Despite what many people think, African violets are very easy to care for. The plants can tell you what they need if you watch for their signs.
Bright green foliage, but no flowers, is an indication that the plant needs more light. On the other hand, if the foliage is pale green and yellowing, and you know that you have been fertilizing and watering properly, this is a sign that the plant is receiving too much light.
East-facing windows with a sheer curtain in place are good...
I received an email labeled "Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins." I found it so interesting that I was planning to write about the information included in the email.
The email begins with the statement: "After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try to eliminate cancer, Johns Hopkins is finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way."
First, I made a mandatory visit to Snopes.com, the internet's premier debunker. Sure enough, the...
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Ash Wednesday. Potato crusted cod, O'Brien potatoes, whole kernel corn, wheat bread with margarine, tapioca pudding.
Thursday, Feb. 14: Happy Valentine's Day. Chicken breast stuffed with broccoli and cheese, seasoned rice pilaf, Waldorf salad, fresh baked roll with margarine, strawberry cream shortcake.
Friday, Feb. 15: Wild mushroom soup, baked ziti, French cut green beans, Italian bread with margarine, Mandarin oranges.
Monday, Feb. 18: Closed....
Penn State Lehigh Valley celebrated the installation of the Alpha Zeta Pi chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, international honor society in education, during a ceremony at Iron Lakes Country Club, 3625 Shankweiler Road, North Whitehall Township.
It's the first education honor society to be established at the campus and only the third Kappa Delta Pi chapter in The Pennsylvania State University system.
More than 150 friends and family members attended the Dec. 2 event during which 28...
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Veal parmesan, rotini with sauce, zucchini, wheat bread, diced pears.
Thursday, Feb. 14: Yankee pot roast, baked potato, green beans, wheat bread, tropical fruit.
Friday, Feb. 15: Breaded Pollack, vegetable rice, Mediterranean medley, wheat bread, banana.
Monday, Feb. 18: Closed. President's Day.
Tuesday, Feb. 19: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, wheat bread, fresh fruit.
Wednesday, Feb. 20: stuffed green pepper,...
The Library Knitting Club meets 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.
If interested, sign up at the library reference desk.
The popularity of birds and birding has been increasing across the United States, as well as here in the Lehigh Valley.
One example that sparked major media attention was the high-profile search for the ivory-billed woodpecker in Louisiana beginning in 2002. The ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird thought to be extinct, was last authoritatively observed in 1943.
A team of expert ornithologists, funded by a corporate sponsor, began searching for evidence of existing ivory-bills...
An intense fire swept through a single family dwelling located at 3611 Beech Drive in Lehigh Township.
The residents, Mary Jo Fletcher-Pletz, her fiancé Jeff Raines and four children, were not home when the fire broke out.
"We were on our way home from dinner when we received a call from someone we know at the fire department that our house was on fire," said Fletcher-Pletz. "We got here just as the fire crews were arriving."
The house was fully engulfed by the time they...
The 2013-14 preliminary budget for the Northampton Area School District is now available for review.
Copies of the budget were to have been made available for public inspection at the Northampton Area School District Administration Building, 2014 Laubach Avenue; schools in the district, and on the district web site.
Property owners face a 3.14-percent tax hike, based on the preliminary 2013-14 general fund NASD budget unveiled at the Jan. 14 board meeting.
A mesh of interests and experiences led local author Monsignor James J. Mulligan to write "The Haystack."
Mulligan, a Northampton resident and member of the Civil War Roundtable, presented his novel to the Civil War Discussion Group at the Northampton Area Public Library last week.
Growing up, Mulligan's parents were big readers, his father reading "one history book after another," he said.
His father had him reading historical novels beginning in grade school and,...