Friday, August 28, 2015


Monday, August 24, 2015

automobile basics for college students

Beyond financial tips, what do kids need to know about their cars so that they don’t end up stranded on a dark and lonely road? The car repair experts at RepairPal (, have a critical checklist for your teens and young adults:

1. Help them find a mechanic near the college.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Are your petunias pooped? Is your mulch looking weathered? Maybe your front door needs a punch of color.

August is National Curb Appeal month. It’s the perfect time to get out in your yard and do a little sprucing up.

Think of it as a basic cleanup, says Lisa Gabory of Petritsch Lawn and Landscaping in New Ringgold.

“Your mulch is probably looking kind of gray by now,” says Gabory. “Add a thin layer, about an inch, to freshen it up. Make sure to remove any existing weeds first.”

Friday, August 21, 2015

Zimmerman’s Dairy has been a staple in our area for more than 115 years.

The Lehighton business is perhaps best known for its “Gimmie Zimmie” advertisements, which feature a carton of Zimmerman’s Iced Tea.

Iced teas, including green and peach tea and decaffeinated and diet versions, lemonade and orange drink are all made and packaged at the Bridge Street location in Zimmerman’s well-known plastic bottles and paper cartons.

Friday, August 21, 2015

DALLAS — At first glance, the little green sprouts growing inside the Conviron growth chamber in a laboratory at the Hafey-McCormick Science Center at Misericordia University might not look very powerful. Yet, biology researchers are trying to determine how the prolific duckweed plants are affected by several different types of pollutants, and if they can be used as a potential bioremediation tool to clean up water-borne contaminants in waterways.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Before the birth of my daughter, I had visions of a little tiny mini me. I would dress her in pretty but conservative clothes and raise her to be a kind, caring and conservative human being.

I sensed things weren’t about to go my way when she was about 2 years old.

One day we were shopping in the children’s clothing department, looking for an Easter dress. I held up two pretty (but conservative) dresses and asked which one she liked best. She leaned past my two choices and pulled on a dress that was loaded with ruffles … a little hootchie mama number.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The day before it happened, everything was quiet.

Aug. 17, 1955, was just another day.

That’s because nobody saw it coming.

Nobody had a clue about an impending natural disaster, not even the weatherman.

In fact, the talk was about drought.

Hurricane Connie had swept through eastern Pennsylvania several days before, bringing desperately needed rain and soaking ground that had been bone dry.

As a result, the 10th Annual West Penn Community Fair kicked off in perfect weather.

Then, all of a sudden, clouds rolled in.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Zimmerman’s Dairy

Location: 808 Bridge St., Lehighton

Product: Dairy products and beverages

Number of people they employed: 11

What separates us from others: Their popular beverages are bottled and packaged on site in Lehighton.

One surprising fact: At least five generations have taken part in the business. Zimmerman’s Dairy began around 1900 as a small dairy farm in New Mahoning.

Job availability: Not currently hiring

Friday, August 21, 2015

Let’s get this out of the way right away — Networking IS for everyone.

I hear it all too often: “Networking isn’t for me” or “I am so uncomfortable around strangers.”

The list of reasons why networking isn’t always easy could go on and on. But remember, we all started as strangers, and meeting someone new is as simple as a handshake, smile and introduction.

Lyndsey Frigm, of the Greater Valley YMCA, is a successful networker. Frigm uses networking opportunities through her chamber membership to build relationships.

Friday, August 21, 2015

My daughter Maria sent me a chart on Facebook that made me laugh. It was titled: What parents think when you don’t answer your phone.

The pie chart indicated half the parents worried the phone wasn’t answered because you were dead while the other half thought you didn’t answer because you were dying.

Less than 1 percent figured the phone wasn’t answered because your phone was dead or you couldn’t hear it.

Friday, August 21, 2015

“Strike three!” yelled the umpire to the batter.

“We are getting a divorce,” said the couple to their children.

“Sorry. Your work review isn’t good enough. We have to let you go.”

These are three examples of human failure.

The word itself is bad enough, but the experience of failure inevitably happens to us all.

Back in the day, kids had to try out for Little League baseball in my town. After my first tryout, the coaches lined us up on the third base line and picked their teams. I was one of about 12 kids left over.