Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Monday, January 16, 2017
Chicken Corn Chowder. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Copyright - Zubek-Miller Photography

January is National Soup Month and there’s no better time to wrap your hands around a steaming mug of soup.

What’s your favorite soup this time of year? Have a recipe you’d like to share for our Salute to Soup? Email lifestyle editor Karen Cimms at kcimms@tnonline.com.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Officially, Pennsylvania doesn’t have a state fair.

But the Pennsylvania Farm Show, held each January, has nearly everything you would want at a state fair, all indoors.

The 2017 edition of the show wraps up today.

During the week, thousands of families and school groups from around the state will have made the trip by the time it’s over.

For crafters, bakers, and children interested in raising animals, it’s the state championship. For the rest of the Commonwealth, it’s a fun, if not hectic, day out with some great food.


Saturday, January 14, 2017
Avery Grace Stanko

STANKO — Avery Grace Stanko was born at 10:40 a.m. Nov. 22, 2016, at Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, to Kate Ciesienski and John Stanko of Frederick, Maryland.

She weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

Avery was welcomed home by a brother, Cole, who is 3 years old.

Maternal grandparents are Mike and Carol Ciesienski of Reading, and John and Louise Stanko of Lansford.

Friday, January 13, 2017

We do enjoyable things together with our “friends.” Social media supplies us with hundreds of “friends.” For significant events like birthdays, weddings and holiday parties, our “friends” attend.

By now you should be annoyed how many times I’ve written that word inside quotation marks. I did that purposely because in any or all of these scenarios, these “friends” may not be true “friends.”

Friday, January 13, 2017

When I go out on an interview, I work hard to act professional at all times.

I put all personal feelings aside and concentrate only on those I am interviewing. It’s easy because, as a feature writer and columnist, I get to pick my subjects. That means I only write about exceptionally nice people with an interesting story to tell.

I know it’s not professional to show feelings during an interview when all I’m supposed to be doing is learning about someone else.

But there are rare time when it’s impossible not to let my feelings overtake me.

Friday, January 13, 2017

With winter snows arriving, homeowners, contractors and business owners will again rely on their snowblowers to clear driveways and walks. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers tips for safe and correct use of snowblowers.

“Your indispensable winter friend, the snowblower, is ready to be powered up and it’s important to keep safety in mind,” says OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser. “Be sure to prepare and consider the following tips before you use your equipment:

Prepare before it snows

Friday, January 13, 2017

Kaitlin Maloney has been admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware in a ceremony held in Dover, Delaware, on Dec. 14.

Friday, January 13, 2017

On June 3, Weissport will be celebrating its 150th anniversary as a borough.

It was June 3, 1866, that Weissport was incorporated as a borough in the state of Pennsylvania. But its founding history goes back over 100 years before then.

When an anniversary of a town is celebrated, the community’s complete history is examined.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Lindsay Olivia Halenar

HALENAR — A daughter, Lindsay Olivia Halenar, was born at 11:23 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2016, at Reading Hospital, to Heather and Joe Halenar of Jim Thorpe.

She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 18 inches long.

Lindsay was welcomed home by her older sisters Kayleigh, 6, and Chelsea, 3.

Maternal grandparents are Glenn and Audrey Kline of Bethel.

Paternal grandparents are John and Jane Halenar of Jim Thorpe.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Emily G. Hansler graduated magna cum laude from Kutztown University on Dec. 17 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary/special education with a concentration in visual impairments.

She graduated with a 3.85 GPA and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.

The 2012 Tamaqua Area High School graduate is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in the field of education. She attended Kutztown under the Scheller Scholarship.

Emily has been offered a position at the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia.