Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Friday, May 5, 2017
A male bluebird has bright plumage. BARRY REED/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

What better season to share some information on the eastern bluebird. April and May in Pennsylvania are the months to see most birds nesting. I’ll use this week to detail the bluebird as it begins its first nest of the year.

The eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis) was once a very common resident throughout Pennsylvania. The many farmsteads, with the wooden fence posts around their pastures and ever present apple trees, offered the ideal habitats for these beautiful birds.

Friday, May 5, 2017

By Pattie Mihalik

Every time I travel to Italy I find myself wondering how the women there could possibly be so thin.

Many of us here in America treat pasta as a forbidden folly. The thinking is if you eat pasta you’ll get fat.

Yet, so many of us afraid to eat pasta in America are carrying around excess fat, while in Italy, where pasta is an everyday staple, that’s not the case.

Friday, May 5, 2017
Tomato plants in raised planters at the home of master gardener Eileen East. Although this photo was taken in late April, the plants were big enough to go into the ground, a month earlier than they should be. The plastic cover can be drawn over the plants to protect them from cold and frost. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

This past Christmas, my family gave me a seed starting cart. It’s the big model, 4 feet long with four shelves and adjustable fluorescent gro-lights. They also gave me heating mats and a plastic cart cover called a humidity tent.

“This is the year I will really get into seed starting,” says I.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Penn State master gardeners are here to answer your questions throughout the gardening season.

We’re getting lots of questions about lawn care right now. Penn State has a great website called “Center for Turfgrass Science Home Lawns.” You can find it by searching the name. If you don’t use a computer, call us at the Penn State Extension and we’ll mail out information to you.

Now to your questions.

Q.Our lawn was mostly dirt last fall and now it’s just weeds. What should we do?

Friday, May 5, 2017

In conjunction with EMS week, May 21-27, Kid Zone/Blue Mountain Health System and the Pennsylvania State Police will be performing free car seat checks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 23 at the Palmerton Ambulance Building at 501 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton.

Results from previous car seat safety checks have shown that four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. To be sure yours isn’t one of them, bring your child in his or her car seat for a safety check by a safety specialist.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bossard’s Boards and the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, have teamed up to offer two pallet painting classes in May.

One of the sessions is a fundraiser for the Tamaqua Area High School Class of 2018.

The first class will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 13 and will include free craft beer samplings.

The class fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. on May 17 and is a non-alcohol event.

The cost for either session is $35 and includes all materials and supplies. Artists have a personal choice of background color and title.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Tamaqua Community Art Center will present a three-day class on creating an end table mosaic. Classes will be held Tuesdays or Thursdays.

The Tuesday sessions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 9, 16 and 23, while the Thursday classes are 6 to 9 p.m. on May 11, 18 and 25.

The fee is $40 per three-day session, which includes all supplies, with the exception of the end table.

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017
ABOVE: The East High Wildcats, the basketball team from Jim Thorpe Area High School’s “High School Musical” performance. From top to bottom, left to right: Robert Renode as Chad, Max Pfeiffer as Zeke, David Bowen as Troy, Siobhan Kleintop as Coach Bolton and Lexi Hill as Kathy. LEFT: “High School Musical” stars David Bowen as Troy and Brooke McElmoyle as Gabriella, an athlete and an academic who fall in love over a passion for singing. Things get complicated when jealous students, social standings and more stand in their way as they try to perform in the school musical. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Area High School will present “High School Musical” at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Based on the popular Disney Channel movie, the musical follows the story of Troy, a star athlete, and Gabriella, an academic type, who fall for each other during a karaoke performance over winter break from school. When they return to campus and audition for the school’s musical, a jealous classmate conspires to ruin their chances.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Loretta Lynn CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Copyright - David McClister Photography, LLC.

“To make it in this business, you either have to be first, great or different,” says living legend Loretta Lynn.

“And I was the first to ever go into Nashville, singin’ it like the women lived it.”

Lynn will be singin’ it like she lived it at Penn’s Peak May 12. Show time is 8 p.m.

Lynn first arrived in Nashville 55 years ago, signing her first recording contract on Feb. 1, 1960, and within a matter of weeks, she was at her first recording session.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, will present playwright Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America: Parts 1 and 2,” subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” May 5-20.

“Part 1: Millennium Approaches” opens May 5. “Part 2: Perestroika” opens May 11. Theatergoers can see “Parts 1 and 2” back to back May 13 and 20.

The cast includes Troy Brokenshire (Louis Ironson), Jason Roth (Joe Pitt), Adam Newborn (Belize) and Susan Sneeringer (Hannah Pitt).