Monday, August 31, 2015


Monday, August 3, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Mary Strohl and William Neives look over some of the baby clothes donated for the 17th annual clothing giveaway at St. John's Lutheran Church in Jim Thorpe. The event starts at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The basement of St. John's Lutheran Church in Jim Thorpe is bursting at the seams with clothing, toys and household items.

And it's all free, beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The church, which is located at 319 South Ave. in the heights section of the borough, is hosting its 17th annual clothing giveaway. The event runs through Aug. 22.

Although the collection didn't officially begin until July, items began to filter in back in May.

In no time, the church basement was packed. Volunteers have been sorting and folding clothing for weeks.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Lehighton Area Memorial Library's newest story time is one of many story times available in our area. Other local story times include:

Ÿ Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua: Preschool story time Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 22. Register by calling 570-668-4660. Teen program will also start this fall.

Ÿ Dimmick Memorial Library, 54 Broadway, Jim Thorpe: Preschool story time Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Ÿ Lehighton Area Memorial Library, 124 North St., Lehighton: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Cole Leroy Woodward

WOODWARD A son, Cole Leroy Woodward, was born at 11:52 a.m. July 10, 2015, in Allentown, at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, to Jennifer and Steven Woodward of Andreas.

He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Dale Troxell of Andreas and the late Cindy Troxell.

Paternal grandparents are Donald and Marlene Woodward of Lehighton.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. Harry K. Snyder of Tamaqua celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 29.

They were married in Zion's Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. Charles Schutzer.

Mrs. Snyder is the former Joan Schlosser. She retired after 25 years of working as the Tamaqua borough secretary. Her husband is a disabled veteran with 16 years of service. He was last employed as plant superintendent for the former Diversified Metals in Hometown.

The couple has two daughters, Suzanne Blanchard of Gatesville, Texas, and Kim Kropp of Tamaqua.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Olivia Rebert-Blake and Daniel Blake

Olivia Rebert of Glenville, daughter of Holly Seymore and Brian Seymore of Spring Grove, and Steven Rebert of Hanover, and Daniel Blake, also of Glenville, son of Judith and Gary Blake of Summit Hill, were united in marriage on April 11, 2015, in Gettysburg.

The Rev. Judith Gausch officiated the double ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, Steven Rebert, the bride chose Emily Rebert to be her matron of honor.

Her attendants included Kimberly Price, bridesmaid, and Benjamin Long, bridesman.

The bridegroom chose Patrick Blake as his best man.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Clewell Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Clewell Sr. of Lansford, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 30, 1955, at St. Ann's in Lansford, with the Rev. Raymond Teller officiating.

Mrs. Clewell is the former Dina Totani, daughter of the late Egidio and Pasquarosa Totani of Lansford.

Her husband is the son of the late Elmer and Anna Clewell of Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Brandon Anthony and Danielle Steele

The engagement of Danielle L. Steele and Brandon Anthony has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Denise Ackles of Barnesville and Paul Steele of Tamaqua.

She is a 2003 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and is employed at the Slatington Post Office.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Richard and Sue Anthony of Lehighton.

He is a 2008 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and is employed by RFM Services.

They plan to marry on Oct. 3 of this year.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Palmerton High School Class of 1985 is holding its 30-year class reunion from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Sokol Hall in Palmerton.

Tickets are $30, which includes dinner, beer, beverages, and entertainment. Bring your own bottle.

Mail checks payable to "PHS Class of 85" to Lori Haydt, 1240 Trachsville Hill Road, Kunkletown, PA 18058.

For more information, call Steph Anderson at 610-597-0405. Payment is due Sept. 1.

Friday, July 31, 2015
In this Thursday, July 16, 2015 photo, once the soil has dried in containers like these in a greenhouse in Langley, Wash., it's difficult to get them rehydrated. Make a splash in a drought-ridden landscape by being proactive about watering - especially with container plants. Be especially vigilant about growing plants in pots during the scorching hot summer months since they tend to dry more quickly than those in the ground. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

LANGLEY, Wash. – Severe drought is parching large sections of America, but that doesn't mean giving up on gardening. Plants can be coaxed through the hot summer months despite severe water restrictions.

"Looking ahead, we expect dry or erratic conditions for plants," said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension. "Planning landscapes now for minimal watering is the smart way to go."

It's safe to allow lawns to go brown (dormant) in summer and then bring them back in winter, he said.

Friday, July 31, 2015
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Tiffany and Chris Maxwell gave a presentation about honey bees to the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

It takes 1,152 bees to travel 112,000 miles and visit 4.5 million flowers.

So says Chris Maxwell of Wild Creek Bee Farm, Lehighton, who recently spoke to members of the Palmerton Historical Society.

Maxwell shared his knowledge about bees, and all of the work involved in making just 16 ounces of honey.

He said when his family moved to Slatington, there were few kids his age, but there were fields of wildflowers. Today, Maxwell has from 600 to 1,000 colonies of bees that get moved to wherever the farmers need pollination.