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Monday, September 22, 2014
Soft Claws nail caps is an inexpensive alternative to declawing cats.

You love your cats, but have no such love for the damage they can cause to your furniture.

We recently welcomed two new members to our family. They're soft, cuddly and cute. That being said, there is one problem with them, all those claws.

The newest members of our family are two kittens, Jack and Bob. Kittens are playful and fun but can also be destructive to your home. While scratching is natural behavior for cats, it can often cause problems for cat owners.

Friday, September 19, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY Melinda Myers, LLC. Shred fall leaves with a mower and leave them on the lawn to add organic matter and nutrients to the soil.

You can see and feel the change of seasons. Fall color is starting to appear, pansies, mums and asters are in the garden center and your thoughts are turning to preparing your landscape for winter.

Those in warm climates are switching to winter annuals, while those in colder regions are fortifying their landscapes for the cold winter ahead. No matter where you live, invest some time in preparing your landscape for the change in seasons. Dedicating some time now will pay off with healthier, more beautiful plants next spring.

Friday, September 19, 2014

C.F. Martin & Co. Inc., Nazareth, was first to take advantage of new funding available for conservation landscaping projects in the Lehigh Valley.

About 200 native shrubs and perennials were installed near the entrance of the famous guitar facility, and Martin Guitar added another 45 plants on its own. The new plantings feature an interpretive sign that explains the wildlife value of the new garden.

"I wanted this garden right near our main entrance where people can see it," said owner Chris Martin, during the official garden opening.

Friday, September 19, 2014
This undated photo shows sprinkling soybean meal on the hay within this compost pile is one way to add nitrogen for quicker composting, in New Paltz, New York. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, "Compost Happens." Sometimes, however, it doesn't happen fast enough.

That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor in what a pile is fed, or to issues of moisture or aeration.

Feed your pile

Thursday, September 18, 2014

According to, Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza will be the voice of Grumpy Cat in an upcoming Lifetime movie.

In "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever," written by Tim Hill and Jeff Morris, Grumpy Cat will portray a cat who lives in a pet store and is never chosen for adoption, which explains her crabby disposition.

Plaza, who is known for her monotone portrayal of April Ludgate, is considered to be the purr-fect choice. Jane Lynch (Glee) had been rumored for the part.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Lorne Possinger, Timm Berger, Janet Sweeney, Elissa Garafalo, Dan Kunkle, Ellen Ferretti and Anita Collins contributed to the dedication of the arboretum and trail head at the East Penn end of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

According to Gifford Pinchot, first U.S. chief forester and a former Pennsylvania governor, "Conservation is the foresighted utilization, preservation and/or renewal of forests, waters, and lands."

With that in mind, the East Penn end of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, part of a formerly denuded "moonscape," was dedicated as a new trailhead and arboretum last Friday.

Dan Kunkle, the center's director, explained that the land had been purchased by Doug Gause, who decided he wanted it to become part of the nature center and offered to sell it at a good price.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Several "Paint and Sip" art classes have been scheduled over the next few weeks at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Several of the classes are full, but a few seats remain for the Oct. 15, Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 classes.

All classes are held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the art center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

There is a fee and it is BYOB.

For more information, or to register, call 570-668-1192 or email

For a look at the class subjects, visit the Tamaqua Community Arts Center page on Facebook.

Private classes are also available.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Panther Valley High School has announced its homecoming candidates. On Friday, the entire student body will vote and the king and queen will be crowned on Friday evening during pregame ceremonies as the Panthers take on the Blue Devils of Shenandoah High School. Candidates for queen are, front from left, Macey Markovich, Megan Marouchoc, Erin Evans, Jessica Wiese and Abigail Yusella. Candidates for king are Steven Reehl, Rian Shubeck, Charles Nase, Ethan Vermillion and Colin Johnson.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Attending the Tamaqua High School Class of 1964 reunion were, seated from left, William Hinkel, Cynthia (Zimmerman) Fagan, Bonnie (Brooks) Kotchmar, LouJean Cooper, Linda (Parfitt) Mock, Sandra (Kates) Troutman, Susan (Weaver) House, Toni (Andrukitis) Jones, Mary (Koch) Geschel, Loretta (Derr) Gilfert, Anna Marie (Lohenitz) Lileck, Sandra (Oster) Havron, Brenda (Gerber) Christensen, Janet (Lamon) Yarish, Sharon (Callan) Steager, Gayle (Jones) Hadesty. Second row, Janet Keich, Nancy (Barthel) O'Donnell, Gladys (Simek) Polgar, Barbara (Fritz) Kershner, Shirley (Steigerwalt) Lorah, Helen (Lohenitz) Linkevich, Virginia (Yacobenas) Allesch, Carmen (Balliet) Vandewater, Sylvia (Clemson) Zizelmann, MaryAnn (Gallagher) Rowlands, Penny (Krause) Sestakauskas, Jacquelyn (Titus) Shafer, Susan (Ike) Lindenmuth, Eileen (Zehner) Meiser, Janice (Shucavage) Fredericks, Barbara (Gerber) Lushia, Frances (Miller) Dick, Dorothy Eberts, Karen (Weston) Rottet, Shirley (Ambrose) Benny, Laurene (Frable) Bassler. Third row, Victoria (Fegley) Hinkel, Carole (Stosilavage) Waber, Robert Weyhenmeyer, LeeAnn (Neuroth) Tomchick, Jack Bassler, John Nortavage, Marc Rovner, Joanne (Dobrosky) Patrick, Kenneth Brown, Robert Donald, RuthAnn (Krapf) Feane, Ethlyn Berner, Charles Reaman, Richard Southam, John Morgans, Douglas Houser, Allan Lord, Robert Derr, William Wishousky, Larry Kellet, Diane (Hartung) Ronitz, David Hadesty. Fourth row, Paul Gimbel, Gary Steigerwalt, Sam Bennage, Samuel Kalny, Vernon Moyer, George Mock, Theodore Hafer, William Gould, David Yost, Blair Miller, Robert Holloway. Fifth row, Michael McFarland, John Hechler, Thomas Jones, John Dietrich, William Rodgers, Ronald Mundy, Richard Arculin, William Henry, Norman Lindenmuth, Franklin Schock, Dwight Rieman, James Hoban and Thomas Stamm. Missing from photo, Robert Smith.

The 50th anniversary reunion of the Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1964, was held Sept. 7 at Capriotti's in McAdoo.

The invocation was offered by the Rev. Robert Smith. Master of ceremonies Theodore Hafer welcomed the 84 classmates and guests present. The class toast was given by Richard Arculin and the Rev. Franklin Schock offered the benediction.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

'Tis the season to scream at your television, pace back and forth, throw your hands up and yell "That's a horrible call!"

That's right, its football season!

Football, especially in the Coal Region, brings families and friends together from the Friday night lights of high school until the end of the NFL weekend on Monday night. It's a way for all of us, no matter how big a fan you are, to unwind after a long week and act like a kid for four quarters.