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Saturday, June 15, 2013
CHRIS PARKER The former Panther Valley Middle School's main entrance on Bertsch Street.

One sunny June day in 2009, Adam Webber proudly showed a visitor through the massive former Panther Valley Middle School on Bertsch Street in Lansford. Webber envisioned a thriving community center in the three-story, 16,176 square-foot building, which he had purchased from the school district for $150 a couple of months earlier.

Now, almost to the day four years later, Webber has essentially abandoned the building he once saw as the potential jewel of Lansford.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

On Monday evening, June 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., Pottsville Fire Department will host a community safety program.

It will be held at the DHH Lengle Middle School lower parking lot (Martz Hall).

There will be many preparedness tips and takeaways during the evening provided by numerous public safety agencies from Pottsville and around the County. Food and refreshments will be provided during the event.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The 6th annual Polka for Pets will be held this Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. in the Lehighton Community Grove on South 7th Street.

The annual event serves to bring together pets of many kinds who need homes and are available for adoption.

The Pennsylvania Villagers polka band will perform from 2-5 p.m.

There will also be vendors on site offering pet services and treats, a Chinese auction, refreshments, pet microchipping, spay/neuter applications and many dogs and cats in need of loving forever homes.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


My breakfast is not complete without a piece of bread or an English muffin toasted just right with lots of butter and strawberry jelly.

The first to develop toasted bread were the ancient Egyptians about 6000 years ago. They realized that if they let bread sit out in Egypt's warm climate it would rise, and when baked would retain its risen shape. They also noted that after a few days in the hot dry desert air the bread became hard and uneatable.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Marian High School will hold an informal question and answer session from 6:30 - to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17. The meeting will be held in the school library for all parents and students interested in attending Marian in the Fall of 2013.

Faculty, staff and administration will be available to answer any questions parents or students may have regarding registration, academics, financial aid or athletics.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


I am among the hundreds of thousands who were thrilled with the election of the humble man now known as Pope Francis.

From the start, I've been filled with hope and admiration for his nontraditional approach to the papacy. It's always a pleasure and a breath of fresh air to read his messages to the world.

Shortly after being elected, he had some interesting thoughts on old age.

"We are in old age," said the 76-year-old pope. "Old age is the seat of wisdom," he said while speaking slowly.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Someone is listening to your phone calls and it isn't Ma Bell.

It appears to be Uncle Sam.

And he might be checking into your Internet habits as well.

It's part of a compilation of telephone usage information and overall data collection.

Last week, the director of national intelligence defended the top-secret government data surveillance program that many say is an obtrusive invasion into the lives of average Americans and a violation of our civil rights.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With its wood-planked siding, Storm's home could easily be mistaken for a roadside bar-b-cue stand, as it stood parked along Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Earth Day. The home was hand-built by Storm based on plans from a mail order firm..

"We get caught up in the idea that more is better," explained Tom Storm sitting at the modular dining room table of his 130 square foot Tiny Home. "I've learned to live happily with less."

"I have more," he said. "More time to think about things that I want to think about. More time to do the things I want to do," and by having less, "the quality of the things that I want to keep is higher."

Saturday, June 15, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kevin Ruch, owner of the 14-Acre Farm, an organic farm in Summit Hill holds a sample from his compost pile.

Now that it's spring, many people turn toward gardening. But why garden?

Some like fresh veggies ripe for the picking. Others like varieties not commercially available. Others want personal assurance that their crops are organic and one of the secrets of organic farming is compost.

Most people have a vague idea that if they pile garden and vegetable food wastes, and turn it periodically, in a few months, voilà, it will be reduced in volume to a deep brown humus.