Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Monday, November 9, 2015


The Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock Club will be reorganizing at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Morgan household in Pine Grove. The club will elect officers and plan programs and activities for the coming year.

The Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock Club is an active group of youth breeding and raising livestock for the Schuylkill County Fair and the PA Farm Show. The club geographically covers territory from Pine Grove to Tamaqua and areas of northern Berks County. It is open to youth ages 8 to 18 interested in learning about how to raise livestock for the market place.

Monday, November 9, 2015


Tune into the Food Network tonight to watch Lehighton sugar artist Candy Repsher Knappenberger get her shot at a $50,000 grand prize.

Knappenberger will compete on “Cake Wars: Christmas,” which premieres at 9 p.m.

“Cake Wars: Christmas” is hosted by Jonathan Bennett.

Seven teams, each consisting of a cake artist, sugar sculptor and master food carver, will attempt to outdo each other with their outrageous holiday displays to jingle all the way home with a sweet $50,000.

Monday, November 9, 2015


Pocono Greyhound Adoption will be holding a Pet Photos with Santa at Tractor Supply, 486 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton, on Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dec. 13, from noon to 4 p.m.

The following will be available: single photo with card frame, DVD with multiple photos and sitting for photo with personal camera.

To learn more about the event, including prices, or about adopting a greyhound, or phone 570-856-0377.

Monday, November 9, 2015
On its Motorola Droid Turbo 2. Motorola replaced glass with various forms of plastic to make its 5.4-inch screen shatterproof. The glass can crack if it hits a hard surface with enough force. MOTOROLA VIA AP

NEW YORK — New Android phones appear with regularity, but far too few of them really seem ... new.

Sure, cameras keep getting better and phones keep getting faster. For the most part, though, you’d be hard-pressed to single out many new features that aren’t just tweaks for the sake of tweaking. Though manufacturers frequently customize Google’s Android software to set their phones apart, those alterations often just make things worse by hiding features or breaking some apps.

Monday, November 9, 2015
The 1908 current courthouse with the reviewing stand. From the photo archives of William G. Schwab.

Editor’s note: This is first installment in an occasional column by local historian William G. Schwab.

A mere 14 years after the Lehigh Canal was completed, the economic might of the area was so great that Carbon County came into being.

By Act Number 41 on March 13, 1843, the county was formed from parts of Northampton and Monroe counties.

Reading the statute, there was not a great deal of controversy separating those townships north of the Blue Mountain from Northampton County, but apparently there was some negotiation as to what would be taken from Monroe County.

Monday, November 9, 2015

When I was a child I read a story called “Country Mouse, City Mouse” about finding your place in the world.

The original Aesop’s fable told the tale of a city mouse visiting his country mouse cousin. Appalled at the meager existence of the country mouse, the city mouse invites him to visit his home in the city.

Although country mouse found a rich and delicious metropolitan feast in the city, he was turned off by the perils of city living.

The country mouse was happy to return to his country home where he could bask in a lifestyle more suited to his nature.

Monday, November 9, 2015

It just happened again.

I watched one of those television ads. A woman smiles throughout the commercial while she enjoys family activities and it’s all because she is taking a prescription drug that has apparently given back her life.

A voice in the commercial, however, warns the viewer about possible side effects, everything from diarrhea, constipation, profuse perspiration, kidney failure, suicidal tendencies, blindness and fatal bleeding, just to name a few.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Today’s column features some funny jokes about the honesty of children, plus a few others.

While I sat in the reception area of my doctor’s office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. As she went to the receptionist’s desk, the man sat there, alone and silent. Just as I was thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy slipped off his mother’s lap and walked over to the wheelchair. Placing his hand on the man’s, he said, “I know how you feel. My mom makes me ride in the stroller, too.”

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Saturday, November 7, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Behler Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Behler of Lehighton recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 19, 1953, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe.

Mrs. Behler is the former Frances C. Smith, originally from Jim Thorpe.

They have four children: a son, Robert Jr., and his wife, Daralyn; a son, Martin (deceased); a daughter, Bonnie, and her husband, Neil; and a son, Tyrone, and his wife, Vickie.

They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
The double murder took place at the steps leading up to the parsonage at the former Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, seen here. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

he son of a Palmerton couple gunned down near their church 60 years ago has responded to a recent Times News Spotlight story to provide more accurate information and a firsthand account of what transpired on a day that changed his life.

Matthew and Mildred Daneker lost their lives on Oct. 3, 1954, at the hands of gunman Daniel Falcone. Their son witnessed the tragedy.

Robert M. Daneker Sr. of Fogelsville says he was fully aware that the victims were his mother and father, contrary to published reports.

“I did recognize my parents,” says Daneker, a retired pastor.