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Friday, September 4, 2015

Well, it’s back-to-school time. I remember when I was in school (a zillion years ago), almost every year the teachers would ask us to write an essay on what we did over summer vacation.

For the most part, mine looked pretty boring on paper.

How do you write an exciting essay about riding a bike, reading comic books up in a tree with a best friend, swimming in the local swimming hole in a creek, going to church picnics or lying in the cool grass looking up at the sky and imagining dragons and puppy dogs out of the clouds?

Friday, September 4, 2015
Buying milk requires a thinking cap and some strategy, far from the simple days when milk was milk. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

There can be too much of a good thing, especially at the supermarket.

When we have too many choices, we’re less reluctant to buy.

Psychologists at Columbia University Business School conducted tests and discovered that when shoppers are given the option of choosing which jam to buy, they’re 10 times more likely to make a purchase if they can select from six rather than 24 flavors.

I can relate.

Shopping for milk, bread and eggs has become similarly complicated.

Milk, as I knew it, has undergone transformation.

Friday, September 4, 2015

When was the last time you made the effort to make a new friend?

If you’re a kid, the answer might be 10 minutes ago. Kids have a knack for making new friends.

They see someone about their own age, give a little smile, and ask if they want to play. Or, they just start talking.

There is no hesitation, no awkwardness, no worrying about what they say or how they will be perceived.

Remember those days?

The farther away from childhood we are, the harder it is to easily reach out to a new friend.

The older we grow, the harder it is.

Friday, September 4, 2015

I’m tired of sleeping.

Recent research reports that the eight-hour sleep requirement is a myth, and is not based on scientific evidence. Besides, do the math. If you live to be 66 years old and get eight hours of sleep each night, you will have spent 22 years with your head on a pillow with your eyes closed. Your actual “life” has been reduced to 44 years. To be alive we need to be awake. Death will take care of making up for lost sleep.

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation’s mission is “to improve the economic climate and quality of life in Carbon County by providing services, information and advocacy for our members and the community.”

Looking back, a number of volunteer leaders who serve as CCEDC board members along with the CCEDC staff worked together on a mission statement that would best describe what we do.

Friday, September 4, 2015
James Bretz uses a manual milling machine at BTM Inc. STACEY SOLT/CONTRIBUTED TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dozens of lathes, milling machines and custom metal work are found throughout BTM Inc.’s manufacturing floor.

It’s the type of setting you’d expect in any metalworking shop. But you wouldn’t expect to find this kind of shop in a quiet section of Jim Thorpe, tucked near the end of Center Street.

“This is the type of business you’d expect to find in an industrial park, maybe in Allentown,” said Dave Henritzy, operations manager at BTM.

Friday, September 4, 2015
Alexander Connor and Ashley Clewell

The engagement of Ashley Marie Clewell to Alexander David Connor has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of William and Corinne Clewell of Jim Thorpe. She is a 2006 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School. She is also a 2011 graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting.

She employed by The Jim Thorpe Camping Resort and H&R Block.

Friday, September 4, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Michelle Zenie, left, executive director of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, and son Cole, stand near a sign recognizing September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Cole is a 12-year survivor of leukemia.

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. To help spread the word throughout the month we will share the stories of several families affected by this insidious disease through our series: The voices of pediatric cancer. In their words, these families will speak about what it feels like to learn your child has cancer, to watch them suffer through treatment, the heartbreak of loss and the promise of hope.

“I don’t feel well.”

If you’re a parent, you’ve heard that sentence more times than you care to remember.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Performing at The Strawberry Playhouse Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 will be, front from left, Jenna McBreen and Lucille Fala-Brennan; and back, David Marchetti and Rick Lorady. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Strawberry Playhouse will open its 12th season with “A Little Bit of Country and A Little Bit of Rock and Roll” featuring D’Lite Side with David Marchetti at the keyboard and lead vocalist Lucille Fala-Brennan, owner and partner of the Strawberry Playhouse.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and 2 p.m. Sept. 20.

An intimate cabaret style setting gives this show an up close and casual feel.

The playhouse will be offering complimentary coffee, tea and soda. Assorted sweets will be available for purchase.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

This week the Mahoning Drive-In presents a family fantasy double feature with “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001) at 8:30 p.m. and “The NeverEnding Story” (1984) at 10:30 p.m.

Gates open at 6 p.m.