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Friday, February 22, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Susan Reynolds talks about her book, titled "The Angel Lady: A Journey with My Spiritual Companions" at a recent book signing at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Brodheadsville. Jim Thorpe sisters Betty Ann Flyte and Rose Reese were part of a panel there who spoke about their angel experience which is included in Reynolds' book.

Susan Reynolds, known to many in the Stroudsburg area as "The Angel Lady" and founder of the non-profit, 501c3 organization, the Follow Me Foundation, providing food, clothing and counseling to those in need in the community, wrote a book titled, "The Angel Lady: A Journey with My Spiritual Companions."

Friday, February 15, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Dale Freudenberger, left, Tamaqua, and Bill Harleman, Hometown, set up the Tamaqua Historical Society display at the Schuylkill County History Fair held Saturday at Fairlane Village Mall, Norwegian Township.

For the tenth year, historical groups from all corners of Schuylkill County gathered to show off a small portion of their collections.

The 10th Annual Schuylkill County History Fair took place Saturday, February 10, at Fairlane Village Mall, Route 61, Norwegian Township. The event was held on the second day of winter storm Nemo, but the show went on as planned.

Representatives of twelve historical societies out of 16 registered drove over snow-covered roads in order to showcase some of their intriguing items. Four groups canceled due to the weather.

Saturday, February 9, 2013
"I like to read," said Diane Luicana. "I'm social, so just reading quietly alone doesn't always do it for me. So I thought this would be a way to read something that other people might also like, and then have a chance to meet people who also like to read. I just thought it would be fun."

If you love to read and would love to share what you've read and discuss it with others, then you, like Diane Luicana, can look forward to the first meeting of the Jim Thorpe Book Club on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library House at 58 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Albinism is a genetic condition where people are born without the usual pigment in their bodies.

Their bodies aren't able to make a normal amount of melanin, the chemical responsible for eye, skin, and hair color. So most people with albinism have very pale skin, hair, and eyes. Albinism can affect people of all races, and there are different kinds of albinism.

Friday, February 8, 2013
The Rev. Mindy Heppe navigates the sidewalks of Shenandoah aided by her white cane.

The Reverend Mindy Heppe was born different from the rest of the population.

She stands out in a crowd simply by being there.

But what makes her special is the same unique quality that gives her special vision

Heppe is albino.

And she doesn't mind being different. For her, it's not a big deal.

In fact, she considers it simply one of many different characteristics of her general make up, the same as everyone else.

"At some point you realize that everybody is different," says the Shenandoah woman.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Historical Society volunteer Jim Barron, left, and photographer Scott Herring pause Tuesday after hanging the first in a series of classic street scene images of 1987 Tamaqua.

A special collection of iconic Tamaqua scenes caught in color will be unveiled in the coming days, heralding the local arrival of 'The Hardcoal Chronicles,' the work of Tamaqua native Scott Herring.

The photos are expected to be in place at gallery space inside the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce office, West Broad Street, within the next two weeks.

Friday, February 1, 2013
"Turquoise Tenerife" off loom weave with fiber and stone embellishment by Claudia Hill.

Take an object...any object. Give it to an artist or craftsman and they will transform it into a work of art.

Gourds have become blank slates for some artists, like Susan Pekala of Kunkletown and Claudia Hill of Saylorsburg.

They recently had a showing of their gourd-tastic art at the Monroe County Conservation District Center in Stroudsburg. It was gourds of all shapes and sizes. Gourds cut and carved. Gourds painted and decorated. It was a treasure trove of their creativity.

Many of their gourds that were showcased had a Native American theme.

Saturday, January 26, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Model, actress, singer Toni Reid of Jim Thorpe is revitalizing her singing career with the hopes of producing a jazz album

If any woman could be called a chick in the 1960s, it would have been Toni Reid. Although she never smoked a cigar, Toni was the White Owl girl - the face and voice for the White Owl cigar campaign.

Dressed in a costume with a headdress, tunic and wristlet cuffs covered with white chicken feathers, in 1967 and 1968, Toni represented the company in personal appearances, magazine and newspaper advertising, and a dozen television commercials.

Friday, January 25, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Among the restoration team, from left: Joe Kielbasa, Dave Shott, the Rev. Boguslaw Janiec, Trish Kroh and Bob Kroh.

Many sets of hands are busy at work inside a McAdoo church.

With loving care, they manipulate precious crystal prisms, crystal beads and delicate wire fasteners. They experiment with pipe cleaners and liquids and polishing techniques.

But don't be mistaken, their every move is precise and exacting. They tenderly brush gold filigree and line up rows of paper cups to organize prisms and beads removed one-by-one from gradient strands. Some large. Some tiny. Each diameter measured to the millimeter using a caliper.

Friday, January 18, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Harry Miller, president, Summit Hill Historical Society, points out a framed image in the town's borough building that depicts extensive workings geared toward extinguishing an underground fire at what was called the "$3,000,000 Burning Mine."

Archival files at the No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford contain an 1884 newspaper story about a deep mine fire in Lansford that might have implications for the Burning Mine in Summit Hill.

The story, discovered by Dave Kuchta, president, Panther Creek Valley Foundation, casts light on what was an extensive 1850s mine fire in Lansford. After reading about it, Kuchta, feels certain that it continued to smolder and was the beginning of the "Infamous Summit Hill Burning Mine Fire" of 1859.