Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Friday, September 11, 2015

After you learn that your child has cancer, time seems to both speed up and stand still. You deal with months of chemotherapy, then years of follow-up, praying that the cancer doesn’t return. Every day is dreaded and cherished.

“Those days really run together,” said Kerry Palumbo of Mahoning Township, whose daughter Cara was diagnosed and treated for a brain tumor. “Time seemed to take on a surreal quality. It seemed to go so fast, but at the same time it seemed to take forever.”

Friday, September 11, 2015

Pastor Garry, A popular minister in our town, just celebrated what I thought should be a joyous event.

After 12 years of a humongous effort, the congregation he established “from scratch” was able to move into its own church. For the past 12 years they were having services in a school auditorium while they built their church as they had money.

Friday, September 11, 2015

There’s this frog, see. You’ve heard his story — swimming along in a pot on top of the stove, with the burner slowly cranking up to its highest setting. The water warms so gradually that the poor guy doesn’t know he’s soup until it’s far too late.

Autumn is like that, only in reverse. The change from shorts and T-shirts to wool socks is so slow, we barely notice, especially when Indian Summer spikes the temperatures of an otherwise cooling trend.

Friday, September 11, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015

Star and stripes.

Old Glory.

The Red, White and Blue.

The Star-Spangled Banner.

Nothing symbolizes our freedom and patriotism like the American flag.

And few areas can boast of the patriotism our region displays as we honor our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

When we redesigned the Times News, we didn’t bring the flag along with us.

And boy, did we hear about it.

When we first began looking at the newspaper, we discussed looking at a way to incorporate the flag into our design.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Break something. Throw punches. Shoot people.

Violent anger is destroying families and threatening everyone in public places.

No one knows where it will strike next; we just know that it will.

I used to hear that certain students I taught were emotionally disturbed with anger management issues and I would respond with the words, “Well, aren’t we all?”

There are a few people who never have blasted a fireball of obscenities, slammed bedroom doors or driven cars recklessly down the street in a fit of rage.

Friday, September 11, 2015

If you’ve been told that your child has cancer, the last thing on your mind is whether you’ll have a job by the time your child achieves remission. Your primary concern is your child.

But the reality is that many families in this situation will lose at least one major source of income. In addition to this financial strain, the constant stress of cancer treatment can also have an impact on healthy siblings.

Pauline Grady of Walnutport lost her full-time job while her son was being treated for leukemia. The family eventually filed for bankruptcy.

Friday, September 11, 2015
Gavin Krum

For both sons of Lora and Dave Krum of Lehighton, cancer meant chemotherapy.

Dylan was 14 when he was diagnosed in 2010 with pediatric follicular lymphoma. After his initial diagnosis, he was sedated to do a scope of his lungs. When he returned from the procedure, he was on a ventilator and in a medically-induced coma. But the road forward was clear: Start treatment to eradicate the cancer without delay.

Thursday, September 10, 2015



Marian High School Class of 1980 will hold its 35-year reunion from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Nesquehoning Fire Company Pavilion.

It will be picnic style and casual attire.

For questions, call Sue Gerhard in the Marian Development office at 570-467-0641.

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Leftover Salmon includes, from left, Bill Payne and Alwyn Robinson sitting on the porch. Standing, from left, are Vince Herman, Greg Garrison, Drew Emmitt and Andy Thorn. SUBMITTED PHOTO Copyright - © Jay Blakesberg

Leftover Salmon with new addition Billy Payne returns to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe at 7 p.m. Sept. 20.

During its 25-year tenure, the face of the beloved jam band has evolved in every way possible. Formed in 1989, Leftover Salmon began as a mismatched group of talented musicians. Members from the bands “The Salmon Heads” and “Left Hand String Band” came together, realized their potential for a unique blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun, (which the band now calls “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass”), and have been molding their classic sound ever since.