Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Friday, August 4, 2017
Don’t wait until a storm is right above you to get inside. PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

Pennsylvania is a great place to live, work and play. It’s a state with its own personality, and a place we’re proud to serve.

That said, the Keystone State has a distinction that should make us all think and take care at this time of year.

From 1959 through 2015, Pennsylvania was one of the top 10 states with the most lightning-related deaths, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The NOAA reports that 133 people in Pennsylvania were killed by lightning during that time — more than New Jersey, California and Connecticut combined.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The next Paint with Paula class at the Tamaqua Community Art Center will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10. The design will be a “Ballerina dancer.” This will be an adults only event to benefit Dance Explosion.

The cost includes all supplies and snacks. Bring your own beverages.

For more information, call 570-668-1192 or visit

Friday, August 4, 2017
Imaging specialist Erin McClintic works in the lab at Phototronics in Winnetka, Illinois, digitizing and archiving a shoe box of customer photographs, right. PHOTOTRONICS VIA AP

Take a survey of your home, and consider all the spots where you have old photos.

Perhaps you’ll find baby pictures in albums in the living room, vacation snaps in tattered envelopes tucked into a bookshelf, milestone moments in old frames and older relatives’ fading photos in dusty boxes in the basement or attic.

“They’re memories and treasures for us, but they take up a lot of space, and over the years they keep growing,” says Stephanie Sisco, home editor for Real Simple magazine.

Friday, August 4, 2017
Extension offers course for veggie growers

The objective of this course is to introduce aspiring and new vegetable producers to diverse production strategies and provide a framework for effective farm production planning.

Appropriate for farmers and market gardeners at ½ acre to 20 acre scales.

Participants can expect: farm visits, presentations by Penn State Extension educators and experienced farmers, hands-on experience trying new tools/equipment for small and medium scale farms and more.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1961 will meet at 7 p.m.Thursday at Schick’s Cafe, located at 50 Mauch Chunk St. in Tamaqua.

All members of the class are welcome to attend.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
A participant takes a spin with a Haggerty driving instructor. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Copyright - DarpanMovies

The first-ever Hagerty Family Car Fest will be held at the NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, 862 N. Fenwick St. in Allentown from 1 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a showing of “The Fate of the Furious” on the big screen at dusk.

There will be driving-related activities for all ages, including pedal cars, vintage cycle cars and a Ford Model T experience.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Ryan Shupe & The Rubber Band perform a free concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Aug. 17. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Sherman Theater

The Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, has a wide array of talent coming up.

• Friday, Locals Only! with the Bastards, Michael Perotta, 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Hashgrinder, 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, Social Distortion, 7:30 p.m.

• Amberwood, with City in the Clouds, Nameless Children, The Hovelists, 7 p.m.

• Aug 11, 12 at 8 p.m.; Aug. 13 at 2 p.m., Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

• Aug. 12 and 19, Badfish: A tribute to Sublime, 5 p.m.

• Aug. 12, Charley Roy, with Konscious Kel, Omari Nikolis, Jhad Wrote That, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

With a sound that’s synonymous with summer, the Beach Boys will take the stage at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Aug. 18.

You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of the Beach Boys.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Music in the Park continues at Kennedy Park in Lansford Sunday at the gazebo, next to the Panther Valley Football Stadium on Route 209.

The Blue Mountain Buccaneers will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. The trio plays classic rock, rockabilly and good-time oldies.

Music in the Park is sponsored by Lansford Alive Events Committee. Admission is free. Refreshments will be sold. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Proceeds benefit the revitalization of Kennedy Park.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, will host a meet and greet session for artist Joe Matukonis, from 6:30 to 8:30this evening.

A lifelong resident of this area, Matukonis remembers walking in the woods, picking mushrooms and fishing with his father. He started photography as a hobby, sharing photos with family and friends, whose encouragement resulted in selling his work at local fairs.

His work will remain on exhibit at the art center through Aug. 25.

The meet and greet is free and light refreshments will be served.