Saturday, August 1, 2015


Saturday, June 6, 2015
LaRue and George Manhart

LaRue E. Manhart of Franklin Township recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She was born on March 31, 1925, in Big Creek, near Wild Creek Dam. She is the daughter of the late Albert and Minnie Stoudt of Big Creek. Her husband, the Rev. George Manhart, celebrated his 92nd birthday on May 12.

LaRue's friends and family surprised her with a surprise birthday party on March 30 at People's EC fellowship hall.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Brittni Bretz and Dane DiStanislao

The engagement of Brittni Jo Bretz to Dane Robert DiStanislao has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Kenneth Bretz Jr. and Coleen Bretz of Lehighton. She is a 2005 graduate of Lehighton Area High School. She is also a graduate of Temple University, where she earned a degree in criminal justice. She holds a master's degree from St. Joseph's University in criminology.

She is currently a supervisor at the Montgomery County Adult Probation Department.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Genevieve Sterlock

Genevieve Sterlock, who has resided at Heritage Hill Senior Community since 2011, is celebrating her 103rd birthday.

She was born in Rome, New York, on June 6, 1912. Genevieve moved to Jeansville in 1919, then to McAdoo in 1925.

She married Joseph Sterlock in 1935 and was married for 41 years until his death in 1977.

Genevieve has one daughter, Eugenia Bumbulsky of Hometown. She also has a granddaughter, Renee Wetterau, and one great-granddaughter of Drums.

Genevieve enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, watching sports on TV and praying the daily rosary.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Schuylkill County Fair Premium Books will be arriving at county residents doorsteps shortly.

If you exhibited last year at the fair then you will be receiving a fair book.

The fair will be held July 27 through Aug. 1. This year's theme is "Harvest the Fun."

Extra printed premium books are placed in business establishments throughout the county.

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority is holding three free composting classes.

Learn how to turn your scraps into rich soil for planting by recycling fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, grass clippings, leaves and more.

Composting your food waste will reduce waste and your cost for disposal and also saving valuable landfill space.

Classes will be held June 13, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 at the waste authority facility in Blakeslee. Classes start at 9 a.m. and last approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Friday, June 5, 2015
Courtesy of Gardener's Supply Company

Reduce your workload, increase productivity and be water wise, whether you are planning, planting or already harvesting produce or enjoying beautiful floral displays from your garden.

Container gardeners may want to invest in self-watering pots. These containers have built-in reservoirs to reduce watering frequency.

Commercial and homemade self-watering devices can also reduce watering frequency. Just make sure to test their effectiveness before leaving town. Or consider a one-time investment in a drip irrigation system designed for container gardens.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Kick Off Summer at Penn's Peak with Buy One, Get One Free tickets to the following concerts.

Ÿ The Official Blues Brothers Revue, June 11

Ÿ The Weight performing the music of The Band, June 12

Ÿ Cinderella's Tom Keifer, June 17

Ÿ Jay and the Americans with special guest The Mystics, June 19

BOGO tickets are available for purchase through the day prior to each show.

Promotion is not valid on the day of show.

The promotion is subject to change and availability. Use offer code TMN241 when purchasing through ticketmaster.

Friday, June 5, 2015

In the last several years, honey bee colony collapse has been the big news. Even now, scientists have not identified the exact cause and mechanism of colony collapse. In fact, it's possible that there is no one cause.

Research at Penn State and other land grant colleges points toward several factors acting together.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Would you like to receive open and honest feedback on your writing?

Join the Black Diamond Writers Network from 10 a.m. until noon on June 20 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Writers who would like to have their work critiqued should bring 15 copies of a one-page work-in-progress (no previously published pieces), double spaced.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059. For directions, call the library at 570-668-4660.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason will perform at Penn's Peak Sept. 20.

Penn's Peak has announced that Dave Mason's Traffic Jam will perform at the Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Sept. 20.

Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic for an evening of rock music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with the music of Traffic and later, the classic recordings that launched his successful solo career in a two-act presentation.

In addition to songs you haven't heard performed in years, you'll see rare historic images as Mason spins tales of those times for an evening that will be long remembered.