Monday, July 6, 2015


Friday, July 3, 2015
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Winning a blue ribbon at the Carbon County Fair is becoming a family tradition.

For many, displaying at the Carbon County Fair has become a family tradition.

Since its inception, exhibits have more than tripled says Kristin Simmons, superintendent of the still exhibits at the fair.

In addition to displays of fruits, nuts, wines, flowers, honey, vegetables, and homemade cakes, and goodies, as well as the livestock, attract families year after year.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Carbon County Fair has announced the 2015 Quilt Block Contest Theme: "Honoring Our Troops." Quilters are asked to use their imagination and colors red, white and blue.

Each block must be 12.5 inches by 12.5 inches. The fabric must be 100 percent cotton, prewashed and treated to prevent bleeding. No buttons, charms or paint is allowed. The finished block should be laundered and pressed. Do not quilt the block.

There is to be only one entry per exhibitor.

Friday, July 3, 2015

LOS ANGELES To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth.

But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.

The pops and explosions, raucous block parties and other loud noises during holiday festivities can scare dogs into leaping over or digging under fences to escape the thunderous blasts, leading them to get lost or injured.

More pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Friday, July 3, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS The holiday is a great time for relaxing, but it's not the time to be lax about water safety.

The Fourth of July weekend is a great time to get together with family and friends for a barbecue and to cool off in a pool or spend the day at the lake or beach.

While the weekend should be spent relaxing and celebrating it is not the time to be lax about water safety.

According to the United States Swim School Association, media outlets reported at least 80 drowning incidents across the U.S. during the Fourth of July weekend in 2014.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The 32nd annual Schuylkill County Fair will be held July 27 through Aug. 1 at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, 2270 Fair Road in Schuylkill Haven.

The fair opens at 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Saturday. The theme this year is "Harvest the Fun."

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will present a free concert at 10 a.m. July 9 in the high school auditorium.

The sixth- and eighth-grade combined band will perform several pieces including "Cleveland Rocks" from the "Drew Carey Show" and the rock/pop hit "Hey Baby." Selected clarinet, saxophone, flute and low brass students will be featured during the small ensemble portion of the concert.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

"Grease," the most famous rock 'n' roll musical ever written, opens July 10 at the Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown, and runs through Aug. 23. Matinees are 12:30 p.m. for dinner and 2 p.m. for the show on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Evening shows are 6:30 p.m. for dinner and 8 p.m. for the show on Fridays and

Saturdays. For tickets and more information, call 610-433-2333 or online at

Thursday, July 2, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  Author Richard Wright holds a copy of his new book, "Southside of Heaven."

Richard Wright believes that at some point in time, there will be another person whose face looks a lot like yours.

In his case, he shared a womb with his doppelganger, a twin brother. But Wright believes there may still be someone out there, in either the past or the present, who shares his likeness.

Wright has taken that theory, and applied it to his breakout novel, "Southside of Heaven," a historical romance that tells the story of a New York City cop who searches for his identity, and finds it in the past.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What books are you tucking into your beach bag this summer?

We're working on a story about those delicious beach reads and we want to hear what you're planning to read this summer.

Tell us what you're reading or share your recommendations with us and you'll be entered to win an autographed copy of a terrific book from novelists Whitney Barbetti, Lisa Clark O'Neill or Brenda Janowitz.

Send your recommendations to or mail them to the Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, attention Karen Cimms, by July 6.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Unforgettable Fire performs the music of U2 this Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, in Jim Thorpe.

UF lead vocalist, Tony Russo, fills the opera house with his powerful Bono-like voice, delivering stirring renditions of the classic U2 songs, from the beginning to the present.