Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Going to the Carbon County Fair was an annual summer ritual for my Summit Hill friends and me.

When I was younger, my parents and I would go, and we would explore the wonders of the many animal exhibits, the homemade desserts and other baked goodies that county residents concocted in an effort to win blue ribbons, stopped at many food stands, and, of course, I went on all the rides and amusements.

There was one section of the fairway which always intrigued me but was off limits: the sideshow tent.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Meghan Preiss, industrial and service design student in The Savannah College of Art and Design wins International Design Award.

Preiss received a gold IDA in the category of media and home electronics and an honorable mention. IDA awards are given to the best emerging talent in architecture, interior, product, graphic and fashion design worldwide.

Preiss won an IDA award for her design of “Oculus,” a semiautonomous camera that captures a user and their surroundings.

Oculus was recognized as one of the best in emerging product design worldwide.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016

Summer brings with it sun, fun and plenty of time spent outdoors, particularly when trying to catch up with projects around the house.

When tackling those household jobs, don’t forget to keep safety in mind, particularly around electricity. Statistics indicate that about 400 people are electrocuted each year in the U.S. and thousands more are injured as a result of electrical incidents.

Summer is typically the prime season for those types of injuries.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Here’s a look at the top 10 books on The New York Times Best Seller list.

1. “Truly Madly Guilty” by Liane Moriarty: Tense turning points for three couples at a backyard barbecue gone wrong.

2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins: Psychological thriller set near London is full of complications and betrayals.

3. “The Black Widow” by Daniel Silva: Gabriel Allon, the Israeli art restorer and spy, recruits and trains a doctor from Jerusalem to help capture a secret ISIS terrorist in France.

Friday, August 12, 2016
Damn the Torpedos

Damn the Torpedoes will pay tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 570-325-0249 and 24/7 online at mchojt.com. Tickets are also available at Soundcheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe at 570-325-4009 and at the opera house on the day of show.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Families are invited to the Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to explore the electrifying world of Mad Science, a program that supports scientific literacy for millions of children nationwide.

Children will be encouraged to get excited for the new school year with fun, educational and free activities such as a make your own Slime booth and interactive fire and ice presentations, featuring gravity-defying beach balls, bubble showers and more.

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Home Water & Septic System Workshop sponsored by Penn State Extension will provide information on protecting, testing and treating private water supplies. Experts will also discuss septic system inspection and maintenance. Learn how to protect your health, your property and our shared groundwater and surface water resources.

The free workshops will take place Aug. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carbon County Emergency Management Center in Nesquehoning. Pre-registration is required.

Friday, August 12, 2016
Garlic mustard basal rosette. This is a plant you won’t want growing in your yard or garden. PHOTO COURTESY TOM HEUTTE, USDA FOREST SERVICE

Take a walk around your landscape and you’ll see them everywhere. The weeds are up. I mentally divide my weeds into two major groups: ones that spread by seeds and ones that spread by roots and seeds.

All the annual and biennial weeds are in group one, the difference being that the biennials usually put down a short tap root and grow a rosette of basal leaves in year one and then flower in year two. The annuals go all out in one growing season, so they usually have fibrous roots.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
This July 12, 2016 photo shows chocolate peanut butter baked doughnuts in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP) Copyright - Melissa d'Arabian

Doughnuts are my kryptonite.

Fried sweet dough dipped in glaze, and then dunked into a cup of steaming-hot coffee? Yes, please. And I will give this to you straight: once or twice a year, I’m all in. I load up the car and take the kids to our favorite doughnut spot and we throw caution to the wind.

But for the average Sunday-brunch-type of indulgence, a girl needs a plan. I wanted to create a doughnut that would scratch the itch on a more semiregular basis. And the baked version is just the ticket.