Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Friday, April 14, 2017
Kathy Schock, center, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of her shop Petal Pushers Floral Company in Hometown. Also pictured, from left, are floral designer Maria Mihalski, sales associate Melissa Hess, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Vanessa Gerhard, Petal Pushers co-owner Joel Essington, and chamber member Linda Rice. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

After nearly two decades of running a floral company as a side business out of a house, Kathy Schock chose to retire from her job as an office manager at Lehigh Valley Physician Group to pursue her passion for floral design full time.

Along with her husband and co-owner, Joel Essington, they opened Petal Pushers floral company in December at Hometown Village Square in Rush Township.

On April 7, Petal Pushers celebrated its grand opening with the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, and held a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Friday, April 14, 2017
Protect your fur babies

Flea and tick season generally starts in the spring, around March, but with the warmer than average winter we experienced this year, they were out much earlier, if indeed they disappeared at all.

“Fleas and ticks are not paying attention to the calendar, just to how warm it is,” says Dr. Mike Nelson, veterinarian at Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital. “They’ll go dormant, but when it warms up, they’re no longer dormant. Cold reduces the risk, but even that’s no guarantee.”

We asked our readers if they have been seeing ticks lately.

Friday, April 14, 2017

While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks

• Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.

• Walk in the center of trails.

Repel Ticks with DEET or Permethrin

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Tamaqua Community Art Center is offering the opportunity to learn how to create your own greeting cards.

“DoodleCards with Paula” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.Saturday at the art center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Cost for the workshop is $25, which will include instructions and all supplies needed to create three different cards using pen and watercolors.

Participants should bring a sketch pad for practice.

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation will host the third annual Taste of Carbon County Restaurant Week beginning Monday.

Sponsored by Blue Mountain Resorts’ Slopeside Pub and Grill and Nacci Printing, the event runs through April 23.

The festivities will include dining deals and special menu items at about two dozen local eateries.

Visit for more information about A Taste of Carbon Restaurant Week and to see a list of participating restaurants.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Matt Filer was just 16 years old when his parents helped him purchase his first guitar. Now, 11 years later, he has released his first album, “Sounds of the Days.”

“I feel like people write CDs with a storyline throughout the whole thing,” he said.

“Mine is different moods. Life’s not all one-sided.”

Created with an electric acoustic Epiphone Masterbilt, synthetic drums, keyboard, bongos and hands-free harmonic, it’s a collection of “stories, metaphors, logic and random thoughts,” said the Jim Thorpe resident.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ryan Pelton, an international, award-winning Elvis tribute artist, actor, and singer-songwriter, is coming to Penn’s Peak at 8 p.m. April 22. He often refers to himself as the “Forrest Gump” of the ETA world, and claims to have been blessed with an extraordinary amount of dumb luck.

In September 1998, Pelton was dared by his mother to enter a local Elvis contest in Columbus, Ohio. At the time, Pelton was building websites for a living. He didn’t grow up in an “Elvis” household.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Multiplatinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Ben Folds will bring his “Ben Folds & A Piano” solo tour to the Sherman Theater at 8 p.m. Tuesday, delivering more unique power rock performances that showcase his recently released songs and classic hits using the intimacy of just a piano.

The theater is located at 524 Main St. in Stroudsburg.

Widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation, Folds has spent over a decade sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras — from Sydney, Australia to the Kennedy Center.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Arts Community of Easton’s 19th Annual Arts Tour, a downtown Easton free walking tour, will feature 18 artist’s studios, three ACE exhibitions and six art galleries. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22-23.

In addition, 39 ACE artists from beyond the downtown Easton area will be placed in venues located throughout the tour.

The public is invited to explore studio spaces and interact with the artists in their own environments. A wide range of genres and styles are on display during this downtown celebration of the arts.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Coco Montoya CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Copyright - © Yves Bougardier

Coco Montoya, one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, comes to the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. April 21.

John Mayall recruited Montoya as his guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers, and Montoya spent the next 10 years touring nonstop, proving himself to be a world-class guitar master in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence.

In 1993, Montoya began to sculpt a solo career. His latest, album, “Hard Truth,” was released last month.