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Monday, February 9, 2015

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is reaching out to the community by holding a seminar on "First Time Home Buying."

It will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at its Bethlehem Branch at 257 Brodhead Road.

The seminar will focus on such topics as: first time home buying program, FHA lending options, steps to homeownership, review of a sales contract, avoiding mortgage fraud, advantages of owning a home, the benefits of getting pre-approved and what to expect at loan closing.

Friday, February 6, 2015

In honor of Valentines's Day, we're looking for the secret to a long-lasting and happy marriage.

If you've been married over 60 years, we'd love to hear from you.

Tell us what keeps you and your significant other smiling.

Send your tips to us at tnlifestyles@tnonline.com and be sure to check out next Friday's Lifestyle page for some secrets from the experts.

Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) – Handle it, InStyle.

Kerry Washington took to social media late Wednesday to gush about her March cover for the magazine, but her skin tone in an image she posted on Instagram and Twitter appeared significantly lighter than in real life.

The difference wasn't lost on dozens of commenters, while others were as "THRILLED" as the "Scandal" star.

Wrote one sad fan: "Glad you made the cover kerry, but this isn't right. I'm sorry. It's not. Don't let them do that to you."

Another chimed in: "Why is she white in this picture."

Friday, February 6, 2015
Mark Zern

Mark Zern of Lehighton is celebrating his 95th birthday.

He was born in Lehighton on Feb. 6, 1920, and has lived there all his life. He is a 1937 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 1948 graduate of Temple University.

Between high school and college, Mark served as a medic in the Army during World War II. On July 28, 1946, he married Eleanor Hill, also a Lehighton native.

Friday, February 6, 2015
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin A cup proclaims the superpowers of mothers. Guys, if you want to get the girl, try  bringing flowers to her mother. It may sound old-fashioned, but winning Mom's OK is still a big deal in the fast-changing, app-tapping, hookup-happy world of dating. A new poll finds that 6 in 10 young women say when they're thinking of getting serious with someone, their mother's approval is "extremely" or "very" important.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers to her mother.

With Valentine's Day coming up, it's something to think about: Winning over mom may sound old-fashioned, but it's still a smart strategy in today's fast-changing, app-tapping, hookup-happy world of dating.

In a new poll, 6 in 10 young women say when they're thinking of getting serious with somebody, their mother's approval is "extremely" or "very" important.

"She makes the call," said Jessica Wilhelm, a 19-year-old college student and self-described "mommy's girl."

Friday, February 6, 2015
Photo courtesy Metrographics Grab your family or friends and take a "walk across PA."

Penn State Extension will once again be taking a virtual walk this year visiting the natural beauty of Pennsylvania State Parks.

Gather your family and friends or co-workers to form a team of up to five. Team members will try to average walking or exercising 10 miles per week to meet the goal of Everybody Walk Across PA.

Walk with your team or on your own at a time and place convenient for you the program will be virtually visiting the state parks, you do not have to walk there. Of course if they are convenient for you, what a wonderful place to walk.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Mary Kluskiewicz

Mary Kluskiewicz, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community Weatherly, is celebrating her 96th birthday.

Born in Junedale on Feb. 5, 1919, Mary was married to Stanley Kluskiewicz in August of 1943 and was married for 43 years until his death in 1986.

She has three children: Joseph Kluskiewicz of McAdoo, James Kluskiewicz of Nazareth, and Stanley Kluskiewicz of Kintnersville.

She also has seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mary was employed at various garment factories before retirement.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Bach and Handel Chorale will be hosting a Wine and Chocolate Valentine Celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mauch Chunk Museum Ballroom, 41 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

There will be wine tasting, a chocolate fountain, hors d'oeuvres, a basket raffle, DJ dancing and Valentine photos.

Tickets are $15 per person at the door.

For more information, visit www.bhchorale.org.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Dimmick Memorial Library's involvement in the "Geek the Library" campaign is apparent from the moment you step in the door. The program boosts awareness of the importance of public libraries and gain community support.

What do you geek?

Public libraries across the country, including the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe, are taking part in a "Geek the Library" campaign to raise awareness of the value of public libraries.

"Geek the Library" is a community-based campaign by the nonprofit OCLC and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The multiyear program has reached hundreds of libraries and will continue throughout February at Dimmick.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kristopher Andrew Rodgers Jr., 4, reads a book with mother Megan Rodgers in the Dimmick Memorial Library's children room. When asked what they "geek" or love about Dimmick, many younger patrons say they love the children's room and books.

Walking into the Dimmick Memorial Library, it's obvious there's a program in place.

Signs asking "What do you geek?" sit beside posters, bumper stickers and book markers. But perhaps the most important part of the "Geek the Library" display is a pile of postcards, asking patrons to share how they explore their passions at the library.

"We want people to come in and share their story. Tell us what you are passionate about," said Mariann Kmetz, the library's director.