Saturday, August 19, 2017


Friday, August 18, 2017
Aerianna Linghall, 9, Lehighton: “I had fun going to the pool.”

What was the highlight of your summer?

Friday, August 18, 2017

When I look back on my kids’ childhoods, I tend to catalog every summer by one or two major events.

Of course, we had everyone’s “first” summer, which consisted of first trips to the pool, the park, eating ice cream, and doing all the summertime things that we do.

Then, we had the summer that my Dad died. That was a tough one. Last summer was the summer of “independence,” where I turned laundry duties over to the kids, made sure they knew how to buy a gallon of milk, and make themselves a pot of spaghetti without my help.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Church on the Rock, 1 W. Hazard St. in Summit Hill, will be hosting participants from the Teen Challenge program and choir at 11 a.m. Sept. 3.

The choir will minister to those in attendance through song and personal testimonies and will be available afterward to answer any questions about the Teen Challenge program.

Teen Challenge is for anyone of any age struggling with substance abuse.

If you or someone you know is caught in the grip of addiction, please attend this free event to learn more about how Teen Challenge is saving lives and providing hope for the future.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Sarah Frantz, 15, of Andreas, shows how to hold a smallbore rifle.

Shooting isn’t just a boys sport.

Just ask Sarah Frantz of Andreas.

The 15-year-old has been a member of the Ontelaunee Junior Rifle team of New Tripoli for almost five years and was recently named the top shooter in the state by the Pennsylvania Rifle & Pistol Association in 4 Position smallbore shooting and third in the nation in the category by the National Rifle Association.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
A hummingbird nest is compared to the size of a quarter. BARRY REED/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In a previous column, I detailed a few local bird nests. Today I’ll highlight a few that range from small to large, and unique.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Perhaps you’ve been reading the sports stories about Tim Tebow’s games with the St. Lucie Mets.

Normally, minor league baseball games don’t command as much attention as they have lately. But the St. Lucie management changed all that when they signed Tim Tebow.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted early this summer it was more than Tebow’s athleticism that led the Mets to sign him. He said Tebow was signed “partly because this is an entertainment business.”

And they rightly calculated Tebow would be a major draw.

Friday, August 18, 2017

By rich strack

Sometimes, something you need finds you when you’re not looking for it.

The other day I was reading about my favorite football team, the New York Giants, when I came across an article that said head coach Ben McAdoo read a poem to his team on the first day of preseason camp.

The poem is “If” by Rudyard Kipling.

As soon as I read the first line I believed Kipling was talking to me. After I read the last line, I decided to make a copy, place it an envelope, and leave it as part of my legacy for my son.

Friday, August 18, 2017

As I usually do when I write this column, I try to start your day with a smile.

Here goes, some more of those wonderful church bulletins.

The following actually appeared in church bulletins, bloopers and all:

• The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

• Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

• Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say ‘Hell’ to someone who doesn’t care much about you.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Myths and superstitions abound with Monday’s solar eclipse. PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

With excitement for the coming solar eclipse on Monday, editors at The Old Farmer’s Almanac addressed the myths and superstitions connected to this astronomical phenomenon.

To help dispel fact from fiction, they gathered the folklore, myths and superstitions around solar eclipses. Here’s some of what they had to say:

• In ancient times, native people in Colombia shouted to the heavens, promising to work hard and mend their ways. Some worked their gardens and other projects especially hard during the eclipse to prove it.