Sunday, August 2, 2015


Monday, June 8, 2015
 In this photo taken on Thursday, June 4, 2015, from left, the Chudoba family, Chad Chudoba, Isaac Chudoba, Rachel Chudoba and Alexandra Chudoba, spend family time together as they walk through Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City. Rachel and Chad are graduates of Family Expectations, a program which provides relationship education. Rachel and her then fiancee Chad were only 19 when they signed up for Family Expectations in 2007; they're now parents of a son and daughter. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Through two decades of debate on whether America's gays and lesbians should have the right to marry, opponents of such unions depicted their resistance as "defense of marriage."

Now, on the cusp of a Supreme Court ruling that could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, the underlying institution is under scrutiny anew.

Does marriage in America indeed need help? What kind of shape is it in? In simplest terms, the diagnosis is mixed.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Good credit is a key ingredient in succeeding financially; yet building a strong foundation takes time. If you are new to credit or are working to improve it, there are many steps you can take to put you on a path to stronger credit.

Here are three essential steps that help you get started:

Friday, June 5, 2015

Schuylkill County Fair Premium Books will be arriving at county residents doorsteps shortly.

If you exhibited last year at the fair then you will be receiving a fair book.

The fair will be held July 27 through Aug. 1. This year's theme is "Harvest the Fun."

Extra printed premium books are placed in business establishments throughout the county.

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority is holding three free composting classes.

Learn how to turn your scraps into rich soil for planting by recycling fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, grass clippings, leaves and more.

Composting your food waste will reduce waste and your cost for disposal and also saving valuable landfill space.

Classes will be held June 13, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 at the waste authority facility in Blakeslee. Classes start at 9 a.m. and last approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Friday, June 5, 2015
Courtesy of Gardener's Supply Company

Reduce your workload, increase productivity and be water wise, whether you are planning, planting or already harvesting produce or enjoying beautiful floral displays from your garden.

Container gardeners may want to invest in self-watering pots. These containers have built-in reservoirs to reduce watering frequency.

Commercial and homemade self-watering devices can also reduce watering frequency. Just make sure to test their effectiveness before leaving town. Or consider a one-time investment in a drip irrigation system designed for container gardens.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Kick Off Summer at Penn's Peak with Buy One, Get One Free tickets to the following concerts.

Ÿ The Official Blues Brothers Revue, June 11

Ÿ The Weight performing the music of The Band, June 12

Ÿ Cinderella's Tom Keifer, June 17

Ÿ Jay and the Americans with special guest The Mystics, June 19

BOGO tickets are available for purchase through the day prior to each show.

Promotion is not valid on the day of show.

The promotion is subject to change and availability. Use offer code TMN241 when purchasing through ticketmaster.

Friday, June 5, 2015

In the last several years, honey bee colony collapse has been the big news. Even now, scientists have not identified the exact cause and mechanism of colony collapse. In fact, it's possible that there is no one cause.

Research at Penn State and other land grant colleges points toward several factors acting together.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Would you like to receive open and honest feedback on your writing?

Join the Black Diamond Writers Network from 10 a.m. until noon on June 20 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Writers who would like to have their work critiqued should bring 15 copies of a one-page work-in-progress (no previously published pieces), double spaced.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059. For directions, call the library at 570-668-4660.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason will perform at Penn's Peak Sept. 20.

Penn's Peak has announced that Dave Mason's Traffic Jam will perform at the Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Sept. 20.

Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic for an evening of rock music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with the music of Traffic and later, the classic recordings that launched his successful solo career in a two-act presentation.

In addition to songs you haven't heard performed in years, you'll see rare historic images as Mason spins tales of those times for an evening that will be long remembered.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Tamaqua Community Theatre group will present its youth theater production of "Pinocchio" on June 19 and June 20 at the Tamaqua Community Art Center.

Directed by Jonathan Rodgers, the Dan Neidermeyer script is being produced and presented by special arrangement with Heuer Publishing LLC of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

It highlights the classic story of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet who walks and talks and gets into trouble while learning valuable life lessons.

Show times will be at 7 p.m. June 19; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 20.