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Friday, November 13, 2015

Peg is an 88-year-old woman who goes to yoga class every day.

Many admire her because she can do every move and can keep up with others decades younger than she is.

I find her admirable for an additional reason. After her husband of 53 years passed away, and she was alone in the area, she worked hard to make a new life for herself.

She had to, because like many wives she had wrapped her life around her husband. When he was gone there was no one left in her life.

Friday, November 13, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Tom C. Gerhard

Mr. and Mrs. Tom C. Gerhard, Packer Township, Weatherly, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 5. They were married in SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Beaver Meadows. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Watro.

Betty is the daughter of the late John and Mary (Chernanski) Kovalick, Beaver Meadows, and Tom is the son of the late John (Homer) Gerhard of Packer Township.

Friday, November 13, 2015
Ava Alabovitz, second grade, Panther Valley – “First, you would get a turkey. Then defrost it. Then you would put it in the oven as long as it says. But before that, you would stuff it with filling. When it’s done, let it cool off, and there’s your feast.”

How do you cook Thanksgiving dinner?

Friday, November 13, 2015
Lori Schappell, left, of Reading is connected at the head to her twin, George. The two learned how to compromise in order to survive. ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS

One benefit of working at a daily newspaper is the opportunity to meet interesting people.

It’s a special reward that goes with the job.

It’s a benefit I value in huge proportions. That’s because I enjoy learning from folks in all walks of life. Everybody is interesting in one way or another.

Nearly 10 years ago I was invited to spend a day in center city Reading to meet Lori Schappell and her twin sister Reba. They were 44 at the time, the world’s oldest living female conjoined twins.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Since I moved to Carbon County I have enjoyed listening to residents sharing their concerns and ideas with their elected officials.

One of the most common issues I hear about, regardless of the borough, is the feral cat population.

Last month, I covered a meeting in Weatherly where mayor Thomas Connors, who runs the Carbon County Animal Shelter, said that multiple dead cats were found on the streets of the borough. It was shocking, but all too common in this area.

Friday, November 13, 2015

You wake up on a raw and rainy morning. Your mind and body tell you to stay in bed, yet some sort of awful force pushes you out. You already feel defeated before you turn on the TV news and see these headlines.

“Armed robbery in donut shop in Wilkes-Barre”

“Arson investigation in Lackawanna County”

“Child molester sent to prison”

“60-year-old man assaulted in Bloomsburg”

Friday, November 13, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Cimms Copyright - hopstockphoto

Aleksandra Szymanska of Philadelphia and Garrett R. Cimms, also of Philadelphia, were united in marriage on Sept. 19, 2015, at a private ceremony at his parents’ home at Bear Creek Lakes in Penn Forest Township.

Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic officiated the double ring ceremony. Agata Jochemczyk of Zurich, Switzerland, attended the couple.

The bride is the daughter of Bogdan Szymanski and Jolanta Szymanska of Pabianice, Poland.

Friday, November 13, 2015

How strong is your faith?

From the biblical standpoint, “faith is the strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.”

I’d like to believe I have a strong faith in God but I couldn’t hold a candle to Abraham, Noah or even David.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The mild November weather has been welcomed by all. Even with the hint of frost on windshields in the early hours, it’s been so-far-so-good compared to the harsh weather people have come to expect in late autumn.

Most folks focus on their homes when it comes to winter preparedness, often neglecting their road-traveling shelter.

Just like houses, vehicles must be winterized before the snow starts to fall. A few simple checks and refills before the freezing temps take hold will keep a car running smoothly.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Better than leave safety to chance, here’s a checklist for prewinter maintenance.

• Check the battery

• Check antifreeze levels and the quality of the fluid already in the vehicle’s system

• Replace dirty filters, such as air, fuel, and oil. A poorly running engine is less efficient and burns more gasoline.

• As the temperature drops below freezing, add a bottle of fuel de-icer in the tank about once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line.