Thursday, August 25, 2016


Monday, August 15, 2016

Have you ever felt as if there’s too much going on? Not enough hours in the day? Can’t seem to find the time between the kids, work and other commitments? How do the most successful people manage to conquer the world and do it all with ease?

After studying and coaching top performers for more than 30 years, Steve Siebold, author of “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class,” and a psychological performance and mental toughness coach, says it comes down to 10 ways of taking on life and managing time.

Monday, August 15, 2016
This photo provided by J.C. Penney shows a model wearing an Arizona short-sleeve, faux suede, fringe top and jeans as part of the store’s back-to-school offerings. STEVE VISNEAU/J.C. PENNEY VIA AP Copyright - J.C. Penney

NEW YORK — Varsity-inspired cardigans. Preppy layers. Satin bomber jackets. There are plenty of fashion trends that experts say should help pique shoppers’ interest for the back-to-school season. That could provide a sales bounce for retailers after last year’s dearth of mainstream looks hurt business. The trick for shoppers: taking advantage of timing and tools to stay within a budget.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

I just had a lengthy debate with a friend about dividing household responsibility.

Her complaint is the same one I hear from so many women: She has to be responsible for all the cooking and household work.

Her husband thinks his only job is earning a paycheck to support the family, she said.

Most of the time she’s fine with that arrangement. She takes pride in cooking healthy meals and in maintaining a well-kept house.

But every now and then resentment bubbles over, she told me.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Katie Eidem of Lehighton was named to the dean’s list at Wells College for the spring 2016 semester. Eidem, Class of 2016, majored in English, creative writing, with a minor in theater and is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

The dean’s list consists of students who earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average for at least 12 hours of coursework in a given semester.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Four teenagers sit in a circle in a small room. Their heads are bent forward and their eyes stare downward. With rapid motion, their fingers move across their empty laps as if they are typing make-believe messages.

A counselor walks into the room and one of the young adults is motioned to a podium. With her eyes still staring downward, she speaks in quiet words.

“My name is Haley and I am a cellphone addict.”

Don’t laugh. There is no medical term for this condition yet, but don’t be surprised if one is invented within the very near future.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This is coming to you from the great state of South Dakota.

Now that my husband is retired we come back to my home state to spend a few months throughout the year. Palmerton is our home and it always will be.

I can remember moving to Palmerton over 45 years ago and someone asking me if South Dakota is near the state of South Carolina. I couldn’t believe that anyone would not know where my home state is located. Gosh, it is right here practically in the middle of the United States and the 17th largest state in land size.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lansford grew out of two mining hamlets with growth sparked by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company.

The tiny villages were known as Ashton and Storm Hill. Interestingly, it is said that a man named Peter Fisher built a house in the vicinity. The house blew over during a severe storm, hence the name Storm Hill. Over the years, Lansford’s population grew and the town prospered.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
United States’ Katie Ledecky dives in over teammate Maya Dirado in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay finals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. AP Photo/Morry Gash Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu

We’ve got Olympic fever and we’ve got it bad. I’ve had to relax the ban on nighttime TV watching and throw bedtime out the window, and I’m OK with that. Football, baseball, basketball and hockey fans get your big sports moments every year, but swimmers have to wait four years for the spotlight to shine our way.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Visitors to the Lansford Historical Society Museum are greeted by a newly installed timeline that chronicles highlights of the community from 1791 to 2012. Here, Kim Novak of Lansford checks over key dates in the town’s development. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Lansford is the heart of the Panther Valley and at the heart of Lansford is its people.

In salute toits place in history, the Lansford Historical Society has created the Lansford Timeline, an oversized display that chronicles the life and times of the community.

“We had volunteers put it together,” said Bill Harleman, society president.

The display dominates the east wall on the second level of the museum, housed in the former Lansford Methodist Church building, 117-119 E. Bertsch St.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Going to the Carbon County Fair was an annual summer ritual for my Summit Hill friends and me.

When I was younger, my parents and I would go, and we would explore the wonders of the many animal exhibits, the homemade desserts and other baked goodies that county residents concocted in an effort to win blue ribbons, stopped at many food stands, and, of course, I went on all the rides and amusements.

There was one section of the fairway which always intrigued me but was off limits: the sideshow tent.