Thursday, November 26, 2015


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Did you ever encounter that rare person who is always happy, and never has a bad word to say about anyone?

These rare people are always smiling and appreciative of people in their lives.

They don’t jump to conclusions, are slow to anger and are never drawn into gossip.

Reminds me of a Bible verse or two that I can only hope to remember, but I remain stuck in kindergarten when it comes to following these directions.

Reminds me of my mother-in-law Gladys who was always nice to me even when I didn’t deserve it.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Good news.

According to a Gallup poll conducted last year, only two out of 10 employed people in the U.S. hate their jobs.

Now the bad news.

Only three of the 10 like their jobs, leaving the other five who describe their daily work as “blah.”

I can be counted as one of the three lucky ones, having enjoyed teaching high school for 38 years before retiring four years ago.

Teaching is not a glamorous career, and it’s often maligned by a segment of our population.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Lailanni Dizon, fourth grade, Shull-David Elementary School “We go to my grandma’s house and go to the park. Then everyone sleeps over at our house.”


Sunday, November 22, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Swenson Jr.

Jennel Lynn Yelito, daughter of David Yelito of Coaldale and Diane Miller of Nesquehoning, and William Lee Swenson Jr., son of Mary and William Swenson Sr. of East Stroudsburg, were married on June 20, 2015.

The ceremony and reception were held in the scenic backyard of William’s parents’ home with longtime family friend, the Rev. Harold Rosenberger, officiating the ceremony. The couple followed with honeymooning this fall and winter to the Douglaston Salmon River to enjoy one of their favorite hobbies, fly fishing.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

It was one of the many benefits of living in the middle of nowhere, Maine. From my front door, I had my choice of a variety of running routes, all made of miles of scenic, secluded dirt roads and trails.

It was a feeling of freedom to get strong enough that I no longer ran for a known distance, but by minutes or even hours, however I felt that particular day. It was also freeing to allow the dogs to run with me, without leashes, because I could trust them not to chase any wild animals, such as the moose, deer or occasional bear we saw.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Author, illustrator at Palmerton library

The Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., will host an author event on Saturday.

Author Bill Allison and illustrator Jae Rehm, a Palmerton resident, will be at the library from noon to 2 p.m. to talk about their new book “The Apprentice.”

Rehm is a senior at Carbon Career and Technical Institute. He provided five illustrations for the book, which can be seen on the author’s website at and Facebook page for the book “The Apprentice.”

Friday, November 20, 2015
‘Toruk — The First Flight’

History and magic are being made at the Allentown PPL Center, beginning Dec. 4 through Dec. 6.

For the first time in entertainment history, the world-renown performance group Cirque du Soleil will be appearing in Allentown to make the U.S. premiere of “Toruk — The First Flight,” a multimedia fusion combining cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft to depict an enthralling prequel to the highest grossing film of all time: James Cameron’s “Avatar.”

Friday, November 20, 2015
Scott Weidensaul

Everyone loves the beauty, mystery and charm of owls, but science continues to unlock the secrets of their biology and ecology.

Join Scott Weidensaul at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 28 at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for his talk “Owls: Souls of the Night,” and discover the strange and mysterious world of these hunters of the night.

The special appearance is part of the sanctuary’s annual Holiday on the Mountain winter open house and is free and open to the public. A trail fee applies to nonmembers who wish to hike.

Friday, November 20, 2015

McCann School of Business & Technology is hosting a Bra & Panty Drive to benefit Schuylkill Women in Crisis. Donors can drop off new bras and/or panties at the Spa at McCann at 2650 Woodglen Road, Pottsville, until Dec. 23.

“Each year, Schuylkill Women in Crisis houses over 200 women and children who arrive at the shelter with only the clothes on their backs,” said Shannon Brennon, campus director at McCann.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Heritage Center, Summit Hill, along with Panther Valley Library and the Strawberry Playhouse, are collecting hats and gloves for kids and teens through Nov. 30.

Drop off donations of clean gently used or new hats and gloves at the Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St. in Summit Hill, Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, or at any event; the Panther Valley Library, Bertsch Street, Lansford, when open or in the book box; or the Strawberry Playhouse, Tuscarora, before shows.