Sunday, April 23, 2017


Thursday, April 14, 2016
Antonio Lorenzo prepares for his role as Albert Peterson during Tuesday’s dress rehearsal.

The Lehighton Area High School Drama Club will present “Bye Bye Birdie” with showings on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Set in the 1950s, “Bye Bye Birdie” tells the story of teen heartthrob and singer Conrad Birdie (Tyler Ritter) who has just been drafted into the army. Birdie’s manager, Albert Peterson (Antonio Lorenzo), is experiencing hardships with his record company AlMaeLou and is desperate to write Birdie one last hit song before he goes off to war.

Thursday, April 14, 2016
ABOVE: Members of the Harmony Scholars perform at last weekend’s ACS Telethon at Penn’s Peak. From left, Kirstyn Kunkel, Huntre Keip, Grace Williams and Noah Easterly. BOTTOM: From left, Cassidy Ryan, Megan Heckman, Alyssa Buss and Jordan Reis, perform “Time Warp” during last weekend’s cancer society telethon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Panther Valley High School’s annual “Harmony Scholars” program will take to the stage this Friday and Saturday night.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the musical spectacle that has raised thousands of dollars for local charitable endeavors.

For 25 years, Panther Valley students have been putting on the production, where they lip-sync along to modern and classic hits. Senior Zachary Gilbert, who’s participated in the program for four years, says in some ways the production is harder to put together than a regular singing performance.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Join Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 20 for songs of spring.

The Weatherly Area High School Band and Chorus will be on hand for the evening, providing musical entertainment for all the residents and guests. Light refreshments will be provided to those attending.

This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. RSVP by calling Rachael or Toni at 570-427-4500.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

RNs, LPNs and CNAs who worked during 1970-1982 are invited to join their colleagues at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at Macalusos in Nesquehoning.

It will be a time to catch up with old friends, laugh, reminisce and enjoy a great buffet.

If interested, contact Roxie Downs at 570-778-3573, or Alicia Lewis at 570-778-1739 by Friday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System and the Palmerton Lions Club will co-host a Community Health and Information Fair from 9 a.m. to noon April 23 on the main floor and dining room at the Palmerton Hospital Campus of BMHS, 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
This March 2, 2016 photo shows Alsatian onion pie in Concord, N.H. This simple pizza-like dish gets a tremendous amount of flavor from onions, which are cooked slowly in a small amount of bacon fat. (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch)

Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, I used to work behind the scenes with Julia Child during her appearances on “Good Morning America.” It was my job to prepare the food she would put before the cameras.

Once, when I knew in advance that I couldn’t be there for one of her upcoming appearances, I invited a pal of mine — a culinary professional — to try out for the gig. We prepped the food as usual, and at the end of the day I thought my friend had done a dandy job. Julia flatly disagreed and said she wouldn’t hire her. I was flabbergasted.

“Why not?” I asked.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
This March 2, 2016 photo shows lemon raspberry pound cake muffins in Concord, N.H. These rich muffins are well suited to dessert, but also would be fine for an indulgent breakfast. Made with juice and zest, their deep lemon flavor is complemented by the raspberries. (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch)

resh lemon — including the juice and the peel — is one of my all-time favorite ingredients, in part because it’s just so versatile.

It can be the star of the show (as in this recipe) or a brilliant supporting actor (as in so many of my everyday dishes).

It’s indispensable in fish dishes and pairs beautifully with all sorts of vegetables, raw and cooked. I also reach for it regularly to brighten up soups, stews and sautes.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Do you know the differences between a nursing home and an assisted living facility?

Long-term care offers a broad range of medical, personal, and social services needed by people unable to meet the basic living needs for an extended period.

The basic needs include bathing, eating and dressing, and it requires the aid of a caregiver or home helper to do them.

Residents living in an assisted living facility or nursing home receive help carrying out these activities.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Q. My mother had varicose veins in her legs and now I’m getting them. She put up with them. I don’t want to. So how do I get rid of them?

Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins that bulge in legs, but they can appear in other places. Varicose veins are more common in legs because veins from the groin to the ankles endure the most pressure of any veins in the body.

Varicose veins affect half of people over the age 50. Women get varicose veins more often than men.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Health and nutrition consultant Sean McGeehan shares his personal story of overcoming Crohn’s disease and offers health tips to Tamaqua’s Older and Bolder group. KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

“Children being born today could be the first generation in two centuries who will not be expected to outlive their parents.”

That startling tidbit was shared with the members of Tamaqua’s Older and Bolder group last week during a presentation by Sean McGeehan, a health and nutrition consultant.