Saturday, July 22, 2017


Monday, June 26, 2017

School’s out and there are lots of free activities for kids of all ages to do this summer at the Palmerton Area Library.

The summer reading program will launch with Super Science and Amazing Art. Miss Cathy will be here at 10:30 a.m. Fridayto entertain with science experiments and other cool stuff.

Friday morning programs continue throughout July for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. The younger kids will watch puppet shows, hear stories, and do crafts and games. While the older kids listen to special visitors, speakers and participate in lots of Lego challenges.

Monday, June 26, 2017

There’s an old saying that in the spring, a young man’s heart turns to what a woman has been thinking about all winter.

In the spring of 1946, young men, fresh from World War II, were looking to start the lives they put on hold — find a love and have a family of their own. Early that spring, Clarence “Pat” Patterson met Barbara Voss on a blind date.

Pat was back home in Hazleton after three years in the Army. He met up with an old friend from high school, whose girlfriend just happened to have a cousin coming in from New Jersey for the weekend.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council announces the annual members’ reception, The Power of Story, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 12 at the Penn State/Refind Pop-up Gallery, 645 Hamilton St. in Allentown.

The arts tell us stories about what it means to be human and keep us connected to each other. Friends and colleagues are invited to attend and share a moment when the arts touched their lives.

Monday, June 26, 2017

League of Literaries writers group, for children in grades six and up, meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Tamaqua Area Community Art Center, 125 Pine St. in Tamaqua.

The group, which is led by Mitchell Sabol, is free.

Learn how to get past your writer’s block and how to get published. You may work on anything you wish, including songs, short stories and school assignments.

The group will enjoy pizza parties, field trips and other fun events throughout the year.

For more information, call 570-668-1192 or email

Friday, June 23, 2017

“Try to be better than yourself.”

When author William Faulkner said these words more than a century ago, he would never have believed that this many years later, more than 60 million Americans are getting counseling to “try to be better.”

Friday, June 23, 2017
A song sparrow nest in a fir tree with young.

No need to remind you that all birds lay eggs to reproduce. To successfully hatch and then tend them until they fledge generally requires a well-built and usually a specific kind of nest. Each species has a unique nest and an experienced birder or ornithologist can find an empty nest in fall, and without seeing the builder, identify what species built it.

What I find most amazing, and hopefully you will too, is that nest building is innate, referring to a trait an offspring has at birth without being taught.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve had an unusual situation happen. For whatever reason, the Wonderful Husband and I found ourselves spending a significant amount of time with one child at a time.

Kids who are getting older, more independent and self-reliant mean that we don’t have to hover over every single practice or event that they’re doing.

It also means that their time commitments to some activities have grown, and we no longer feel the need to drag the other siblings along to every marathon swim meet, baseball game or awards ceremony.

Friday, June 23, 2017
Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Kistler

Ruthann and Ervin Kistler recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 10, 1967, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmerton by the Rev. James Laubach, pastor.

Mrs. Kistler is the daughter of Barbara Mullen of Honeybrook, and the late Eugene Leindecker of Slatington. Her husband is the son of the late Ervin and Ethel Kistler of Aquashicola.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer is only three days old and I’m already over it.

It’s not the heat or the oppressive humidity we experienced last week, it’s the ticks.

So far this year I’ve plucked two ticks off me and have been through one course of antibiotics. Same for my husband.

Granted, we live in the woods, but I’ve lived in rural areas most of my life, and I haven’t had a tick on me since I was 10 years old.