Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Monday, June 6, 2016
Megan Schoener gets the family cooler ready for the trip.

Webster’s dictionary defines “vacation” as “a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel.”

It is unclear, after much research, if Noah Webster Jr., founder of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, ever actually went on vacations with his eight children. But if he did, it is very likely he came up with the definition of “vacation” before he took his first one.

Monday, June 6, 2016

1. Get comfortable. Stories have been told and read for time immemorial because they are pleasurable and because sharing them draws people together.

Mix reading with warmth and affection. I try to express that in the way I sit. We tuck in on the couch or in a comfy chair. I try to snuggle with my little one, and even with my older ones, ages 13 and 11. Or we lie on the living room floor, all of us, while I read aloud. Even if your child is behind in reading and there’s pressure to make progress, make reading time feel comfortable and caring.

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Kevin Henry and Bethany Pisulak

Andrew and Kathy Pisulak of Lehighton have announced the engagement of their daughter Bethany Pisulak to Kevin Henry, son of Paul and Joan Henry of Edison, New Jersey.

The bride to be is a 2008 graduate of Lehighton Area High School. She attended Bloomsburg University where she received her bachelor of science in education with a minor in business and information technology and also a Master of Business Administration.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Tamaqua High School classes of 1952 and 1953 will hold a combined class reunion picnic on June 25 at Leiby’s Grove in the Lewistown Valley.

Anyone who was ever a member of either class is welcome to attend.

Invitations and registration forms were mailed to known class members. Anyone who didn’t receive their invitation, or who needs more information, may call 570-668-1831 or 570-668-3109.

Reservation deadline is June 18.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley, opens its 25th season on Friday. The season will be dedicated to its founder, the late Gerard J. Schubert, who passed away in December.

Performances this season include:

• “The Little Mermaid,” Friday through Aug. 6, Schubert Theatre

• “West Side Story,” June 15 through July 3, Main Stage

• “Julius Caesar,” June 22 through July 17, Schubert Theatre

• “The Great Divorce,” June 27 only

• “The Taming of the Shrew,” July 13 through Aug. 7, Main Stage

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Justin Timberlake performs during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden. AP FILE PHOTO

NEW YORK (AP) — If Spotify’s predictions are correct, Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” will be a summer song you can’t stop singing.

The streaming music service revealed its picks today for the songs likely to be unavoidable this season, including Ariana Grande’s “Into You” and “One Dance” by Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Rock, folk, country, blues — you want it, you got it.

There’s a terrific lineup of entertainment coming up at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe. Make sure to mark your calendars.

• Tonight, Michael Franti & Spearhead, 8 p.m.

• Friday, The Outlaws, 8 p.m.

• Sunday, The Fab Four, 8 p.m.

• June 9, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, 8 p.m.

• June 17, Average White Band, 8 p.m.

• June 18, Kix with Autograph, 8 p.m.

• June 23, Happy Together Tour, 8 p.m.

• June 24, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Danielle Nicole performs Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Danielle Nicole appears at 8 p.m. Saturday with her band at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

A 2014 Blues Music Award winner, there’s not a time in her life that singer/bassist/songwriter Nicole doesn’t remember loving to perform.

Nicole comes from generations of singers.

Her grandmother, Evelyn Skinner, was a big band singer. Her mother, Lisa Swedlund, taught her everything she knew while growing up and listening to all different kinds of music from the Everly Brothers to the B-52s.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
ABOVE: Angie Wagner of Kempton works on a basket. BELOW: Wildlife artist Dan Christ paints in his studio. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

ll roads lead to local artists and their wares during the 11th annual Hawk Mountain Arts Tour and Sale at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. This free, self-guided driving tour features more than two dozen artists who will display, sell and demonstrate a diverse range of fine arts and crafts, the majority from award-winning, juried artists.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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I have always wanted to see weekly or monthly menu ideas, for my family, a real family ideas for my family, a real family with four children with six different tastes in food.

Simple and healthy, but not to the point of spending hours in a grocery store finding ingredients (many I’ve never even heard of), to put into a meal I am confident that no one would eat.

Our two oldest children are good eaters and will try just about anything. Our two youngest, not so much.