Monday, September 26, 2016


Friday, September 2, 2016
Trained dogs involved in a study to investigate how dogs process speech pose around a scanner in Budapest, Hungary. A study published in the journal Science showed that their brains process words with the left hemisphere and use the right hemisphere to process intonation — just like humans. ENIKO KUBINYI/EOTVOS LORAND UNIVERSITY VIA AP Copyright - Eniko Kubinyi/Eotvos Lorand University

cientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: Man’s best friend really does understand some of what we’re saying.

Researchers in Hungary scanned the brains of dogs as they were listening to their trainer speaking to determine which parts of the brain they were using.

They found that dogs processed words with the left hemisphere and used the right hemisphere to process pitch — just like people.

Friday, September 2, 2016
Joan Turko ties a ribbon on a fabric bag Tuesday containing beans that will be sold as a Palmerton Concourse Club fundraiser.

Happening once every two years, it’s no surprise the Palmerton Concourse Club’s famous “Nine Bean Soup Mix” is a fast sellout.

On Tuesday night, 19 members gathered at the West End Fire Company to pack 500 bags with nine different types of beans. The beans are eventually sold for $2.50 per bag as a club fundraiser.

“People love them and they usually don’t make it a month when the bags are ready,” said Cindy Gasper. “By the first time we meet, which will be the September/October meeting, we’re usually reporting that we’re sold out.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host a celebration for International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday,starting at noon. The event will include a free live vulture program, educational activities for children, and talk on vultures and their conservation status by Director of Conservation Science Dr. Keith Bildstein.

Red Creek Wildlife Center will offer a live vulture program at noon in the sanctuary’s outdoor amphitheater.

Thursday, September 1, 2016
The Claire Lynch Band will perform at Mauch Chunk Opera House on Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

he Labor Day weekend is full of activities and is the unofficial end to summer.

To celebrate the event, Mauch Chunk Opera House has two acts that are sure to get music lovers swaying to the beat.

Claire Lynch Band

The Claire Lynch Band will be returning to Jim Thorpe as she performs live at the opera house, 14 W. Broadway, on Friday.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show is at 8. Carbon County’s own Coal County Express opens the show.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — No clowning around: The first full-time, professional training school for circus artists in the United States is set to open in Philadelphia next year, officials announced Tuesday.

Circadium will be a three-year, secondary vocational school where students can hone their skills in acrobatics, juggling and aerial acts like the silks. The founders, who currently run the recreational Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, made the announcement atop the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, amid juggling routines and a trapeze performance.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Do you need to know more but have no clue on where to begin?

If so, join the Black Diamond Writers’ Network on Sept. 17 for a “Scavenger Hunt.” The group’s monthly meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Guest speaker and published author Priscilla Huff will demonstrate how you can use a library to find one or more publishing outlets for your present writing projects.

Participants may bring a laptop, tablet or phone to connect to the library’s Wi-Fi, but it is not necessary.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Lehigh Carbon Community College’s Photography Club will continue its “Fabulous Photographer” series this semester with Joe Edelman, an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer, author, educator and model mentor.

He will be presenting his “The Simple Approach to Portraits that Flatter” at 6 p.m.Sept. 8 in the Rothrock Library’s Alumni Center, rooms 107/108, main campus in Schnecksville. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A few Philadelphia Eagles are headed back to the Lehigh Valley with a special Spotlight Forum at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The event will provide an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at life in the NFL, from the perspective of Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, alumni Brian Westbrook, Mike Quick and Barrett Brooks.

Included in the discussion will be a preview of the 2016 season and fan question and answer session.

For more information, visit

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Fine Arts Discovery Series kicks off its fundraising event with The Pocono Great Talent Event.

The PGTE will feature two-time American Idol contestant Kendall Phillips as a special performer and guest judge. Phillips joins judges artist Robin Smith, Lorna O’Farrell of the Sherman Theater, and Gil Coronado of CILA LLC Management.

Auditions will take place during Stroudfest from 2:30-6 p.m.Saturday at the Sherman Showcase, 522 Main St., Stroudsburg.

All forms of talent can audition.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Mango salsa

Made with seasonal fresh mango and infused with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi sauvignon blanc, this simple yet zesty recipe is a sure way to beat the heat – especially when paired with a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc.

Whether you serve with grilled chicken or fresh fish this recipe makes for both a delightful dip and colorful topper for skewers — a guaranteed party-pleaser for backyard bash or Labor Day gathering.

Mondavi Mango Salsa

Total Time: 5 minutes plus chilling

2 cups chopped ripe mango

2 cups chopped strawberries