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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Haby

Sarah Melissa Szuminski and Clinton Michael Haby were united in marriage on April 8, 2017, at La Cantera Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas, with Pastor Steve Teel officiating the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Ernest Charles and Teresa Szuminski of San Antonio. She is the granddaughter of the late Ernest and Elizabeth (Botek) Szuminski of Lansford and Ernest and Rose Davis of San Antonio.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Most everyone who has gone to the “shore” has had constant company from above and either found them to be an accepted beach fixture or an annoyance.

I’m referring to seagulls.

Well technically they are not seagulls but one of a number of species of gulls.

The last 20 to 25 years, gulls have become common sights around local malls and fast food businesses. This species most likely is a ring-billed gull.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Kimberly Gossy of Lehighton washed the cooked chicken before cutting it up.

If Fido is having stomach problems and a specialized pet food isn’t helping, there is another option: Make your pet’s food at home.

Several pet owners have turned to cooking, dicing or grinding meat for pet food and as a result, have some very happy dogs.

Kimberly Gossy of Lehighton said she started preparing pet food, because her dachshund and Italian greyhound mix, Skoopy, would get a hard lump in her stomach. She would drag her belly across the floor trying to relieve the pain.

Friday, July 21, 2017
Miki enjoys a mixture of raw chicken and hamburger meat. The meat comes from a farm that specializes in pet food. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

What about cats?

Laura Kennedy of Hometown owns two Bengal cats, and she feeds them raw meat.

“Many people think it’s fascinating and, or strange when they learn that I feed my cats raw meat. I think many correlate it with the fact that I have exotic cats, but that is not the case at all,” Kennedy said.

Cats are obligatory carnivores, so they can eat some vegetables but they must have protein to survive, Kennedy said. Grain doesn’t add much to their diet, so she doesn’t give her cats any.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pet owners, who prepare their cat or dog food at home, are big fans of it, but what about veterinarians?

Dr. Sheri Newell, of Homestead Veterinary Center in Kunkletown, said, “It is difficult to achieve the correct nutritional balance when making a homemade diet, but it is not impossible.”

Newell said some pets may be hypersensitive to some types of meat. Beef, chicken and dairy are the proteins that show the highest occurrence of an allergic reaction. She recommends contacting a veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist to help create a healthy, balanced diet.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Revive Community Fellowship will present a production of “It is Well” at 6 p.m. Aug. 13, at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. The play is based on the life of Phillip Bliss, who some consider to be the second most famous Christian songwriter in history.

Born in 1839 in Clearfield County, Bliss left home to work in logging camps when he was 11 years old. He attended school in between jobs, completing the requirements to become a teacher by the age of 17.

He went on to write words and music to some of the most beloved hymns of all time.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Jayne Kelli and AJ Swearingen’s latest album, “The Marrying Kind,” releases this Friday. The husband and wife duo will be performing at Musikfest this year, and will also return to the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Aug. 6. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

n Friday, the husband and wife duo of AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli will release their sophomore album “The Marrying Kind,” where complexities of relationships are tackled with sincerity, harmonies and a little lap-steel flare.

The pair spent close to a year holed up in the studio writing and recording their self-produced second album.

“One of the downfalls of recording on your own is you can do 100 takes,” said Kelli.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Peter Cetera will headline the Misericordia University Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival at 8 p.m. July 29 in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater in Dallas.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Miller Symphony Hall, in Allentown, welcomes two award-winning bands, both led by women, for a night of intense, passionate music from Argentina at 7:30 p.m. July 28.

These bands are shaking up the traditional music of the city (tango) and the music of the Argentine countryside (folklore) with their original compositions. Argentine Latin Grammy nominee María Volonté and Kevin Footer, harmonica, explore the crossroads of tango and blues with special guests Maví Díaz & Las Folkies with their original compositions, feminine point of view and electrifying live performances.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Here who’s coming to Penn’s Peak, Maury Road, Jim Thorpe.

• July 28, Mr. Speed – World’s Best KISS tribute

• July 29, Josh Turner, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 15, Ted Nugent, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 18, The Beach Boys, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 19, The Wall Live Extravaganza, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 23, John Butler Trio, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 25, Don McLean, 8 p.m.

• Sept. 7, Quiet Riot with Black ‘N Blue, 8 p.m.

• Sept. 8, Tyler Farr, 8 p.m.

• Sept. 10, Make America Rock Again, featuring Scott Stapp of Creed, Drowning Pool, Trapt, Sick Puppies and Adelitas Way, 7:30 p.m.