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Monday, May 18, 2015

The annual Wertman Family Association reunion will be held in Danville Aug. 21-22.

It will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 21 at the Mahoning Township Municipal Building with presentations by family researchers. After dinner at the Creekside 2 Family Restaurant there will be a presentation on an Indian raid that occurred during the Revolutionary War.

On Aug. 22, there will be a catered picnic in the pavilion at St. James United Church of Christ. The annual business meeting and auction of art, crafts and other items will follow lunch.

Monday, May 18, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News While the number of houses on the local real estate market remains high, homes are selling in an average of 126 days.  Realtors report that a large selection of homes for sale and low interest rates mean more active buyers. This home on Mahoning Mountain Road was recently listed for sale.

When Kate and Joe Solt Jr. tried to sell their Lehighton home late last year, they weren't sure what to expect. It had been two years since they previously tried to sell. At that time, several real estate agents had suggested the house might be worth less than what they owed.

"We couldn't even afford to put it on the market. We were very disappointed," said Kate Solt. "I heard good things about the market getting better, so we thought we'd try again."

Friday, May 15, 2015

It's easy to think that good soil habits like cover crops and maintaining a healthy top soil apply only to farms and large-scale gardens.

After all, does it really matter if your home's soil is healthy if you won't be feeding the community with its harvest?

"The thing that homeowners have to worry about is losing all of the nutrition in the soil. If you leave the land bare, the rain will just wash the nutrients away," said Eileen East, a gardening enthusiast and Master Gardener with the Penn State Cooperative Extension.

Friday, May 15, 2015
Getting down and dirty

The weather is warmer and the fear of frost is fading. It's time to get digging.

Local gardeners mean that quite literally. The first step to building or maintaining a thriving garden is to pay attention to the soil, says gardening enthusiast Eileen East, who is also a Master Gardener with the Penn State Cooperative Extension.

The dirt that we use to grow our vegetables, flowers, and lawns is so important that the United Nations and the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.

Prepping the ground: Know what you have

Thursday, May 14, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jay and the Americans will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on June 19.

Penn's Peak will host Jay and the Americans with special guest The Mystics at 8 p.m. June 19.

Jay and the Americans, started by four teenage boys in Sandy Yaguda's Brooklyn basement 50 years ago, is one of the lasting success stories in rock 'n' roll history.

Few bands have ever reached the musical heights of Jay and the Americans.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Art and music will abound in Downtown Stroudsburg as the Pocono Arts Council hosts the annual Art on Main celebration from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Art on Main is a visual and performing arts celebration involving both the business and arts community of Downtown Stroudsburg.

Downtown parking will be free from 3 to 8 p.m.

Special events through the day include the ninth Annual PoconoArts Parking Meter "Fine Art" Competition.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, will present the 10th year of its acclaimed Young Playwrights' Festival on Saturday. This showcase of new plays written by local elementary and middle school students performs at Zoellner Arts Center's Baker Hall. The full evening includes a preshow celebration in Butz Lobby at 6 p.m. Theater doors open at 7 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. performance. A post-show gala reception follows in the Lehigh University Art Galleries.

Tickets are $10 for the celebration, $10 for the festival, and $75 for the festival, celebration and gala.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jeff Daniels will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe this evening.

Say the name Jeff Daniels and music is probably not the first thing that springs to mind.

The acclaimed actor has had a long career on stage. He founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan, for which he's written plays. He has appeared in films, such as "Ragtime," "Terms Of Endearment," "The Purple Rose Of Cairo," and on television in the critically acclaimed HBO series, "The Newsroom," for which he received a 2013 Lead Actor Drama Series Emmy for his role as Will McAvoy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a series of classes on Diabetes Self Management Training and Support on four Wednesdays: May 20, 27, June 3 and 10, in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The women's cancer support group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. May 19 at Blue Mountain Health Systems, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton, in the community room, ground floor.

The format is informal and ideal for people who are looking for personal and mutual support for cancer-related issues.

For more information contact Karen at 610-377-6279 or Gerry at 484-629-3522.