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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Families have difficulty managing long-term care for aging parents and relatives, especially with limited funds.

The top challenges include navigating health and long-term care options and finding ways to pay for the high costs. A small number of families have the means to afford the expense of in-home care, assisted living or nursing homes.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Horses & Horizons plans fall funfest

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. will hold a Fall FunFest on Sunday from 1 o 5 p.m. at the center.

It features two fundraisers: the organization’s Annual Walk-A-Thon plus a “Horse Plop Bingo.” There is an indoor riding arena, so activities will be held rain or shine.

Monday, September 21, 2015


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

If so, join the Black Diamond Writers Network on Oct. 17 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 or Tamaqua Public Library at 570-668-4660.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Identity theft seminar

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is reaching out to the community by holding a seminar on “Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft.” It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at its branch at 257 Brodhead Road, Bethlehem.

The seminar will focus on such topics as: Learn how to protect yourself and what to do if your identity has been stolen.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Lehighton Class of 1976

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1976 will meet at Sapore’s Restaurant in Lehighton at 7 p.m. Tuesday to plan the upcoming class reunion.

Any questions, call Ann at 610-826-5703.

Friday, September 18, 2015

What is your favorite meal at school and outside of school?

Friday, September 18, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Foster

Grace Community Church in Lansford was the setting for the July 18 wedding of Sandra Virginia Labenburg, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Labenburg Sr., formerly of Lehighton, and John Thomas Foster, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Foster of Camden, New Jersey. The Rev. Jeremy Benack officiated the double ring ceremony.

Friday, September 18, 2015

OK. How many of you have ever done anything so monumentally stupid you can’t begin to believe it?

I’m talking so stupid, you wonder how you managed to survive 64 years with all your fingers and toes.

Well, I did a lulu. A real wallapalooza. It was about as stupid as showing up to climb Mount Everest in flip-flops and a bikini.

Friday, September 18, 2015

It’s amazing seeing things through the eyes of a 2-year-old.

As a child, you see the world as a fun place filled with mystery and magic. There are numerous things to learn about and dozens of places to explore.

Your only responsibilities include exploring, playing, listening to your parents and having fun with friends.

Countless hours are spent pretending they are pirates, cowboys, doctors, astronauts and more, and they don’t even think twice about it.

But the magic that is childhood fades as you get older, gain more responsibilities and grow up.

Friday, September 18, 2015
The Victorian highwheel is a relic from the 1871 birth of human-powered transportation. Learning to ride is challenging, but once you do, it’s sheer fun, as seen here during my recent visit to Mahanoy City. ANDY MATSKO PHOTO

It was a crazy idea.

One of those things you think about doing but never actually do.

Unless you’re me. I sometimes do those crazy things.

Fifteen years ago I became fascinated by the 1880s Victorian Highwheel.

Highwheels are those outrageous contraptions regarded as the world’s first bicycles.

Even more, they’re the first machine invented to allow man to use his own power to travel far distance on land.

I saw the highwheel as pure art in motion and always was fascinated when I’d see old highwheel portraits in Victorian photo albums.