April 7, 2014
High 9.7 - 12
Medium High 7.3 -9.6
Medium Low 4.9 - 7.2
Low Medium 2.5 - 4.8
Low 0 - 2.4
Pen Argyl - April, 2014
MTD: 0.37 Normal: 3.95
YTD - 60.50
The Bangor High School Varsity baseball and softball games scheduled for today at Salisbury have been postponed until Thursday April 10 at 4:00pm.
The Bangor High School Varsity Tennis match scheduled at Palisades today has been postponed until Thursday April 10 at 4:00pm.
The Pen Argyl baseball and softball games scheduled at Southern Lehigh today have been postponed. A new date will announced later.
Second Annual Breakfast
This girl was very happy to meet the Easter Bunny Saturday afternoon at the East Bangor Fire Company. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
This Bangor girl competes in the shot put during a track meet held Thursday at Paul Farnan Field in Bangor Memorial Park. (More photos tomorrow) ( More photos Below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
These children were happy to see the East Bunny Saturday at East Bangor Fire House. ( More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden'
It’s a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn’t it be better – not to mention tastier – to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your vegetable and herb garden into a “vitamin garden?”
Fortunately, many vitamin-packed vegetables and herbs are easy to grow. Hardy, bountiful varieties like those from Bonnie Plants make it even easier to claim vitamin victory in your veggie garden. Studies show that gardeners tend to eat more fruits and vegetables than non-gardeners, and nothing beats the flavor and freshness of home-grown veggies, fruits and herbs. In addition to the many health benefits gardening delivers, such as gentle exercise, fresh air and sunshine, growing your own vegetables can help ensure you meet vitamin requirements.
While gardening is great exercise, starting a garden is actually an easy task. With just an hour a day, you can start a small backyard garden, or even grow your own vegetables in pots. Just start with transplants, instead of seed; they’ll save time and effort, and provide you with an earlier harvest. Choose a sunny spot with good drainage, and make sure the soil is in shape to receive plants by soil-kit testing, and amending when necessary. Feed your food plants, water regularly and don’t forget to patrol for pests.
Ready for your garden? Try these gardener-friendly, high-powered vegetables and herbs that can ensure your diet is full of flavorful, vitamin-rich foods:
* Basil – Low in calories and cholesterol-free, basil is a rich source of many essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins. It contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A.
* Oregano – High in anti-oxidants, oregano has both antibacterial and antifungal properties.
* Rosemary – Another antioxidant herb, rosemary is used to fight inflammation. It’s a good source of vitamin A, thiamin and magnesium.
* Bonnie Spinach – Spinach contains more than half the recommended daily value of vitamin A and is high in vitamins C, K , E, folate, manganese, magnesium, iron and potassium. Naturally low in calories, spinach grows well in spring, summer and fall, producing high yields of large, nutrient-rich leaves.
* Tomatoes – Considered a super food, tomatoes deliver high doses of vitamins C, A, K and B6, and minerals such as potassium and lycopene. Hugely versatile, they’re a great ingredient in a variety of culinary styles, or equally yummy eaten on their own. Bonnie Plants has a range of new, easy-to-grow tomato varieties for 2014, including the Biltmore (which ripens a large amount of fruit all at once), and the San Marzano, producing high yields and keeps producing right up until first frost. Check out the “Tomato Chooser” tool on Bonnie Plants’ website to make it easy to find the variety you want. Select traits you’re seeking and the tool will list the varieties that match!
* Peppers – Another versatile veggie available in a wealth of varieties, peppers deliver fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, copper and vitamins A, C, K and B6. Many types, such as Bonnie Green Bell peppers, are very easy to grow, and others, like the Giant Marconi, deliver high yield and produce early in the season.
* Squash – Popular and prolific varieties like zucchini and yellow squash require minimal care to produce hefty harvests. Green zucchini deliver vitamins C, K and B6, as well as folate, manganese and potassium. Yellow squash – either crookneck or straight neck – are easy to grow, early to mature and particularly high in vitamin C.
And what’s the one vitamin every single veggie and herb in your garden delivers? You can count vitamin D – the true “sunshine vitamin” among the nutritional benefits of vegetables, herbs and gardening. While you’re outside working in the garden, your body is turning all that sunlight into much-needed vitamin D.
Added to the vitamin value of veggies and herbs are the exercise and relaxation that derive from gardening. This summer, why not focus on growing your vitamins rather than getting them from a bottle? They’ll taste better than anything that comes from the pharmacy, plus you’ll reap health, wellness, and the many mental and physical benefits of gardening.
For more information on varieties, how-to’s, trouble shooting and even recipes, visit www.bonnieplants
These were just some the interesting crafts available at the Miller House Spring craft Show held this past weekend. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Janice Cory
This Pen Argyl girl competes in the shot put versus Bangor Thursday. (More photos tomorrow) ( More photos Below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
A 21-year-old student has become the first climber in the world to master an ascent up a sheer rock face - hundreds of feet above the tree canopy - in South Africa.
Sasha DiGiulian - rated the world's top-ranked female outdoor rock climber - mastered the climb at Waterval Boven, near Johannesburg.
It was the first time she has claimed a 'First Ascent' - being the first to climb a route from ground to top without falling.
The route had been laid out earlier by a climber using lines and other climbing equipment to insert bolts in the sandstone cliff face.
But it took 12 years for anyone to master the challenge - in the form of Miss DiGiulian, who is a student at Columbia University in New York.
By becoming the first to complete the route, she won the right to name it and chose Nelson Mandela's middle name, Rolihlahla.
"I've never done a first ascent before so that's a cherry on the cake for me. I was so pleased," said said Miss DiGiulian, from Washington DC.
It took her six attempts over four days to achieve her goal, suffering cuts and bruises along the way.
Each attempt effectively failed whenever she fell, plummeting towards the ground hundreds of feet below, before her safety line took the strain and saved her.
"You slam into the wall and it hurts," she said. "You start getting scared and the fear rises. If you fall improperly, it hurts."
Later on the same South African trip, Miss DiGiulian completed her second First Ascent at Montague, near Cape Town.
This Pen Argyl girl competes in the shot put Thursday versus Bangor in Paul Farnan Field at Bangor Memorial Park. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
April Activities at Jacobsburg
April 8th & 22nd 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Join Environmental Education Specialist Lauren Forster after work for a brisk hike at Jacobsburg. These free bi-weekly (every other Tuesday) hikes are 2 to 2.5 miles over uneven terrain. Hikers should always bring water and sturdy boots or shoes. Routes and meeting locations will vary each week. Register to receive information on where we’re hiking each Tuesday. To register, contact Lauren Forster at 610-746-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 11th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Bring your family along to the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center for an evening outdoor adventure followed by a craft. On the second Friday of each month we will explore a different topic, from frogs, to butterflies, to hiking at night! This program is best for families with children ages 5 and up. To register, contact Lauren Forster at 610-746-2801 or email@example.com.
Speaker Series: Dawn Konkoly
Friday, April 25th 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Join us as PhD candidate Dawn Fariello from Fordham University presents, “Pathogens That Are Hosted By Avian Individuals.” In the fields of human public health and wildlife health, birds occupy an important ecological role as vehicles of disease. Many bird species undergo long range migrations, increasing the distance pathogens may be potentially carried. Several recent scientific studies support that birds carrying Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, introduced the disease to areas historically uninfected. This spread was primarily attributed to birds carrying infected ticks during migration. Understanding the types of pathogens and how their prevalence varies in the avian community will lead to a better understanding of pathogen transmission and bird conservation efforts. To register, contact Rick Wiltraut at 610-746-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Day at Jacobsburg
Saturday, April 26th 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center by joining us for a bird banding demonstration, service project, and wildflower walk. Bring your lunch and spend the day outside learning about birds and wildflowers while also giving back to your local education center. To register, contact Lauren Forster at 610-746-2801 or email@example.com.
For community programs, you can also register online at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ and click on “What to Do” and “Calendar of Events.” If you need an accommodation to participate in a program please contact the park office. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.
Slate Belt Heritage Center Will Reveal Map
The Slate Belt Heritage Center will hold its monthly historic presentation on Thursday, April 10, 2014 At 7:00 PM. Via skype, Mr. David Blau, the map illustrator who designed the Heritage Center's "Heritage Map" will be the presenter along with his brother Mr. Marc Blau. The map was the brain child of Marc Blau and he enlisted the aide of his brother David who is an engineer. Despite a distance of 3000 miles the two collaborated, for two years, on sites within the Slate Belt to pinpoint 59 historic, recreational, and scenic places in all nine Slate Belt municipalities.
The event is free (donations kindly accepted) and open to the public. The Heritage Center is located at 30 North 1st Street, Bangor, PA. For additional information contact: Karen Brewer @ 610-588-8615.
Mohegan Sun Trip
St. Elizabeth's of Hungary Parish is sponsoring a trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes Barre on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
The first pick up location will be at the church parking lot in Pen Argyl leaving by 9:00am; the second pick up location will be at the old St. Joseph parking lot in Wind Gap, leaving by 9:00am. The cost is $25; you will receive a $25 voucher, plus a $10 voucher for food.
For more information, please call Mary Lou DeRea-Lohman at 610-863-4846 or 610-844-4630"
East Bangor UMCC Family Game Night
The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church is having a "Family Game Night" on Friday, April 11th, at 6:30 p.m.
Families are invited for fun & fellowship. Bring a favorite game and snack to share.
The church is located at 136 W. Central Ave. (Rt. 512), East Bangor, PA. For more info. call 610-588-4453 or visit http://www.ebumc.org/.
East Bangor UMCC Singles Ministry
The East Bangor UMC Singles' Ministry will meet for a Pastie Dinner on Friday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship Hall. Cost is $6 per person, and includes the pastie, sides, desserts and beverages. RSVP to Cindy at 610-614-1477 no later than Apr. 4.
The ministry is open to all singles, divorcees, widows and widowers of any age.
The church is located at 136 W.Central Ave. (Rt. 512), East Bangor, PA.
Breakfast With The Easter Bunny
Fourth Annual 912 Scholarship
The family and friends of Mr. Denny Strouse are offering a $1000 scholarship in loving memory of Denny. The 4th Annual “912” Scholarship is for a graduating Bangor HS senior who plans on attending a technical school or college.
The scholarship is awarded to a well rounded student with interests in academics, outdoor sporting activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking and an enthusiasm for the outdoors. The student must possess a giving spirit exemplified through community service and love for family and friends. The application process is being facilitated by Slater Family Network. Applications are in the HS Guidance office, Slater Family Network office or on the school district website front page under 2014 Scholarships or under Slater Family Network.
Applications are due in the SFN office by Friday, May 2. If you have any questions please call the office at 610-599-7019.
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