Saturday, February 25, 2017


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fog had casually settled over Carbon County throughout January, and it was pure weather luck that on the 25th the sun had made an appearance for my first lesson at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Palmerton.

Friday, February 24, 2017

PAUL — A daughter, Rowan Alexandria Paul, was born at 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 11, 2017, at Geisinger Medical Center, to Brittany A. Phillipeck and Ronald F. Paul III of Frackville.

She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Mark and Lisa Phillipeck of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Ronald F. Paul Jr., of Gordon and Janet L. Burda of Frackville.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Maura Malaska, third grade “Yes, chocolate.”

With Lent beginning on Wednesday, have you decided if you will be giving up something, and if so, what will it be?

Friday, February 24, 2017

I’d like to try something new and exciting. I am offering you, my readers, the opportunity to become a guest columnist for this column. All you need is an idea. I will ghost write your column for you and return the credit back to you. Just email me at the address below with your idea and I will get back to you.

My wife, Stacie Strack, has volunteered to be the first guest columnist. Here’s what she has to say.

Who are you?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mike, my longtime friend, has spent decades studying astrology in a serious way. He’s a firm believer that the movement and positions of celestial objects greatly influence our life.

He believes in it so much that when his charts tell him he’s entering a time of jeopardy, he won’t conduct any serious business, enter into any contracts, or make money decisions.

In the spirit of friendship he did my personal astrology chart for me based on my time of birth in relationship to the planets.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Capturing a series of moments

A grandfather embraces his grandson while they sit on a chair outside on a warm day. His smile expresses pride, but the boy curiously stares ahead as if he wonders why he poses for the artist. A closer look at the subjects reveals more about the contrast of their emotions through the artist’s positioning of their hands and legs.

The discerning eye visualizes the interpretations of local artist Fernando DeJesus and can see that his movement of shades of color across the canvas has created what he calls “a series of moments.”

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dear Kids,

I don’t know if the long winter has been getting to you, you’ve got a little cabin fever, your vitamin D levels are a little low from not getting enough sunshine, whatever it is, I’ve noticed a little trend that we need to talk about.

Lately, it seems that every small grievance you have or small offense you feel has been committed against you merits a full-blown tantrum. We are going to need to dial that back a little bit.

Here is a quick guide to when you are and when you are not entitled to an absolutely bat-poop-crazy-meltdown:

Friday, February 24, 2017
Start with a plan and end up with an easy care, high yielding garden this summer. PHOTOS METROGRAPHICS

Spend less time and money while growing a bounty of flavorful vegetables this growing season. Increase your harvest, even in small garden spaces, with proper planning and easy care, high yielding vegetables.

A productive garden starts with a plan, but choosing the best vegetables to grow and where to plant them can be overwhelming.

You can break out the graph paper and pencils to design your garden or turn to technology for help.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Looking to spruce up your home just in time for spring?

Here are some simple, yet bright ways to get your home ready from Better Homes and Gardens.

Tabletop terrarium

Find a sunny corner of your home and bring it to life with a tabletop terrarium. Make sure the plants are able to get a lot of natural light and keep plants with similar watering and light needs together.


Painting a wall is one of the most inexpensive, but effective ways to brighten up your home.

Friday, February 24, 2017

“GriefShare,” a grief support group, meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

If you are grieving the loss of someone, or you know someone who is, you are welcome to attend or encourage others to come. It makes a real difference — whether your grief is fresh or you’ve been suffering for years.

Contact the church office at 570-386-9960 to attend or pass along a name.