Thursday, August 25, 2016


Friday, August 5, 2016
Colorful annual flowers from a pollinators’ viewpoint: High open hoops in Eileen East’s garden keep deer out but still allow bees and other pollinators to come and go.

Eileen East’s garden is beautiful. Tucked into the mountainside of Jim Thorpe, the master gardener’s yard boasts dozens of colorful varieties of flowers and vegetables.

But thanks to its proximity to the woods, East’s garden is also home to an unwanted feature: Deer and plants with obvious critter damage.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Too much or not enough water and never when you need it seems to be a common lament of gardeners.

Reduce the impact of these weather challenges while conserving water, saving money on water and sewer bills, and growing beautiful gardens with the help of rain barrels. These century old devices are making a comeback as droughts, watering restrictions and stormwater runoff are on the rise.

Contact your local municipality before getting started. Some communities have regulations and guidelines for using rain barrels and many offer rebates to homeowners who install them.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Don’t let disease-carrying mosquitoes keep you indoors this summer. Instead, employ these eight tips to protect yourself and manage these pests in your yard.

Do a bit of yard and garden cleanup. Remove weeds, manage neglected gardens and keep the lawn properly mowed.

Eliminate standing water. Drain buckets, kids toys, tarps, pool covers, clogged gutters and downspouts. Clear the gutters and downspouts so water can drain freely. Store items that collect water in a shed or garage.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Musikfest: Hundreds of musical acts coming to Bethlehem

Musikfest 2016 features more than 550 performances on 15 stages during 10 days on Bethlehem’s North and South sides.

More than 500 of the performances are free.

Ten nights of ticketed headliner concerts at the festival’s Sands Steel Stage include: X Ambassadors, Rachel Platten, Friday; Run-D.M.C., Saturday; Dierks Bentley, Sunday; Boston, Tuesday; Don Henley, Aug. 10; Bush, Chevelle, Aug. 11; Sabrina Carpenter, Aug. 12; Lady Antebellum, Aug. 13; and The Avett Brothers, Aug. 14.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly will be transformed into a reptile and animal sanctuary during the center’s upcoming visit from Pocono Snake and Animal Farm. The event will be held from 7-8 p.m. Aug. 12.

Peter Mackervich from the Pocono Snake and Animal Farm will be bringing his animal friends to the community for an educational program that features animals including a lemur, alligator, chameleon, turtle, armadillo, cobra, python, marine toad and skunk.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Black Lillies will be appearing at Jim Thorpe’s Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. Aug. 12.

The group is a band for the ages, performing rich, rootsy tunes with as much heart as technical virtuosity.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe will welcome two iconic ’80s bands, The Smithereens and Martha Davis & The Motels, at 8 p.m. Aug. 19.

The event will feature the original members of the bands in their East West Tour.

The Smithereens

“I think it’s as good as anything we’ve ever done,” Pat DiNizio says of 2011, the Smithereens’ first album of original songs in 11 years.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

While there are many diet fads and trends that have come and gone over the years that dietitians warn against, there’s a new trend in town that many registered dietitians can get on board with.

A Baylor College of Medicine dietitian said that going meatless once a week can be beneficial to your diet, and she offers tips on how to have a successful meat-free day.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August is Pennsylvania Produce Month, and the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program is celebrating in a big way with pop-up events, all-inclusive guides, tips and recipes to help veggie lovers across the state navigate their markets and kitchens like pros. Throughout August, readers can find gems on like farm-fresh recipes from top Pennsylvania chefs.

Easy-to-use guides

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Merek Ringwelski picks fresh berries Saturday afternoon with his family.

ill Moreton says the secret to growing nine varieties of blueberries in Lehighton is “organic matter.” Moreton is the owner of Spring Mountain Farms and has been growing the berries for over 10 years.

“The ground up here is all clay, so a whole lot of matter is needed,” he said.

Luckily for the crop the farm is occupied by over 150 cows that provide the secret ingredient naturally. Moreton and wife Sharon live on the 240-acre organic farm with cows, pigs, chickens, lambs and seven dogs. The couple relocated from Ohio to New Jersey before living on the then-50 acre farm.