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Monday, February 18, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Staff and residents of the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held their annual Valentine Royal Court party recently at the center. Pictured are King William Pack of Hazleton, Queen Theresa Yatko of Wilkes-Barre, Prince Ed Binder of Lehighton, Princess Rose Baddick of Tamaqua, Duke George Chenkansky of Coaldale, and Dutchess Minerva Ellis of Lansford. Felicia Porambo, activity director, expressed her appreciation to all the staff and residents who made the event a fun one.

Monday, February 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Residents at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital enjoyed Valentine's Day playing games, making crafts, singing and enjoying treats during their Valentine's Day party. During the festivities, Pauline Hager of Lansford, was named Queen and Thomas Rock of Hazleton, was named King.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Elsa Partel

Elsa Partel, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 93rd birthday on Feb. 15.

Elsa is a longtime Palmerton resident coming from the close-knit neighbors on Columbia Avenue. She was born and raised in Palmerton.

When she was a teenager, her family moved to Lehigh Avenue. In summer she would ride her bicycle each day to Kunkle's Grove to meet friends and go swimming. Not knowing at the time that Gus Partel, her future husband, lived just five houses down the street and would watch her ride by.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Ailene Abbie Meyers Utz

Ailene Abbie Meyers Utz recently celebrated her 96th birthday. She was born Feb. 17, 1917 to Maud Jordon and John Kemp Meyers of Dayton, Ohio.

She met her husband David Williams Utz while they were students at Ohio Wesleyan University. They were married for more than 50 years, living in Dayton; Albany, N.Y.; Chicago; and Savannah, Ga.

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will host a workshop, "Writing for Pleasure or Profit," which will offer ideas on how to get started or move forward toward getting published and earning a fee for your work.

The one-hour workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 (snow date Feb. 26), at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Participants may choose from one of two half-hour segments: one for those interested in writing for pleasure and the other for those interested in writing for profit.

Friday, February 15, 2013
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Darlene and Donald Graver of Lehighton were the first married couple to become the Lehighton Senior Center's King and Queen of Hearts.

A Lehighton couple who recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary was named the King and Queen of Hearts at the Lehighton Senior Center Valentine party held Thursday at the Lehighton Rec Center.

Darlene and Donald Graver were married on Dec. 21, 1962. They met in high school and married while Donald was serving in the U.S. Navy.

"He pursued me," she said, although he joked that was wrong.

"She chased me," he said. The couple noted that is Donald's personality to joke around.

Friday, February 15, 2013
Floyd "Reds" Kresge

Floyd "Reds" Kresge, a resident at The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated his 92nd birthday on Feb. 9.

Reds is a native of Palmerton having worked as a foreman for the N.J. Zinc Company until his retirement.

He played minor league baseball for a time in the 1940s in Limeport, Pa.

"Back then we got paid $15 a game a lot different than nowadays," Floyd says with a grin.

Friday, February 15, 2013
Muriel Hughes

Muriel Hughes, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, observed her 91st birthday on Feb. 10.

Originally from Slatington, where she lived all her life, Muriel wanted to be a hairdresser, but being one of six children her parents couldn't afford to send her for training. She worked in a garment factory for a few years and later worked at Keystone Lamp in 1939.

When asked how she met her husband, Muriel's smile grew wider.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Clayton and Beatrice Herb of Schuylkill Haven are the state winners of the Longest Married Couple Project, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME). The organization is a faith-based marriage enrichment program.

The Herbs have been married for almost eight decades.

"It is an honor to announce that Clayton and Beatrice are the Longest Married Couple in Pennsylvania for 2013," said Tony and Cathy Witczak of WWME. The couple will be honored by the Marriage Encounter organization on Sunday.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Tracy L. Higley, author of nine novels, will present the keynote speech at the fourth annual Write it Right Writers' Conference, which will be held Saturday, April 20, at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

The conference will provide writers with news on publishing and tips on getting noticed in the writing world. The event is sponsored by the Black Diamond Writers Network.