Saturday, June 24, 2017


Friday, May 26, 2017

Flavorful teas can be brewed from a great variety of herbs, flowers, fruits, spices and roots taken fresh from the garden. These generally are stronger and more refreshing than the dried packages of leaves stored for long periods on grocer’s shelves.

Most traditional Eastern teas trace their origins to the Camellia sinensis plant, an evergreen shrub with varieties native to India and China. These plants are tropicals, however, and need the right climate (Zones 7 through 9) to produce.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Spring has definitely sprung with birds coming and going.

Many bird species visit for a specific period of time each year. The slate-colored juncos arrive in November, stay for the winter and head north in April.

The juncos leave about the same time as when the ruby-throated hummingbirds come from the south to spend spring, summer and early fall here. The final day we saw juncos in our yard was April 25. White-throated sparrows are also winter visitors that head north in early spring.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a Safe Sitter course for teens 11 and up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 in the education classroom at the Gnaden Campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton. Registration deadline is June 12.

The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by baby sitters. Over 650,000 adolescent baby sitters across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life threatening emergencies.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Arden Courts and Blue Mountain Health System will offer a free dementia workshop on June 6 at the BMHS Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 512 Bank St., Bowmanstown.

The workshop will allow participants to take a virtual dementia tour and learn how dementia impacts daily living.

This is an eye-opening sensory event where you will experience firsthand the overwhelming effects of the aging process when combined with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. You will become aware of the challenges from performing ordinary tasks people living with memory loss face every day.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

U.S. Air Force Airman Jacob T. Martinez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Martinez is the son of Jay T. and Karen A. Martinez of Tamaqua.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lexus Hoppes, granddaughter of Mike and Cindy Kobal of Lehighton and a 2015 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, is a student at Morrisville State College in New York, where she studies equine science.

Lexus started as a novice rider her freshman year for the Morrisville State Western Equestrian team and had many victories.

In her sophomore year, she was chosen to ride in the Collegiate Challenge hosted in Syracuse, New York, where she won level 2 horsemanship.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Emily Asher’s Garden Party performs at Misericordia July 23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Misericordia University’s Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival’s Sounds of Summer concert will welcome one of New York City’s most versatile musical ensembles on July 23 when Emily Asher’s Garden Party performs the joyful jazz music of New Orleans to the Golden Age of American Song at the Wells Fargo Amphitheater on the Dallas campus. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Matthew Schweitzer, son of Stephen and Debra Schweitzer, Lehighton, was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in a ceremony held May 5 at the Schwab Auditorium at Penn State University, University Park.

Schweitzer graduated from Penn State University on May 6, receiving a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with minors in physics and military studies.

Before receiving his commission, Schweitzer was a midshipmen in NROTC at Penn State for four years. He most recently served as his battalion’s operations officer for the spring 2017 semester.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown, will salute the Golden Age of Movies with “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” which opens Friday and runs through July 2.

Featuring all of the songs and dances synonymous with classic films, this show will delight all ages as it showcases and celebrates the golden ages of movies.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

“Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science,” the follow-up to the smash “Edible Inevitable” tour, is coming to the State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton, at 7 p.m. Nov. 8.

Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.

Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows.