Thursday, May 25, 2017


Friday, May 19, 2017

Chelsey Knipper, daughter of Randee and the late Jack Knipper of Coaldale, was recently awarded a master of financial engineering degree from Berkeley University of California.

A graduate of Panther Valley High School, she additionally completed courses at Penn State University and the University of Texas to achieve a master’s degree in physics. She also studied for a semester at Leeds University in England.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Chloe Diekman, “This summer I am going to Ocean City, Maryland. We go to the boardwalk and fish for crabs in the bay.”

With summer right around the corner, what are you most looking forward to doing?

Friday, May 19, 2017
The flower of the fly poison plant. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Fly poison is a plant with wide leaves and white flowers clustered on top of a 1- to 3-foot-tall leafless stalk and it is a rather striking plant.

Flowers bloom mid-June through July in Carbon County. Fly poison is similar in appearance to another North American wildflower called the Eastern turkeybeard.

It can be found growing in the same areas as fly poison.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Bill Seidl, a retired officer from the borough of Fountain Hill and Allentown Police Department, takes aim at the 100-yard target. Seidl and Mike Wheeler took turns shooting downrange as each name of a fallen officer was read. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

During a Monday morning memorial service at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club, retired Allentown Police Department Lt. D. Scott Reinhard called out each name of the 145 law enforcement personnel who died across the country during 2016.

As Reinhard named each of those heroes, he was unaware of the brave actions of another hero, Bill Seidl, retired as a police officer from Fountain Hill, and Allentown.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Joseph A. Heery of Mahoning Township has been recognized for his exceptional academic performance by being named to the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

A freshman majoring in international business, with a minor in theology, Heery is also a member of the Lynn University Fighting Knights baseball team.

He is a 2016 graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

He is a son of Christopher and Gretchen Heery of Mahoning Township. He has three brothers, Ryan, Sean and Stephen.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Aubry Beers

n the heart of Tamaqua there is a tiny, little garden where fairies come out to play.

Aubry Beers hasn’t seen them, but she’s certain they’re there.

“There are five fairies,” says the 7-year-old daughter of Ashly Casler and Jared Beers of Tamaqua. “They come out at night.”

She knows this, she says, because sometimes they leave the gate of the miniature picket fence open.

Aubry has had her fairy garden in a corner of the yard since last year when she was given a castle, just perfect for the diminutive sprites, last June for her birthday.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Roundheaded apple tree borer. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

After weeks of cold weather, we can finally get our plants into the ground. Yea!

Now to your questions.

Q.What is chewing inside my apple tree?

Friday, May 19, 2017

In conjunction with EMS week, May 21-27, Kid Zone/Blue Mountain Health System and the Pennsylvania State Police will be performing free car seat checks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Palmerton Ambulance Building at 501 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton.

Results from previous car seat safety checks have shown that four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. To be sure yours isn’t one of them, bring your child in his or her car seat for a safety check by a safety specialist.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Alzheimer’s caregivers

The Alzheimer Association Caregiver Support Group at Blue Mountain Health System meets monthly from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton campus at 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton. The next meeting will be Monday.

Donna Kravelk, a registered nurse on the Older Adult Behavioral Health Unit at BMHS, will facilitate the group. The intent will be to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Carbon County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mahoning Valley Farmers Market, 2533 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton.

The sale will feature annuals, perennials, heirloom tomatoes and unusual plants, all grown and donated by Carbon County Master Gardeners. Plants will include native flowering and nonflowering plants, heirloom tomato seedlings and some less common varieties.

Proceeds will be used for county master gardener projects which provide educational training to the public.