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Thursday, August 25, 2016
“The Words She Thought She Would Never Hear”

Erica Felix enjoys writing in a variety of genres.

The Lehighton resident said she writes about whatever strikes her fancy. Her first book was a fictional romantic short story. Then this quiet and shy author wrote about her children and her parents. She didn’t stop there though.

Felix also tried her hand at writing a children’s book, which she published. She has two more children’s books in the works, plus a horror story, and a fictional tale about a drug addict.

“This is what I enjoy doing,” she said.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

“It Was a Very Good Year” will showcase the talents of the late star Frank Sinatra through the great Tony Sands on Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

This show is a must-see for any Sinatra fan and covers Sinatra’s life from his early days in Hoboken, New Jersey, to his triumphant emergence from retirement. Sands has incorporated stunning graphics that entice you the moment the stage lights dim, and the music begins.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Philadelphia-based visual artist Natessa Amin will showcase her work during the H. Paty Eiffe Invitational Annual Exhibition Series at the Haupert Union Building at Moravian College, Bethlehem.

The show runs from Saturdaythrough Sept. 17. A reception and artist talk will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 7.

Amin earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her work has been shown in Brussels, and at the Woodmere Art Museum and Ice Box Project Space in Philadelphia.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
This image released by Epix shows Richard Armitage as CIA Officer Daniel Miller in a scene from "Berlin Station," premiering on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. (Stephanie Kulbach/Epix via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The fall television season has been an annual rite since viewers were splitting their time among the trio of networks on their black-and-white TVs.

Nowadays, watching TV isn’t even limited to TV screens, while dozens of channels are spewing out new series for the modern pampered audience.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Brandon Everett of Lehighton continues to harvest tomatoes from his garden in Lehighton. STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

If you’re growing tomatoes, you’ve likely waited months for that first ripe, juicy taste. After months of weeding, watering and tending, they’re finally here.

This year’s tomato crop has arrived with a bang. That’s great news for gardeners with a craving for BLTs and salsa. But it doesn’t take long for a gardeners be overwhelmed by a surplus of tomatoes.

Howard Sheckler of Lehighton is making the most of this year’s tomato crop.

He typically grows 20-24 plants, but cut back to just a dozen this year.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
This undated photo provided by KFC shows an image from an ad campaign featuring actor George Hamilton portraying Colonel Sanders, as he holds a bottle of Extra Crispy Sunscreen. On Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, KFC gave away 3,000 bottles of fried-chicken scented sunscreen to drum up buzz for its Extra Crispy chicken. (KFC via AP) Copyright - KFC Corporation

NEW YORK (AP) — KFC gave away 3,000 bottles of sunscreen that it said smelled like fried chicken to drum up buzz for its Extra Crispy chicken.

Several Associated Press reporters who tested the sunscreen said the smell did not immediately bring to mind chicken, however.

The stunt is another way for KFC to promote its Extra Crispy fried chicken. In June, it hired always-tan actor George Hamilton to appear in commercials as Colonel Sanders.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
In this photo provided by The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a healthy volunteer receiving the NIAID Zika virus investigational DNA vaccine as part of an early-stage trial to test the vaccine’s safety and immunogenicity. This is the first administration of this vaccine in a human. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES VIA AP Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu

WASHINGTON — Wanted: Volunteers willing to be infected with the Zika virus for science.

It may sound bizarre, but researchers are planning just such a study — this winter, when mosquitoes aren’t biting — to help speed development of much-needed Zika vaccines.

The quest for a vaccine began less than a year ago as Brazil’s massive outbreak revealed that Zika, once dismissed as a nuisance virus, can harm a fetus’ brain if a woman is infected during pregnancy.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Q. Since my eyes started to go, I’ve been hallucinating and I’m afraid to tell anyone about it. Any ideas?

Hallucinations can be a symptom of a variety of problems — both physical and mental. They can be caused by schizophrenia, dementia, depression, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, fever, drugs, and alcohol. You should see a doctor immediately about this symptom.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
COURTESY UNITED HEALTH CARE

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

Children face unique eye health challenges, including injury, infection, reading difficulties and nearsightedness.

According to the American Optometric Association, 80 percent of what a child learns is through his or her eyes. The inability to see clearly can affect a child’s physical, mental and social development, which in turn can affect academic and athletic performance andself-esteem. Many times a child is unaware and won’t complain if their vision isn’t normal.

Monday, August 22, 2016
The lazy days of summer are ending for millions of children as they grab their backpacks, pencils and notebooks and return to the classroom for a new school year. No more staying up late during the week. Farewell to sleeping in. And, hello homework! AP PHOTO/SETH PERLMAN, FILE Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu

WASHINGTON — No more staying up late during the week. Farewell to sleeping in. And hello, homework!

The lazy days of summer are ending for millions of children as they grab their backpacks, pencils and notebooks and return to the classroom for a new school year.

Some facts and figures to know as the new school year begins:

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