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Saturday, January 31, 2015
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Carson Gaston, who co-owns Alfie's Pizza in Lehighton with his brothers, takes beer from a cooler at the First Street eatery. Gaston said he needs more information from state officials before he decides if he will  participate in home beer deliveries.

A recent Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board legal opinion says beer delivery is an option in Pennsylvania, but local establishments are wondering if the headache is worth the gain.

Alcohol-serving establishments, such as pizza shops and other eateries, can now apply for a Class B transporter-for-hire license, which would allow them to deliver up to two six-packs of beer to a customer's front door, per the Dec. 5 PLCB ruling.

The law is not new, PLCB officials say, but its interpretation hadn't been questioned before Peter Gaeth of Meadville did it last year.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Girl Scout Troop 301 members (from left) Ashley Stetler, 8, and Magnolia Koch, 10, reach into this shopping cart for cans after customer Barbara Solliday of Palmerton purchased several items from Country Harvest Family Market in Palmerton on Friday.

Talk about a "Souper" idea.

As two football teams prepare to clash for supremacy in their quest to win the Super Bowl this Sunday, another battle for a good cause is quietly being waged at a grocery store in Palmerton.

Members of Palmerton Girl Scout Troop 301 have put themselves in a position to collect cans that will later be distributed to the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
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Lori Gordon earned the Top Housing Consultant of the Year for Fine Line Homes in 2014.

Gordon completed her 11th year at the Hazleton office and led all the consultants in sales volume.

Fine Line Homes has offices in Harrisburg, Lewisburg, Hazleton, Sayre and State College.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

We absolutely must do better.

Is there any other conclusion we can draw when we read the reports of suicides at Lancaster County Prison and study the statistics on suicide among Americans?

Is there any other conclusion to be drawn when John Wetzel, Pennsylvania's corrections secretary, writes in today's Perspective section that "prisons and jails have become the nation's new mental health hospitals"?

Saturday, January 31, 2015
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fire companies from two counties responded Friday morning to a dwelling fire on Carney Road in Polk Township. The fire was first reported shortly after 10 a.m. Polk Lt. Marybeth Serfass said no one was injured in the modular home fire, but the ceiling had to be taken down. Most of the resident's belongings were saved. In addition to Polk, Kunkletown, West End and Towamensing departments were on scene.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

HCR ManorCare Health Services Pottsville announced that it received outstanding state survey results with no deficiencies.

The survey is conducted annually at all nursing centers by The Department of Health to measure the quality of care delivered in all skilled nursing centers.

"I applaud the positive attitude and commitment to caring which ensures our patients live with the greatest dignity, comfort and enjoyment possible," said Daniel Daub, administrator at ManorCare Pottsville.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Provident Bank Foundation has provided a $16,000 grant to Sacred Heart Foundation in support of "Come Home to Your Heart: The Campaign for Sacred Heart Hospital."

The grant will enable the hospital to expand their personalized, homelike environment through facility upgrades, enhance the BirthPlace for new mothers and increase leading-edge surgical technology in operating rooms.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Submitted photo Yvonne Sidella, left, accepts a model railroad car from its creator, Bill Gaddes.

Yvonne Sidella, co-owner and head chef of Vonz, the restaurant in the restored Victorian train station in Tamaqua, holds a model railroad car created by Bill Gaddes of Lake Hauto in honor of his friend, the late Ken Smulligan.

Smulligan, a former Tamaqua borough councilman, was integral to the restoration of the 1874 Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad station in Tamaqua, which also houses the restaurant.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Professional wrestling star Mick Foley was ejected from the Wing Bowl eating contest Friday after stuffing uneaten chicken wings into a fanny pack.

People following the event on social media dubbed Foley's attempt at boosting his wing total "inflate gate," a play on the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots' deflated football controversy.

Chicago's Patrick Bertoletti won with a Wing Bowl record 444 wings in 26 minutes. He edged out 2014 champion Molly Schuyler, of Bellevue, Nebraska, who eclipsed her record 363-wing mark with 440 wings.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
This image provided by Anheuser-Busch shows a portion of the company's Budweiser television ad scheduled to run during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Anheuser-Busch)

NEW YORK (AP) – It's almost show time.

When the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, 40-plus advertisers will be hoping to win over the more than 110 million viewers tuning in. After paying $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, advertisers are hoping to have the ad everyone will be talking about Monday morning.

Here are 10 Super Bowl ads to watch out for:

BUDWEISER "LOST DOG"