Thursday, July 20, 2017


Friday, July 7, 2017

Man’s highly developed brain is arguably our greatest adaptation.

We don’t have specialized bills, legs, or feet like birds but have learned to develop tools to feed and survive.

I’d like to identify a few birds and their adaptations as well as discuss a few “specialists.”

The American oystercatcher is seen regularly along our Atlantic beaches. Obviously its bill is its most striking and identifying feature.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Mia Samok, 8, of Palmerton: “I don’t like to help my mom clean the house.”

What is your least favorite summer chore?

Friday, July 7, 2017
The group of Forget Me Knots stop for a picture in the Promise Garden during the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Carbon County. Front, from left, are Parker Derr and Grace Kern, who is kneeling with Shadow. Standing: Emily Roxburry, Tara Derr, Tami Cunfer, Kathy Goff, Jackie Ronemus, Debbi Myers and Katie Kern. Participants are supposed to pick a “flower” from the garden. The orange represents people who support the cause to end Alzheimer’s. Yellow is for those who are caregivers of a person with the disease. Purple is for people who have lost someone from it, and blue is for people who know someone with it. Group members not pictured include: Tina Biery, Lori Markley, Michele Dobrowski, Julie Willet, Amy Smith and Ann Louise Hayes. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In early June, I wrote a story about my virtual dementia tour at Blue Mountain Health System Medical Plaza in Bowmanstown. It was an eye-opener.

Sure, I knew what my mother went through, but I didn’t know how she felt or what she saw. The tour gave me an inkling into what her world was like.

Before my mother discovered in 2003 her forgetful problem was more serious than old-age senility, my world, and I think that of most people at the time, really had not become acquainted with the term Alzheimer’s disease.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Turton Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Turton Jr. of Tamaqua celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary recently. The couple was married on June 21, 1952, at the Assumption of Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Northampton.

Mrs. Turton is the former Mary Jane Mazur, daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Mazur of Northampton. Mr. Turton is the son of the late Claude A. Turton and Myrtle Turton of Allentown.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Mr. and Mrs. Danny Stubits

Mr. and Mrs. Danny Stubits of Lehighton celebrated their 50th anniversary recently. They were married by the late Rev. William Eisenhower on June 3, 1967, at St. Peter’s Evangelical Congregational Church in Weissport.

Mrs. Stubits is the former Karen May, daughter of the late Walter and Catherine (Haupt) May of Lehighton. Mr. Stubits is the son of the late Willard and Mabel (Green) Stubits of Lehighton.

The couple has two children: Kevin Stubits, husband of Lori, of Lehighton; and Kimberly, wife of Brandon Barry, of Lehighton. The couple also has six grandchildren.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Harvesting and preserving herbs allows you to enjoy fresh-from-the-garden flavor all year long. PHOTO COURTESY BONNIE PLANTS Copyright - Bonnie Plants, all rights reserved

Enjoy herbs all year round. Harvest herbs now for garden-fresh meals and preserve a few for the winter ahead.

Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed.

For the same intensity of flavor, you generally need two to three times more fresh herbs than dried except for rosemary, which has an equally strong flavor fresh or dried.

Friday, July 7, 2017
A tree damaged by overspray. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Now that the weather is finally hot enough, tomatoes and peppers should be setting fruit. That also means it’s time to start checking your plants for insect and disease damage.

If you see a bit of early blight on tomatoes, be sure to pinch off the damaged leaves and put them in the garbage. Even after the damaged leaves are removed, the fungus keeps producing spores as long as there is any remnant of the leaf it can cling to.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Heading to the beach this weekend? Don’t forget to grab one of The New York Times Best Sellers.

See previous Best Seller list

1. “Camino Island” by John Grisham (Doubleday): A search for stolen rare manuscripts leads to a Florida island.

2. “Dangerous Minds” by Janet Evanovich (Bantam): Emerson Knight, an eccentric millionaire, and Riley Moon, a financial analyst, search for a missing island.

3. “The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz (Bantam): An FBI agent investigates an alarming surge in suicides, including her husband’s.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Frable-Fravel family’s 86th reunion will take place at 1 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the Kunkletown UCC Picnic Grove, 102 Church Road, Kunkletown.

For more information, contact Beverly Frable Hargreaves at or call 610-826-5932.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Bossards Boards and the Tamaqua Community Art Center are offering pallet painting classes on Aug. 8. The scenes will feature summer designs and will be offered in two sizes of pallets, 40 by 17 inches or 20 by 16 inches, or as a combination for duo painters.

The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., at the art center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

All materials and supplies are included, and the pallets may be personalized.

For more information or to register, call 570-668-1192.