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Monday, February 1, 2016

Shower rugs

Product:Aqua Rugs with four plastic suction cups.

The rugs are intended to provide a slip resistant surface in the shower or bathtub and were sold in beige and clear, and in two sizes: 29.5 inches by 17.25 inches, and 21.75 inches by 19.75 inches. The rugs have a plastic border and only four plastic suction cups. They were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Dollar General and other retail stores nationwide, online at Amazon.com and BuyAquaRug.com and through a live television show on QVC from July 2012 to September 2015.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Burn Awareness week: Tips to prevent injuries

Approximately 350 children age 19 and under are injured as a result of fire or burn-related causes every day, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

In recognition of Burn Awareness Week, Feb. 1-7, First Alert offers tips for keeping your family safe from devastating burn injuries.

In the kitchen:

• Cook on back burners when young children are present, and keep all pot handles turned back, away from the stove edge.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Presentation on Underground Railroad in Allentown

“The Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania” will be the subject of a slideshow lecture at 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Friday, January 29, 2016

As winter wears on, a few cheap and easy fixes can help keep homes warm while saving energy and money.

The average household spends about $2,000 a year on utilities, almost half of which goes toward heating and cooling, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Luckily, a little savvy can go a long way toward reducing heating bills. Five ideas from the energy experts:

Think clean, clear and efficient

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has an educational video on home energy audits, offering tips for consumers to detect and correct issues in their home to save both energy and money this winter.

“In Pennsylvania, we can spend a lot of our home budget on energy for heating, cooling, appliances and lighting,” said a PUC consumer educator in the video.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Due to last weekend’s blizzard, 40 Story Radio Tower with Craig Thatcher and Nyke Van Wyk will be performed this Sunday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Show time is 4 p.m.

This month’s musical guests are the dynamic duo local blues-rock icon Craig Thatcher with violinist Nyke Van Wyk. The dynamics and energy of their performances captivate listeners of all ages with a unique blend of styles ranging from blues to rock, fingerstyle to Celtic and everything in between.

Join host Joe Ferron Hiatt and the cast of actors, poets, writers and frolickers.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
O.A.R. coming to Penn’s Peak Feb. 5

Classic American author Thomas Wolfe famously stated “you can’t go home again,” but don’t tell that to the members of O.A.R. On their eighth studio album, “The Rockville LP,” the shape-shifting rock band found that returning home triggered a journey of creative renewal and inspiration.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Culture clash

Jim Thorpe’s historical Dimmick Memorial Library on Broadway has partnered with the Carbon County Art League for the months of February and March in a new program.

The library began displaying various works of art for sale by local artists at the end of 2015 with a percentage of sales being donated back to the library.

“We are trying to highlight talent from Carbon County,” said library director Mariann Kmetz.

According to artist, Mary Anne Shafer, the league became involved after Kmetz contacted her.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Dr. Donald Boomgaarden

Dr. Donald Boomgaarden, pianist, will perform romantic compositions for the next Simply Grand Concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at the WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston. Seating is free.

The program includes the Viennese waltzes by Schubert and Brahms, as well as a number of Chopin’s most famous mazurkas, preludes, nocturnes and waltzes.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Pocono Arts Council, along with several local partners, will host a juried exhibition, “The Earth Speaks II,” in April in the ARTSPACE Gallery.

While last year’s exhibition focused on the climate crisis, this year’s theme has been expanded to include the environmental crisis. Artists are asked to use their art as a vehicle for raising consciousness of this important issue.

The show is open to all, with awards available in a variety of mediums including 2-D, 3-D, photography and printmaking. Students are encouraged to enter.