Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Monday, August 7, 2017

The Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, is hosting a series of arts and crafts classes specifically designed for children.

The sessions will begin on Sept. 13 and then be held every Wednesday through Nov. 29. Hours will be 6 to 7 p.m. for all classes.

The sessions are free, but all donations to defray cost of supplies are welcome.

To register, call 570-668-1192.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

You never realize just how fragile life is until someone you love passes away.

You think they will always be there until one day, they aren’t.

It is in these delicate moments that you are left, standing there wondering what, if anything, could have been done to change the outcome and bring the person back. You question God. You question life and you question yourself.

But eventually you realize that we are all destined for the same ending.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

It’s Friday night and it dawned on me how, OMG, at this time a few years back, I was high by now. So, I thought I’d jot a bit about that.

It’s pretty blunt, I’m just warning you.

It was crazy. I’d be at work, anticipating getting home to “it.”

I’d be on the phone with my then other half, asking him to wait for me; begging him to wait, but I could tell that he had already started, most times.

I knew by the sound of his voice; how he spoke.

Saturday, August 5, 2017
Paul Fogal is the owner of Pocono Whitewater/Skirmish in Jim Thorpe. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

aul Fogal is fortunate to work at what he loves.

“It’s more of a lifestyle than a business,” said Fogal, co-owner of Pocono Whitewater and Skirmish. “This is a pleasant combination of time and money.”

Fogal grew up near the New Jersey Shore where his parents owned a hotel.

He was quite familiar with the tourism business when, as a college student, he took a job as a river guide for a rafting company at Ohiopyle State Park near Pittsburgh. As soon as the owner found out he knew a thing or two about making reservations, he was drafted to the desk three days a week.

Saturday, August 5, 2017
Helen and Tibor Torok

Tibor and Helen Torok of Lehighton are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary

The Toroks exchanged vows on July 4, 1967, in Yonkers, New York. Albert E. Gleeson, justice of the peace, officiated the ceremony.

Mrs. Torok is the daughter of the late Walter and Alma Odum of Savannah, Georgia. Her mother, who celebrated her 100th birthday in March, passed away July 30.

Mr. Torok is originally from Budapest, Hungary.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The 75th annual Marsh family reunion will be held Aug. 13 at the Indian Trail Park Pavilion No. 1.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., with the meal taking place at 1 p.m. and the meeting at 2 p.m.

Remember to bring bingo and cake walk prizes, as well as your picnic supplies.

Those with last names beginning with A-M are asked to bring a dessert.

Those with last names beginning with N-Z are asked to bring a side dish.

There will be roast pork, barbecue, chicken and beverages provided.

Call 610-417-5846 to RSVP.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I wrote the following story to illustrate the ideas of Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung.

One night, Peter dreamed himself into the Crystal City of Self Knowledge. He came upon a beautiful glass temple where an old man sat upon a silver chair.

“What am I doing here?” Peter asked the old man.

“You are about to have the privilege of a lifetime to become who you truly are,” he replied.

“I know who I am, thank you very much,” said Peter. “I’m old enough and have many years of life experiences.”

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Panther Valley Class of 1977 will be holding a gathering at the Mansion House in Summit Hill on Aug. 25.

Classmates are invited to attend and celebrate 40 years, while listening to classmates Vince and Christie sing.

Reservations are not necessary, but appreciated.

Call Nancy Watto Kerestus at 570-778-2664 or Rick Morgans at 570-778-2492 for more information.

Friday, August 4, 2017

On Aug. 18, Eckley Miners’ Village, located at 2 Eckley Main St. in Weatherly, will be hosting a free day.

Admission to the museum, introductory video and guided tours will be free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for everyone.

There will be a variety of other nonprofit organizations throughout the day with information for visitors.

The free day is being provided by the Jack Bunchner Foundation in Pittsburgh.

More information will be posted on Eckley’s Facebook page and at

Friday, August 4, 2017

Join the Schuylkill County Master Gardeners for a celebration of gardening, food, art and music from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 19, at their demonstration garden, on the grounds of the First United Church of Christ, 110 Route 61, Schuylkill Haven, adjacent to the Penn State Schuylkill campus.

There will be plants and produce grown by master gardeners, along with cut flower arrangements, baked goods, food and refreshments available for purchase. There will also be food samples and a tomato tasting contest.

Artisans and other vendors will also be in attendance.