Friday, July 29, 2016


Monday, July 25, 2016

snips and snails and puppy dogs tails. And such are little boys made of.

These are lyrics from an old English children’s rhyme from the mid-1800s.

For as long as mothers have been having children, they have been aware of stark differences between having little boys and having little girls. Although not all children can be stereotyped and there are certainly exceptions to every rule, mothers with a houseful of girls are different from mothers with a houseful of boys, just as those with some of each have their own tales to tell.

Monday, July 25, 2016

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, will hold its annual free clothing giveaway beginning Aug. 4 through Aug. 20.

Days and hours are: Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a large variety of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, as well as small household items.

For a map with directions to the church, visit

Monday, July 25, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor an educational workshop on “New to Medicare” with the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging on at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Blue Mountain Medical Plaza at 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Hepler Family Reunion will take place Aug 13, beginning with a Memorial Service at the grave of Revolutionary War soldier Caspar Hepler at Zion’s Cemetery in Pitman.

An annual event dating from 1931, the reunion then convenes at the Mahantongo Fire Company. Dinner will begin at noon. Cost is $16; for children ages 7-12, the cost is $7. Children under 7 are free.

Reservations deadline is deadline is Aug. 8. Contact Mae Ann Rehrer, 171 Amity Park Road, Birdsboro, PA 19508, or call 610-582-6914. (Brown baggers are welcome.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Zickler

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Zickler of Nesquehoning will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 23. They were united in marriage by the Rev. Mario Daniel in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Lehighton.

Mrs. Zickler is the former Carol Getz, daughter of the late Fred and Ann Getz of Lehighton. Her husband is the son of the late Ed and Anne Zickler of Nesquehoning.

Friday, July 22, 2016
What’s in your garden?

Julie Graver is often on the hunt.

If it’s old and she can sink a flower pot into it, chances are you’ll find it in her Lehighton garden. The spot is an oasis in the middle of town.

And it’s not just the hot tub, the secluded deck and the colorful flowers that abound throughout the space that makes it such a charming place to be. Graver’s yard is filled with interesting garden art that enhances her surroundings.

“I’ve been doing this for about five years,” Graver said. “I go to yard sales. If it’s something old that a flower pot or flowers can be put in, I want it.”

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The deadline is nearing for vendors at this year’s Carbon County Fair. Bob Silliman, president of the Carbon County Fair said there are a few spaces for display vendors remaining at this year’s fair.Interested vendors should contact Bob at 570-657-7129 after 3 p.m. on weekdays. Nonprofit organizations and commercial vendors are encouraged to participate.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Saturday is the deadline to enter the Carbon County Fair quilt block contest. There is one entry per exhibitor and the theme is “Home Sweet Home” in shades of blue. The entry fee is $1 per item. All exhibitors must live in Carbon County or West Penn Township, Schuylkill County. Blocks will become the property of the Carbon County Fair. They will be made in to a quilt or wall-hangings to be auctioned at the 2017 fair.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Calliope to perform at gazebo concert series

Calliope will perform at the Presbyterian Church of the Mountain on Route 611 in Delaware Water Gap at 6 p.m. July 31 as part of its Summer Gazebo Concert Series. Members include Gina Bertucci, flute; Barbara McMahon, flute; and Laura Goss, bassoon. Joining the trio will be Steve Mathiesen, marimba.

The concert will include classical selections by W.F. Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi and Faure, as well as contemporary composers.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The 74th annual Marsh Family Reunion will take place Aug. 14 at the Indian Trail Park Pavilion No. 1 in Lehigh Township.

The meal is served at 12:30 p.m. A business meeting will convene at 1:30 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the youngest/oldest male and female, farthest traveled, the most recently married couple and the largest family present.

Cake walk and bingo prizes will be appreciated.

Drawings for door prizes will be held.