Sunday, September 24, 2017


Monday, August 21, 2017

The first year of college can be a tough transition for many students. In addition to being away from home for the first time, students are learning to juggle new classes and friends, as well as how to manage their money.

This can be a lot to handle for a young student, especially if they have never managed money without the help of mom and dad.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1961 will meet at 6 p.m., Sept. 7, at Schick’s Cafe, 50 Mauch Chunk St. in Tamaqua.

All members of the class are welcome to attend.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Amy Mogish of Hometown, known as the “Pencilin’ Peddler,” will offer two new “Chalk and Chew” classes at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

The classes are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and Oct. 18, with both having Halloween-themed projects.

Entry fee covers supplies and a goody from a local bakery. No experience is necessary.

Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 570-668-1192.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Aerianna Linghall, 9, Lehighton: “I had fun going to the pool.”

What was the highlight of your summer?

Friday, August 18, 2017

When I look back on my kids’ childhoods, I tend to catalog every summer by one or two major events.

Of course, we had everyone’s “first” summer, which consisted of first trips to the pool, the park, eating ice cream, and doing all the summertime things that we do.

Then, we had the summer that my Dad died. That was a tough one. Last summer was the summer of “independence,” where I turned laundry duties over to the kids, made sure they knew how to buy a gallon of milk, and make themselves a pot of spaghetti without my help.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Church on the Rock, 1 W. Hazard St. in Summit Hill, will be hosting participants from the Teen Challenge program and choir at 11 a.m. Sept. 3.

The choir will minister to those in attendance through song and personal testimonies and will be available afterward to answer any questions about the Teen Challenge program.

Teen Challenge is for anyone of any age struggling with substance abuse.

If you or someone you know is caught in the grip of addiction, please attend this free event to learn more about how Teen Challenge is saving lives and providing hope for the future.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Sarah Frantz, 15, of Andreas, shows how to hold a smallbore rifle.

Shooting isn’t just a boys sport.

Just ask Sarah Frantz of Andreas.

The 15-year-old has been a member of the Ontelaunee Junior Rifle team of New Tripoli for almost five years and was recently named the top shooter in the state by the Pennsylvania Rifle & Pistol Association in 4 Position smallbore shooting and third in the nation in the category by the National Rifle Association.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
A hummingbird nest is compared to the size of a quarter. BARRY REED/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In a previous column, I detailed a few local bird nests. Today I’ll highlight a few that range from small to large, and unique.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Perhaps you’ve been reading the sports stories about Tim Tebow’s games with the St. Lucie Mets.

Normally, minor league baseball games don’t command as much attention as they have lately. But the St. Lucie management changed all that when they signed Tim Tebow.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted early this summer it was more than Tebow’s athleticism that led the Mets to sign him. He said Tebow was signed “partly because this is an entertainment business.”

And they rightly calculated Tebow would be a major draw.