Monday, May 22, 2017


Monday, May 22, 2017

A workshop on making jam and jelly, conducted by Penn State Extension, will be held at the Berks County Agricultural Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 19.

Topics covered include: making cooked and freezer jams, pectin use for a proper set, how to process in a boiling water bath and why certain ingredients are essential.

Cost is $15 and the registration deadline is June 14. Register online at (choose Home Food Preservation in the gray box on the left) or call the Berk County Extension office at 610-378-1327.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living and AccessCheck will host a movie night on June 3 at Palmerton Borough Park.

The movie will be Disney’s “Moana.” The night will start with yard games and playground fun at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m. Rain date is June 5.

This project is supported by a grant from the PA Developmental Disabilities Council.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Millbrook Village, located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Hardwick Township, New Jersey, is hosting its spring fling from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Volunteers will demonstrate their crafts, but the focus will be on the leisure activities of a bygone era in a rural community. Bring a picnic lunch. There are no food vendors or vending machines. All activities are free and family-oriented. Rain or shine. Restroom facilities and picnic area are available.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Geisinger Health Plan and Carbon County Area Agency of Aging is offering a six-week program, “Live your best life with diabetes,” for people living with diabetes or those who are at risk of developing diabetes. This interactive group is open to the public and offered at no cost. Participants 18 years or older meet once a week to learn how to improve their health. Caregivers, friends and family are welcome to attend.

Monday, May 22, 2017
Army Staff Sgt. Amanda Kerr speaks to Tamaqua Area Middle School students as part of the school’s Career Day on Friday. She told the students the hardest part of being in the military is being away from family, but added it’s worth it.

y the time you get to middle school, there’s a good chance you have an idea as to what you want to “be” when you grow up.

Sometimes, that idea becomes a reality, but, in many cases, career path ideas change, even into adulthood.

To give students more information on what is actually needed to pursue a specific career, the Tamaqua Area Middle School hosted a “Career Day” on Friday with almost four dozen mentors offering insight into their careers.

Monday, May 22, 2017

St. Luke’s Miners Campus in Coaldale is sponsoring a series of continuing education sessions on a variety of health topics. The sessions will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. the third Friday of every month. To reserve a seat, as seating is limited, call 570-645-8157.

Sessions include:

June 16: Laughter is the best medicine;

July 21: National Parks and recreation, enjoy the outdoors safely using an assistive device;

Aug. 18: Diabetes awareness;

Sept. 15: To flu or not to flu;

Friday, May 19, 2017

As I usually do when it’s my turn to write this column I dedicate it to some comic relief sent to me by friends.

Today we focus on religion during these serious and troubled times.

Good Samaritan

A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do ?”

A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, “I think I’d throw up.”

Did Noah fish?

Friday, May 19, 2017

It wouldn’t be the end of the school year without 97 different end-of-the-year projects to go with it! I’ve compiled a handy little shopping list to help you get these last few weeks of the school year over the goal line. The first thing you’re thinking is that this is a little late to be handing out this list.

Friday, May 19, 2017

My husband and I have different newspaper preferences.

He likes a paper offering a lot of national and international news while that’s not my cup of tea.

I prefer a local paper that tells me everything going on in my area. And I love stories about interesting local people.

Whenever I read a local item with information I think David should know, I pass it along to him. He does the same thing when he finds an article he thinks I will like. That’s all good.

Friday, May 19, 2017
A turkey vulture doesn’t have talons like other birds of prey. Their feet are chickenlike. BARRY REED PHOTO

All of us unfortunately generate refuse and then we pay to dispose of or recycle it properly. Nature has to dispose of dead animal matter, but luckily there are organisms to fill the niche.

One of the most visible and familiar is vultures. Locally we have two species, the turkey vulture and the black vulture.

The turkey vulture is most common. Vultures can be seen circling over towns, the Lehigh River gorge, along mountain ridges, or over farms. They have been incorrectly called “buzzards.”