Friday, November 27, 2015


Monday, November 2, 2015

The Monroe County Historical Association is accepting nominations for the 11th Annual Historic Preservation Awards.

The organization hosts an award program each year to recognize property owners who have shown their dedication to preserving and enhancing historic structures in Monroe County.

Awards are given in four categories: Residential Property, Commercial Establishments, Nonprofit/Publicly funded entities, and Heritage Resource.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Vinny Vella


Former Times News intern Vinny Vella has won the Dow Jones News Fund Alumni Award for Media Excellence.

Vella, who is currently a news reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, was one of six to receive the award that honors “outstanding media leaders who break boundaries, promote innovation in the newsroom, and mentor and inspire the next generation of journalists.”

The award was presented Oct. 9 at the News Corps Building in New York City.

Friday, October 30, 2015

The National Society of High School Scholars has announced Zachery J. Merenda from Tamaqua has been selected to become a member of the organization. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kline

St. Katharine Drexel in Lansford was the setting for the Aug. 8, 2015, wedding of Tamarra Rusnock, daughter of Greg and Trudi Rusnock of Lansford, and Michael Kline, son of the late Kenneth and Edna Kline of Hamburg. The Rev. Kenneth Medve officiated the double-ring ceremony. Jeana DePuy was the organist.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by Dawn May as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Christine Erbe, daughter of the bride; Mackenzie Siliekus, junior bridesmaid; and Galina Rusnock as flower girl.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Do you know how to stop time?

Stop looking at it.

Turn away from clocks. Don’t wear a watch. I wore a watch everyday for 38 years teaching in a public school where everything we did was scheduled to an exact minute.

A student would come up to me and say, “Mr. Strack, do you know what time it is?”

Knowing the motive for the question, I would look down at my wrist with this reply. “What time do you want it to be?”

Friday, October 30, 2015

Steven Schleicher graduated from LCCC in Schnecksville on May 20 with a degree in HVAC certification. He graduated from Lehighton Area High School in June 2011.

He is the son of Todd and Karen Schleicher of Lehighton. He has a brother, Kenneth Schleicher, also of Lehighton.

Steven was honored at a party in July at his home in Lehighton with 40 guests in attendance.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Did you ever have one of those days when you wonder why you ever got out of bed?

It’s a Saturday morning. I had an agenda. Bake cupcakes, paint a quick, easy project for my painting class on Monday night and be at my sister’s house at 4 p.m. to see my niece Abby all dressed up for her school’s homecoming dance.

8 a.m.: Time to rise and shine. (Hey. That’s early for this retired gal.)

Friday, October 30, 2015

This morning was one of those incredible mornings when I was absolutely taken with the beauty of my everyday world.

The air was still with the invigorating feel of fall’s crisper days. Everything smelled so fresh and everything seemed so new.

I looked around me at the sky filling with color and felt, as I often do, overwhelmed with the beauty of the world.

I took an early morning stroll just to inhale the exquisite beauty of a perfect morning.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Anewalt

Otterbein United Methodist Church was the setting for the May 9, 2015, wedding of Grace Murtoff, daughter of Gary and Kathleen Murtoff of Carlisle, and Dustin Anewalt, son of Dee and Jamie Anewalt of Cranberry Township, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Anewalt of Lehighton, the late Arland and Bernice Reed, also of Lehighton.

The double ring ceremony was officiated by Daniel Summers. Deborah McGowan, the bride’s aunt, was the pianist. The bride’s cousin, Danielle McGowan, played the violin.

Friday, October 30, 2015


Autumn Wander will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Paradise Price Preserve in Paradise Valley.

Brodhead Watershed Association and Pocono Heritage Land Trust naturalists will lead this jaunt on the 777-acre property, a gem in the Monroe County Open Space program, that features natural history and abundant beauty.

Hike leaders Don Miller and Bill Sweeney will introduce participants to several trails and natural features on this and other protected properties in the Cranberry Creek watershed.