Friday, February 27, 2015
     

LOS ANGELES — When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called "Star Trek," he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate.

"I really didn't give it a lot of thought," he later recalled. "The chance of this becoming anything meaningful was slim."
By the time "Star Trek" finished its three-year run in 1969, Nimoy was a cultural touchstone _ a living representative of the scientific method, a voice of pure reason in a time of social turmoil, the unflappable and impeccably logical Mr. Spock

From the very first moment you behold the precious miracle that is your newborn child, there's a chain that instantly connects from your heart to that child.

You marvel in their beauty and perfection and you wonder how something so magnificent could have come from inside you.

The love you feel for that tiny life is so strong that it makes you weep with joy and pride.

As they grow, they become the thread that holds you together and the reason you get up in the morning (and multiple times throughout the night.)

When they smile, you beam.

The American writer Kurt Vonnegut once said: "I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine."

Ted Williams, a sports hero to several generations of baseball fans, once said if he had a higher calling in life it was to be a fireman because "it sure beats being a ballplayer."

Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father and one of America's greatest citizens, was a volunteer firefighter.

Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, we considered our volunteer firefighters to be bigger than life.

KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS California Chocolate Bark and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Merlot is a perfect pairing of wine and chocolate.

A few years ago my daughter and son-in-law went to a wine and chocolate tasting hosted by local wine expert Bart Springer, while my husband and I baby-sat.

When they got back to the house, the two of them were brimming with excitement, and my son-in-law, Chris, who has become quite a decent winemaker since then, couldn't wait to demonstrate some of what they'd learned in the class.

Marriage license

Ashley Marie Santiago and Beth Michell Koschak, of Brodheadsville.

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

American Financial Services, Forth Worth, Texas, filed against Marni Long, 360 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, seeking $6,622.