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Saturday, February 14, 2015
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Paul Corinchock, Tamaqua, welcomes 25 attendees to Thursday's Pysanky workshop at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. The eight-session seminar, ending April 2, will teach the art of hand-decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs. Co-instructor Georgine Postupack Borchick of McAdoo told the group Pysanky has pagan origins, dating back to pre-Christian days when people honored a sun god. Some of Borchick's more elaborately decorated eggs are on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, February 14, 2015
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The Blue Mountain Health System Adult Day care program on Friday crowned its Valentine's Day king and queen. Patti Pach, 62,of Trachsville was crowned queen, and Jamy Green, 37,of Palmerton, was crowned king.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Franklin Township woman, who is deaf since birth, has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that a local hospital and its affiliates violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying her an interpreter when her daughter lay dying.

Colleen Shaika, of 846 Fairyland Road, Lehighton, said in the suit she "was unable to be informed of her daughter's medical condition."

Nowhere in the suit is any accusation made that the ADA violations contributed to the death or impacted the patient's care.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Earlier this year, the temperatures and accompanying wind chills were not as cold as they were Friday morning.

Yet, Carbon County students had two-hour delays those days, but not this time. Why?

Emails sent to several superintendents about the lack of a school delay were unanswered, including one to Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Ice  climbing  at Glen Onoko
Saturday, February 14, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Angela Balch, owner of Balch's Soup, Salad, and More at 472 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton, dips out some soup.

The pleasant aroma of homemade soup wafts through the kitchen.

It's a distinctive scent, and one that keeps customers champing at the bit for more at Balch's Soup, Salad and More in Palmerton.

Located at 472 Delaware Ave. the former Yogurt City space, the business has been open since mid-November.

Owner Angela Balch, who lives in Palmerton, said she chose to open the business in the downtown to give residents different foods.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Marriage licenses in Schuylkill County have a new look.

Theresa Santai-Gaffney, county register of wills and clerk of orphans court, rolled out the new licenses this week. The new design features a faint image of the county courthouse in the background.

"We are so rich in history, and I thought it was important that our marriage licenses represent our county," Santai-Gaffney said Wednesday. "I'm proud of them."

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Justin Cunfer, 15, of East Penn Township has some unusual pets, including a half-ton Black Angus heifer, two steers, horses and even a pig. The teen treats them as you would any other pet and they come to him when he calls their names.

The teen enters his pets in various livestock competitions at the county and state levels. He won seven awards at this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, including the "Master Showman Award in Class Exhibited."

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Liz Pinkey

Liz Pinkey of Tamaqua and husband Stephen Behun III's decision to vaccinate their three children had its roots in a teacher's remark and babies' headstones.

She wrote a paper on childhood diseases that her teacher said would educate her classmates about illnesses they had never heard of, like measles, mumps, pertussis and diphtheria.

Pinkey knew about them, from reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories of the old days. Later, classes in immunology and virology prompted her to earn a degree in biology.