Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Monday, August 4, 2014
AP Photo/Holly Jo Anderson To keep outdoor flower and veggie containers watered for a few days, use an extremely  low-tech solution of rigging a gallon-sized zipper baggie with water and poke two small holes in the bottom. The holes can be made with a safety pin. Place the baggie either above or in the pot and it will drip water for a few days to water your plant or vegetables for you while you're gone on vacation.

We pamper our gardens all year, but then desert them to go on vacation during what's often the hottest, driest time of the year.

A little planning can soften the blow.

Ideally, a neighbor or fellow gardener could handle watering and other tasks while you're away. But if that's not possible, here are some easy ways to keep your plants and flowers alive while you sip Mai Tais on the beach.

Watering systems

From old-fashioned to high-tech, there are a lot of ways to keep your lawn and garden properly hydrated while you're away.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Bach and Handel Chorale will be holding open rehearsals and auditions on the following Mondays: Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., in Jim Thorpe, on the second floor in the rear.

Prospective members are invited to attend any of the three listed rehearsals and complete a short audition for membership. All voice ranges/parts are welcome to audition. There is a special need for basses.

Friday, August 1, 2014
Jordan Reabold

Whenever someone asks me what I'm studying at school, I brace myself for the judgmental look that follows when I say, "English with an emphasis in publication." I spend a lot of time convincing people that I don't have intentions of being the next J.K. Rowling, nor do I wish to become a school teacher.

Most will assume the latter, because even that is more promising than a career that involves writing.

Friday, August 1, 2014
ABOVE: Martha Cox, a second grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School, shows  students how to create a drinking straw  rocket during a summer learning session. RIGHT: Sophia Coleman, left, and Ariana DiBuo prepare to launch their rockets. In the background ground are Jaiden Muffley and Ayden Hand.

For many students, learning ends with the last day of school and restarts in September.

Not so for the nearly 50 students taking part in a summer learning program in Lehighton.

The program is led by Martha Cox, a second-grade teacher at Franklin Elementary.

She started the summer program more than a decade ago, when a classroom reassignment from first to second grade meant she taught many of the same students for two consecutive years.

Friday, August 1, 2014
AP Photo/Sony Pictures Television, Ed Miller Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, right, and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, center, and Grant O'Rourke as Rupert MacKenzie, in a scene from Starz' new TV series, "Outlander."

NEW YORK (AP) – There's an odd believability you find inside "Outlander" that somehow makes it feel true-to-life.

Never mind that it's a rip-roaring fantasy. Claire, a lovely British Army nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept from 1945 back to 1743, plopped into a strange and alien existence, including marriage to a dashing Scottish warrior, even as she struggles to return to "modern" times and the husband she left behind.

Premiering on the Starz network at 9 p.m. Aug. 9, "Outlander" is adapted from Diana Gabaldon's wildly popular novels.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the members of the Slatington 150th History Committee who are creating the book "Slatington at 150: More Stories to Share" in honor of the borough's 150th anniversary are front, from left,  Candyce Mantz-Merkle and Judy Snyder, who is holding the book  "Slatington and Surrounding Communities," which was published in 1989; and back, Robert Stettner and Tim Snyder.

What better way to commemorate Slatington's Sesquicentennial than with a book that pays tribute to its namesake.

"Slatington at 150: More Stores to Share," is being published in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the borough's incorporation, and is expected to be completed by the fall.

Once completed, the book will be available for Christmas delivery. Order forms may be found at the Slatington Library, 620 Main St., as well as the Slatington 150th Store, 647 Main St.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Maria and Mother AbBess, played by Katie Evans and Martha Cox, sing a duet of the song "My Favorite Things."

Generations have enjoyed "The Sound of Music," the movie musical which brought the story of Austria's Von Trapp Family Singers to the big screen.

Most of us know the general plot line, as fictionalized in the movie. Maria, in training to become a nun, instead becomes the governess and later the wife of Captain Georg Von Trapp.

The two and their seven children flee the Nazi regime by sneaking away during a music festival, trekking over the Alps into Switzerland.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Penn Kidder Library Center is now settled in at its new, bigger location next to Mauch Chunk Trust Company in the Pine Point Plaza in Albrightsville.

The library is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The Summer Reading Club meets at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

On Tuesday there is Yoga with Ron from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants need a yoga mat. The cost is $13.

Wednesday is Story-Time from 11 a.m. until noon for preschoolers. It is frog week.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Thomas Novinger, M.D., MBA, is Senior Medical Director for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Many of us have been in a situation where an accident or injury around the house cutting a finger while preparing dinner or falling from a stepladder while cleaning or hanging decorations leads to the question "should I go to the emergency room?"

Nationwide, hospital emergency rooms treat nearly 130 million patients each year, mostly for serious injuries and illnesses.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Drew Cortright and Lauren Strohl

The engagement of Lauren Strohl of Palmerton and Drew Cortright of Slatington has been announced by their parents.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Rodney and Zoeanne Strohl of Palmerton and graduated from Palmerton Area High School in 2007.

She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education from Millersville University in 2011 and is presently pursuing a master's degree in reading at East Stroudsburg University.