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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Given the choice of someone stealing my pen that I left on a chair in the doctor’s office or him punching me in the mouth, I’ll take the punch.

“That’s stupid,” you might say.

Perhaps you are right, but to me, stealing is one of the most cowardly acts that one person can do to another. At least with the punch, someone would have the courage to commit the offense right in front of me.

I actually have experiences as both perpetrator and victim of the crime of theft.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Jennie Rose Huber and Brandon Serfass

The engagement of Jennie Rose Huber of Lehighton and Brandon Serfass of Palmerton has been announced by her parents, Diane and George Huber of Lehighton.

The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and a 2012 graduate of Cedar Crest College, where she earned a bachelor of science in neuroscience psychology.

She is currently employed as a business development specialist for Arden Courts, a personal care memory care community.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

I’m not sure if you’ve heard the news. According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University, “man flu” may be a real thing.

That news is making every wife out there roll her eyes so hard.

Unfortunately, in our house, it means that I just have to eat another round of crow.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

What an event Lehighton has planned for this summer.

The borough is planning an eight-day 150th anniversary celebration. Looking at the brochure the anniversary committee has put together, the celebration could rival the incredible festivities the borough put together for the 100th birthday 1966.

That birthday party 50 years ago lasted 15 days.

This year’s birthday extravaganza, scheduled for June 25 to July 2, looks exciting, too.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
DeMelfi

Antonia Arlene DeMelfi has become a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi, a National Society of Leadership and Success only available to a limited number of students on campus at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Antonia has also been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Temple. She attained 3.85 GPA in business and human resource administration. She is the daughter of David and Renee DeMelfi of Lake Hauto. Her grandparents are Nicholas and Arlene DeMelfi of Hazleton.

Antonia is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
A luger tries to maintain control slipping down the temporary course at Ski Blue Mountain on Saturday. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

ocal residents don’t have to travel far to try their hand at virtually every winter sport. But if by chance you want to try the luge, you usually have to travel to a city that has a luge track.

Skiers at Blue Mountain got a shot to feel a little of what it’s like to luge last weekend, when a group of athletes including some Olympians set up a track on the mountain as part of Blue Mountain’s annual Winter Fest.

Friday, February 5, 2016
In this Sept. 14, 2014, photo, a fan uses an app on a smartphone to order food and drinks at Levi’s Stadium during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Right now about 30 percent of smartphone owners have a cracked screen. Come Sunday, when rambunctious fans come together for the big game in a room full of sticky drinks and greasy food, that number is bound to increase.

According to an online study, 23 million Americans have damaged their cellphone or tablet while watching a sporting event, with 13 percent of accidents resulting from dropping a device in beer, 12 percent from throwing a device out of passion and 8 percent from devices falling off a bar or table.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Whether you want to become a grape grower, a winemaker, or just expand your knowledge of this growing industry, Northampton Community College’s new “Wine Specialist Certificate: From Vineyard to Table” program will give you everything you need to get started.

The program is designed to deepen your knowledge about growing grapes and producing wine. The certificate program includes eight classes with classroom instruction and vineyard visits, for a total of 58 hours.

Friday, February 5, 2016
The letters “Dear,” rearranged from the “Read” sculpture at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library, grace the checkout area of the library. The library will host a “Dear Library” campaign throughout the month of February, and is asking library patrons to pen short love letters to the library. These letters will be used to better serve patrons, and also shared with current and past supporters. Shown is Kathy Long, who created the campaign. STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton Area Memorial Library is celebrating the month of February and Valentine’s Day by asking patrons to pen “love letters” to the library with its “Dear Library” campaign.

The campaign was inspired by the decorative R-E-A-D letters in the library. These letters were rearranged randomly when staff members were decorating for Christmas, and inadvertently spelled “dear.”

“I thought, after Christmas comes Valentine’s Day, and what more is Valentine’s Day about than love letters?” said library aide Kathy Long.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Camelback Resort will be turning the mountain pink in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Boarding for Breast Cancer from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. B4BC is a nonprofit foundation that advocates early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention. Founded in 1996, B4BC empowers young people to make positive choices that promote lifelong wellness through outreach, prevention and support programs. To learn more, visit B4BC.org.

Skiers, snowboarders and snowtubers are encouraged to wear pink