Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Q. We had a fire in our retirement community recently and an older woman died. Now I’m worried about fires. What can I do to protect myself?

Seniors face the highest risk of perishing in a fire because their senses don’t detect danger as easily as they used to, and they don’t move quickly to escape during an emergency. So, fire safety is especially important to all older people

I went to a bunch of experts and collected suggestions for protecting seniors against fire.

The following is a list of 20 tips distilled from all the best material.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Alzheimer Association Caregiver Support Group at Blue Mountain Health System will be held the last Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room at the Palmerton campus at 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton. Previously, the group met the first Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be Aug. 29.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Heritage Hill Senior Community invites seniors for an evening of entertainment at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the community, located at 800 Sixth St. in Weatherly.

It will be an evening of glitz and glamour with “Dino!” Dean Martin impersonator Rick Lorady will be providing entertainment. There will be Vegas-style appetizers and drinks.

This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. RSVP by calling Rachael or Toni at 570-427-4500.

Monday, August 8, 2016
Molly, left, Kris and Hannah work together to get Kris’ classroom decorations ready for school.

What makes a good teacher?

There are a lot of inspirational quotes on the Internet for teachers. From Benjamin Franklin to Nelson Mandela, famous people have inspired us with words of wisdom.

Franklin was quoted as saying, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Mandela was equally inspiring when he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world.”

You don’t need to be famous to teach or to be passionate about the occupation.

Monday, August 8, 2016
The Tamaqua Community Art Center is filled with laughter every Friday morning as the “Yes, It’s Yarn” group (also known as the Happy Hookers) works on projects and building friendships. Members include Barbara Smyrl, Marilyn Felsoci, June Zehner, Nelleke Sabol, Lorraine Zukovich, Jane Neidlinger, Theresa “Tree” Brennan and Sebastian Neidlinger. KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

When Lorraine Zukovich and her husband, Ron Blickley, moved back to the Hometown area after his military career took them all over the world, she was looking for ways to become actively involved in the community. Her search took her to the Tamaqua Community Art Center, which led to her hosting a one-day class called “Yes, It’s Yarn” on creating necklaces from yarn.

Saturday, August 6, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. David Lee Knauft Jr.

Marcy Lynn Walck, daughter of Jim and Michele Walck of Jim Thorpe, became the bride of David Lee Knauft Jr., son of David and Sherry Knauft of Jim Thorpe and Cheryl Toth of Norristown, during a double ring ceremony at Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe on May 21. The Rev. James J. Ward officiated the wedding. Robyn Hill was the organist and Rebekah McFadden was the vocalist.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, my health to better living. For my club, my community my county, and my world.” — 4-H Pledge

Growing up I didn’t realize just how important the Carbon County 4-H program was to the youth of the community.

I was a member of the sewing and basketry clubs, as well as the exchange program for just over four years.

Saturday, August 6, 2016
Some of the nearly 300 people who walked more than a mile from one end of town to the other to generate awareness of the drug overdose problem. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

I sat inside the police station recently waiting for information while covering a drug bust and arraignments.

Having a few minutes to spare, I glanced over at a large wall chart next to me.

The colorful graphic showed samples of pills and drugs, a handy identification reference guide for Tamaqua police.

The chart features dozens of photos depicting drugs in every possible shape, size and form.

“Wow,” I said. “How could anybody possibly stay on top of all of this.” I stared at the poster, an eye-opening education.

Saturday, August 6, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Remmel

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Remmel of Jim Thorpe celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 31.

The couple was married in 1976 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the Heights in Jim Thorpe by the Rev. Ron Mulberger.

Mrs. Remmel is the former Irene Kemmerle, daughter of the late Charlotte and Marvin Kemmerle of Jim Thorpe. She is retired from the Social Security Administration in Allentown.

Mr. Remmel is the son of Gloria Remmel of Jim Thorpe and the late Willard Remmel. He retired from AMPAL in Palmerton.

Saturday, August 6, 2016
Paul Shealer, owner of Evergreen Acres Tree Farm in Schuylkill County, leads a seminar on accurately calibrating a mist blower sprayer to a large crowd. STACEY SOLT

Hundreds of tree growers recently gathered at Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton for the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association’s summer meeting.

The full-day annual meeting is a chance for growers to learn about new growing techniques and products, popular tools of the trade, and trends in the industry. Attendants could also earn points needed to maintain their pesticide license.

Host Chris Botek, the owner of Crystal Spring Tree Farm, estimated that there were roughly 250 farmers and vendors attending.