Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Monday, October 13, 2014

PPL Electric Utilities focuses on helping customers stretch energy dollars.

Given a choice, you probably wouldn't chop a 3-inch hole in the wall of your home. Besides being unsightly, it would let a lot of cold air inside.

By the same token, if you have a -inch gap at the base of your 3-foot-wide front door and don't do anything about it, you may as well have that hole in the wall. It has the same effect when it comes to heat loss.

Friday, October 10, 2014

In simpler times, container gardening was small-scale landscaping using flowering annuals. Enjoy their color for one season and go with something new the next.

But shifts toward food production and mixed container planting perennials with annuals have changed all that, creating the need for overwintering.

Friday, October 10, 2014
They're back! Remember the Gypsy Moth?

There is clear evidence that the gypsy moth has returned to our area in large numbers.

Anything above 250 egg masses per acre of forest is cause for concern, and ranger David Horvath at Mauch Chunk Lake Park is reporting 1,700 masses per acre at the campground and picnic areas of the lake. He expects similar results on the south side of the lake.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Marian High School, Hometown, will celebrate Homecoming Friday when the Colts host the Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes. Homecoming candidates are, front from left, Sadie Kosar, Lauren Nietz, Katie Healey and Kayla Rodick; and back, Nico Agosti, Josh Ambruch, Chris Bruno and Nick Sully. Following the football game, a social event will be held in the school cafeteria, from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 570-476-0641.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Poster by Madison Martinez

Carbon County has some very talented students.

The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, along with the Carbon County Conservation District, announced recently that Brynn Wentz, Madison Martinez and Jennifer Stank were three of the five state level winners of the National Association of Conservation District's 2014 "Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil" poster contest.

Soil is a complex mix of minerals, air and water. It also teams with countless microorganisms and the decaying remains of once-living things. It is made of life and it makes life.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
 LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, The Sew What Quilt Guild members Brenda Wentz and right, Terri Sheckler (president), display the 1868 antique quilt which will be featured at the 8th Annual Quilt Show at the Palmerton Area Library, Sunday, Oct. 12.

The autumn evenings are beginning to get chilly and nothing feels more cozy than wrapping up in a warm quilt. Even seeing a quilt brings a cozy feeling.

To help you get that warm feeling, visit the Palmerton Area Library's eighth annual Quilt Show from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the library, located at 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

There are many quilts on display from area quilters.

Organizers are looking for more quilts for the show.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is funding a program that provides free breast cancer screenings for un/underinsured women in Carbon County.

The recent $9,975 Blue Ribbon Foundation grant was awarded to Palmerton Hospital, part of Blue Mountain Health System, to enable 95 at-risk women referred by local physicians to receive the screenings in the coming year.

Women whose mammograms indicate an abnormality will have access to a free diagnostic ultrasound provided through another funder.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1989 will hold its 25-year reunion from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, Nov. 28 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley in Breinigsville.

The party will continue at the Sam Adams Pub, (located inside the hotel) after midnight.

For more information, contact Susan Sidoriak at 610-409-9691.

Reservations and payment must be received by Oct. 28.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Women's Cancer Support Group and Zion U.C.C., Second and Iron streets, Lehighton, are planning the annual Service of Healing at 3 p.m. Oct. 21.

All who desire to attend are welcome.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Annamarie Fiducia and Josiah Behrens were crowned 2014 Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King at Jim Thorpe Area High School Friday during half-time ceremonies.