Monday, September 22, 2014


Monday, August 4, 2014

Shawn Michael Nunemacher and Tiffany Marie Sholtis, of Lansford.

Mark James Marlatt Sr. and Tricia Lee Frantz, of Kunkletown.

Dillon Jay Schleicher and Stevianne Bottcher, of Lehighton.

Friday, August 1, 2014
Jordan Reabold

Whenever someone asks me what I'm studying at school, I brace myself for the judgmental look that follows when I say, "English with an emphasis in publication." I spend a lot of time convincing people that I don't have intentions of being the next J.K. Rowling, nor do I wish to become a school teacher.

Most will assume the latter, because even that is more promising than a career that involves writing.

Friday, August 1, 2014
ABOVE: Martha Cox, a second grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School, shows  students how to create a drinking straw  rocket during a summer learning session. RIGHT: Sophia Coleman, left, and Ariana DiBuo prepare to launch their rockets. In the background ground are Jaiden Muffley and Ayden Hand.

For many students, learning ends with the last day of school and restarts in September.

Not so for the nearly 50 students taking part in a summer learning program in Lehighton.

The program is led by Martha Cox, a second-grade teacher at Franklin Elementary.

She started the summer program more than a decade ago, when a classroom reassignment from first to second grade meant she taught many of the same students for two consecutive years.

Friday, August 1, 2014
AP Photo/Sony Pictures Television, Ed Miller Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, right, and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, center, and Grant O'Rourke as Rupert MacKenzie, in a scene from Starz' new TV series, "Outlander."

NEW YORK (AP) – There's an odd believability you find inside "Outlander" that somehow makes it feel true-to-life.

Never mind that it's a rip-roaring fantasy. Claire, a lovely British Army nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept from 1945 back to 1743, plopped into a strange and alien existence, including marriage to a dashing Scottish warrior, even as she struggles to return to "modern" times and the husband she left behind.

Premiering on the Starz network at 9 p.m. Aug. 9, "Outlander" is adapted from Diana Gabaldon's wildly popular novels.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the members of the Slatington 150th History Committee who are creating the book "Slatington at 150: More Stories to Share" in honor of the borough's 150th anniversary are front, from left,  Candyce Mantz-Merkle and Judy Snyder, who is holding the book  "Slatington and Surrounding Communities," which was published in 1989; and back, Robert Stettner and Tim Snyder.

What better way to commemorate Slatington's Sesquicentennial than with a book that pays tribute to its namesake.

"Slatington at 150: More Stores to Share," is being published in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the borough's incorporation, and is expected to be completed by the fall.

Once completed, the book will be available for Christmas delivery. Order forms may be found at the Slatington Library, 620 Main St., as well as the Slatington 150th Store, 647 Main St.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Maria and Mother AbBess, played by Katie Evans and Martha Cox, sing a duet of the song "My Favorite Things."

Generations have enjoyed "The Sound of Music," the movie musical which brought the story of Austria's Von Trapp Family Singers to the big screen.

Most of us know the general plot line, as fictionalized in the movie. Maria, in training to become a nun, instead becomes the governess and later the wife of Captain Georg Von Trapp.

The two and their seven children flee the Nazi regime by sneaking away during a music festival, trekking over the Alps into Switzerland.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Grilled Jerk Chicken Breast with Watermelon Salsa. Jerk refers both to a unique blend of seasonings and to a method of slow cooking.

It's barbecue season, and chicken is the ideal candidate to get you grilling.

Why? Chicken is light, it easily picks up the marinade of your choice, and it cooks quickly. But this recipe is not for your everyday grilled chicken. This is spicy Jamaican-style jerk chicken.

"Jerk" refers both to a unique blend of seasonings and to a method of slow cooking. It is said to have been invented by Jamaica's Maroons, slaves who escaped from Spanish-owned plantations when the British took over and established free communities in Jamaica's mountainous interior.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Pork Roast with Apple Jelly Glaze

For this week's recipe I have to give a nod to Times News reporter Amy Miller.

A few years ago I made a couple batches of apple jelly. One batch didn't want to jell and remained rather runny. I had the option of reprocessing it, but after all that work, I really didn't want to bother.

It tasted fine delicious in fact and other than running out the sides of my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, it was good jelly.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Penn Kidder Library Center is now settled in at its new, bigger location next to Mauch Chunk Trust Company in the Pine Point Plaza in Albrightsville.

The library is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The Summer Reading Club meets at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

On Tuesday there is Yoga with Ron from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants need a yoga mat. The cost is $13.

Wednesday is Story-Time from 11 a.m. until noon for preschoolers. It is frog week.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Rita Aniszewski

Rita (Neglia) Aniszewski, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, is celebrating her 91st birthday.

Born in Harlem, New York, on Aug. 1, 1923, she is the youngest sister of eight siblings.

Rita was married to Anthony Aniszewski for 45 years until his death in 1993. They both enjoyed world and U.S. travel.

Rita has two daughters: Rose Cava of Jim Thorpe, and Rita, who passed away in August 1999.

She has two granddaughters, one lives in Jim Thorpe, and the other in South Carolina, along with her two great-granddaughters.