Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Saturday, October 29, 2016

A spine-tingling burial ground that appears in Tamaqua’s east end every October and has haunted thousands will come to an end in a few days.

Living Dead Cemetery, a panoramic feast of fright that stretches along front lawns of three houses of upper Arlington Street, has grown too large to manage, according to owners Janene Holter-Solarczyk and husband Joe.

So after Halloween this year, the amazing display will be donated to Clamtown Boy Scout Troop 755, a group that typically operates a haunted house in West Penn Township.

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley E. Treible

Stanley and Edna Treible, of Walnutport, recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 17, 1964, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effort by the Rev. John Klein.

Mrs. Treible is the former Edna Emma Jones, daughter of Betty Jones of Lehighton, and the late John Jones. Mr. Treible is the son of the late Mitchell and Mabel Treible of Effort.

The Treibles have two sons: Paul M. Treible, and his wife April M. Treible, of Lehighton, and the late Jason A. Treible, who passed away in 1985 at age 10.

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Millard Howell

Millard (Dixie) and Barbara Howell of Palmerton recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They were married on Oct. 1, 1966.

The Howells are the parents of Randy Howell, who is married to Joyce, of Slatington; and the late Sandra Howell Roberts.

They have four grandchildren: Becca and Jennifer Howell, and Michaela and Alexandra Roberts.

Millard retired from Alpo after almost 36 years. Barbara retired from the Allentown State Hospital.

The couple celebrated at a surprise party held at their son’s home.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

My daughter, E, finally made her Halloween costume decision and it ended up being a far cry from the original plan of being a doctor.

After briefly considering a fairy costume, she ultimately settled on Princess Leia.

Now, since my kids have been born, I have been nerdily hoping that one day, I could have a Luke Skywalker, a Princess Leia, and a Yoda, or a Chewbacca, or a Han Solo, or an Ewok, or anything Star Wars. A is going as a Jedi Knight, doesn’t matter which one … any one is good, as long as it’s a Jedi. I got a Jedi and Leia.

Saturday, October 29, 2016
I spent time chatting with two clowns at an event in Mount Carmel a few years ago. Clowns are a favorite part of Halloween but we might not see as many this year. We’re dealing with a dangerous creepy-clown stigma, which, hopefully, is only a passing phase. ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS

There was a time I enjoyed Halloween masks and costumes based on how scary they were.

The more frightening, the better.

But then, as I got older, my tastes changed. I learned to appreciate costumes and masks that displayed humor and creativity.

Even more, I began to truly appreciate talent and inspiration that go into producing costumes that make us smile.

Send in the clowns. There’s nothing more colorful than clowns.

As we get older, our values can change. Our tastes evolve and adapt. Sometimes our entire belief system changes.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

My sister Carol and her husband, Roger, raised three boys in a small ranch house on Seneca Avenue in the town of Middlesex, New Jersey. Little did they know that when they moved in, a coffin lay buried under their home.

One day Roger was poking around in the dirt floor of the crawl space when he came upon a wide piece of wood. As he pushed aside the dirt with a long stick, he saw what he believed was the lid of a coffin.

Unable to dig deeper due to the limited space, he and Carol went on a mission to find out who or what might be buried under their house.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

My daughter Maria just sent me a book she thought I would enjoy — “The Most of Nora Ephron.”

Well, the late, great writer captured me with the first chapter, titled “Journalism: A Love Story.”

I can relate to that.

Journalism was my first love. While I was still a sophomore in high school, journalism ignited a passion in me that flamed to the exclusion of all else.

I can remember going on a date with a classmate named Joe, along with a copy of the thick Associated Press Stylebook. The so-called “date” consisted of having Joe ask me questions from the book.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Today is National Cat Day. It is a celebration held each year on Oct. 29.

This cat holiday helps the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year. It also encourages cat lovers to celebrate the cat or cats in their lives for the unconditional love and companionship they give.

Cats can be inquisitive, friendly, playful, active, loving and independent. They appreciate attention but only when they want it. For the cat knows they are the perfect pet.

Friday, October 28, 2016
This photo shows examples of leaves preserved by different methods, noted below each leaf. The vibrant colors of autumn leaves are fleeting, but they can be preserved by coating leaves with a variety of substances. Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

As a lifelong New Englander, I know how beautiful and fleeting fall foliage is each year. Thanks to my latest test-drive of various crafting techniques, I now know how finicky and frustrating it is to try to preserve some of that color.

Though some worried that a summer drought would mean muted leaves, this season’s foliage has been spectacular, at least in my corner of New Hampshire. But I’m starting to think photographs might be the best way to capture those colors.

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Carbon County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an ongoing support group for parents, grandparents and adult siblings grieving the loss of a child, grandchild or sibling.

TCF meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Palmerton Community Ambulance building, 501 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. The next meeting will take place Nov. 1.

For more information, call 484-719-6753 or email