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Thursday, February 16, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS .

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
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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).

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Members of Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club recently visited Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to spread love and joy by handing out valentines, roses and stickers. Among those receiving the gifts were, Claude and Clara Shelly, who are married nearly 70 years. They will celebrate their anniversary in June. Claude will be 90 on June 14 and Clara will be 90 on Aug. 9. From left are Sue Anthony, Jane Longazel, Richard Anthony, Betty Wagner and JoLynn Gazo, members of the Lions Club and front row, Boys from Concern, Tremaine, Idris and Dylan.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

During this time of financial difficulty, every girl deserves a chance to attend her prom dressed like a princess.

"Belle of the Ball," a community outreach partnership project of Zion Lutheran Church and Tamaqua Area High School staff, seeks donations of gently-used gowns, shoes and jewelry.

All of the items will then be distributed free of charge.

Items will be collected on Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at Zion Lutheran Church on Mauch Chunk and Greenwood streets. Please use the upper door on Greenwood Street.

Friday, February 10, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Nancy Wright, the PA Pre-K Counts coordinator for The Growing Place, also initiated and coordinated its International Dinner for the children and families of The Growing Place. She spends a few moments with a student, Leo Zvonik, 5, his mother, Lydya and his brother, Daniel, 2 1/2, as they take advantage of the station with international costumes, musical instruments and music.

The Growing Place Child Care Centers have been caring for, nurturing and educating children for the last 36 years.

Having grown to six sites in the West End of Monroe County, they serve children of various heritages which includes Native American, Russian, Polish, Egyptian, Colombian, Puerto Rican, Brazilian, Dominican, Pakistani, German, Cambodian, Guatemalan, Irish, Italian, Swedish, Haitian, Filipino, Saudi Arabian and Jamaican.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Marian students collect for 'Soldiers' Angels'

Members of the Student Council at Marian Catholic High School who participated in the collection for Soldiers' Angels include, front row, kneeling, from left, Lauren Nietz, Logan Rutch, Annette Ritzko and Amanda Srinivasan; back row, Dylan Quirk, Anthony Pilla, Jessica Horlacher, Joanna Butala, Anthony Damiano, Nicole Bechtel, Katie Smulligan, Stephen Valente, Mary Susan McAndrew, Kassandra Mantz, Emily Fannick and Arianna Srinivasan.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter is collecting new and gently-used prom and wedding dresses for its annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale. They are also collecting accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes.

Items can be dropped off at Blue Ridge Communications offices in Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford and Lehighton until March 14.

The Prom and Wedding Dress Sale will take place from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. Dress prices will start at $10 and everything will be cash only.