Monday, June 27, 2016


Monday, June 27, 2016

For some children, summer vacation is a welcome break from the scholastic grind of math, social studies and the dreaded necessity of reading. But although others may take a break from some of the core subjects, for them reading is never a chore.

Children and adults who love to read will take any and every opportunity to pick up a book. For some, it’s the only opportunity they may have to open their world to dream, explore and be captivated by seemingly impossible and unlikely adventures.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Lehighton Class of 1976 reunion committee is looking for the following classmates:

Michael Bowser, Joseph Dobosh, Gerald Elsasser, Kim Heydt, Linda Hilbet, Sheryl Hosier (Solomon), Ricky Meinhart, Anita Otto (Long), George Rausch, Ricky Rehrig, Thomas Tessitore, Wanda Walck and George Wyniawsky.

Anyone with information may contact Ann at 610-826-5703.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Jim Thorpe Area School District is hosting a cheerleading spirit camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1 in the high school gymnasium.

The camp is for girls entering fifth through eighth grades who live in Jim Thorpe Area School District. The one-day clinic will teach basic cheerleading skills.

The cost is $35 per person which includes lunch, a T-shirt, awards and instruction. Parents are encouraged to attend the pep rally at 4 p.m. to see what their girls have learned.

Email to request a permission slip. Permission slips are due byFriday.

Monday, June 27, 2016
Schuylkill Fair premium book available

The Schuylkill County Fair Premium Book will no longer automatically be mailed to exhibitors, but it will be available online at

There is a wide variety of classes in the premium book for almost anything that can be made, grown, raised or collected, including fruit, vegetables, flowers, needle crafts, food, wine, grain and arts and crafts to tractors.

Premium books will be distributed throughout the county or by requesting it by calling 570-527-0294 or emailing

Monday, June 27, 2016

For many Americans, the Golden Years are anything but. Increasing debt among seniors, disappearing pension plans and the uncertainty of Social Security are causing tension and stress.

According to the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, one third of senior households have no money left over or are in debt after paying their basic expenses each month.

Moreover, the Federal Reserve Board reported that in 2013, 61.3 percent of households headed by an adult 60+ carried debt; of those households, debt averaged $40,900.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Crazy Quilters Quilt Guild will meet at 7 p.m. July 5 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 Cedar Crest Blvd., in Emmaus. The evening’s program will be an ice cream social and a fashion show given by local young sewing students. Visitors are welcome. There is a $5 charge for visitors. For information, visit

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Aaron J. Bartholomew

BARTHOLOMEW — A son, Aaron Joseph Bartholomew, was born March 14, 2016, at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Denise A. and Aaron F. Bartholomew of Rockford, Michigan.

He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Joe and Joanne Drosdak of Nesquehoning. Paternal grandparents are Fred and Kathy Bartholomew of Coopersburg.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Eckhart

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Eckhart of Lehighton and Daytona Beach, Florida, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married June 23, 1956, at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Trachsville by the late Rev. Wahrman and the late Rev. Booth.

Mrs. Eckhart is the former Gloria Green, daughter of the late Austin and Minnie Green of Little Gap. Her husband is the son of the late Alvin and Lauretta Eckhart of Bowmanstown.

Friday, June 24, 2016
After warming up her pony, Julia, Shayla Conner takes her through a more strenuous workout, which includes jumps and canters. KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

Shayla Conner has a dream, and this summer, she’s one step closer to making it happen.

The 16-year-old high school junior wants to own a horse boarding and training facility some day, and thanks to an internship obtained through her school, Commonwealth Charter Academy, she’s learning the ins and outs of the business.

“It’s a program that helps students get ready for interviews, internships. It teaches us how to create resumes,” says Shayla of the Conservatory Program at CCA.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Coming up At the Opera house

Here’s a list of what’s coming up at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

• 8 p.m., Saturday, Who’s Next

• 8 p.m., July 2, KICK, the INXS Tribute

• 8 p.m., July 8, Shockenaw Boys with the Bovine Social Club

• 8 p.m., July 9, Dancing Dream — The ABBA Experience

• 8 p.m., July 15, Willy Porter with Carmen Nickerson

• 8 p.m., July 16, Incendio

• 8 p.m., July 21, Blue Sisters

• 8 p.m., July 22, David Mayfield Parade

• 8 p.m., July 23, Craig Thatcher’s “Akustiko Band.” This is a fundraiser for the opera house.