Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Friday, November 21, 2014

For many of us, spending time with certain family members can reopen old emotional wounds, even if we thought the scar tissues had healed for good. The holidays seem to be a particularly vulnerable time for old scars and delicate hearts. It is during these times of joy and giving that we need to also be generous when it comes to forgiving.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
SUBMITTED PHOTO Donna Reed and daughter, Mary Owen.

Mary Owen, the daughter of film star Donna Reed, will speak on her mother's role in the 1946 classic "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Originally a box office failure, the movie has evolved into one of the most enduring films of all time. The museum will host a special showing of the film at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a presentation by Owen.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lehighton Area Middle School Theatre will present "Getting to Know … The Sound of Music,"(an adaptation for young performers), with music by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Laura Welkey is the director/producer.

Show times are 7:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the middle school auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Daniel Lee as John Proctor argues with his former mistress, Zoe Snyder as Abigail Williams, as the town of Salem brews hysteria over thoughts of witchcraft. The scene is from the Tamaqua High School Drama Club's presentation of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," which will be presented this weekend.

This weekend, the Salem witch trials come to Tamaqua as the Tamaqua Area High School Drama Club presents Arthur Miller's "The Crucible."

The drama mixes jealousy, deceit, infidelity, old grudges and puritanical values with the ease of causing mass hysteria.

While set in 1642, it was written by Miller during the height of the political hysteria caused by Sen. Joseph McCarthy's hunt for communists in the 1950s.

The story starts with a group of young girls, dancing in the woods with the black slave Tituba (Sophia Gursky).

Thursday, November 20, 2014
FILE PHOTO Debra Reilly of Penn Forest is township has advanced to the semifinals for the Grammy's "Music Educator of the Year" award.

In June, when Debra Reilly of Penn Forest Streams found out she had been nominated by one of her students for a Grammy as "Music Educator of the Year," she said that she was grateful to be able to do what she loves every day.

Now she has even more to be grateful for. Reilly was notified by phone in September that she is one of 25 semifinalists in the nationwide search.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
This Oct. 27, 2014, photo shows roasted grape succotash in Concord, N.H. This dish of roasted vegetables starts with classics, onion, butternut squash and corn, but mixes it up with a can of chickpeas and halved red grapes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Tired of the same old sides at Thanksgiving? We decided to come up with something both fresh and familiar.

This dish of roasted vegetables starts with classics – onion, butternut squash and corn – but mixes it up with a can of chickpeas and halved red grapes.

The chickpeas add a mild nutty flavor, as well as a pleasantly chew-crunchy texture.

The grapes offer a gentle sweetness that works so well not only with the rest of the ingredients in this dish, but also with all the other traditional Thanksgiving offerings.

Roasted Grape Succotash

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Country superstar's new  book an entertaining dream

Things get hectic this time of year. Not only are we looking for gifts, we're also looking for fun, easy ways to entertain.

Because we're so busy, we also want to make simple weeknight meals because other than those marathon cooking days, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we just don't have time to spend in the kitchen.

I think Martina McBride might have the answer to your problems.

The country singer superstar recently published a beautiful cookbook and entertainment guide that offers an array of recipes for special gatherings and family-friendly options.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
This Oct. 27, 2014, photo shows barbecue spiced turkey in Concord, N.H. Looking for sides that play up everything going on with this bird? Consider a cornbread-based stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes and roasted squash drizzled with cumin-spiked butter. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

It occurred to us recently that many of the same flavors we crave on grilled meats during the summer also would be superb on roasted turkey at Thanksgiving.

After all, cumin and chili powder and garlic and onion and thyme and smoked paprika don't just play well with beef and ribs. They're also splendid on turkey, not to mention alongside stuffing and mashed potatoes.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Flu vaccines will be offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday for people 18 and over at Mahanoy City Senior Community Center, 138 W. Centre St.

Vaccines will be available at no cost to the uninsured or those who are under-insured. Adults with Medicare are asked to bring their Medicare and supplemental insurance cards.

Appointment are required. Call 570-773-0738 to schedule an appointment. For more information, call 570-624-3017.

The senior center is operated by Diakon Community Services under contract with the Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

On Oct. 24 the Cosmetology department of Carbon Career & Technical Institute initiated a PINK OUT for Breast Cancer Awareness. The students provided temporary pink hair spray to the student body and faculty for $1. The experience raised $171 for the cancer society. Accepting the donation for the Women's Cancer Support Group were Lucille Andrews and Karen Geiger. Seated, from left, are Lisa Walck and Geiger; and back, Akaya Lacey, Andrews and Heavenly Dailey.