Tessa Bakke as Mayze Bird reads a Dr. Seuss book to children, during the Cat's Hat Flapjack breakfast at the Bangor Middle School Saturday morning. (See more photos tomorrow) (See more photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Zoe Kallus (31) tries to get the ball away from Pen Argyl's Sara Cinelli, during the Knights' 59-25 win over the Slaters in a game played at Pen Argyl Friday night. Sbtt Photo Elizabeth Bina
Bangor's Cirrah Holmquist (5) is defended by Pen Argyl's Lauren Zanette , during the Knights' 59-25 win over the Slaters in a game played at Pen Argyl Friday night. Sbtt Photo Elizabeth Bina
Bangor's Meredith Colton (25) shoots, during the Slaters' 53-36 loss to Northwestern in a Colonial League Semi-Final game played Tuesday at Catasauqua. (More photos tomorrow) More photos below) Sbtt Photo Pete Nell
Bangor's Chandler Zungolo (23) shoots, during the Slaters' 53-36 loss to Northwestern in a Colonial League Semi-Final game played Tuesday at Catasauqua. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Pete Nell
Personalized Valentines that last all year long
Americans spent more than $13 billion on Valentine's Day gifts last year. Sixty-four percent of men gave their significant other flowers and a card, and took them out to dinner, according to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association.
Valentine's Day is full of expectations, so how do you show your unique appreciation and love by doing the same thing everybody else does on that same exact day?
The answer: You don't.
People associate Valentine's Day with love and romance but you don't have to limit the experience to just that one day. With a little thought, you can show you care all throughout the year. Here are some ideas.
Engrave your love
Make the romance last with a gift of engraved jewelry this Valentine's Day, says Amy Myers, vice president of creative services at Things Remembered.
"When you give engraved jewelry, you give a memory," says Myers. "You can tell her how much you love her smile and how much she means to you today and every day. She will think of you every time she wears it, so the feeling and the meaning behind your gift lasts long past Feb.14."
Things Remembered also offers engraved jewelry and accessories for men, including dog tag necklaces, wallets, ID bracelets, key chains, watches and pocket knives.
"You can create a really unique and special gift for the man in your life that he can wear under his shirt or on his wrist without getting a ribbing from the guys," Myers says. "We can engrave your message for him so only he can see it."
Things Remembered also offers a buy online and pick up in store option so you can order that necklace or bracelet on the sly. Visit www.thingsremembered.com.
A poet and you didn't know it
Wow her with an amazing poem from your heart. If you're not the modern day version of E.E. Cummings, don't worry. Consider printing out the lyrics to "your" song or perhaps a few lines from her favorite romantic movie that convey your love.
Frame the poem or printed lyrics for her nightstand or desk so that she may be reminded of the love you share. And, of course, to prevent those special words from getting shoved in a drawer or taped into a scrapbook like the 151 million greeting cards that are exchanged for Valentine's Day each year.
Love in bloom
More than 51 percent of people will buy red roses for Valentine's Day but let's face it - flowers wilt. How does a guy who can't remember that thing about the toilet seat remember to send flowers "just because" after Valentine's Day?
The answer is as simple as your local florist. Most florists will take payment in advance for planned bouquet deliveries so you can set up fresh flower gifts every month throughout the year while only actually thinking about it once a year.
It's one thing to be romantic one day of the year but true romance stands the test of time. Keep the passion alive and give a lasting spark to your relationship long after the Valentine's Day chocolates are gone
Eat, Drink, Floss with Bacon
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Get ready for bacon like you've never eaten, drunk or worn it before.
Bacon milkshakes. Chocolate-covered bacon shaped like roses. Bacon-flavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm. Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka. Bacon ice cream sundaes. A BLT sandwich with a full pound of bacon.
They're all on the menu this week as one Atlantic City casino stretches the bounds of good taste and cardiovascular health with Bacon Week. The festival at the Tropicana Casino and Resort gives new meaning to the term "pigging out."
The idea of a bacon festival is not as far-fetched as it might sound. Americans eat about 1.5 billion pounds of bacon a year, according to the National Pork Board. And the website bacontoday.com counted nearly 30 bacon festivals around the country from late April through December 2013, many of whose tickets sold out in minutes.
"Bacon is like heaven," said Nadina Fornia, of Egg Harbor Township. "If you're going to die, die with bacon on your lips and a BLT in each hand."
She was drawn to the casino Monday by the promise of bacon in far-out forms, including milkshakes and beer (not in the same glass, thankfully.) She also heard about the bacon-infused vodka.
"That is my quest today," she said.
Fornia tried a bacon bloody Mary mixed with a smoky bacon beer. Despite the overwhelming salty taste and the small strip of bacon floating in the glass, it tasted mostly like sharp tomato juice, she said.
Nearby were chocolate covered pretzels with crumbled bacon bits; chocolate-drizzled potato chips with bacon, two kinds of pasta dishes with bacon, bacon cupcakes, and bacon wrapped around a fake green stem to form roses, which were then dipped in chocolate.
"The first taste is chocolatey, then it's all bacon," said Melissa Ehrke, of Egg Harbor Township. "I was a little surprised I liked it, 'cause I was afraid to try it. It's that whole sweet and salty thing."
While bacon-flavored grooming items are sold at festivals around the nation, they were encountering some skepticism at the Tropicana this week.
"There are people that are just crazy for bacon," said Denise McGrath, of Neptune City. "But bacon toothpaste or floss? I'm not that crazy."
James Sanders, of New York City, was in heaven trying as many free samples of bacon-flavored items as he could get his hands on.
"I love me some bacon!" he exclaimed between bites of ... something. "I don't even know what this is, but it's got bacon in it. And it's good!"
Sanders said eating bacon is a multilayered experience.
"You keep chewing it and chewing it, and the flavor comes out the more you chew on it," he said. "And then you get to the fat and that floods into your mouth. I just love it."
Carrie Jorgenson and her husband, Mike, were downing the bacon bloody Mary beer concoctions, while channeling celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.
"I love pork. All things pork," she said. "That's what Emeril used to say, that pork fat rules, and it does."
Soldier gets his reward - 70 years late
A Second World War soldier has finally received the pint of beer he reckons he was owed for saving the life of an officer.Army Driver Fred Harris jumped from his armoured vehicle while German bullets flew over the bridge and his injured comrade lying motionless on the ground.
He and Sergeant Bill Tynan ran to the aid of the stranded lieutenant, before lifting him into the back of their armoured car and driving him to safety.
The heroic actions of Driver Harris and Sgt Tynan that afternoon in 1944 saved the life of a man who would go on to become a General in the Army and be knighted twice by the Queen.
Mr Harris never again saw or even heard about the man whose life he had saved. But now, 70 years after the gun battle at La Bassee in northern France, the pair have finally been reunited.
Now aged 91 and living in Mill Hill, London, Mr Harris met up with General Sir Hugh Beach GBE KCB MC, for the first time since he saved his life.
Mr Harris said: "It was emotional for me and him. I have tried to find out what became of him over the years but with no success. It was only last year that I found out who he was.
"It was fantastic to see him again - I think he owes me a beer!"
The pair had been emailing and Mr Harris said: "I told him he's a lucky bugger. I'm pleased he made it.
"I said to him that it's a shame I didn't know what he had achieved since our last meeting because I could have dined out on this story."
The meeting, at the Victory Services Club in Marble Arch, came after the pair were reunited by a mutual friend in the Normandy Veterans' Association.
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