Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Friday, February 17, 2017

Every morning she opens her eyes from the bed. The light of day enters the room from the window, but she sees only the dark and icy gloom that thickens like molasses on the walls and drips down from the ceiling, stinging the inside of her heart with that awful burn of sadness.

She decides to swing her legs to the side of the bed and rise. Her will tells her mind that she must get up and start her day for fear that the darkness will swallow her soul into a black abyss and finally extinguish what barely remains of the light in her eyes.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Caroline Rachel Kanaskie, a senior environmental science major at Dickinson College in Carlisle, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester. A graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, she is the daughter of Paul and Renee Kanaskie of Tamaqua.

All students earning a position on the dean’s list must have a grade-point average of 3.7 or above on a 4.0 GPA scale for the semester.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017

Monday morning.

It was a long weekend of running kids to activities.

The laundry got washed, but only haphazardly folded, and zero ironing was done.

Luckily, gym day lined up for two out of three kids, and I only had to get one uniform pressed.

My morning routine is to get up early, get myself ready to go out the door, then get kids’ breakfasts, lunches, backpacks, and uniforms all ready, and then settle down to work from home for about an hour before I rouse the kids.

Friday, February 17, 2017

“Voices of the Underground Railroad” will be the subject of a lecture and music program at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The program will include traditional African American spirituals that expressed the hardships of slavery, offering inspiration for the journey to freedom. Participants will also hear firsthand accounts of courageous escaping slaves.

The “Underground Railroad” was a metaphor for a loose network of secret routes and safe houses that were used by black slaves to escape from slavery into freedom.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Penn State Extension in Carbon County, co-sponsoring with Blue Mountain Health System, will be offering the StrongWomen/Growing Stronger Program, a six-week exercise program for middle-aged and older adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 28 to May 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Country Inn and Suites, 1619 Interchange Road (Route 209) in Lehighton.

The program is a safe, effective strength-training and nutrition program for individuals who have been active or sedentary for the past few years and are interested in improving their health.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
The band Hats includes, from left, Eric Szollosy, Matt Filer, Dee Dasher, Josh Metz and Chris Holland. Missing is newest member Jimmy Metz. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

By Kelley Andrade


From its historic opera house to restaurants hosting open-mic nights to street corner performers, Jim Thorpe is alive with the sounds of music.

So it’s no surprise for a seedling to take root and grow there.

Eric Szollosy of Jim Thorpe had been booked as a one-man bass player to play weekend lunch gigs at the Broadway Grille over a year ago, when he asked his musician friends to join him.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

An art gallery exhibit featuring the work of Paula Zelienka of Palmerton will open on March 2 at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. An artist meet and greet session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Zelienka works with watercolors and acrylics and has been teaching art classes at St. John Neumann School for more than 10 years. She also offers private paint parties and fundraiser events at the art center.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Muhlenberg College celebrates a decade of gospel tradition with its 10th Gospel Workshop Weekend Saturday and Sunday.

The main event of the weekend is the free Gospel Choir concert, which will take place in the College’s Egner Chapel, 2400 W. Chew St., Allentown, at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

“Pints, Pounds & Pilgrims,” with a special musical performance by Dave Fry, opens March 10 at The Unicorn Theatre, 417 Front St., Catasauqua.

Performed by the Crowded Kitchen Players, this comedy features a manic English stage director who feverishly rehearses his long-suffering cast in an original Irish tragedy intended as the headlining event of an arts festival. Meanwhile, a struggling American dinner theater mistakenly believes it has been invited to perform its original bedroom farce at the same festival.