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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Michele L. Yondura and William M. Spatz, Tamaqua

Bernadette M. Beckett and Neal D. Confer, Tamaqua

Friday, October 17, 2014
This undated photo provided by Generac shows a portable generator available for homeowners. Portables are powered by gasoline and need to be manually started. Although built-ins are more expensive and require professional installation, they turn on automatically in power outages. (AP Photo/Generac)

As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones.

Prices have come down, thanks to growing demand and cheaper technology. But the idea of buying and installing one can still be daunting, mainly because there are so many variables to consider.

Much depends on how much you want the generator to do.

A look at some generator basics:

Built-in

or portable

Friday, October 17, 2014
MUM'S the word

No other season is as colorful as fall. From the rich, vibrant shades of autumn leaves to the brilliant azure blues of an October sky to the happy hues of Halloween pumpkins.

It seems almost an embarrassment of riches to also be surrounded by the beauty of the iconic fall mums.

With a little care, you can enjoy your mums through the season as annuals, or with a little more care and a bit of luck, you might even be able to coax them back to life next year.

"Fall mums are hardy mums," says Barbara Zehner, from the Flower Tent on Route 443 in Lehighton.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Nathan Ziegler was crowned Homecoming King and Jessica Olewine was crowned Homecoming Queen at Northern Lehigh High School Friday during halftime ceremonies as the Bulldogs faced Salisbury High School.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Nico Agosti was named Homecoming King while Lauren Nietz was crowned Homecoming Queen at Marian Catholic High School during halftime ceremonies Friday as the Colts took on the Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
What's happening

Book signing in Jim Thorpe

Local author Jeff Davis (writing as J.L. Davis) will be signing copies of his latest novel from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Soundcheck Records on Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

"CRUDE" is a psychological suspense thriller, in which Eddie Slate, a normal everyday guy, finds himself spiraling into an apocalyptic world where the only rule for survival is self preservation after the global oil supply becomes abruptly exhausted.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lauren Anderson was crowned Homecoming Queen and Jacob Wiersch was crowned Homecoming King during homecoming

festivities at Northwestern Lehigh High School on Sept. 26.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY THE ARTIST Janis Ian will perform Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Award-winning songwriter Janis Ian will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House this Friday.

The stop in Carbon County is part of a 10-day tour throughout the northeast.

"It's a solo show, just me and the guitar," said Ian. "We just finished two sold-out crowds in Providence, where I've never played before. I think people have a better time than they expect."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

When Janis Ian was launched into the spotlight in 1967 with "Society's Child," a song about an interracial relationship and a white girl's disapproving parents, she tapped into the nation's growing rage over interracial relationships.

"Society's Child" was written by Ian when she was just 14 years old. The song was banned from many radio stations, and one station in Atlanta that did play the song was burned down.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Locally owned and operated wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will introduce wine lovers to the region's official wine grape during Chambourcin Weekend Saturday and Sunday.

Chambourcin is the only wine grape that is grown by all nine wineries. Each winery will feature its own activities such as wine tastings, live entertainment, vineyard tours, or food and wine pairings. Event hours at all of the wineries are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Chambourcin Weekend is a free event, however some wineries charge for tastings.