Sunday, August 2, 2015


Saturday, June 20, 2015

GEORGE Ann Marie Hoffman and Richard Douglas George Sr. of Tamaqua welcomed a son to their family on June 8.

Richard Douglas George Jr. was born in the Pottsville Hospital, weighing in at 7 pounds. He was 20 inches long.

Paternal grandparents are Tracey George and Scott Neff. Maternal grandparents are Sue Hoffman and the late Robert C. Hoffman.

Great-grandparents are Edgar and Shirley Weber.

The new member of the family was welcomed home by a brother, Tony Claypoole.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Phoenix James Derr

DERR A son, Phoenix James Derr, was born at 2:33 p.m. June 3, 2015, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest to Tara Joy and Daniel John Derr of Lehighton.

He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

He was welcomed home by an older brother, Parker Ashtin Derr, who is 3.

Maternal grandparents are Paul and Vicky (Eckhart) Kocher of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are the late Franklin and Deborah Derr.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Xylia Nova Lindner

LINDNER A daughter, Xylia Nova Lindner, was born at 4:03 p.m. on May 23, 2015, at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Amanda Raub of Palmerton and Jeremy Lindner of Lehighton.

She weighed 4 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 17.5 inches long.

She was welcomed home by an older sister, Payge Lindner, who is 13.

Maternal grandparents are Mary and LaMont Raub.

Paternal grandparents are Norine Burghardt and Richard Lindner.

Friday, June 19, 2015

If you have a small patch of yard and sunlight, you can join the fight to help bees and pollinators survive.

"Every little bit we can do, in each yard, will help," said Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. "Home gardens are hugely important, or at least they could be. We have taken away so much natural habitat, but if we can replace some of it in our yards, it will add up."

Friday, June 19, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Janet Maurer, a volunteer at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, works in the center's certified pollinator garden. The center's garden is one of five certified pollinator gardens in the area that will be open for tours and activities on Saturday for a national celebration of Pollinator Week.

National Pollinator Week has local gardeners buzzing.

Five certificated pollinator gardens in our area will host a day of celebration Saturday and raise awareness of the importance of pollinators.

The event is sponsored locally by the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation and organized nationally by the Pollinator Partnership in California.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Todd Snider performs at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The magnetic and edgy folk singer Todd Snider, who will appear at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, credits his transformation into unpredictable, story-telling folk troubadour to a Jerry Jeff Walker show he saw at age 19.

Since then, he's never looked back on his more straight-laced days.

Case in point: "Conservative Christian Right-Wing Republican Straight White American Male," is a country waltz that elevates equal-opportunity needling and name-calling to high art.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Allentown Area Swing Dance Society holds weekly dances on Tuesdays at the Fearless Fire Co. Starlight Ballroom at 1221 S. Front St. and Susquehanna St., Allentown. For directions, go to

Admission is $10; and $5 for students under 21 with ID. The fee will increase as of July 1.

The main lesson runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and starts with basic beginner and builds to intermediate steps.There is open dancing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. featuring California mix music.

Special beginner or advanced lessons are available from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

"The Bartender Chronicles" is a comedy for mature audiences produced by The Crowded Kitchen Players at the Charles Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem.

Twelve mismatched couples and a number of intemperate lonely-hearts are scattered around a Lake George Village restaurant in the early season. In their various states of insobriety, they sift through their respective passions, their frustrations, and their fears about love, life, and loneliness in this original comedy written by Brian McDermott. Ara Barlieb directs.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra.

You can find out what that would sound like at 7:30 p.m. July 11 when the Classical Mystery Tour performs live in concert at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.

The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
DYLAN MESSERSCHMIDT/TIMES NEWS From left, Vince Sciascia, Santisi director of operations; Mario Vicidomini, Santisi director and international logistics; and Kathleen Matson, Galen Glen Tasting Room manager.

Galen Glen Winery in Andreas is offering a $4 special on bread and olive oil every weekend for the month of June. There's more to this deal than just a reasonable price, however.

The bread and olive oil come from two Pennsylvania businesses that, along with the winery, carry multigenerational traditions in these foods going back centuries.

Galen Glen has the bread delivered from Padora's Six Pack House in Tamaqua and the oil from Santisi Imports in Easton.

The winery's 80-acre land has been farmed by the Troxell family for six generations and over 200 years.