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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 photo shows Erica Kerwien as she holds a pre-made pizza crust made with sprouted wheat at her home in Sammamish, Wash. Kerwien has had good experiences with sprouted breads, bagels and frozen pizza dough. Her husband and two teenage boys eat the sprouted food, even though it looks grainier. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Is it really possible that sprouts are hip again?

Maybe that's a bit much to ask of a sprout. But they are hot. And they look – and taste – nothing like what you remember.

In the 30 or so years since they seemed to rule the sandwich and salad bar scenes, sprouts have, er. grown. They aren't just frilly green tendrils anymore. They are "sprouted" whole-wheat bread, rye crackers, baking flour, even brown rice.

Monday, February 14, 2011
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Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club coordinated the presentation of Valentine cards to residents of The Summit and Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center over the weekend. Assisting in the presentations of the cards were several young men from the Concern Treatment Center for Boys facility. From left are, front row, are Geison, Terrance and Beamer, residents of Concern; and back row, Jane Longazel, club president; Eleanor Eisenbach and Dorothy Moyer, residents; Sue Anthony, club coordinator, and her children, Steven and Felicia Anthony.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Lehigh Carbon Community College will hold the following noncredit cooking and baking classes this semester. Students will learn how to prepare a wide variety of dishes.

Classes are held at LCCC's main campus in Schnecksville or at an off campus location. Costs vary and additional materials fees are payable to the instructor on first night of class.

March 30 - Smoking Cheese and Fish

March 30 - Date Night: Dinner for Two (Whitehall High School Room B-120)

March 31 - Chinese Dim Sum

April 3 - Cake Decorating (Fondant)

Monday, February 14, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua girlfriends Beth Kistler, 13, Courtney Miller, 13, Amber Gulick, 14, and Julia Reinert, 14, jump in the air during the Tamaqua LEO Club's first annual Valentine's dance, held in the gym of the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

The Tamaqua LEO Club held its first annual Youth Valentine's dance recently in the gym of the Tamaqua Salvation Army for students in grades seven through 12.

Students were encouraged to bring in a canned good to get $1 off admission. The dance benefited the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Special non-alcoholic frozen mixed-drink cocktails were also sold to raise donations for the Salvation Army.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
This Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 photo shows a†lineup of chocolate truffles being processed at the Lake Champlain Chocolates factory in Burlington, Vt. Cocoa bean and sugar prices are going up, but industry observers say itís unlikely it will cost more to buy sweets for your sweet this Valentineís. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Cupid got off easy this Valentine's Day, but spikes in cocoa bean and sugar prices may have the Easter bunny digging deeper into your pocket for those chocolate eggs and rabbits.

Chocolate prices are going up, but Valentine's chocolates are mostly already on shelves with prices set. It's possible high-quality Valentine's products could cost a little more, but by Easter prices likely will rise, possibly by as much as 5 percent, said Marcia Mogelonsky, U.S.-based global food analyst for Mintel.

"That's when we're going to see it," she said.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Donate your prom and wedding dresses today and help support Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter. New and gently-used dresses and accessories including jewelry, purses, shawls, and shoes will be accepted until March 15.

Drop off locations include the following Blue Ridge Communications offices in: Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford, and Lehighton.

Then plan to attend the third annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Tuesday, March 29 from 4-7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Gnaden Huetten Hospital community room.

This group is geared for women with cancer-related issues in a supportive social setting, and these women are invited to attend.

If fresh snow or sleet is forecast on Feb. 15, the meeting will be canceled.

Contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 for more information.

Monday, February 7, 2011
FILE - In this May, 26, 2010 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the social network site's new privacy settings in Palo Alto, Calif. Dr. Ed Zuckerberg, father of Mark Zuckerberg, said in a radio interview Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, that Mark's early exposure to computers helped inspire his interest and expertise in technology. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Mark Zuckerberg's father said in a radio interview Friday that an early exposure to computers inspired his son's interest in technology, and he encouraged parents to support their children's strengths and passions with a balance of "work and play."

"My kids all grew up around the office and were all exposed to computers," said Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist. "There are advantages to being exposed to computers early on. That certainly enriched Mark's interest in technology."

Friday, February 4, 2011
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Amanda Babine, 24, wears one of her red scarves outside the metro subway entrance in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington. Babine received three red scarves from the Red Scarf Project while a student at Wheelock College in Boston.

NEW YORK (AP) – Soon, the red scarves will arrive at colleges around the country. For many of the former foster children unwrapping one on Valentine's Day, it will be their first new or handmade piece of clothing.

That was true for Amanda Babine, who spent her youth bouncing from foster home to foster home. One year she moved 11 times.

So she looked forward to having something new each Valentine's Day in college, and even bought red gloves and a red hat to coordinate.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

HOUSTON Coughing, sneezing, fever they're all signs of the flu, or are they? According to experts at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu), not only are there three different strains of influenza virus circulating that can cause the flu, but there are also several other viruses floating around during flu season that could be invading your immune system.