Saturday, December 10, 2016


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, welcomes the public to a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 featuring the Tin Roof Brass Band.

The sounds of the season will be enchanting residents and guests. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited.

RSVP by calling Rachael Kapes at 570-427-4500.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Do you make tasty gifts around the holidays for your friends and family?

If so, we’d love to hear about what you’re making and giving this year.

Email lifestyle editor Karen Cimms at

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thanksgiving break was a nice respite for the whole family.

We had a few days of chilling out at home, free of homework and practices, and catching up on housework.

I finally took down the Halloween decorations.

Well, except for the 12 pumpkins that are still lined up on the staircase.

They’re still sitting there smiling at me every time I open the front door.

Much to my kids’ dismay, I just cannot get wholeheartedly into this decorating for holidays thing.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

As we sat down around our Thanksgiving table to give thanks for our many blessings, I would bet not many said they are grateful to be able to pull weeds and for the chance to clean a house.

But then, not many have had the life changing transformation of Bob Friend.

For about six years, he didn’t have a yard or a house. He didn’t have a bed on which to lay his head or the chance to make himself a morning cup of coffee.

Every little thing most of us take or granted was missing from Bob’s life.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Living a healthy lifestyle has become much simpler and more fun thanks to a large number of community programs offered by St. Luke’s Miners Campus in Coaldale.

From programs offered in preschools to programs at senior centers, the hospital network’s community team is dedicated to making sure anyone interested in living a longer, healthier life has the help they need.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Chad J. Wasilkowski Copyright - John Wirick Photography

Alison Jeanette Figler, daughter of Chris and Robin Figler of Stewartsville, New Jersey, and Chad Justin Wasilkowski, son of Charles and Janice Wasilkowski of Walnutport, were united in marriage June 4, 2016, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Alpha, New Jersey. The Rev. Monsignor Terrance M. Lawler officiated the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a cathedral-length tulle ballgown from the Disney Collection from Sandra’s Bridal in Nazareth, and a cathedral veil. She carried a pink and white peony bouquet.

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Lehighton Chamber of Commerce will shine a spotlight on the art work of local artist Earlene Russell.

A third-generation artist specializing in watercolor, Russell taught art and art appreciation before moving to the Poconos, where she launched her art career.

She is a member of the Carbon County Art League and has participated in several art shows in Pennsylvania and Maine. Russell’s painting of a night sky titled “Over Above and Beyond” was featured on The College of the Atlantic website in 2009. 

Friday, December 2, 2016
The Lehighton Area Memorial Library is selling dozens of handmade trees made from recycled books this holiday season. Here Kathy Long folds books into trees while Nancy Markley (not shown) decorates finished trees. STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS PHOTOS

Book lovers will have a chance to buy a piece of literary holiday cheer this year at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library.

The library is selling dozens of handmade “trees,” each made from a recycled book.

Library employees got the idea for the project after working on ornaments for the Lehighton park’s Christmas tree display, which will host dozens of trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. The display is part of Lehighton’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Do you make tasty gifts this time of the year for your friends and family? If so, we’d love to hear about what you’re whipping up in the kitchen.

Email lifestyle editor Karen Cimms at

Friday, December 2, 2016

Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, will host a fall prevention seminar to help seniors learn how to stay safe this winter. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Greater Hazleton Senior Center, 24 E. Broad St., Hazleton.

Thousands of accidental falls among the elderly occur each year, and a large percentage of those falls results in a broken hip, head trauma or other serious injuries. Falls can happen anytime, anywhere, but they usually occur around the house while doing daily activities under normal circumstances.