Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Friday, August 28, 2015
ABOVE: John Bova, left, son of entombed miner Louis Bova, unveils the Sheppton Mine Disaster historical marker on Saturday assisted by J. Ronnie Sando, believed to be the lone surviving rescuer. BELOW LEFT: Louis Bova, right, seen shortly before the disaster, along with wife Eva and father-in-law George Kase. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

t was a moment of powerful emotion.

John Bova, 52, the former miner who lost his father in an unspeakable tragedy, yanks on a blue sheath as a crowd of 200 erupts in applause.

The cloth drops, unveiling a pristine, blue-and-gold historical marker, ensuring that John’s father, entombed miner Louis Bova, will never be forgotten.

A split-second later, John collapses to the ground in tears, completely surrendering to tension and perhaps exhaustion after years of shouldering an unforgiving load. Wife Bonnie Gold Bova rushes to his side.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Emily Ward

Emily Ward of Tamaqua has been named to the dean’s list for the 2014 fall semester and 2015 spring semester at Philadelphia University, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce.

She is majoring in fashion merchandising and management and is a member of FAME, Fashion Apparel Merchandising Experience Club. As a member of FAME, she was selected to tour Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City, QVC in West Chester and participated in “The Bellevue Gets Engaged” event in Philadelphia, a large bridal expo, which included a bridal fashion show featuring designer Nicole Miller.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Plair Koch

Mr. and Mrs. Plair Koch of Lehighton, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 26, 1950, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Lehighton, with the Rev. Herr officiating their ceremony.

Mrs. Koch is the former Carolyn LaRose. She is the daughter of Morris and Grace (Frable) LaRose.

Mr. Koch is the son of Harry and Mary (Beidleman) Highland.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Jeannie Carl pops her freshly made soap from the mold.

Do-it-yourself may appear to be a new trend, but according to those who do it themselves, the idea is nothing new.

DIY is everywhere, from home renovations to clothing and jewelry-making, right down to soap and cosmetics.

Jeannie Carl and Selena Mazmanian, both of Jim Thorpe, became soap makers a number of years ago.

“I was at a Women and the Outdoors conference one summer eight years ago,” said Carl. “I signed up for an archery workshop, but all that was available was soap making.”

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center will present a Victorian Home and Garden Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 27.

The self-guided tour of 20 Victorian homes and gardens will offer a glimpse inside Jim Thorpe’s 19th century homes, including the Dimmick House, the Convent home on West Broadway, and the Stone Row home at Three Mountains Gallery on historic Race Street.

Friday, August 28, 2015

This week’s The New York Times Best Seller List: 1. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee. (Harper.) In the mid-1950s, a grown-up Jean Louise Finch returns home to find that her adored father is not as perfect as she believed.

2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead.) A psychological thriller set in the environs of London.

3. “Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber. (Ballantine.) Jo Marie, keeper of the Rose Harbor Inn, and two guests deal with trouble in relationships.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Monroe Farmers Market, in connection with the Shawnee Inn, will host its Farm-to-Fork Harvest Dinner on Sept. 13.

Guests will dine on the Grand Lawn of the Shawnee Inn with an opening reception on the veranda. The culinary team is preparing a diverse menu to showcase a variety of locally sourced foods. ShawneeCraft beer will be on tap to accompany the fare. A decadent assortment of desserts will be served, prepared from seasonal fruits, local honey and more.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

For the Love of Art: Watercolors by Frank A. Pietrucha

Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, Aug. 24 through Oct. 26.

Lecture by Dr. Diane Pietrucha Fischer, 11 a.m. to noon, Sept. 10 at College Center 146. Opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Communications Hall Gallery, NCC Main Campus

Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday

For more information contact Tom Shillea at 610-861-5062.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, welcomes Tennessee-based special guests, The Barefoot Movement, back for a second performance this year, at 8 p.m. Sept. 4.

Reminiscent of the Dixie Chicks, The Barefoot Movement is anything but your standard bluegrass band, despite their 20-something ages.

Their styles stretch from traditional Appalachian music to bluegrass, folk, country and pop, thrilling the audience with their narrative lyrics, tight three-part harmonies, hot instrumental riffs and catchy vocal hooks.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Easton Corbin knew he wanted to be a country singer long before he learned how to play guitar.

“One of my earliest memories is from when I was 3 or 4,” he recalls. “I was sitting between my parents in the car and a song came on the radio — it was Mel McDaniel’s ‘Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On.’ I began using the gearshift as my microphone. The desire has always been there.”

Now those dreams are coming true.