Thursday, July 28, 2016


Monday, June 13, 2016

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will be holding a Meet & Greet at Country Junction, 6565 Interchange Road, Lehighton, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

To learn more about the event, or about adopting a greyhound, visit or phone 570-856-0377.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The day we honor dear old dad is just around the corner and you’re probably wondering what to get him for Father’s Day.

What if you could give him anything, make his wildest dreams come true?

Would he like to participate in the coin toss at an Eagles game, or perhaps he’d like to pitch for the Yankees?

Maybe he’d like a front-row seat to see his favorite band play? Go fishing off the Florida Keys?

Or maybe it’s something that money can’t buy.

Monday, June 13, 2016
#7227 Julie, Cole and their Mom painting project for Vacation Bible School #7232 Vacation Bible School picture taking moments #7238 Amy, Julie and Cole help put the sign in place for the VBS program #7248 Beginning of summer fun

Vacations are curious things. The expectations are high. Where we go, how long we go for, what can we afford and how do we make the next one even better than the last?

These are all questions we moms ask ourselves, sometimes not long into the school year.

School can be stressful at all grade levels, not only for the students but also for the mothers who invest their energy in making sure little Johnny and Susie put ample effort into their studies and homework, which depending on the personalities of each child can either be a dream or a full-blown nightmare.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

I just spent an incredible day and evening with two forever friends, Moe and Colleen.

“See that. We come to see you every year. Remember when you thought you wouldn’t see us anymore when you moved to Florida?” commented Moe.

She’s right about that. We never know who will make the effort to continue a friendship once many miles separate us.

It’s impossible to know who will be forever friends and whose friendship will fade like flowers past their prime.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

We’ve survived another round of final exams.


Can I tell you a secret? I LOVE that my kids have to take midterm and final exams.

I know, I know. I’m supposed to be outraged at the ridiculousness of a kindergartner taking a final exam. I’m supposed to be upset that we put too much pressure on these kids at too young of an age. I know there are many parents and students out there who think I’m completely nuts, but I have my reasons.

First of all, for kindergarten, everything they do all year is cumulative anyway.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Like most of you, I grew up believing in what adults told me and what schools taught me. That’s why I am now a full-blown cynic who holds little faith in the direction this country is heading.

One of my heroes is Diogenes from ancient Greece, the original “off-the-grid” guy. He cast away all belief in government, established religion and material goods to live on the street as a homeless man. When approached by Alexander the Great, Diogenes told the most powerful man in the world, “You’re standing in my light,” meaning that wisdom cannot be achieved from worldly values.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Last summer before I began covering Palmerton for the Times News, I went shopping with my future daughter-in-law for a dress to wear to her wedding.

The store clerks were kind and helpful, and there was plenty of selection. The ladies asked if they could help me find a “mother-of-the-bride” dress.

Well, that answer was no on several fronts, all having nothing to do with them. Let’s just say in the words of Meghan Trainor, “I ain’t no size 2.”

That whole “mother-of-the-bride” dress title really was quite distracting.

Friday, June 10, 2016
The first plants appearing in the Friends of Beltzville State Park pollinator garden are delicate columbine. The Friends are considering the garden a six-year project.

It might not look like much yet, but the new pollinator garden at Beltzville State Park is a powerful example of the difference one person or group can make in the fight to save pollinators.

Tucked behind Beltzville’s Environmental Interpretive Center, the garden doesn’t take much space. It also turned a portion of the interpretive center’s lawn into garden, turning a stretch of grass into a future pollinator haven.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Six area gardens and educational centers will host events on National Pollinator Week’s celebration day in Carbon County.

Events and locations include:

Carbon County Environmental Education Center

151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., master gardener perennial herb garden open; herb sale.

Penn State Extension Office

529 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., master gardener certified pollinator demonstration garden open.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center

8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington

Friday, June 10, 2016

In addition to flowers and vegetables, what else do you “plant” in your yard?

Do you have a flock of pink flamingos? Some quirky wooden stakes? Any unusual garden sculptures?

Maybe you have some old farm implements or interesting statuary.

We’d love to hear from you and see what’s “growing” in your yard.

We might even feature your garden in an upcoming story.

Email us at or drop us a line at Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, Attention Lifestyle Department.