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Monday, September 22, 2014
Direct from the runways

Checks? Oh yes! Mad for plain? Indeed!

As designers unveiled their spring 2015 collections recently on the runways of New York, London and Milan, models strutted their stuff in gingham, checks and plaid.

You can bring the look into your home with these two new designs from Hampton Forge. The Tomodachi collection includes this gingham cutlery set. Maybe you prefer the Skandia plaid laser etched flatware.

Check out these designs and more at

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) – Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week's U.N. climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.

The Emmy award-winning actor spoke at a reception Thursday night to celebrate the launch of a book entitled "Addressing Climate Change" featuring the work of award-winning English photographer Henry Dallal. Its contributors include U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, who attended the launch.

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) – A new women's only dance workout is putting the moves on fitness and self-esteem.

Former Miami Heat dancer Janet Jones created the Vixen Workout two years ago after she lost her job as a financial assistant and her high-energy routine has caught on in New York and other cities.

The workout has a nightclub vibe complete with low lighting, strobe lights, foggy mirrors and the sounds of Beyonce, J.Lo or other popular singers.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pets are living longer and healthier lives thanks to developments in veterinary care and dietary habits.

However, that doesn't change the fact that their health begins to decline in their senior years at around the ages of 6 or 7.

"Pets age at a much faster rate than humans. For every one human year, a pet ages seven," says Dr. Mitsie Vargas a veterinarian based in Winter Haven, Florida.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Soft Claws nail caps is an inexpensive alternative to declawing cats.

You love your cats, but have no such love for the damage they can cause to your furniture.

We recently welcomed two new members to our family. They're soft, cuddly and cute. That being said, there is one problem with them, all those claws.

The newest members of our family are two kittens, Jack and Bob. Kittens are playful and fun but can also be destructive to your home. While scratching is natural behavior for cats, it can often cause problems for cat owners.

Friday, September 19, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY Melinda Myers, LLC. Shred fall leaves with a mower and leave them on the lawn to add organic matter and nutrients to the soil.

You can see and feel the change of seasons. Fall color is starting to appear, pansies, mums and asters are in the garden center and your thoughts are turning to preparing your landscape for winter.

Those in warm climates are switching to winter annuals, while those in colder regions are fortifying their landscapes for the cold winter ahead. No matter where you live, invest some time in preparing your landscape for the change in seasons. Dedicating some time now will pay off with healthier, more beautiful plants next spring.

Friday, September 19, 2014

C.F. Martin & Co. Inc., Nazareth, was first to take advantage of new funding available for conservation landscaping projects in the Lehigh Valley.

About 200 native shrubs and perennials were installed near the entrance of the famous guitar facility, and Martin Guitar added another 45 plants on its own. The new plantings feature an interpretive sign that explains the wildlife value of the new garden.

"I wanted this garden right near our main entrance where people can see it," said owner Chris Martin, during the official garden opening.

Friday, September 19, 2014
This undated photo shows sprinkling soybean meal on the hay within this compost pile is one way to add nitrogen for quicker composting, in New Paltz, New York. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, "Compost Happens." Sometimes, however, it doesn't happen fast enough.

That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor in what a pile is fed, or to issues of moisture or aeration.

Feed your pile

Thursday, September 18, 2014

According to, Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza will be the voice of Grumpy Cat in an upcoming Lifetime movie.

In "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever," written by Tim Hill and Jeff Morris, Grumpy Cat will portray a cat who lives in a pet store and is never chosen for adoption, which explains her crabby disposition.

Plaza, who is known for her monotone portrayal of April Ludgate, is considered to be the purr-fect choice. Jane Lynch (Glee) had been rumored for the part.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Lorne Possinger, Timm Berger, Janet Sweeney, Elissa Garafalo, Dan Kunkle, Ellen Ferretti and Anita Collins contributed to the dedication of the arboretum and trail head at the East Penn end of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

According to Gifford Pinchot, first U.S. chief forester and a former Pennsylvania governor, "Conservation is the foresighted utilization, preservation and/or renewal of forests, waters, and lands."

With that in mind, the East Penn end of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, part of a formerly denuded "moonscape," was dedicated as a new trailhead and arboretum last Friday.

Dan Kunkle, the center's director, explained that the land had been purchased by Doug Gause, who decided he wanted it to become part of the nature center and offered to sell it at a good price.