Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Friday, April 1, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a free Bariatric (Weight Loss) Health and Information Fair from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday in the main lobby at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton. Admission is free.

There will be door prizes, product samples and information on weight loss surgery. You will have the opportunity to speak with a dietitian who specializes in bariatric nutrition and meet and ask questions of bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, M.D.

For more information, contact Denise Frey, RDN, LDN, at 610-377-7985.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Spring is here and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. In addition to getting rid of the clutter in your home, how can you create a truly healthy living environment for your family?

Robin Wilson, founder and CEO of Robin Wilson Home, author of “Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle” and an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Here are Wilson’s spring cleaning tips:

Friday, April 1, 2016
“Don’t toss fine art when spring cleaning” PHOTO COURTESY DR. LORI

Spring cleaning has its drawbacks and its advantages. The drawbacks are obvious … nobody really likes to clean. Once the task is complete, the advantages to spring cleaning include additional storage space, discovering items that you thought you lost, and some quick cash if you work to sell some of your unwanted stuff online.

In the world of art and antiques, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to review the condition of objects, repurpose items, sort out what to keep and what to sell, and reconsider a collection’s display options within your home.

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Seed Farm in Emmaus is offering a series of training sessions for people planning to make the leap from vegetable gardening to production for profit.

These classes are for beginning organic vegetable producers who are ready to refine their techniques in order to optimize their production and profit.

Classes will include presentations by Seed Farm staff, Penn State Extension educators and experienced farmers; interactive discussions; hands-on learning activities; hands-on experience trying new techniques and tools appropriate for both small and large farms.

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Blue Mountain Health System held its annual Gala promotion and committee meeting recently at its Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital campus to promote its 19th annual gala. Committee members are front, Rachel Krajcirik; middle row, from left, Ruth Hebron, Kay DeMatte, and Jennifer Roberti; back row, Joseph Guardiani, Lisa Johnson, Alicia Silliman, Kathy Venarchick and Susie Strauss. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

In a scene reminiscent of years gone by, there they sat, all decked out in front of a piano complete with cowboy hats, boots and guitars.

Such was the case when Blue Mountain Health System held its annual Gala promotion and committee meeting recently at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital campus.

The 19th annual gala will be held April 16 at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton.

This year’s theme is “The Grand Ole Opry and Casino Night.”

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow.

Thursday, March 31, 2016
The Cast of “Altar Boyz,” bottom, Richie Barrella as “Abraham”; middle, from left, Jonté Jaurel Culpepper as “Luke,” Eddy Cavazos as “Juan,” and Jody Hinkley as “Mark”; and top, Nathan Richardson as “Matthew.”

“Altar Boyz” opens Saturday at the Pines Dinner Theater, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. It runs through May 15.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Regina Belle, will host the grand opening of the intimate DuBois Theatre Cafe to introduce “Deaf Welcome Music,” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Deaf Welcome Center, 206 N. Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Blvd. in Lehighton.

Also appearing is Grammy award winner, Howard Hewett, Sign Language TV Talk Show host Theressa DuBois and Mr. Deaf International, Aarron Loggins.

Guests will enjoy a VIP experience, whether they use English or American Sign Language at this unique venue.

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Enter the Haggis returns to the Mauch Chunk Opera House April 9. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Copyright - ©2014 A. J. Vanden Berghe

Fresh off the March leg of their tour, Enter the Haggis’ folk-rock anthems will reverberate through the walls of the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House April 9.

“We’ve played Jim Thorpe over half a dozen times,” said fiddle player, guitarist and vocalist Brian Buchanan. “We have a few hard-core fans in the area and there’s always a story after we leave. It’s always one for the books.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
This delicious spring dish is easy to assemble and travels well, making it perfect for packed lunches and picnics. It also can be prepped in advance by poaching the fish and cooking the pasta the night before. AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD

Nothing speaks to me of spring like a salmon salad. It’s light and pretty and herby, and when you add pasta it becomes a real meal. It’s also portable, so you’ll want to think of this when you’re envisioning lunch at your desk the next day, or when you’re invited to a potluck. And talk about easy. Poach the salmon. Boil the pasta. Puree dressing. Dump everything together and you’re good.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Peach Pinot Grigio Sweet Tea CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Now that spring is officially here, celebrate the season by mixing up some of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi’s signature wine cocktails.

Whether you opt to welcome the warmer weather with a glass of Cool Melon Mint, a flavorful blend of fresh honeydew melon and mint, or go for the Peach Pinot Grigio Sweet Tea infused with homemade simple syrup, these refreshing spring sips are ideal for everything from a backyard barbecue to a picnic in the park.