Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Friday, June 23, 2017
Mollie Rohrbach and Haydn Charles

Marilyn Rohrbach and Gary Phillips of Slatington have announced the engagement of their daughter Mollie Rohrbach to Haydn Charles of Schnecksville.

The bride-to-be is a 2009 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Cedar Crest College in 2013. She is currently pursuing her master’s in nursing at Wilkes University, and works as a nurse in the Lehigh Valley.

Friday, June 23, 2017
The 100th anniversary of the sanctuary, an extension of the original Zion United Church of Christ, was celebrated in the beginning of April. Careful maintenance has preserved the church almost exactly the way it was when it opened. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton’s Zion United Church of Christ is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its sanctuary this year, and perhaps more importantly, the continuing history of the congregation.

Ken Leffler, church secretary and Zion UCC history buff, has collected a wealth of knowledge on the remarkable building, and its notable patrons.

“This is amazing even nowadays,” Leffler said, glancing across the pews at the high ceiling and stained glass as he walked through the sanctuary. “Can you imagine what it was like when it first opened?”

Friday, June 23, 2017

By Pattie Mihalik


I’ve become somewhat of a sidewalk superintendent — someone who stands around watching a construction project in progress.

What captured my attention is the new home going up on the next block. I never saw a home going up as fast as that one. My neighbors agree it’s the fastest progress they’ve ever seen in home construction.

I’m amazed when I watch the crew work. They don’t seem to be breaking a sweat but they get so much done in a day.

Friday, June 23, 2017
This 2015 photo provided by Chronicle Books shows an overview of Erin Benzakein’s Floret Farms in full bloom in Mount Vernon, Wash. The photo is featured in Benzakein’s book, “Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden.” (Michele M. Waite/Chronicle Books via AP) Copyright - michele m waite photography

ike a tiny green sprig reaching upward, it happened slowly at first. And then, suddenly, it was everywhere.

A wilder, more seasonal and local look in floral arrangement is replacing the stiffer, more formal arrangements of a decade ago. Bouquets featuring grass or clematis, loose arrangements of flowering or fruit-laden branches, spare displays of flowering purple basil, sweet peas or bearded irises, or surprises like towering fennel — the trend reflects changes in aesthetics as well as in where flowers come from.

Friday, June 23, 2017
Fidget spinners are on the annual list of hazardous summer toys compiled by World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc., a nonprofit consumer watchdog. AP FILE PHOTO Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

BOSTON (AP) — Thinking of getting your kid the wildly popular fidget spinner? A consumer watchdog group is warning parents to think again.

Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm said Wednesday in unveiling its summer safety report that the ubiquitous spinners, already banned in many schools, can fall apart and the small pieces can create a choking hazard

W.A.T.C.H. said children in Texas and Oregon have been taken to hospitals recently after choking on fidget spinner pieces.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

For the second straight year, 12-year-old Rose Ostrowski of Berwick will perform at the Historical Bethlehem Society’s annual Blueberry Festival at 4 p.m. July 15. She’ll be located at the community stage.

Ostrowski recently released “Your Words” to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Her third single is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

The two-day festival will take place July 15-16 at the Burnside Plantation in Bethlehem. The family event has nearly everything to indulge in all things blueberry such as blueberry pie, ice cream, beer, wine, mead and more.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Air Supply will perform at the Sherman Theater Oct. 14. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Copyright - @ 2015 Michael Schoenfeld

Air Supply is coming to the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, at 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing.

The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Another Day Dawns includes, front, Tyler Ritter, and back from left, Livi Dillon, Dakota McGeehan and Nick McGeehan. Scan this photo with the Prideo app to see a video of the band rehearsing. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Copyright - JJ Horvath

It might not ring true to say that Another Day Dawns is an overnight success, having formed the band about six years ago, but that’s not wrong either.

After having played gigs throughout the area over the years, and opening for some big names such as Sammy Hagar, Trapt and Fuel, Another Day Dawns is about to take it to the next level when they hit the road later this summer.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Here’s what’s coming up at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

• Saturday, Craig Thatcher’s Eric Clapton Retrospective, 8 p.m.

• June 29, Free show with Dwight & Nicole, 7:30 p.m.

• June 30, Splintered Sunlight, Summer of Love 50th anniversary party, 8 p.m.

• July 1, EagleMania, 8 p.m.

• July 8, 40 Story Radio Tower with House of Hamil, 8 p.m.

• July 14, David Bromberg Quintet, 8 p.m.

• July 15, The Elovators, 8 p.m.

• July 20, The Birdie Busch Band, 7:30 p.m.

• July 21, Start Making Sense, 8 p.m.