Monday, October 24, 2016


Saturday, October 22, 2016

When I wrote a column a few weeks ago about making friends through meet-up groups, it generated a surprising amount of email.

A few wanted to know more about meet-up groups. Were they like dating sites? A few wanted to know how to find a meet-up.

While many meet-ups include both men and women, some are strictly for women only.

The coed meet-ups could lead to dating but that’s not the case as often as we might wish. That’s because there are always way more women than men who show up. However, I do know two couples who met that way.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Is it just me, or would any of you be bothered by a sports radio announcer who speaks like this?

“What I think, um, is if, um, the New York Giants expect to, um, make the playoffs, they will have to win, um, their next three games.”

To me, that translates into “um, um, um, um.” I get so fixated on his repeated mannerism, I can’t grasp what he’s talking about.

An anonymous athlete says, “We can, you know, get back to the top of the league, you know, if all the pieces, you know, come together.”

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Lily Wanamaker, sixth grade “Catwoman. I saw a costume online.”


What costume would you like to dress up in for trick-or-treat night?

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Mushroom madness

Lego. Pokémon. Rocks. Now, G has moved on to baseball cards. My kids love to collect things. Unfortunately, collecting leads to hoarding, and pockets full of rocks banging around in the washing machine. We needed a hobby that satisfied the kids’ urges to collect things, but didn’t end up creating another pile of stuff we had to clean around or step over. Mushrooms to the rescue!

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Virginia “Ginny” Dunbar

Virginia “Ginny” Dunbar of Jim Thorpe recently celebrated her 90th birthday with the Jim Thorpe Lioness Club.

Dunbar was born and raised in Cecilton, Maryland.

She graduated from Delaware Hospital School of Nursing in 1947 and moved to Jim Thorpe in 1948 when she married.

She worked as a registered nurse at Palmerton Hospital until her retirement.

She is a charter member of the Jim Thorpe Lioness Club and has been active in community service, the Dimmick Memorial Library and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Geisinger Health System has been named as one of four new healthcare provider organizations to participate in the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program to help build a nationwide million-person strong study.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Nykolai Aleksander Blichar Copyright - Kutztown University

Nykolai Aleksander Blichar has been selected to serve on the It’s On Us Student Advisory Committee at Kutztown University.

Blichar, from Palmerton, is a political science major at Kutztown University and is one of 28 students on the committee. Students are selected from across the country including Fordham University, Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania.

It’s On Us was launched by President Barack Obama in 2014 to change the way people think about sexual assault.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

In a world where I keep telling my 3-year-old daughter, your shows are nothing like the ones I had growing up, we received the wonderful news last week that “Fraggle Rock” is heading back to HBO.

Dance your cares away, because the Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs are primed to return to our television sets.

Sure, Sophia loves her Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and whatever Elena of Avalor is, but can they really hold a flame to Jim Henson’s lovable crew?

Friday, October 21, 2016
Lack of rain really affects the trees in the fall. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

I wondered, as fall approached, what the effect of the drought we had this summer would be on the forest. One really clear outcome is the way trees are dropping their leaves. In the woods around my house, fall colors are muted because the leaves are so dry. The oaks in my driveway are dropping green leaves still on twigs. The canopy is studded with bare branches where trees shed leaves during the hot spell this summer.