Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Friday, August 1, 2014
AP Photo/Sony Pictures Television, Ed Miller Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, right, and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, center, and Grant O'Rourke as Rupert MacKenzie, in a scene from Starz' new TV series, "Outlander."

NEW YORK (AP) – There's an odd believability you find inside "Outlander" that somehow makes it feel true-to-life.

Never mind that it's a rip-roaring fantasy. Claire, a lovely British Army nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept from 1945 back to 1743, plopped into a strange and alien existence, including marriage to a dashing Scottish warrior, even as she struggles to return to "modern" times and the husband she left behind.

Premiering on the Starz network at 9 p.m. Aug. 9, "Outlander" is adapted from Diana Gabaldon's wildly popular novels.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the members of the Slatington 150th History Committee who are creating the book "Slatington at 150: More Stories to Share" in honor of the borough's 150th anniversary are front, from left,  Candyce Mantz-Merkle and Judy Snyder, who is holding the book  "Slatington and Surrounding Communities," which was published in 1989; and back, Robert Stettner and Tim Snyder.

What better way to commemorate Slatington's Sesquicentennial than with a book that pays tribute to its namesake.

"Slatington at 150: More Stores to Share," is being published in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the borough's incorporation, and is expected to be completed by the fall.

Once completed, the book will be available for Christmas delivery. Order forms may be found at the Slatington Library, 620 Main St., as well as the Slatington 150th Store, 647 Main St.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Maria and Mother AbBess, played by Katie Evans and Martha Cox, sing a duet of the song "My Favorite Things."

Generations have enjoyed "The Sound of Music," the movie musical which brought the story of Austria's Von Trapp Family Singers to the big screen.

Most of us know the general plot line, as fictionalized in the movie. Maria, in training to become a nun, instead becomes the governess and later the wife of Captain Georg Von Trapp.

The two and their seven children flee the Nazi regime by sneaking away during a music festival, trekking over the Alps into Switzerland.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Penn Kidder Library Center is now settled in at its new, bigger location next to Mauch Chunk Trust Company in the Pine Point Plaza in Albrightsville.

The library is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The Summer Reading Club meets at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

On Tuesday there is Yoga with Ron from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants need a yoga mat. The cost is $13.

Wednesday is Story-Time from 11 a.m. until noon for preschoolers. It is frog week.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Thomas Novinger, M.D., MBA, is Senior Medical Director for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Many of us have been in a situation where an accident or injury around the house cutting a finger while preparing dinner or falling from a stepladder while cleaning or hanging decorations leads to the question "should I go to the emergency room?"

Nationwide, hospital emergency rooms treat nearly 130 million patients each year, mostly for serious injuries and illnesses.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Drew Cortright and Lauren Strohl

The engagement of Lauren Strohl of Palmerton and Drew Cortright of Slatington has been announced by their parents.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Rodney and Zoeanne Strohl of Palmerton and graduated from Palmerton Area High School in 2007.

She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education from Millersville University in 2011 and is presently pursuing a master's degree in reading at East Stroudsburg University.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The next Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lehigh Carbon Community College, Jim Thorpe campus.

Note the time change of the meeting.

The topic will be "How to Build a Support System for the Grandparent who is Raising a Grandchild."

Any grandparent raising a grandchild is welcome to attend.

Friday, July 25, 2014
This Thursday, July 3, 2014 photo shows Hope Clarke, 16, left, as she wraps yarn soaked in craft glue around a balloon while Hadley Hagemann, 16, works on a giant tissue pom-pom at a crafting night hosted at Clarke's house in Arvada, Colo. After the glue dried, Clarke popped and removed the balloon to reveal a colorful orb for hanging. Crafting encourages creativity, develops imagination and counters the many hours teens spend on their computers, phones and other "screens." Activities such as crafting allow parents to connect with their teens in a healthy way. (AP Photo/Jennifer Forker)

A few months ago, I launched a diabolical plan to entice my teenage daughters to spend more time with me, and to semi-shelter them from the maddening world.

I started a Friday Crafting Night for my two girls and their friends.

Brad Sachs, a psychologist who works with adolescents and families, calls family crafting "a lovely metaphor for what parents need to do at this point in child development.

"We can't abdicate our authority; they still need us. On the other hand, we can't craft them. We need to supply them with the materials and the capacity to craft themselves."

Friday, July 25, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS The cereal aisle at the Jim Thorpe Market in Jim Thorpe. About 80 percent of the foods we eat every day are made with genetically modified ingredients.

It seems as though the food industry is becoming more and more transparent, stamping labels on packages that practically scream everything from "vegan" to "gluten free" to "all natural."

The one aspect that you won't find indicated on a label, however, is whether or not the product contains a GMO, or a genetically modified organism.

The term refers to any plant or animal that has been genetically engineered with DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria and viruses.

The first plant to be genetically modified in a laboratory was a tomato, about 20 years ago.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

YONKERS, NY Beauty products and cosmetics have become overgrown with labels covered with flowers and greenery and words like natural and healthy.

The September 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features an in-depth look at hidden health risks that can be found in cosmetics and other beauty products, ingredients to avoid and more.

"The problem is that some of these manufacturers are appealing to shoppers looking for healthier beauty products by changing what's on the container not what's in it," said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor in chief of ShopSmart.