Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Saturday, March 18, 2017
Wyatt Trantham

Wyatt Trantham, a senior at Marian Catholic High School and the son of Elizabeth Trantham of Slatington, was recently honored by the Knights of Columbus as the first-place winner for “The Importance of Religious Freedom in America” essay contest.

The award was presented following the weekly Mass at the school.

His future plans include enlisting in the United States Navy and pursuing a career in nuclear engineering.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017

We have survived Blizzard 2017 or Stella-pocalypse or whatever they’re calling it. I thought for sure we were jinxing ourselves out of a snowstorm when everything started getting shut down on Monday afternoon, but Mother Nature decided to agree with the weather forecasters for once, and we had a glorious snow day.

The stars were not aligned for us to have a cozy, relaxing day of rest, however.

Friday, March 17, 2017

By Pattie Mihalik


I just finished a book by an Italian mystery writer that was only mildly interesting but he had an interesting premise.

We would be better off, he said, if the English language had more words for love. He noted that the Greeks had six different words for love:

Eros, sexual, romance

Agape, love for all

Philia, deep friendship

Storge, (familial) loving family or bonded by chance

Ludus, playful love

Pragma, (pragmatic) long-standing love

Philautia, love of self

Friday, March 17, 2017
Lukas Croizier, second grade, “Go skiing. Me and my dad and brother build snow forts and have snowball fights.”

First and second graders of Mahoning Elementary answer.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Daniel “DJ” Rossino Jr. and Alessandra “Allie” Rossino of Lehighton, have earned dean’s list honors for the fall semester of 2016.

DJ had a 4.0 GPA for the fall semester. He is a senior at Kutztown University majoring in communications. DJ will graduate in May.

Allie finished her first semester at Lehigh Carbon County Community College with a 3.77 GPA. She is majoring in elementary education with a concentration in early childhood education.

DJ and Allie are the children of Daniel and Julianne Rossino of Lehighton.

Friday, March 17, 2017

I have a hammock somewhere, upstairs in one of the boxes I guess. Even if I hung the hammock, I’m not sure I could let myself relax in it. After eight years of renovating the old farm, there are still projects everywhere you look.

I know my priorities are a little, well, skewed. Half of the upstairs should be gutted, insulated and rewired but I haven’t gotten to that. But fields are shaping up — my friend T.J. and I have a combined 70 hours of chain-saw work just this past winter.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Believe it or not, we are mostly water. Of course, you may have noticed we aren’t sloshing around and spilling everywhere.

That’s because a lot of water in our bodies is found inside the cells that make us up. In fact, about 60 percent of our body is water, according to Yonas Demissie, a civil engineer and professor at Washington State University. He’s engineering ways to make sure people have good water resources for the future.

Every day, water is flowing in and out of our bodies. When we drink, water can do all kinds of good things for us.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lauren Donati, daughter of Gerard Donati, and Donna Donati, of Jim Thorpe, has been selected for the Sutton Scholars academic achievement scholarship program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“Sutton Scholars are an elite group,” Dr. Patricia McCarthy, interim IUP vice president for enrollment management and communications, said. “This program recognizes the very best of our freshman applicants, students who have very strong academics and outstanding promise.”

Friday, March 17, 2017

A few nights ago, I watched the movie “Field of Dreams” with my son who saw for the first time what I call the best baseball movie ever.

Again, I cried at the end. It happens every time I see Kevin Costner play catch with his “dead” father who has returned to life on the magical baseball field that his son built in Iowa.

For anyone like me who never played catch with his dad or for those who are fortunate to hold onto the memory of this special father-and-son experience, the final scene of the film will bring the toughest of men to their knees.