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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer's assisted-living facility, shares a light moment with resident Catherine Peake recently. Dementia can sneak up on families because its sufferers are pretty adept at covering lapses early on, longer if their spouses are there to compensate. Specialists are pushing for the first National Alzheimer's Plan to help overcome this barrier to detection.

WASHINGTON (AP) Alexis McKenzie's mother had mild dementia, but things sounded OK when she phoned home: Dad was with her, finishing his wife's sentences as they talked about puttering through the day and a drive to the store.

Then their phone service was cut off. "I mailed that check," McKenzie's father insisted. No, he'd mailed the phone company a bank deposit slip instead. McKenzie visited and discovered spoiling food. Dad the caregiver was in trouble, too.

Monday, February 6, 2012
AP Photo/Alex Brandon Aden Halpern, 12, left, with the help of Alessandra Brown 7, both from Philadelphia, places a wreath on the head of the bronze statue of Charles Dickens as they celebrate Dickens' 200th birthday in Clark Park Sunday in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia public library and Friends of Clark Park are among numerous groups worldwide celebrating the novelist's 200th birthday. He was born in Portsmouth, England, on Feb. 7, 1812.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Past the glass case containing sketches for his novel "Oliver Twist," beyond the handwritten letter to his publisher about Little Nell, and away from the first published installments of "Hard Times" sits Charles Dickens' pet bird.

The carefully preserved and stuffed raven named Grip later the inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem is perhaps the quirkiest part of the Philadelphia public library's valuable Dickens collection, now on display to celebrate his bicentennial.

Monday, February 6, 2012

In the engagement announcement of Kimberly Rodgers to Trevor Kunkle, both of Lehighton, it incorrectly listed the date of the wedding as March 12.

The announcement should have stated that the wedding will take place in March of this year.

Monday, February 6, 2012
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News

Palmerton area Girl Scouts celebrated Super Bowl weekend with a 'Souper Bowl' of their own, collecting nonperishable food items for local families in need at Country Harvest in Palmerton. Scouts ranging from Daisies to Seniors took turns throughout the weekend gathering food for the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC), which operates a food pantry at St. John's Towamensing Lutheran Church in Palmerton every third Friday of the month.

Friday, February 3, 2012

There is help for dementia caregivers in and around Carbon County.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. The next meeting will be Feb. 15.

The group will share ideas and tips to help caregivers cope with the day-to-day stresses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

For more information on the support group, call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or by email at dipper38@ptd.net.

Friday, February 3, 2012
AP PHOTO/CHARLES SYKES Madonna is set to perform her new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'" with Nicki Minaj during the Super Bowl half time show Sunday.

INDIANAPOLIS There will be some surprises in her halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, Madonna promised a packed room of reporters on Thursday.

But there won't be a Janet Jackson moment, the Material Girl vowed.

"It will be entertainment for all age groups, a feast for your eyes and ears," said Madonna. "Great attention to detail has been paid to my wardrobe, so there will be no wardrobe malfunction. ... I promise."

The 53-year-old singer/actress, unlike stars of recent halftime shows, did not perform for the mix of sports reporters and entertainment writers.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, is collecting new and gently-used prom and wedding dresses for its fourth annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale. The organization is 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.

Friday, February 3, 2012
Joshua Shollenberger and Tara Marcin

George and Susan Marcin of Lehighton have announced the Christmas engagement of their daughter Tara to Joshua Shollenberger, son of Jack and Donna Shollenberger of Palmerton.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Palmerton Area High School. She earned a bachelor of science degree from The Pennsylvania State University.

She is employed by Uline Shipping Center as a trace representative.

The prospective bridegroom is also a Palmerton graduate. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Kutztown University.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

This recipe from Dawn R. McCabe, Lehighton, was the winner in the Soups and Stews Category last year.

2 cups diced chicken

6-8 small potatoes

4-6 small carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter

48 ounces chicken broth

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can of water

1 can cream style corn

Salt and pepper to taste

Additional water, as needed

Crumbled bacon, if desired

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Joseph F. Shalanski

Joseph F. Shalanski of Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly is celebrating his 96th birthday.

Formerly of Conyngham, he was born in Warrior Run, Pa. on February 1, 1916. He was one of five children.

Joseph graduated from Warrior Run High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Seaman on an LST (Landing Ship, Tank) during World War II.

He received a number of combat medals as the ship saw action in both the European and Pacific theaters.