

I've had several of these kicking around my kitchen for a while now, but I never quite saw the need for them. For those not in the know, a mandoline is shaped like a plank with a very thin, very sharp blade at the far end.

To use it, you slide a firm vegetable back and forth along the plank. Each time you slide over the blade, it shaves a slice off the vegetable.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

When it comes to comfort food, it's hard to top cheesy scalloped potatoes. Even if you are cooking for two, there is nothing better than having a pan of these to graze from, whether it's breakfast or dinner, throughout the week.

Scalloped potatoes is the American name for potatoes gratine. I've always felt the French version seemed a little fancy, if you know what I mean delicious, but best reserved for special occasions. Scalloped potatoes, on the other hand, seem a bit more "everyday."

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Pork Chops, Potatoes and Sauerkraut

I have to be in the mood to eat pork, and even then, there are only a few ways I actually like it.

This is one of them.

The pork is highly seasoned with lots of salt, pepper and garlic powder.

The potatoes cook along with the pork, and the sauerkraut is added at the end. However, if you prefer, you can add the sauerkraut after you turn the pork.

When the pork has finished cooking, remove it and the potatoes, and give the sauerkraut a good stir to pick up all of the flavor at the bottom of the pan.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jean Zimmerman won first place in Heritage Hill Senior Community's "Show Us Your Cupcakes" competition in Weatherly. There were 25 entries in the Winter Wonderland themed event. Entries were judged on creativity and presentation. Over 60 people attended the event, which supported the local animal

shelter.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Q. What can I do to avoid lead exposure?

Lead exposure can cause anemia, make you irritable, affect your memory and ability to concentrate, and it can increase blood pressure, particularly in older people.

Lead can also lead to digestive problems and cataracts. Exposure to high lead levels can be fatal.

The following are some significant sources of lead exposure: tap water, lead-based paint that was used before it was banned from housing in 1978, soil, household dust, lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sophia Naomi Shirvinski

A daughter, Sophia Naomi Shirvinski, was born at 12:19 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2014 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Lisa and Jonathan Shirvinski of Tamaqua.

She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Mahlon and the late Ruth Breiner of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Joseph and Rosemary Shirvinski of Barnesville.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Get "Up Close and Personal with Wildlife."

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center will bring live wildlife to the Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 6.

The presentation is open to the public and is suitable for all ages.

For more information please call Lisa Marie at 570-427-4500.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Valley Flower, Garden and Pool Show opens Friday, March 7 and runs through Sunday, March 9 at Agricultural Hall, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th & Chew streets, Allentown.

Friday and Saturday, hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.; and Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Monday, March 3, 2014
Work is conducted on the entrance garden in preparation for the annual Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. The garden is inspired by the paintings and sculptures of Alexander ‡¨Sandy‡Æ Calder. The nation's largest flower show will feature huge horticultural displays inspired by the work of artists such as Matisse, Mondrian, Calder and Kandinsky. "ARTiculture" is the theme of this year's Philadelphia Flower Show, which runs from March 1 to 9. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Winter-weary gardeners and painters alike may find inspiration in the colorful palette of the Philadelphia Flower Show, which uses plants and petals to pay homage to work by artists like Matisse, Calder and Kandinsky.

The main exhibitors partnered with major U.S. museums to produce "ARTiculture," this year's floral extravaganza which opened Saturday and runs through March 9.

A perennial harbinger of spring, the flower show will be perhaps more fervently welcomed this season after the toll of an unusually cold and snowy winter along the Eastern Seaboard.