Sunday, June 25, 2017


Friday, June 16, 2017
Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Schnell

Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Schnell of Palmerton celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently. The late Rev. W.W. Moyer and the late George Bickel married the couple on June 8, 1957, at Christ UCC Church in Jim Thorpe.

Mrs. Schnell is the former Alice Heckman, daughter of the late Asher and Mary (Diehl) Heckman of Kunkletown. She was employed 28 years at the former Blue Ridge Sportswear in Palmerton.

Mr. Schnell is the son of the late Solomon and Florence (Brown) Schnell of Lehighton. He was employed by the A&P Tea Co. for 38 years.

Friday, June 16, 2017
Al Klitsch, and his father, Aloysius P. Klitsch in the Leisureland development at the overlook where he owned the refreshment stand and 270 acres, which was later turned into the state park. The photo was taken sometime around 1964. PHOTO COURTESY AL KLITSCH

They’re practical, serious, funny, hardworking — all of the above.

No matter how we describe our fathers, chances are they left a lasting impression on us.

We asked readers on social media to share with us the best advice their dads ever gave them.

Here’s what they had to say.

Joe Nihen: “No matter where you go, always make friends with the cook.”

Nancy Mason: “If you have a job to do, do it right the first time, and do it well enough that you’re proud enough to put your name on it.”

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mock Turtle Marionette Theater presents “Book, Beast and Puppet” for Topsy, Turvy, Tuesday at the Charles Brown IceHouse, 56 River Road, Sand Island in Bethlehem at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The program, featuring a parade of the theater’s animal puppets, short tales and audience participation, culminates in a dragon-making puppet workshop for the whole family. Everybody will get to make a dragon.

Tickets includethe show and workshop combination. Contact Mock Turtle Marionette Theater for details, directions and reservations at 610-653-3462 or email

Thursday, June 15, 2017
The cover of “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” by former White House photographer Pete Souza. AP PHOTO Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has officially blessed a book by his White House photographer.

Obama is contributing a foreword to Pete Souza’s “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” Little, Brown and Co. told The Associated Press on Monday. Souza’s book comes out in November and builds on his widely followed Instagram account that has contrasted the Trump administration with images from Obama’s years in office.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Here’s what’s coming up at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

• June 16, Al Stewart, 8 p.m.

• June 17, Romeo Delight, 8 p.m.

• June 24, Craig Thatcher’s Eric Clapton Retrospective, 8 p.m.

• June 29, Free show with Dwight & Nicole, 7:30 p.m.

• June 30, Splintered Sunlight, Summer of Love 50th anniversary party, 8 p.m.

• July 1, EagleMania, 8 p.m.

• July 8, 40 Story Radio Tower with House of Hamil, 8 p.m.

• July 14, David Bromberg Quintet, 8 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 570-325-0249.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Graham Nash, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, two-time Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, and Grammy Award winner, is coming the Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 for an intimate evening of songs and stories.

Nash’s remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964-68, including “Stop Stop Stop,” “Pay You Back With Interest” and “Carrie Anne,” continues to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A panel discussion on how to get your art seen and purchased by potential buyers, “Your Art in the Marketplace,” will be held at Northampton Community College-Monroe Campus, Keystone Hall 201, at 6:30 p.m. June 22. Tom Shillea, Art Department chairman, will moderate.

Panelists include:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Crossroads Duo from Tamaqua will perform Sunday in the Kennedy Park gazebo as part of Music in the Park in Lansford.

The concert is free and will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

Crossroads Duo is known for its southern country, blues and folk music. Those wanting to stop by and listen are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Refreshments will be available at the refreshment stand.

The event is sponsored by the Lansford Alive Events Committee. It is a fundraiser and proceeds will be used to revitalize Kennedy Park.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sometimes I just crave a big serving of green beans.

Hear me out. Green beans make one of my favorite veggie-based meals. They are loaded with vitamins, particularly C, A and harder-to-get K, and have only 30 calories a serving. But here is the real reason why I love green beans: They are a particularly filling vegetable, thanks to high fiber and a few grams of protein.

So that means that my kids can load up on green beans and add a couple of ounces of rotisserie chicken on the side for a quick dinner that doesn’t have them hungry again in an hour.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beef ribs are all the rage in the barbecue world these days.

I first saw beef ribs 20 years ago in Nassau, Bahamas. Looking for the best local food, I asked a taxi driver to take me to his favorite restaurant. He took me to a barbecue shack way off the tourist path and introduced me to the finest plate of beef ribs that — up to that time — I had ever eaten.

Not only were they the tastiest, but they were the biggest ribs that I had ever seen. He aptly called them “Brontosaurus Bones” because of their dinosaur size, and it stuck with me.