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Monday, March 21, 2016
Bokashi is a composting method that uses fermentation to quickly break down food scraps, waste, even bones with little to no smell. STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS

One of the best ways to inexpensively improve your garden is also the simplest: Composting.

Traditional composting can be done at very little cost and with just a bit of effort: Combine nitrogen-rich “green” materials (grass clippings and food scraps) and roughly twice as much carbon-rich “brown” such as dried leaves with water, and let it sit.

Over time, this waste will decompose into a rich soil additive.

Eileen East, a gardening enthusiast and Master Gardener with the Penn State Extension Office, has been composting for years.

Monday, March 21, 2016
Spring has sprung

With warm temperatures moving in, it won’t be long until local gardeners are planting their flowers and vegetables.

While it will still be several weeks until the ground and overnight temperatures are warm enough for most plants, March is the perfect time to begin preparing for your spring garden.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Kelly Mott and Kyle Klimowitch

Kelly Mott and Kyle Klimowitch, both of Barnesville, are engaged to be married.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jenelle Mott of Troy. She is a 2006 graduate of Troy High School and a 2013 graduate of Temple University. She is employed by Schuylkill Access Management in Pottsville.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Karen and the late John Klimowitch of Barnesville. He is a 2006 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 2010 graduate of Penn Tech. He is employed by Heim Construction of Orwigsburg.

A wedding date is set for July 1 of this year.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Justin Brower and Kelsey Gerber

The engagement of Kelsey Gerber of Lehighton to Justin Brower of Cockeysville, Maryland, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Blair and Leslie Gerber of Bethlehem, and Pamela Buchinsky of Lehighton. She earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Gettysburg College in 2013. She is a student and teaching assistant at American University, where she is working toward her master’s degree in public archaeology.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Mr. and Mrs. William Ravert of Bowmanstown are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on March 19, 1966.

Mrs. Ravert is the former Cheryl Steigerwalt, daughter of the late Wilbur and Althea Steigerwalt of Palmerton. Her husband is the son of the late Charles and Miriam Ravert of Walnutport.

William worked for the former New Jersey Zinc Company for 33 years, then for a property maintenance company until retiring in 2007.

Cheryl worked for Scotty’s Fashion’s, and Blue Mountain Health Systems until retiring in 2014.

Friday, March 18, 2016
Lutte and Lapp’s award winning EPA exhibit at the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show.

Todd Lutte of Jim Thorpe and Jeff Lapp of Hilltop in Bucks County, took home three gold medals last weekend at the 187th Philadelphia Flower Show.

This year’s show theme, “Explore America,” inspired the team to design and build an educational exhibit using native area plants, titling it “Preservation and Protection: Saving America’s Natural Heritage.”

The pair work for the Environmental Protection Agency’s mid-Atlantic region wetlands enforcement and regulation branch, covering Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Friday, March 18, 2016
Not your grandpa’s show

With the two-year anniversary show around the corner, “40 Story Radio Tower” creator and host, J Ferron Hiatt, warns it’s not your grandpa’s Prairie Home Companion.

“We consciously try to make ‘40 Story’ follow the radio-style format. The show isn’t one long story, it’s made up of shorter, independent segments like drama, comedy, suspense, whatever the writers want to do. The special thing is the live performance aspect,” said Hiatt.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Lancelot, played by Ben Estrella, sings to his beloved, Guinevere, played by Deanna Kahn, during a dress rehearsal for “Camelot” at Pleasant Valley High School. JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/TIMES NEWS

This coming weekend, Pleasant Valley High School will present its spring musical, “Camelot.”

The musical, written by Alan Jay Lerner and Fredrick Loewe, tells the story of King Arthur, his queen, Guinevere and the knights of the roundtable.

The musical will include a cast and orchestra made up of over 60 students under the direction of Dan and Marcie Mulligan.

The orchestra is under the direction of Sarah Klein.

The cast includes Kurt Ammermann as Arthur, Deanna Kahn as Guinevere and Ben Estrella as the dashing, romantic Lancelot.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Tamaqua Area Drama Club cast members, at left, Emily Barrett (The Cat in The Hat) and, right, Olivia Stettler (JoJo) rehearse a scene in advance of their upcoming performance.

It all begins with an odd red-and-white striped hat.

Those who wish to find out where “Seussical the Musical” goes from there should plan to head to the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium this weekend.

The Tamaqua Area Drama Club will present its rendition of the musical at 7 p.m. Friday, and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Doors open one hour before show time. The cost of tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for children.

The musical promises to be both a fun and entertaining show, according to Amy Delpais, drama club director of marketing.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

An Easter Cantata, “Champion of Love,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Evangelical Free Church, 2420 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, in Lehighton. The church is located three-quarters of a mile west of Normal Square.

For more information call 570-386-4547.