Sunday, May 28, 2017


Saturday, May 27, 2017
Amanda Beiniek

Amanda Beiniek of Tamaqua successfully passed the Certified Clinical Medical Assisting Certification Exam taken through the National Healthcareer Association. She is a graduate of the Clinical Medical Assisting diploma program at the McCann School of Business and Technology’s Pottsville campus.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mary Jane and Elwood Blocker of Lehighton are celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary. They were married May 27, 1950, at St. Mark’s Church in Jim Thorpe.

Mrs. Miller is the former Mary Jane Miller, daughter of the late Mary and Harold Miller of Jim Thorpe. Her husband is the son of the late Ella and Elmer Blocker of Lehighton.

The Blockers have a daughter, Tina Blocker of Lehighton, and a son, Jerome Blocker of Jim Thorpe. They have five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Lauren Christ and Steven Christ

Lauren Christ recently graduated from West Chester University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a minor in civic and professional leadership.

Her brother, Steven Christ, earned a master’s degree in clarinet performance at the University of South Carolina.

Their parents are Mark and Audrey Christ of Hometown.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
One of the pleasures of retirement, for me, is greater opportunity to take a vintage 1880s highwheel to museums and history-related events, or maybe a special parade, such as this recent cultural celebration near Mount Carmel. SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

It’s been six months since I signed off.

“Are you really gonna leave,” asked a friend. “It’ll be a cold day in hell when you walk away from journalism.”

He was correct, particularly about the weather. A blizzard struck shortly after I retired. So, yes, it was a cold day in hell. Or at least in Hometown, which, for a time, resembled Siberia.

Like everyone else, I spent quite a few days digging out from the March snowpocalypse.

Thankfully, we’ve put it behind us.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Charlotte Vinson, seventh grade “My family and I are going to have a dinner all together, since my grandfather served in the military. We are going to remember him.”

Readers Turn with students from St. John Neumann School in Palmerton

What do you plan to do on Memorial Day?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Alice Cooper’s anthem will soon rule the radio waves as students leave their lockers and hallways far from thought until the air begins to cool and autumn starts its descent.

This school year I donned a backpack and participated in Carbon Chamber and Economic Development’s leadership program.

Much like a young student on the first day of class I was unsure what to expect, although I had the advantage of knowing the women behind the program, Marlyn Kissner and Alice Wanamaker, from my job as a reporter.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flavorful teas can be brewed from a great variety of herbs, flowers, fruits, spices and roots taken fresh from the garden. These generally are stronger and more refreshing than the dried packages of leaves stored for long periods on grocer’s shelves.

Most traditional Eastern teas trace their origins to the Camellia sinensis plant, an evergreen shrub with varieties native to India and China. These plants are tropicals, however, and need the right climate (Zones 7 through 9) to produce.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Spring has definitely sprung with birds coming and going.

Many bird species visit for a specific period of time each year. The slate-colored juncos arrive in November, stay for the winter and head north in April.

The juncos leave about the same time as when the ruby-throated hummingbirds come from the south to spend spring, summer and early fall here. The final day we saw juncos in our yard was April 25. White-throated sparrows are also winter visitors that head north in early spring.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a Safe Sitter course for teens 11 and up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 in the education classroom at the Gnaden Campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton. Registration deadline is June 12.

The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by baby sitters. Over 650,000 adolescent baby sitters across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life threatening emergencies.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lehigh Valley Mindful Eating and Meditation Support Group will meet weekly at 7 p.m. beginning June 5 at St John’s Lutheran Church, 40 S. Second St., Slatington.

Enter at the far right door that goes into the classroom wing of the church. No meetings will be held on holiday Mondays. For more information see Facebook for LVmindfuleating.

Call 484-623-4133 or email if you have any questions.