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Monday, June 29, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Samantha Stuckley, a 2015 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, is part of a growing number of high school students waiting to make their final college decisions until summer. Stuckley began applying to colleges in the fall of her senior year and was accepted to three schools, but plans to apply to at least two more colleges this summer before making a final decision. She plans to start college this fall.

Samantha Stuckley, a 2015 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, didn't expect to spend her summer applying to colleges.

Stuckley began applying to schools last fall as a senior in high school. She applied to four colleges and was accepted to three. But as the school year came to a close and it was time to make a final decision, she began doing more research and found more schools that offer her intended major of small animal science. She expects to apply to at least two additional colleges this summer.

"It's been a long and stressful process," she added.

Monday, June 29, 2015

What books are you tucking into your beach bag this summer?

We're working on a story about those delicious beach reads and we want to hear what you're planning to read this summer.

Tell us what you're reading or share your recommendations with us and you'll be entered to win an autographed copy of a terrific book from novelists Whitney Barbetti, Lisa Clark O'Neill or Brenda Janowitz.

Send your recommendations to or mail them to the Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, attention Karen Cimms, by July 6.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Margaret Mae Marcavage

Margaret "Maggie" Mae Marcavage recentlycelebrated her 100thbirthday.

She was born June 25, 1915, on South Line Street in Frackville. She was the eldest of four daughters, born to Madgeline Mary (Bendrick) and Paul Marcavage.

She met and eventually married Paul A. Flail of Tamaqua on Feb. 17, 1931. They met at the now defunct Lakewood Park in Barnesville. They were married for 53 years when Paul passed away in June 1984.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Craig

Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Craig of Kunkletown are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

They were married July 5, 1975, in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmerton by the Rev. James Laubach Sr.

Mrs. Craig is the former Shirley Meinhart, daughter of the late Elmer and Evelyn Meinhart of Kunkletown.

Mr. Craig is the son of the late Archie D. and Pauline Craig of Kunkletown.

The couple is retired. They are active members of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Trachsville.

Friday, June 26, 2015
In this undated photo, the main benefit from the ring of mulch around each of these trees is to keep the lawnmower from thrashing at their bark in New Paltz, N.Y. Mulches also help conserve water by slowing evaporation from the soil surface. (Lee Reich via AP)

Mulching can be one of the best things you do for your trees and shrubs. It also can beone of the worst things you do for your trees and shrubs.

First, let's get our definitions in order.

"Mulch" is anything with which you blanket theground, be it straw, black plastic, pebbles, even the marbles I once saw blanketing aportion of ground in a contemporary California landscape.

Any of these materials, when spreadbeneath a tree or shrub, will keep lawn and, hence, lawn mowers at bay.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Regional educators are invited to spend the morning at Grey Towers National Historic Site discovering the unique opportunities this national treasure has to offer.

On Aug. 12 there will be a tour, presentation and moderate hike from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

This free session is open to all educator grade levels and subjects, and led by USDA Forest Service staff.

Local continuing education credits may be available through individual school districts.

Friday, June 26, 2015
Dean Fosdick via AP A cluster of heuchera and their assortment of long-blooming flower spikes provide color and texture against a birdbath, tree and split rail fence and make for easier, more  efficient watering on a property near Langley, Washington.

Too many plants, too little time? A lot of unnecessary effort can be weeded out with some time- and energy-saving shortcuts, from plant selection to better tools.

"I realized one day that I was becoming a slave to my plants," said Kerry Ann Mendez of Kennebunk, Maine, author of "The Right-Size Flower Garden" (St. Lynn's Press, 2015). "I was working harder for them than they were working for me. So I re-evaluated and started being more responsible about the plants I was putting into my garden."

Mendez said she made some hard decisions.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Carbon County Fair has announced the 2015 Quilt Block Contest Theme: "Honoring Our Troops."

Quilters are asked to use their imagination and colors red, white and blue.

Each block must be 12.5 inches by 12.5 inches. The fabric must be 100 percent cotton, prewashed and treated to prevent bleeding.

No buttons, charms or paint is allowed. The finished block should be laundered and pressed.

Do not quilt the block.

There is to be only one entry per exhibitor.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pocono Arts, 18 N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg will offer figure drawing workshops from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first four Wednesdays in July.

There will be a professional costumed model at each session.

These energetic workshops will focus on direct drawing, from the theatrically costumed and fashionably dressed professional model.

Participants will draw through a range of exciting approaches, learning to draw more freely, confidently and courageously.

This workshop is open to adults and teens.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Natural Stranger is set to perform tonight at the Mauch Chunk Opera House during 40 Story Radio Tower's most anticipated show of the season. Tickets are still available.

It's going to be a busy few days at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Tonight at 8 o'clock the opera house, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, will present 40 Story Radio Tower's most anticipated show of the season.

Forget throne games, women's prison or record empires. It all happens in the shocking finale in a little clinic called, Crosspital.

Hostages, stabbings, suicide pacts. This month you'll get the whole shebang.