Thursday, August 27, 2015


Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Dave Fuller of Mahoning Township is purchasing fresh vegetables from A+ Produce owners Avery Oprey and Amber Coleman.

August is Pennsylvania's produce month and midsummer is the perfect time to stock up on fresh farm-to-table tasty treats.

The support for local and small business has grown over the years, with so many Americans looking to change to a healthy lifestyle many residents have turned to their local farm stands to provide veggies and fruits at reasonable prices.

In-season vegetables such as sweet corn, tomatoes and squash are summer backyard barbecue staples.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Want to know why you're such a tasty little treat?

Multiple studies have been conducted to determine why mosquitoes are more likely to bite one person, and avoid another entirely. Researchers have discovered the following:

Ÿ Mosquitoes are attracted by sight. If you're wearing dark clothing, you might as well paint a bull's-eye on your shirt. Stick to lighter colors.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Some people are lucky enough to float through summer like a breeze with nary a bug landing on them, let alone biting them.

Then there are the rest of us; the ones who are as tasty as the all-you-can-eat buffet at Shady Maple.

Tired of scratching? To help you enjoy the rest of the season as itch-free as possible, we spoke with Steve Albrich, a physician assistant in the emergency department at Blue Mountain Health System.

Q. What should we do before heading outside to keep those bugs at bay?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Q. I seem to get more cavities in my teeth as I get older. Is this another part of the aging process?

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by plaque, a layer of bacteria. This plaque can build up quickly on the teeth of older people. In addition, seniors have a greater tendency to get decay around older fillings. And we have more fillings than younger people because we didn't all grow up with fluoride.

Monday, August 17, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Members of the End Hunger Carbon County action team are planning a food packaging event to package 40,000 meals for the neediest families and individuals in Carbon County. Team members include, front row, from left, Kathy Nunemacher, Bonnie Vito and Julia Kelm; and back row from left, Edwin Belon, team vice president; Alvin Sellers, president; and Ray Nunemacher. More than 80 posters and hundreds of signup brochures have been distributed at churches and businesses throughout the county. Brochures are also available at the Jim Thorpe National Bank on Broadway in Jim Thorpe and Fourth Street in Lehighton.

One team of volunteers is hoping to end hunger in Carbon County. To do this, they plan to pack 40,000 meals in four hours with the help of hundreds of volunteers. These meals will be distributed to Carbon County food pantries to be given to the neediest families facing food insecurity.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Meals purchased through Outreach Inc.'s food packaging program cost just 25 cents each.

While organizers with Carbon County's first food packaging event weren't sure what to expect in 2013, they are now enthusiastic about this low-cost step toward ending hunger in our area.

"When we did this the first time, we had no idea what the product was and how it would be accepted," said Alvin Sellers, the president of the End Hunger Carbon County action committee.

Friday, August 14, 2015
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, file photo, Ramon Gonzalez, left, Martha McDonald and Kayla Wilkes, right, shop for shoes at Academy Sports and Outdoors, in Wichita Falls, Texas. To get the best back-to-school deals, experts say it's all in the timing. (Torin Halsey/Wichita Falls Times Record News via AP, File)

NEW YORK – The start of the school year is just around the corner, and you haven't shopped yet?

Don't fret. To get the best deals, it's all in the timing.

Need a sweater? Wait until later in the fall.

Backpacks? Hold off until late September, if you can.

"I think it is knowing and planning ahead of time. What am I going to need in the next six months?" said Kristin Cook, managing editor of Ben's Bargains, an online deal site that put together a list of the worst things to buy right now for the back-to-school season.

Friday, August 14, 2015
Photo courtesy STATEPOINT

Whether you're an incoming freshman or entering your senior year, the transition to campus life requires mental and logistical preparation.

For a smooth move, prepare in advance.

"You'll want your dorm room or apartment to be a space in which you can thrive academically and socially from day one," says Jessica Joyce, spokeswoman for Bed Bath & Beyond, a well-known destination for college essentials.

Joyce and the lifestyle experts at Bed Bath & Beyond are offering tips to set up your dorm room with form and function in mind.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Palmerton High School Class of 1985 will hold its 30-year class reunion from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Sokol Hall in Palmerton.

Tickets are $30, and include dinner, beer, beverages, and entertainment. Bring your own bottle.

Mail checks payable to "PHS Class of 85" to Lori Haydt, 1240 Trachsville Hill Road, Kunkletown, PA 18058. Payment is due Sept. 1.

For more information, call Steph Anderson at 610-597-0405.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The descendants of George and Lillie (Eaches) Walck will hold their annual reunion at 11 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, 525 Club Road, Palmerton.

Bring a covered dish or dessert to share and an item for the Chinese Auction or "Cake Walck." Business meeting at 1 p.m.