Saturday, March 25, 2017


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saint Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, has announced the second trimester honor roll for the 2016-2017 school year.

Distinguished honors

Fifth grade: Brady Bobrowski, Abigail Kluck.

Eighth grade: Samuel Sterns and Christina Walko

First honors

Fifth grade: Gabrielle Blasko, Isabella Boyer, Julia Meiss, Jakob Mummey, Anthony Odorizzi, Alex Porambo and Luke Sterns.

Sixth grade: Hunter Gallagher, Alexander Homyack and Blaise Mullen

Seventh grade: Matthew Holloman

Eighth grade: Dante Agosti, Sara Collevechio, Rebecca Dzuranin and Charizma Hiles

Saturday, March 25, 2017

“I’m really happy for you.”

A lot of people have difficulty saying these words. In fact I know some who would find it easier to stick a needle in their eyeballs than pass along this compliment to a family member or friend.

Say you get a new job. It’s just what you have wanted. Good pay. Great business. You tell everyone you know. Many of these people hate their jobs and will think how did you get so lucky? Don’t hold your breath waiting for them to tell you they’re happy for you.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Army Spc. Justin B. Serfass has deployed overseas in support of Atlantic Resolve.

A 2014 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, he is the son of Melisa and Jamie Serfass of Hometown.

Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued U.S. commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
This leathery-faced black vulture seems to have needed a time out along with several other of his feathered companions by taking a leisurely stroll around a field in Jim Thorpe recently. VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Misericordia University recently recognized the 13th graduating class from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program during its annual certificate presentation ceremony.

Fifteen students completed the rigorous 18-month academic program, which includes classroom and clinical instruction. The sonography program — more commonly referred to as ultrasound — is for adult or nontraditional learners who possess the necessary prerequisites.

Alison Beltz, of Slatington, was honored at the annual completion dinner.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The MMI Preparatory School Mock Trial team advanced to the District 2 Championships following semifinal wins by its defense and prosecution units.

Two local students, John Malay and Merci Centrella, are a part of the winning prosecution team.

Pennsylvania’s Mock Trial program, now in its 34th year, is one of the largest in the nation. The Statewide Mock Trial Competition is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. MMI competes in Region 5 and its district is comprised of schools from throughout Luzerne and Schuylkill counties.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Times News will be publishing a new advice column called “Ask a Master Gardener,” featuring the Carbon County Master Gardeners. Master gardeners want your letters, your phone calls and your emails. Ask about a specific plant, a “how-to” question, or a pest or disease that’s causing you problems.

Friday, March 24, 2017
An upcycled DIY Easter basket made from four brown paper grocery bags, cut into strips and woven together. Fresh takes on Easter baskets for kids include a heavy dose of do-it-yourself ingenuity. LILA GRIFFITH VIA AP

NEW YORK — With Easter coming up it’s time to start plotting how to best your kid baskets from last year.

Here are some ideas:

Get creative with popcorn

Is there anything more versatile than popcorn?

You can chocofy it, caramelize it or dye it in your favorite Easter hues. Try adding jelly beans or other Easter candy for added color, and mini marshmallows for added texture.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Decorative dahlias look stunning in the garden and combine nicely in cut floral arrangements. MARTA GOUGER/TIMES NEWS

Plan now for a memorable grand finale in this year’s garden. Dahlias are spring-planted bulbs with big, colorful flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer to the first fall frost.

Early in the season, the foliage of these easy-care plants provides a lush green backdrop for nearby annuals and perennials. Then, as many other plants are waning from the summer heat, dahlias burst into bloom, filling the garden with their impressive flowers for months to come.