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The Leamington Observer featured Mormons in central England who helped collect more than 35,000 stamps for Oxfam and Leukemia Care.

The Emery County (Utah) Progress recently published a feature on LDS Church member Claude Scovill, who turned 90 on Wednesday.

Scoville visited the Emery County jail for nine years, serving those who were serving time by bringing church to them. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Chicago area in the '80s and worked in the Manti Utah Temple for six years, in addition to serving in the military.

The article includes some of Claude's secrets for living a good long life, and some of his poems, including one titled "My wife is a sweet Lemon."

Mormons in Warwick, England, were spotlighted for their efforts in collecting more than 35,000 stamps to help raise money for charity. Rare and valuable stamps are sorted out and the standard stamps are sold by weight for recycling.

The value of the stamps "cannot be underestimated," the Leamington Observer reported.

The South Wales Evening Post reported the recent engagement of a couple from Swansea, Wales, whose first date took place on a grassy highway median. Jess Evans and Jamie Rasmussen dated for six months before becoming engaged. They plan to be married in April.

New chapels have opened in New York and Virginia, and temple plans are being submitted in Connecticut.

The Times Ledger reported that a new six-story meetinghouse recently opened for members of the Jamaica wards living in the New York City borough of Queens. The building will serve a Spanish-speaking congregation presided over by Bishop Humberto Martinez and an English-speaking congregation presided over by Bishop Philip Urbanowsk.

A new 16,000-square-foot meetinghouse has been completed in Virginia Beach, Va., for which, The Virginian-Pilot reported, eight years were spent in search of a location.

The new building is especially welcome, Stake President Robert G. Lambourne said, as the other three area LDS meetinghouses were not only filled to capacity but were also each accommodating an extra congregation.

Lambourne said the new building is "a wonderful place for families to gather, worship the Savior, study his life and plan to do service for others."

Plans for a new temple in Farmington, Conn., went before the town's planning and zoning commission on Jan. 23. If approved, the temple will be the first LDS temple built in Connecticut.

The proposed site is owned by Peter Fishman of PKT Development, The Hartford Courant reported.

"I think this is such a unique opportunity for Farmington and for Connecticut, to bring something of this magnitude to the area," Fishman said. "I think it's fantastic."

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