Saturday, June 25, 2016


Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Ready, get set, grill! Forget the burgers! How about pizza and mojitos?

Although it seems we’ve had more cold and damp days than warm and sunny ones, this weekend still marks the unofficial start of summer.

Welcome to weather in Pennsylvania.

Fortunately, we know better than to wait for the temperature to climb before we break out the grill.

So with that in mind, here are several grill-friendly recipes from a Pineapple Mojito to Strawberry Shortcake, all courtesy of your grill and QVC’s resident foodie, David Venable.

Grilled Hot Brown Pizza

Serves 4-6

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Exercise is one of the most effective ways for people with diabetes to manage blood glucose and stay healthy.

“In addition to controlling blood sugar, the main energy source for exercise, regular exercise trains the heart to become stronger, and helps regulate insulin,” says American Association of Diabetes Educators spokesman Richard Peng, clinical exercise physiologist/diabetes educator.

Peng says that people with diabetes should follow several strategies to beginning and maintaining vibrant exercise programs:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The National Institutes of Health claims that 1.6 million older adults in the U.S. go to the emergency room each year due to a fall — which the National Council on Aging says is about one person every 13 seconds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the number of deaths from a fall among people over 65 nearly doubled between 2000 and 2013. Falls represent over half of the total deaths from accidental injury among the group.

Here are some tips from the NCOA to help you avoid a fall.

Find a good balance and exercise program.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Q. My uncle used nicotine gum to get off cigarettes. Now he chews the gum all the time. Do you think he’s hooked?

Over-the-counter nicotine gum, which is sold under a variety of brand names, was introduced in the United States in 1984. Since then, there have been many reports of gum addiction. There are chewers who’ve been consuming in excess of 10 pieces a day for more than a decade.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a Safe Sitter course for young teens 11 and up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25 in the Education Classroom at the Gnaden Huetten Campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton. Registration deadline is June 3.

The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by baby sitters. Over 650,000 adolescent baby sitters across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies.

Monday, May 23, 2016
The cover of “Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone,” by Becky Blades. SOURCEBOOKS VIA AP

NEW YORK — Becky Blades wrote her oldest daughter a letter after she left home for college offering all the advice and words of wisdom she wished she had dispensed beforehand.

Her daughter had some advice of her own: Turn the letter into a book. Blades, who lives in Kansas City, Missouri, did just that and the result is a nifty, gifty little book titled “Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone.”

Blades knows her audience, keeping her pearls mostly text length — and funny.

Monday, May 23, 2016

There will be a mandatory meeting for the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday. All members are required to attend in order to show this year and will be given important project information. The meeting will be held at the Big Creek Grange.

New members are welcome.

The club meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

4-H is the youth component of Penn State University.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Times News is looking to share some fun stories about area kids in a new monthly feature on the Family page.

Do you know of a young person who should be featured in the Times News? Do they write stories, songs or maybe poetry? Will they be having a “for charity” lemonade stand this summer? Have they gone out of their way to do something really special for someone else?

If you know such a kid, email us at

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Crazy Quilters Quilt Guild will meet at 7 p.m. June 7 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 Cedar Crest Blvd., Emmaus. The program on UFOs (unfinished objects) will be presented by Merry May.

Visitors are welcome. There will be a $5 charge for visitors.

For information, visit

Monday, May 23, 2016
Nancy Pollock, also known as Nanny, and granddaughter Lily work on Pollock’s planters. CAROL MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Let’s do some Common Core math.

If there are approximately four days of school left for children in the Tamaqua and Lehighton school districts and seven days remaining for Panther Valley and Jim Thorpe; and then if there are approximately 101 days until Tamaqua schools are back in session, 112 days for Lehighton, 85 days for Jim Thorpe and Panther Valley schools, how many days will it take before our sanity as mothers is ready for our bickering, bored children to be given back to their brave, unsuspecting teachers?