Saturday, February 13, 2016


Saturday, February 13, 2016
Amber Carroll

Amber Carroll has been named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University for the first semester of the 2015-2016 academic year. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Amber is a 2012 Graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and is the daughter of John and Jeannine Carroll of Hometown. Her grandparents are Joseph and Katherine Carroll of Tamaqua and Frank and Catherine Miller of Kissimmee, Florida.

Amber is majoring in biology, and is a member of the Bucknell University cross-country team and track and field team.

Saturday, February 13, 2016
One of countless Valentines created by Tamaqua artist J. G. Scott, acclaimed for drawing cherub-faced children. Scott's artwork graced Gibson cards and other valentine manufacturers.

According to research by Hallmark, the greeting card manufacturer, more than half of the U.S. population celebrates Valentine’s Day by purchasing a greeting card.

Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days before the holiday.

In total, 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion.

And this total doesn’t include packaged valentines intended for exchange in school classrooms.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Remember Ripley’s Believe It or Not?

Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the stories that Ripley had reported from around the world, mostly about strange people and weird happenings. In his books and on the website, you can find a 200-year-old living Chinese salamander, an armless tattoo artist who uses his feet, and some very high-priced women’s fashions made from roadkill.

I thought I would offer my own version of the strange and unbelievable, with all due respect to the original master.

Believe it or not!

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer of Lehighton graduated cum laude from Robert Morris University in December with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a concentration in journalism.

Haley was also a member of the Patriot Scholars honors program and composed her thesis, a football documentary that spanned over two years as a program requirement; was named a dean’s scholar in the School of Communication and Information Systems; and was named to the dean’s list four semesters.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Gentlemen, the day of romance is upon us.

Whether we’re ready for it or not, Sunday is Valentine’s Day.

In more traditional circles, it’s a day when we are known to show our affection and shower our women with flowers, cards and gifts.

Or, depending on her tastes, a chance to wine and dine her in a romantic setting.

For those seriously in love who haven’t taken the next step, it’s a prime opportunity to pop the big question.

However, the day doesn’t have to be just about roses, chocolates and teddy bears.

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Lauren Moyer

Lauren Marie Moyer graduated cum laude from Villanova University School of Law in May and was recently admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is the daughter of Joseph and Melanie Moyer of Hometown and the granddaughter of Adele Lech of Coaldale and Mary Moyer of Tamaqua.

Saturday, February 13, 2016
“Wenger” is this raven’s name because Theodore Wenger, from Switzerland, was responsible for changes to the Swiss army knife, including additional functional features like can openers. Because the Swiss knife could open just about anything and so can a raven’s beak, this bird became “Wenger.” JEANNIE CARL/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

You look up and notice a “black bird” soaring overhead, but what is it? It is difficult to tell sometimes. Is it a crow? A raven? How can someone tell the difference? Ravens are larger overall in appearance. Ravens are as big as red-tail hawks, and crows are a little larger than pigeons. Ravens can live for up to 30 years and crows can live up to 8 years.

The raven is all black, has a 3.5- to 4-foot wingspan and is around 24-27 inches from head to tail. The crow is also black, has a 2.5-foot wingspan and is about 17 inches long.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Forty-one graduates of Northampton Community College’s registered nursing program received their nursing pins on Jan. 30.

Those from the local area include:

Bowmanstown: Missina Hager

Effort: Leigh Burger, Jessica Clossey

Lehighton: Ashley Kline

Reeders: Laurette Seiz

Saylorsburg: Brittany Marino, Kaitlin Lees

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Jillian Farkas

Jillian C. Farkas of Palmerton recently graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering and a minor in aviation safety.

While attending ERAU, she served as a resident adviser for three years, the Society of Women Engineers Chapter vice president and SWE Conference chairman. She is also a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.

She is a 2011 graduate of Palmerton Area High School.