Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Friday, April 8, 2016
Plant a pollinator garden and enjoy the benefits

Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape or sitting down to a delicious meal, you have bees, butterflies and other pollinators to thank. These essential members of our ecosystem are responsible for much of the food and beauty we enjoy each day.

Unfortunately pesticides and habitat loss are threatening their existence. There is something you can do to help. Turn your garden, backyard or balcony into a pollinator’s habitat.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Jon Provost, “Timmy” from the classic TV show “Lassie,” will speak from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at History Expo 2016. PHOTO PROVIDED BY JON PROVOST

Jon Provost, who played “Timmy” from in the hit television series “Lassie” will speak at History Expo 2016 Saturday at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown. The expo will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Lassie” was based on a character created by novelist Eric Knight. In 1940 his novel “Lassie Come Home” was published. MGM studios filmed the story in 1943. The novel and film generated several more films and eventually led to the hit television series.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Rosie and Cali, retired racing greyhounds, will walk in the Greyt Hound Hustle 5K. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will host The Greyt Hound Hustle 5K Run/Walk June 4 at Tuscarora State Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 10 a.m.

There will also be a 100-meter run for kids 10 and under at 9:45 a.m.

Proceeds benefit Pocono Greyhound Adoption. Volunteers and their greyhounds will be available to answer questions about adoption.

Register at www.active.com. More information and mail in registration forms are available at www.poconogreyhound.com.

Friday, April 8, 2016
ABOVE: Children are more likely to enjoy strawberries if they get the chance to help plant them in the garden. BOTTOM: Strawberries are easily grown in a pot as well as the garden. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BONNIE PLANTS Copyright - Copyright: Vandiver L Chaplin

One of the first food plants you’ll see at garden centers are strawberries, and there are lots of good reasons to get them growing in your garden.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Three performers with the Tamaqua Area Community Theatre are finalists for the 2015 Season NEPTA Awards. They are, from left, Bobby Maso, Nicholas Surotchak and Chanita Guerrero. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF TAMAQUA COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Three individual members and three productions of the Tamaqua Area Community Theatre have been nominated for the 2015 Season Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance Awards. The awards will be announced Saturday at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort in Lake Wallenpaupack.

The local theater group has two nominations in the Best Family Show category — “CSI Neverland” and “Pinoccchio.”

“Pinocchio” is also nominated in the Best Youth Show category.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Author Grant Jarrett

“I was zipping around the planet on Google Earth one afternoon when I decided to pay a virtual visit to the home that inhabits my earliest recollections. A sturdy brick row house on the corner of two tree-lined streets in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley ...”

And so begins author Grant Jarrett’s essay “Battling fear and gravity,” one of 19 such offerings in “The House That Made Me.” The book, compiled and edited by Jarrett, features the work of a diverse collection of writers, each reflecting on “home” and its earliest influences.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
This Feb. 1, 2016 photo shows a roasted spatchcocked chicken seasoned with coconut cream, lime zest and ground black pepper. It is served with a sauce made from coconut milk and lime juice spiked with cayenne, as well as a side of asparagus. Spatchcocking a chicken, also called butterflying, can reduce roasting time almost by half. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Spatchcocking isn’t just a fun word to teach your kids to say on the playground. It’s also a great way to get dinner on the table fast.

Also called butterflying, spatchcocking is just a simple prep technique that cuts down the time needed to roast a chicken. It does this by changing the shape of the bird, transforming it from a slow cooking football to a faster roasting slab. And the only special equipment you need is a sturdy pair of kitchen shears.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
After a long winter of heavy foods, Minty Sugar Snap Peas with Tangerine and Toasted Almonds, a simple, but delicious dish, adds bright flavors and colors to springtime meals. AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD

This is one of the prettiest dishes to dress a spring — or dreaming of spring — table. After months of delicious but (let’s face it) mostly brown food, my appetite is primed for bright colors and fresh flavors.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

PBS39 will return to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown to hold its sixth annual BrewFest fundraiser on June 4.

The festival traditionally features more than 100 craft brews. In addition to beer tastings, there will be vendors, concessions and live music by Peripheral Vision, the Olympus corporate band.

Proceeds from the fundraiser support PBS39, and tickets are available in three categories.

• VIP session includes exclusive 1 p.m. entrance, 16-ounce commemorative pint glass, and 4-ounce tasting mug.

• General session includes 2 p.m. entrance and 4-ounce tasting mug.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Given how fast 20-somethings’ thumbs glide across their smartphones, you might think they’re training for the Texting Olympics. It turns out that heavy texters do have something in common with elite athletes: It’s not the glory, endurance or cheering crowds — but a vulnerability to overuse injury. The Cleveland Clinic Wellness editors say that in this age of constant communication, it’s not just attention spans that can take a hit, but thumbs too.