Monday, August 3, 2015


Saturday, June 13, 2015
Mrs. Matushka Lovey Ropitsky and the Very Rev. Paul Ropitsky

On May 17, St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Coaldale honored the Very Rev. Paul Ropitsky and Matushka Lovey Ropitsky on the occasion of his 50th year of ordination into the priesthood in 1965. It is also the 50th anniversary of their marriage.

Rev. Ropitsky was born in Mayfield. His wife was born in Olyphant.

They were married in All Saint's Orthodox Church in Olyphant on May 16, 1965. They have one son, Michael, of Michael's Photography in Frackville.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Zachary and Evan Hlavaty

HLAVATY Twin boys, Evan Michael Hlavaty and Zachary Mervyn Hlavaty, were born at 6:05 a.m. and 6:22 a.m. respectively, on April 5, 2015, to Melissa A. and Stephen J. Hlavaty of Lewisburg.

They were born at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Evan weighed 5 pounds and measured 19 inches long.

Zachary weighed 4 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 17.5 inches long.

They were welcomed home by an older brother, William Joseph, who is 3 years old.

Their maternal grandmother is Kathleen O. DeForge of Mifflinburg.

Friday, June 12, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS Attract bluebirds to your yard by offering spice and suet.

Sparrows to doves, mockingbirds to magpies, every bird that visits your backyard this season will bring its unique brand of delight.

Yet when a particularly colorful species shows up, you can't help but feel a special thrill at the beauty of their plumage and song. You can take steps to draw the most colorful species to your feeder and fill your backyard with their vibrant, bright displays throughout the season.

Friday, June 12, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – It's not uncommon to see floral patterns on quilts. But how about flowers planted in a quilt pattern?

The quilt garden at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville is designed to mimic the shapes and colors found in traditional quilt block patterns.

The quilt theme connects the garden to the arts and crafts heritage of the Southern Appalachian region, according to Clara Curtis, director of design, events and education at the arboretum.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Doerfel Family Bluegrass Band, a faith-based, contemporary band, will appear in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 579 Main St., Stroudsburg.

The concert is a fundraiser for the church and will be followed by a reception. Tickets are $15.

The band originally hails from a small town in New York but now calls Key West home.

Self-labeled "spazz jazz" artists, the Doerfels perform music that blends country, gospel, and bluegrass with a touch of blues, jazz, swing, and classical, and have won rave reviews for their musicianship.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

On July 22, Trigger Hippy, with special guest Will Hoge, take the stage at 8 p.m. at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Trigger Hippy covers a lot of ground on its self-titled debut album.

Cruise through the 11 tracks from this Nashville quintet and you'll hear propulsive rock, gritty blues, heart-searing soul, sinewy grooves, sublime vocal harmonies and a rich, earthy sensibility steeped in Americana roots.

What to call it? Drummer and co-founder Steve Gorman favors "a rock band that can jam."

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The annual Cherry Valley Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road in Stroudsburg.

The event will feature nature walks, farm tours, bird walks, music, arts and crafts vendors, a benefit auction, and food.

Special events include:

11 a.m.: Cooking demonstration by Mikuna Kitchen. Learn how to make gnocchi from scratch, plus how to use seasonal vegetables for easy dinners.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Robair Bern Devine of Jim Thorpe won Best of Show as well as First Place in the sculpture/mixed media category at the Carbon County Art League's 34th Annual Art Show, which was held last weekend.

This year's event was held at the Palmerton Area Library.

DeVine creates visually stunning fine art glass and mirror sculptures that are illuminated with a vibrant color changing light system controlled by a 44-key wireless remote.

All art is sketched, cut and carved by his hands using aluminum oxide, high speed rotary and a chipper.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council Arts Alive 2015 Series continues next weekend with "Wood & Steel," a tour of furniture designer and craftsman Bill Kreider's studio, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20.

Inspired by unconventional and discarded items, often with historical context, Kreider's designs use contemporary lines to offset traditional materials, including most famously, Bethlehem Steel "I" beams into bookcases.

Join Kreider for a personal tour of his studio workspace, which is located in the old Pennsylvania Stage Company scene shop on 127 N. Lumber St. in Allentown.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Make sure to save the date for the 12th annual Wine on the Mountain wine festival, which returns to Penn's Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe, from noon to 5 p.m. July 25 and 26.

Discount tickets will be offered on Sunday at the door.

The 12th edition of the Wine on the Mountain wine festival includes the nine member wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail featuring wine samplings and sales, local artisans selling wine-related arts and crafts, and light fare available for purchase, as well as live music both days.