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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Dorothy Abelovsky

Dorothy Abelovsky, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 89th birthday Feb. 16.

Born in Egypt, Pa., she later moved to Northampton. Dorothy was one of five children, and the only girl.

When she was 16, her brothers asked her to fill in on their baseball team as an outfielder, because they were "one man down." After the game, one of the fellows came up to her and said, "Hi Dorothy, I'm Joseph, and one day I am going to ask you to marry me." Dorothy said she gave him a look of horror.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Elsa Partel

Elsa Partel, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 93rd birthday on Feb. 15.

Elsa is a longtime Palmerton resident coming from the close-knit neighbors on Columbia Avenue. She was born and raised in Palmerton.

When she was a teenager, her family moved to Lehigh Avenue. In summer she would ride her bicycle each day to Kunkle's Grove to meet friends and go swimming. Not knowing at the time that Gus Partel, her future husband, lived just five houses down the street and would watch her ride by.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Ailene Abbie Meyers Utz

Ailene Abbie Meyers Utz recently celebrated her 96th birthday. She was born Feb. 17, 1917 to Maud Jordon and John Kemp Meyers of Dayton, Ohio.

She met her husband David Williams Utz while they were students at Ohio Wesleyan University. They were married for more than 50 years, living in Dayton; Albany, N.Y.; Chicago; and Savannah, Ga.

Friday, February 15, 2013
Floyd "Reds" Kresge

Floyd "Reds" Kresge, a resident at The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated his 92nd birthday on Feb. 9.

Reds is a native of Palmerton having worked as a foreman for the N.J. Zinc Company until his retirement.

He played minor league baseball for a time in the 1940s in Limeport, Pa.

"Back then we got paid $15 a game a lot different than nowadays," Floyd says with a grin.

Friday, February 15, 2013
Muriel Hughes

Muriel Hughes, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, observed her 91st birthday on Feb. 10.

Originally from Slatington, where she lived all her life, Muriel wanted to be a hairdresser, but being one of six children her parents couldn't afford to send her for training. She worked in a garment factory for a few years and later worked at Keystone Lamp in 1939.

When asked how she met her husband, Muriel's smile grew wider.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Gordon Chandler

Gordon Chandler, a resident at the Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated his 99th birthday. He was born on Feb. 4, 1914.

A native of Slatington, Gordon dropped out of high school in 10th grade to get a job to help his mom with the bills.

"I never missed a day of school … ever! Ten years of school and perfect attendance. But mom needed money so I had to leave," said Gordon.

He is a retiree of Bethlehem Steel, where he worked in the rolling mill.

Monday, February 4, 2013
Joseph F. Shalanski

Joseph F. Shalanski of Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, formerly of Conyngham, recently celebrated his 97th birthday. He was born in Warrior Run, Pa. on Feb. 1, 1916. He was one of five children.

Joseph graduated from Warrior Run High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Seaman on an LST (Landing Ship, Tank) during World War II; and received a number of combat medals as the ship saw action in both the European and Pacific theaters.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Genevieve Skavery

Genevieve Skavery, a resident of Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, celebrated her 95th birthday recently. She was born Jan. 26, 1918 to Stanley and Victoria Swatski of Mt. Carmel.

Genevieve and her husband Stanley, who worked as a coal miner, were married June 17, 1939 at St. Stanislaus Church in Shenandoah.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Ethel Cadugan

Ethel Cadugan, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 93rd birthday on Jan. 16.

Originally from Jim Thorpe, she was married to Woodrow Cadugan and was a sample maker for Berkley Bags when the factory operated in downtown Jim Thorpe.

"Wages were a lot lower but I worked there less than four years, just until I could afford to buy a washer," Ethel states.

"Many women did that at that time," Ethel says. "If you wanted something, you worked for it!"

Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Fern Horn, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated her 87th birthday. She was born on Jan. 23, 1926.

Previously from Slatington, Fern was an active member of the Meals on Wheels program.

"Delivering foods to shut-ins was so rewarding," Fern says looking back on her life. "You meet so many nice people who can live alone, but just don't want to cook or do the dishes anymore!"

Fern has one son Randy, who lives in Slatington.