Saturday, June 24, 2017


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Geisinger Health Plan and Carbon County Area Agency of Aging is offering a free six-week program, “Live your best life with diabetes,” for people living with diabetes or those at risk of developing diabetes. Participants 18 years or older meet once a week to learn how to improve their health. Caregivers, friends and family are welcome to attend.

The diabetes self-management program will take place Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 2 through July 7 at Jim Thorpe Penn-Kidder Senior Center, 995 Route 903, Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A workshop on making jam and jelly, conducted by Penn State Extension, will be held at the Berks County Agricultural Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 19.

Topics covered include: making cooked and freezer jams, pectin use for a proper set, how to process in a boiling water bath and why certain ingredients are essential.

Cost is $15 and the registration deadline is June 14. Register online at (choose Home Food Preservation in the gray box on the left) or call the Berk County Extension office at 610-378-1327.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living and AccessCheck will host a movie night on June 3 at Palmerton Borough Park.

The movie will be Disney’s “Moana.” The night will start with yard games and playground fun at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m. Rain date is June 5.

This project is supported by a grant from the PA Developmental Disabilities Council.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Amanda Beiniek

Amanda Beiniek of Tamaqua successfully passed the Certified Clinical Medical Assisting Certification Exam taken through the National Healthcareer Association. She is a graduate of the Clinical Medical Assisting diploma program at the McCann School of Business and Technology’s Pottsville campus.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mary Jane and Elwood Blocker of Lehighton are celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary. They were married May 27, 1950, at St. Mark’s Church in Jim Thorpe.

Mrs. Miller is the former Mary Jane Miller, daughter of the late Mary and Harold Miller of Jim Thorpe. Her husband is the son of the late Ella and Elmer Blocker of Lehighton.

The Blockers have a daughter, Tina Blocker of Lehighton, and a son, Jerome Blocker of Jim Thorpe. They have five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Lauren Christ and Steven Christ

Lauren Christ recently graduated from West Chester University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a minor in civic and professional leadership.

Her brother, Steven Christ, earned a master’s degree in clarinet performance at the University of South Carolina.

Their parents are Mark and Audrey Christ of Hometown.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
One of the pleasures of retirement, for me, is greater opportunity to take a vintage 1880s highwheel to museums and history-related events, or maybe a special parade, such as this recent cultural celebration near Mount Carmel. SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

It’s been six months since I signed off.

“Are you really gonna leave,” asked a friend. “It’ll be a cold day in hell when you walk away from journalism.”

He was correct, particularly about the weather. A blizzard struck shortly after I retired. So, yes, it was a cold day in hell. Or at least in Hometown, which, for a time, resembled Siberia.

Like everyone else, I spent quite a few days digging out from the March snowpocalypse.

Thankfully, we’ve put it behind us.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Charlotte Vinson, seventh grade “My family and I are going to have a dinner all together, since my grandfather served in the military. We are going to remember him.”

Readers Turn with students from St. John Neumann School in Palmerton

What do you plan to do on Memorial Day?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Alice Cooper’s anthem will soon rule the radio waves as students leave their lockers and hallways far from thought until the air begins to cool and autumn starts its descent.

This school year I donned a backpack and participated in Carbon Chamber and Economic Development’s leadership program.

Much like a young student on the first day of class I was unsure what to expect, although I had the advantage of knowing the women behind the program, Marlyn Kissner and Alice Wanamaker, from my job as a reporter.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lehigh Valley Mindful Eating and Meditation Support Group will meet weekly at 7 p.m. beginning June 5 at St John’s Lutheran Church, 40 S. Second St., Slatington.

Enter at the far right door that goes into the classroom wing of the church. No meetings will be held on holiday Mondays. For more information see Facebook for LVmindfuleating.