Thursday, September 1, 2016


Saturday, July 30, 2016
Arthur Kell and Mimi Roper

Richard Roper of Westford, Massachusetts, and Buffy Roper, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and formerly of Palmerton, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Mimi Roper, to Arthur Kell, son of Laura Kell of Westford and Ron Kell of Mill Valley, California.

Both Mimi and Arthur graduated from Westford Academy in 2007.

The bride-to-be graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 2011. She is a leasing manager at Golden Goose Properties in Durham, New Hampshire.

Friday, July 29, 2016
Cheryl Freundt stands in the butterfly garden at her Franklin Township home. The balustrade in front of her matches the one her friend Julie Graver has. Graver’s garden was featured in the Home section July 22. KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

t’s probably safe to say that Cheryl Freundt of Franklin Township doesn’t have a green thumb. She has two. And judging by the beauty of her many gardens, chances are she’s employing the use of eight other green digits as well.

Freundt’s yard boasts everything from a large vegetable garden to a tiny fairy garden.

And while plants are important, each space is embellished with the unusual. Most of those items have a story to tell as well.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Crazy Quilters Quilt Guild will meet at 7 p.m.Tuesday at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 Cedar Crest Blvd., Emmaus.

The program on Women and Quilting During the Civil War will be presented by Michele McLaughlin and Beth Bacher. Visitors are welcome. There will be a $5 charge for visitors.

For information, visit

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 891 Columbia Ave., Palmerton, will sponsor a free community meal from 5-6:30 p.m.Aug. 9 at the church.

The menu will include grilled hot dogs, macaroni salad, pickled cabbage and potato chips. Strawberry punch bowl cake will be served for dessert.

The public is invited to join church members for this event.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The second annual Schuylkill County Grown Cooking Contest will be held at the Schuylkill County Fair at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 under the south overhang of the Main Exhibit Hall.

The Schuylkill County Grown program is designed to promote locally grown produce and other farm market products, such as milk, eggs and even Christmas trees. People today are interested in where their food comes from and how it is produced or grown. This program offers a way for producers and businesses to mark those products that are grown in the county.

There are two categories, adult and youth (under 18).

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Size matters! Enjoy a glass of wine — just one — with these three tricks of the pour. A summer filled with festive gatherings is a happy summer indeed!

But if “wine o’clock” comes early — and often — it’s a good idea to check your serving size.

Call it a design flaw, but we are notoriously bad judges of volume when it comes to wine, and factors like the shape of the glass and even your pour pattern can affect how much you consume.

To enjoy your drink without overdoing it, keep these tips in mind:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Tamaqua Area Cross Country Boosters will host its first Smokin’ BBQ from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Owl Creek Reservoir in Tamaqua. The day will begin with a 5K race at 10 a.m.

Sister’s Cantina in Tamaqua will be providing the main courses.

For more information, check the club’s Facebook event page or call Rich at 570-668-5140.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Theresa Carle-Sanders and Diana Gabaldon enjoy a glass of wine in Scottsdale, Arizona, after signing 1,100 copies of Carle-Sanders’ new cookbook. “Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook.” Gabaldon, author of the wildly popular “Outlander” series, wrote the foreword for the book. PHOTO COURTESY THERESA CARLE-SANDERS Copyright - RYAN PARRA

Suffering from “Droughtlander?”

Not to worry.

Fans of author Diana Gabaldon and her wildly popular time-traveling “Outlander” series can now re-create the tastes of 18th century Scottish Highlands to 1960s Boston at home. Theresa Carle-Sanders’ new cookbook, “Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook,” was published last month to rave reviews. It’s currently an Amazon best-seller.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pocono Raceway will host the 21st annual Pennsylvania Wing Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13 and will award $4,000 in prizes.

Formerly the Pocono Wing Off, the newly branded festival will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. Rain or shine, the festival will take place in the Chalet Village located behind the grandstands of Pocono Raceway.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The heat of summer is a grave risk for older adults. The National Safety Council offers easy to apply guidelines to outsmart the heat when the thermometer rises. Its advice offsets the serious health risks that adults with chronic medical conditions encounter.

Risks include lack of fluids, absence of air-conditioning, excessive clothing, overcrowded places, physical inactivity and access to transportation.