Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sometime in the 22nd century, Mrs. Evans walks her fourth-grade class into a large room of a museum.

“What’s all this?” asks Diana.

“Looks boring,” says Michael. “Can we keep going?”

Mrs. Evans smiles. “Children, these are called books. Your grandparents might still have one or two up in their attic. This is how people used to read before we had computers. They’d pick up a book and turn the pages between two covers.”

“How long would it take to read a book?” asks Julie.

Friday, June 9, 2017

It’s a simple equation: The less you spend on energy during the heat of summer, the more you have to spend on lemonade, pool passes, ice cream and road trips to the beach.

So how do you make that happen?

PPL is glad to share the following tips for a cool but cost-effective summer. (Many of these will work for businesses, too.)

If you have air conditioning, don’t set it lower than normal when you first turn it on. That won’t cool your home or business any faster, and it could cost you more.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Blue Mountain Hospital — The Summit is offering a junior volunteer training course for teens 13 and older who are enrolled in school and/or have graduated from high school this year.

An eight-hour training program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 in the ground-floor activities room at The Summit Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton.

Registration deadline is June 15. To obtain an application, call Sherry Strohl at 610-377-7206.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. “What Tree Is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.

“What Tree Is That?” is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are offering a workshop for kids from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Wildlands Conservancy’s Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, 3701 Orchid Place in Emmaus.

Join the master gardeners for a morning of miniature gardening with fairies, gnomes and other wee creatures. Learn about some of the main types of fairies and wee people and be guided through the process of designing, building and maintaining your garden.

There is a fee. To register, visit www.wildlandspa.org or call 610-965-4397.

Friday, June 9, 2017
Cedar-apple rust spots on an apple tree leaf. PHOTO COURTESY JAMES CHATFIELD, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Will this cold weather ever relent? My tomatoes are just sitting there sulking. Unfortunately it hasn’t stopped the bug thug that is eating every leaf off my spinach plants.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Music in the Park will take place at Kennedy Park at the gazebo, located next to the Panther Valley Football Stadium in Lansford, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Music this week is by Keith Brintzenhoff from Allentown, who plays German-style country folk with a few polkas.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Proceeds benefit the revitalization of Kennedy Park.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Bill George and Poochie. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Touchstone Theatre will present a sensory-friendly theatrical performance of “DaPooch, or The Story of Poochie’s Three Hundred and Seventy-Second Birthday AND How the Hunga Munga Munga SAVED HIS LIFE!” at 11 a.m. June 20. The performance includes a preshow “build your own puppet” session and an introduction to the theater; plus, a post-show puppet performance workshop.

Tickets for the morning’s activities are pay-what-you-will.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Indie film fest begins tonight in Jim Thorpe

The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival kicks off this evening at 7 p.m. at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

The three-day festival will be filled with works from 16 countries, feature six world premieres, four North American premieres and 26 Pennsylvania premieres, ranging from horror to comedy, love and musicals.

An awards ceremony will take place Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m.

For more information, including a schedule of films to be shown, visit www.jimthorpeindiefilmfest.com.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Legendary music icon, Three Dog Night, celebrating nearly five decades, is coming to the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Three Dog Night claims some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets.