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Monday, February 3, 2014
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kitty Bartholomew of Lehighton poses with just some of the thousands of coupons she has clipped. The coupons are sorted and then sent to active duty military members and their families.

Kitty Bartholomew's sense of service goes way, way back. In fact, it could be traced over 200 years.

A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, this Lehighton native is busy helping our current service personnel save a few bucks when they go to the grocery store by clipping coupons, sorting them, and sending them overseas, where they are distributed to active duty military members and their families.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center will conduct its annual Lehigh Gap Area Feeder Watch on the weekend of Feb. 14-16.

Seventy-seven volunteers participated in the survey last February and sighted over 4,000 birds of 40 different species. Nearly 45,000 birds have been tallied in the 17 years of counting.

The Feeder Watch is one of the nature center's long-term research projects.

Since birds are excellent indicators of environmental quality, a long-term study like the Feeder Watch may provide valuable data about environmental quality in the study area.

Friday, January 31, 2014
Jay Pilla and Caitlyn Ruch

The engagement of Caitlyn Ruch, daughter of Brian and Brenda Ruch of Andreas, to Jay Pilla, son of Tom and Nancy Pilla of Nesquehoning, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is a 2009 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 2012 graduate of Lehigh Carbon Community College, where she earned an associate degree in applied sciences.

She is employed as a certified occupational therapy assistant with rehab care at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

Friday, January 31, 2014

In November Kaylee Murphy and Jeanna Struble hosted a Miller-Keystone Blood Drive at Carbon Career and Technical Institute. Prior to the drive, health medical nurse aide students were trained by a representative from Miller-Keystone Blood Center to become official volunteers. They are now able to volunteer at any blood drive held by Miller-Keystone. Volunteers work with donors during registration, donation, and canteen. Student volunteers provide donors with snacks and drinks prior to donation to ensure sodium and fluid levels are adequate for donation.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jason Allen Merkel and Sherry Ann Stepp, 657 Franklin Ave., Palmerton.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Valentine's Day is around the corner and if you have a romantic story to share about how you or your spouse proposed, we would love to hear about it.

Send us your special story and we will pick what we believe to be the most romantic.

That couple will receive a $50 gift card for dinner at Roadie's Restaurant at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

We will announce the winner and publish as many stories as we can in our Friday, Feb. 14 edition.

Friday, January 31, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Handwerk

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Handwerk of Robesonia recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 9, 1963 at St. John's United Church of Christ in Palmerton by the Rev. Howard R. Whitebred.

Mrs. Handwerk is the former Carolyn M. Hittner, daughter of Emma Hittner of Palmerton and the late Samuel C. Hittner.

Her husband is the son of the late Frank and Ida Handwerk of Palmerton.

The Handwerks have a son, retired MSgt. Randy S. Handwerk, husband of Donna, of Richland; and a daughter, Melissa Platt, wife of Daniel Platt of Columbia.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
AP Photo This undated image provided by New York Jets shows a rice ball from Nonna Fusco's. Nonna Fusco's homemade dishes are served at MetLife Stadium among an array of food options that will be available to Super Bowl fans when the big game is played there Sunday.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Buffalo wings and chicken fingers, take a breather. Crab dip and curly fries, sit this one out.

For Super Bowl foodies, New Jersey offers a mashup of delicacies representing just about every culture on the planet.

Those fortunate enough to have tickets to the game at MetLife Stadium will be able to gorge on American, Mexican, Asian and Italian specialties, done with a local flair, in the "Home Food Advantage" food court.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Centenarian Edgar Weiss and his buddy, Starbuck.

Edgar Weiss of Palmerton, celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 14.

Weiss was born in Franklin Township to Herbert and Mary (Cellers) Weiss. He is the sole survivor of seven children.

Weiss is known for his sense of humor, which remains intact.

When he finished eighth grade, he says he thought he knew it all.

His first job was at the hosiery mill in Weissport. He worked five years in the steel mills, but most of his working years were in the hosiery mills until he retired.

He worked part-time for Rich Miller's funeral home in Union Hill until he was 85.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gently-used and new prom and wedding dresses, along with accessories, are being collected from Feb. 10 through March 27 at the following Blue Ridge Cable offices: Lehighton, Lansford, Gilbert, Palmerton, Walnutport and Stroudsburg.

The Dress Sale will take place from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Penn's Peak.

All proceeds will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.