Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Saturday, June 11, 2016

We’ve survived another round of final exams.


Can I tell you a secret? I LOVE that my kids have to take midterm and final exams.

I know, I know. I’m supposed to be outraged at the ridiculousness of a kindergartner taking a final exam. I’m supposed to be upset that we put too much pressure on these kids at too young of an age. I know there are many parents and students out there who think I’m completely nuts, but I have my reasons.

First of all, for kindergarten, everything they do all year is cumulative anyway.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Like most of you, I grew up believing in what adults told me and what schools taught me. That’s why I am now a full-blown cynic who holds little faith in the direction this country is heading.

One of my heroes is Diogenes from ancient Greece, the original “off-the-grid” guy. He cast away all belief in government, established religion and material goods to live on the street as a homeless man. When approached by Alexander the Great, Diogenes told the most powerful man in the world, “You’re standing in my light,” meaning that wisdom cannot be achieved from worldly values.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Last summer before I began covering Palmerton for the Times News, I went shopping with my future daughter-in-law for a dress to wear to her wedding.

The store clerks were kind and helpful, and there was plenty of selection. The ladies asked if they could help me find a “mother-of-the-bride” dress.

Well, that answer was no on several fronts, all having nothing to do with them. Let’s just say in the words of Meghan Trainor, “I ain’t no size 2.”

That whole “mother-of-the-bride” dress title really was quite distracting.

Friday, June 10, 2016
The first plants appearing in the Friends of Beltzville State Park pollinator garden are delicate columbine. The Friends are considering the garden a six-year project.

It might not look like much yet, but the new pollinator garden at Beltzville State Park is a powerful example of the difference one person or group can make in the fight to save pollinators.

Tucked behind Beltzville’s Environmental Interpretive Center, the garden doesn’t take much space. It also turned a portion of the interpretive center’s lawn into garden, turning a stretch of grass into a future pollinator haven.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Six area gardens and educational centers will host events on National Pollinator Week’s celebration day in Carbon County.

Events and locations include:

Carbon County Environmental Education Center

151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., master gardener perennial herb garden open; herb sale.

Penn State Extension Office

529 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., master gardener certified pollinator demonstration garden open.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center

8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington

Friday, June 10, 2016

In addition to flowers and vegetables, what else do you “plant” in your yard?

Do you have a flock of pink flamingos? Some quirky wooden stakes? Any unusual garden sculptures?

Maybe you have some old farm implements or interesting statuary.

We’d love to hear from you and see what’s “growing” in your yard.

We might even feature your garden in an upcoming story.

Email us at kcimms@tnonline.com or drop us a line at Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, Attention Lifestyle Department.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Carbon County Art League will host its 35th annual art exhibition on Father’s Day weekend, June 18-19 at the Palmerton Library, 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

The exhibition will feature oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, original photography, pencil drawings, works on paper, mixed media art, sculpture and more. Most pieces are available for sale. Proceeds benefit the Carbon County Art League and the Palmerton Library.

Stop by the show and vote for your favorite work of art. Admission is free.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

“Look Out,” an original comedy by Brian McDermott, opens Friday at the Charles A. Brown Icehouse, 56 River St., Bethlehem. There will be an opening night reception after the show, which is produced by The Crowded Kitchen Players. Ara Barlieb directs.

The show focuses on the lives of four groups of people at various points in time, all summoning the courage and the will to hold on for at least one more tomorrow.

Thursday, June 9, 2016
David Mayfield at opera house Saturday

If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and you probably want to come back for more.

You can Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

This singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy-nominated producer also happens to be as fine an acoustic guitarist as has appeared at the opera house. His roots are buried deep in the bluegrass tradition from a childhood of touring with his family’s band.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Interested in writing? The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon June 25 at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place in Palmer Township.

From 10 to 11 a.m., there will be a regular business meeting. At 11 a.m., author Phil Giunta will discuss the writer’s process of “Idea to Story to Plot,” using a story he recently submitted to a contest to illustrate the concept. He will end the session with a reading from that story.