Saturday, July 4, 2015


Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Carbon County Fair is looking for young ladies to participate in the 2015 Queen and Junior Miss Programs.

Applications are available at, or call 570-325-8685. Applications must be postmarked by June 27. There is no application fee.

To participate in either contest, contestants must reside in Carbon County or West Penn Township in Schuylkill County. Fair Queen contestants must be a female at least age 16, but no older than 20 as of June 1.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

An artist from The Next Picasso will be at Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St. in Weatherly, at 6 p.m. June 11.

Experience a step by step lesson to create your own painting.

It will be a fun evening with refreshments provided.

The cost is $20 per person, which includes all the materials you need to create your work of art.

Call Lisa Marie or Toni at 570-427-4500 to sign up.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 North 17th St., Allentown, will present "Phantom of the Opry, An Interactive Hillbilly Who-Dun-It," at 6:30 June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Oct. 30-31.

This is a one-of-a-kind interactive murder mystery. Forget your identity for the evening, because you will become part of the action.

Help search for clues and figure out who-dun-it. Who knows? You may even be the murderer.

The performance includes dinner and the show.

For tickets or more information, call 610-433-2333 or visit

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY BLUE MOUNTAIN Guests at the Wine Me Up! Festival this weekend will enjoy not only a variety of food and wine, but the spectacular view from atop Blue Mountain.

Get ready to pair wine and food with a breathtaking view this weekend at Blue Mountain Resort's "Wine Me Up!" Festival.

This event will showcase wine from the best vineyards in Pennsylvania from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Wines will be paired with butlered hor d'ourves prepared by Blue Mountain culinary chefs and served on the Summit Terrace.

Guests will sip, eat and indulge in live entertainment and unique craft vendors while taking in a spectacular view of the Pocono Mountains.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN'S Food Markets are joining with The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.

According to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.

That's because Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, but milk is much harder to donate because it's perishable.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1980 will hold its 35-year reunion July 18 at the Orioles Community Center.

Organizers need to hear from classmates for updated addresses and emails.

Contact Deb (Tanczos) Yanders at or 610-377-0151 and check out the Facebook page at Lehighton Area High School Class Of 1980.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Healthy eating for kids

If you're the parent, grandparent or caregiver of a young child, you know that kids can be picky eaters.

Eating healthy foods during the first years is important for several reasons. Their rapidly growing bodies need good nutrition, and eating habits learned now will likely follow children into their adult lives.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Science Seekers 4-H Kidz Kamp will be offered to children from 8 to 12 in Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties.

The day camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7, 8 and 9 at the Lehman Township Park in Bushkill.

Activities offered will focus on science, from aerospace activities like rockets and paper airplanes to forensic science to food science.

The three days will be full of fun hands-on activities and experiments.

Registration is $35 per youth; $25 for 4-H members. Preregistration is required by June 30. Space is limited.

Monday, June 1, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY STATEPOINT The Orlando Eye, a 400-foot-tall observation wheel, lies at the heart of the the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex in Orlando.

Traveling with the family? The most common challenge these days is finding a destination that makes everyone happy and then striking a balance between activities for the kids, and fun for adults.

But there are now plenty of destinations designed to make family travel easy.

For example, Orlando, Florida, which unsurprisingly takes the title as number one "hot spot" for domestic travel, according to a new survey by Priceline, has become more than just a classic vacation for families.

An explosion of new offerings has made it an ideal destination for all ages.

Monday, June 1, 2015
In this April 2014 photo provided by B.L. Ochman, Ochman's dog Hotels ranging from major chains to small outposts are capitalizing on the wave of travelers who bring their dogs, some by charging for perks that pamper pets and others by expanding fees. ()

LOS ANGELES Having an 80-pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from those that just put up with them.

A bed-and-breakfast she visited north of New York City wouldn't let her pooch Benny trot around in the main house, among other troubles.

Ochman, a Manhattan Internet strategist, has since discovered Audrey's Farmhouse, a B&B in Wallkill, New York, that caters to dogs and doesn't charge pet fees that can top hundreds of dollars.