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Monday, April 28, 2014
AP Photo/Lee Reich This undated photo shows the Star of Persia (Allium christophii) in New Paltz, N.Y. Flowering onions alliums mostly appear as  pastel pompoms atop slender stalks. Plant this ornamental onion for beauty and not for eating by deer or humans.

Chomping down on a rosette of freshly emerging tulip leaves is just the thing to drive away winter doldrums for deer. Crocuses probably taste almost as good to them.

There's no need, though, for us humans to forsake the blossoms of spring bulbs; there are plenty that don't appeal to deer.

Daffodils, for example. Deer won't eat them. So plant daffodils to your heart's content without any worry that their tops will be chomped off before the flowers even unfold.

Monday, April 28, 2014
Courtesy of Infinity Lawn and Garden Incorporating raised flower beds using stone planters can beautify the landscape without taking a lot of time or effort.

Don't let a sore back, bad knees or lousy soil stop you from gardening. Elevate your garden for easier access and better gardening results.

The simple act of creating a raised bed improves drainage in heavy clay soil. Add in some organic matter to further increase drainage and improve the water holding ability for sandy soils.

And if your soil is beyond repair or you don't want to wait, a raised garden allows you to bring in quality soil and create a garden right on top of the existing soil or even paved areas.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Organic yogurt maker Stonyfield is voluntarily recalling 188 six-packs of 4 ounce YoBaby Peach/Pear cups with the code date June 05 2014.

The cups should have the UPC 052159701161.

Friday, April 25, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Diana Ahner wears a turquoise shirt over a tan and brown skirt.

A fashion show featuring local models and fashions by Coldwater Creek of Allentown highlighted the Administrative Professional luncheon Wednesday at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. The event was hosted by Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development and Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Kaitlyn Moffat

Kaitlyn Moffat of Weatherly was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Jr. Teen Allentown/Harrisburg pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, May 11.

Kaitlyn learned of her acceptance into this year's competition when the pageant announced its selections following interviews in the Allentown/Harrisburg area.

She will be competing in the Miss Jr. Teen division, one of four divisions for girls age 7 to 19. Competition will include modeling routines, including casual and formal wear. She will also be judged on her interviewing skills and personality.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Woman's Club of Lehighton will hold its annual "Spring Tea" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 7.

The meeting will be held in Luther Hall at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 South Third St. in Lehighton.

Guests for the evening will include the Woman's Club of Nesquehoning. The club invites other women in the community to join them to meet others, enjoy entertainment, refreshments, and visit neighbors.

The program will include a presentation on the subject of photography in our National Parks by Bob and Connie Reinhart of the Palmerton Camera Club.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Palmerton Area Library, located at 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is sponsoring a new writers group which will meet at the library on the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

The first meeting will take place on May 6.

All published authors or aspiring authors of romance or mystery are invited to attend. The group will critique and edit each other's work and share publishing and marketing ideas.

Any editors or English specialists who simply enjoy reading or critiquing are welcome to join.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre will be hosting auditions for a production of "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown."

The theater group is looking for actors ages 10 and up.

Auditions will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday

Actors will need to sing two lines of their favorite song and provide a two-minute monologue.

For more information, call 570-590-7621 or email

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

With warmer weather on the horizon, it's time to think about all those great outdoor gatherings that will pop up during the next few months.

In addition to holidays, like Memorial Day and Fourth of July, there is usually a host of graduation parties, bridal and baby showers, church picnics, family reunions and just good old get-togethers.

With that in mind, it's a good idea to always have a tasty, crowd-pleasing recipe on hand that's easy to make and feeds a lot of people.

This salad, which was another of my mom's great recipes, fills the bill.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Spring is finally melting the last snow of winter and the bulbs are up in gardens all over Carbon County. Now is a good time to think about plant propagation.


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Spring is the time to plant seeds. Fresh seeds are available from local garden centers, and for many of us, seed propagation is the cheapest and easiest way to get new plants. This is especially true for annual flowers and vegetables.