Saturday, February 13, 2016
Roses line the shelves of Arndt’s Flower Shop in Lehighton. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

Roses are red, Violets are blue, flowers are moving fast this weekend and you should too.

What do you need to know?

1. Roses are the most popular choice.“Smart people start a week in advance,” Chrissy Sasso of Jim Thorpe Dee Zines Flowers Sasso said.

“Everything will be gone this weekend. Everyone wants roses,” Bob Everett of Palmerton Bob’s Floral Shop said.

Once again, it looks like Cheerios is in hot water instead of cold milk.

A class-action lawsuit against General Mills was filed in U.S. District Court a few weeks ago, alleging the company used “deceptive, unfair and false advertising” to sell gluten-free Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios.

Turns out, it might actually be true. About 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios were recalled after investigators discovered more than 20 parts per million of gluten in violation of an FDA standard.

You may have read or heard about the huge crowd at the Feb. 8 Slatington council meeting.

However, it may not be clear why they are so upset about the new ordinance which mandates annual fees, inspection fees, and unknown repair costs on rental property owners. The crowd was not so upset about the fact that inspections of properties needed to be done.

The outrage was over the new bureaucracy which was created, and the new fees and costs to property owners.

Steam enthusiasts, rejoice.

A Reading Company Class T-1 4-8-4 Northern locomotive that has not been seen on the rails in nearly a quarter century will soon rise like a phoenix out of the ashes to again take its rightful place in the railroading industry.

Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad in Port Clinton announced this past week that it has begun working on restoring the Reading 2102, one of four remaining T-1 4-8-4 engines in the world.

Andy Muller Jr., owner and CEO of RBMN, anticipates that the T-1 will be operational by mid-2017.

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Deborah Ann Strack to Metro P. Strack, Hazleton, property at 22 Penrose St., $1.

Jim Thorpe

Gerald F. Strubinger Jr. to Gerald F. Strubinger Jr., 164 Manor Lane, Lehighton, property at 632 South St., $1.

Kidder Township

Louis W. Tilley to Louis W. Tilley, Chesterbrook, property at 37 Forest Drive, Lake Harmony, $1.

Mary Jane Roethlin to Kevin Legenz, Wilmington, Delaware, property at 114 Crest Drive, Lake Harmony, $160,000.