Friday, December 19, 2014


Friday, October 24, 2014
In this undated photo provided by Better Homes and Gardens, lighten up Halloween night with luminaries. Do-it-yourself projects include drilling gourds and pumpkins with random holes or in a pattern then inserting battery-operated votives. Cut a pumpkin's access hole at the bottom and clean it out from there. (AP Photo/Better Homes and Gardens, Marty Baldwin)

This Halloween, lighten things up with luminaries. There are lots of quick, do-it-yourself projects to make the flickering lights that welcome partiers or trick-or-treaters.

Besides their welcoming glow, luminaries can add sophistication or fun to a sidewalk, staircase, fireplace mantel or front stoop, says Eddie Ross, East Coast design editor for Better Homes and Gardens. And you can make them from a variety of everyday objects, from milk jugs to glass jars to paper bags.

Friday, October 24, 2014
"Divine Philly: Philadelphia's Vital Role in Christian America"

Author David Emmi will be signing copies of his book, "Divine Philly: Philadelphia's Vital Role in Christian America" at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe.

The book has several ties to Mauch Chunk. In the mid-19th century, the Philadelphia Diocese was the largest Catholic diocese in America.

Labor unrest in the mining regions was trying to be quelled by Archbishop Wood of Philadelphia, who threatened excommunication of any Catholic found to be a member of the Molly Maguires or any other secret society.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Jim Thorpe author at Barnes & Noble

Author Jeff Davis of Jim Thorpe, (writing as J.L. Davis), will be signing copies of his latest novel "CRUDE" at 6 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Wilkes-Barre at the Arena Hub.

"CRUDE" is a psychological suspense thriller, in which Eddie Slate, a normal everyday guy, finds himself spiraling into an apocalyptic world where the only rule for survival is self-preservation after the global oil supply becomes abruptly exhausted.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Getting ready for the holidays by sprucing up around the house?

3M is launching the Home of ScotchBlue Painter's Tape Contest, an online inspiration destination at that features projects to refresh your home all for under $100.

Inspired consumers can submit their own fall refresh project on the site until Nov. 15 to be entered into a contest with a $5,000 grand prize to put toward their own home makeover.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Mahanoy City Senior Community Center will present its annual fall fashion show beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will benefit center services.

The fashion show, featuring fall fashions for all ages by Bon-Ton will be held at the senior center, 138 W. Centre St.

Event donation is $6 and includes light refreshments.

For information or to reserve tickets, call 570-773-0738.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Halloween parade at a popular amusement park provided the creative spark for two girls from Effort.

"We go to the parade every year at Knoebels," says Amy Shupp. She and her husband, Chad, are the parents of 8-year-old twins Emily and Brianna.

"The costumes there are phenomenal."

While watching last year's parade, the girls decided they wanted their costumes for this year to have a theme that would allow them to include their new puppy, Lily.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween spending is expected to reach $7.4 billion this year.

That's a lot of candy.

According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $77.52 this Halloween, up $2.49 from last year. And it's not just candy; that amount also includes cards and decorations, as well as costumes.

"There's no question that the variety of adult, child and even pet costumes now available has driven the demand and popularity of Halloween among consumers of all ages," says NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a news release late last month.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This Sept. 22, 2014 photo shows spicy sweet mole pumpkin seed clusters in Concord, N.H. The granola-like snack takes a more balanced approach to our Halloween sugar rush. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

It's true ... Despite what the kids think, not all Halloween treats need to rot your teeth on contact.

Which isn't to say the goodies we've gathered here a muddy punch and a granola-like snack don't have a sweet side. Rather, we decided to take a more balanced approach to our sugar rush. You know, just in case somebody over the age of 12 wanted some.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS One lump or two? Real sugar or artificial?

When it comes to buying sweetener in the grocery store, your choices are nearly unlimited.

You'll find bags of plain white sugar, found in sugar bowls across America. There's brown sugar, light and dark. And don't forget the small packages of artificial sugars in a rainbow of colors from pink and blue to yellow and green.

While they all do the same job, each has a different role. Artificial sugar has no calories or carbohydrates and is often the first substitute people make when trying to cut calories or carbs.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Monroe County Historical Association has announced a competition and scholarship event for Monroe County high school juniors.

The Monroe County History Challenge will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 in the Monroe County Court House in Stroudsburg. Each county high school is welcome to select two juniors to participate.

The competition will consist of four rounds of questions related to history and government. The first round will deal with international and national questions.