Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Friday, May 9, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A musical cabaret, "Remember When" will open the 11th season of the Strawberry Playhouse next weekend. Front from left, Jenna McBreen and Lucille Falá-Brennan. Second row, David Marchetti and Rick Lorady. Also performing will be Cassidy Munley.

The Strawberry Playhouse, 60 Church St. in Tuscarora, opens its 11th season with an entertaining musical cabaret, "Remember When" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17 and at 2 p.m. May 18.

Remember When offers music from the past and present spotlighting vocalists Jenna McBreen, Cassidy Munley and Lucille Falá-Brennan, with a featured performance by Rick Lorady

McBreen, a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a bachelor of arts in theater, has performed throughout the area and Philadelphia.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the 443 Beacon Restaurant, Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton, to plan for the 50th anniversary reunion.

All class members are welcome to attend. Any questions can be addressed to lehighton1965@gmail.com.

Friday, May 9, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Michael E. O'Donnell signs copies of his book "Increasingly high water during Wednesday's rains called for flairs and orange cones to be placed along a section of Mountain Road in Slatington just east of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. By 6:30 p.m., standing water at least four or five inches deep had completely covered the roadway from one side to the other in several spots.."

Jim Thorpe Area High School has received a gift of a book written by a graduate and former resident of Jim Thorpe.

Michael E. O'Donnell, class of 1960, has published "O'D: A Memoir Fifty Years of Teaching and Travel."

The collection of essays traces his career as a passionate teacher who has traveled worldwide.

Most of all, the essays are about people he has met and who have influenced and helped him.

O'Donnell attended East Stroudsburg University, where he majored in French. He joined John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps in 1962 and served in Morocco.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
DAVID WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gina Lisella, left, and John "Chet" Michalik, have organized a support group for those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. The group held its first meeting for people in the Carbon and Schuylkill counties at the Summit Hill Heritage Center. The group meets once a month from March through November on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. Because of Mother's Day, the group will meet this month on May 18.

A wrong number and renewed contact with a friend suffering from a related condition led Gina Lisella to form a support group to help others as well as herself and her friend John "Chet" Michalik deal with the difficulties of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

"There are a lot of people with multiple sclerosis that need a support group, and a few months ago I decided it was time to start one here," said Lisella before their first meeting at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last month.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Black capped chickadees are familiar to all of us. They are a nonmigrating species, but they are more noticeable in winter when they arrive at our birdfeeders together with tufted titmice, nuthatches and juncos.

Black caps range from Pennsylvania northward to Canada and Alaska, and they are a quintessential woodland bird, eating seeds, berries, insects, and nesting in tree cavities made by woodpeckers or tree rot.

This cheeky little bird became the focus of a research project led by biology professor Robert Curry from Villanova University.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The TRIAD/Project Lifesaver will meet from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St. in Allentown.

Ellen Lansberry will speak about how to stay at home. There is no charge to attend.

For more information call 610-966-8511, email martha.lieberman@rcn.com or go to projectlifesaver.org.

The main purpose of TRIAD is to help seniors to be made aware of safety issues as well as other topics that might be of interest.

Monday, May 5, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Debbie Balch, administrative assistant for Care Net of Carbon County, left, fits Bonnie Lynn Reason, 11 months, into a car seat, as her mother, Crystal Reason, of Lansford, watches. Car seats are required to keep children safe when riding in a vehicle.

As new parents prepare to leave the hospital, the staff makes sure the new parents know how to properly restrain the child in the seat, making their first ride, and every ride thereafter, as safe as possible.

"We want to be sure every family is using a child safety seat," said Deanna Shisslak, certified child passenger safety technician for Lehigh Valley Health Network's parent education program, "and if they don't have a seat, we want to be able to assist the family in securing a child safety seat.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Parents should keep in mind that car seats won't last forever.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Shannon Yorke, a certified car seat technician, said the life span of a child's car seat is about six years because the plastic can break down and become brittle and may not withstand a crash.

"When you think about it, the seat is in extreme weather conditions, such as really cold during winter and really hot in the summer," she said.

"The plastic is constantly going through changes as far as weather, so after a certain period of time it isn't reliable anymore."

Monday, May 5, 2014

Children need to be safely restrained when riding in a vehicle. To make sure they are secured properly, there are a few tests parents can do.

Inch test

According to SafeKids Worldwide, the inch test looks at if the seat is tightly secured in the vehicle.

Once the seat is installed, tug the base to see how far it moves. If it moves more than an inch from side to side or front to back, then the belt or latch system needs to be tightened.

Pinch test

The pinch test is done when the child is in the seat.

Friday, May 2, 2014

A respected member of the community, who passed away last year was remembered fondly Tuesday evening by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

Friends and colleagues joined historical society members at the Broadway Grille and Pub in Jim Thorpe to honor Susan Sterling and celebrate her life.

Historical society President Helen Van Pelt presented a plaque to Sterling's husband, Jack. It read "The Mauch Chunk Historical Society honors Susan Marie Gilkeson Sterling for her many years of service to the society and to the Jim Thorpe Community."