Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Saturday, September 16, 2017

The following students from Lehigh County have completed requirements for graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, as of May 2017.

Graduates, their hometowns, majors and degrees are:

Albrightsville: Alyssa Dianna Dachowicz, B.A. in political science/pre-law

Lansford: Roxanne Allexis Person, B.S.Ed. in music education

Slatington: Jennifer Rose Fronheiser, B.S. in interior design

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Frank Genther and Irene (Breslin) Genther of Lake Hauto celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7. The couple was married in 1957 in St. Ann Roman Catholic Church in Lansford.

Frank is the son of the late Russell and Emma Genther. Irene is the daughter of the late John and Anna Breslin. The couple has three children: Frank Genther and his wife, Joanne (Stio), of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; John Genther and his wife, Shelly (Stamm), of Lehighton; and Sue Driscoll and her husband, John Driscoll, of Eagle Rock.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Mr. and Mrs. Justin D. Brobst

Kayla Marie Rinehart, daughter of Christopher and Deb Rinehart of Reading, and Justin David Brobst, son of David and Donna Brobst of New Ringgold, were united in marriage on June 3, 2017, at his parents’ home. The double ring ceremony was officiated by Pastor David Botzer and retired Pastor James Fryer. Pianists were Donna Brobst and Kimberly Ayerton.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose Chelsea Loomis to be her matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Meghan Brobst, the bridegroom’s sister; Korrin Fox and Kiara Fox, the bride’s nieces; and Shirene Martis.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

There is a reason that “rocket launcher” is not an option on vehicles, and that reason is the school drop-off zone. This is the first year that I am regularly dealing with the school drop off, instead of having the kids take the bus.

It’s amazing how what should be a simple process can make a person so crazy. I used to think that the boys’ bedroom was where all order and sanity went to die, but I was wrong. It’s the drop-off lane at school. What is it about this little stretch of parking lot that can turn the most calm, competent drivers into raging lunatics?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I just got an email inviting me to a celebration.

Actually, it’s more of an acknowledgment of failure than it is a celebration.

For a few years I was on the board of directors for a faith-based retreat house. It was decided the retreat house was going to be for all religions, not directed to any particular one. All the programs and activities there would reflect that inclusive philosophy.

It wasn’t a popular decision with some. I know a few people stopped coming. Maybe more than a few.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Luna moth caterpillar.

I received a telephone call the other day and the caller asked me if she brought a “very big, green caterpillar” up to the center if it could be identified. I assured her I would do my best to figure out what it is. As I hung up, I already had an idea what it was, “sight unseen.”

When she came in with her husband and the caterpillar, I took one look at it and knew right away it was a Luna moth caterpillar. When I told her what her critter was, she just shook her head and said, “You are remarkable!”

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Keep your eyes open as you drive up to the “knob.” This immature bald eagle picked a perch to rest close to the road. BARRY REED/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Straddling the border of Carbon and Lehigh Counties atop the Kittatinny Ridge (Blue Mountain) is an overlooked gem. Looking south from higher vantage points in Carbon County the prominent “hump” on the Blue Mountain is Bake Oven Knob. It is located about equal distance from both Ashfield and Andreas.

The “Knob,” like the better-known lookout, Hawk Mountain, is an excellent and local area to observe migrating hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures, geese, and even hummingbirds and monarch butterflies.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Let’s be honest. Life is hard. Working our jobs and raising our families can drive our minds and bodies to exhaustion.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Pierce Samuel Charles Kitchko

A son, Pierce Samuel Charles Kitchko, was born July 16, 2017, at 11:44 a.m. at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington to Saunsanie and Michael Kitchko of Feasterville.

He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 21.5 inches long.

Pierce was welcomed home by two brothers: Bennett, who is 4 years old, and Grant, who is 2.

Maternal grandparents are Sally Graves and Kurt Raths of Kunkirk, New York, and John and Maria Ramos of Silver Creek, New York.

Paternal grandparents are Sam and Michele Kitchko of Nesquehoning.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strausberger

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strausberger, of Palmerton, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 9, 1967, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton by the Rev. Edward Cloughen.

Mrs. Strausberger is the former Jeanette Eisenhower, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Eisenhower of Lehighton. Her husband is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eaches of Lehighton.

The couple has two children: Robert Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Lehighton; and Tracey and her husband, Dwain, also of Lehighton.