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Saturday, March 16, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS This sign greeted Julian Gonzalez of Slatington at the Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center in Allentown as part of a celebration to honor Julian, who recently graduated from Pediatric Therapy at Good Shepherd.

No matter what life throws our way, it's important to keep on keepin on.

With all he's had to endure, Julian Gonzalez of Slatington ought to be the poster child for that train of thought.

It was over a decade ago when Julian, then 8, sustained a traumatic brain injury after he was hit by a car.

Rather than wilt under the pressure of adversity, Julian persevered through hard work, sacrifice, and determination.

The fruits of his labor paid off in a big way for Julian, who defied the odds when he graduated from Pediatric Therapy at Good Shepherd.

Friday, March 15, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Elizabeth Ann Melot of Zion Lutheran Church with her St. Bernard, Maisie, says her trip to the Holy Land was an incredible experience.

To walk where Jesus walked. To pray where Jesus prayed. This is what Elizabeth Ann Melot dreamed of doing some day.

The Rev. Elizabeth Ann Melot has read about the Holy Land all her life. She studied at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Ohio, graduating in 2000. She was ordained July 2000 and accepted the call to St. James Evangelical Church in Hobbie, Pa. She then accepted the call to Zion United Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville in 2004, where she now works and lives with Maisie, her St. Bernard, two cats and a pair of orange cheeked finches.

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DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Will Heffner, Andreas, created a Goth-style car for his son. The decorative skull in front is impaled by a spike to acknowledge the brain injuries that changed Heffner's life.

Will Heffner is somebody new.

He can't remember when it happened. It's a blank in his mind.

But the Andreas man realizes he is no longer the same person.

Sure, he has the same name and the same body. But he's altogether new.

The man he once was is gone.

"The Will Heffner that I was is dead," he says. That person disappeared in an accident at age 27.

Will was a strong, hard-working manual laborer who dug ditches for a firm under contract with a major utility.

But on May 20, 2004, a terrible event took place that would reshape his life.

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Aiden Sell and Joseph Zerecie spread the boards that will make a birdhouse.

Bluebirds commonly nested in cavities in trees or fence posts, said Lehigh Gap Nature Center Director Dan Kunkle. Each year the Center holds a bluebird house-building project. Today, orchard trees are small and posts are metal so there are fewer natural nesting sites and a decline in the number of Bluebirds occurred.

In the 1960s Bluebird housing was begun to be provided. A house occasionally was occupied as soon as it was put up.

Friday, March 1, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Washburn & Crosby's Gold Medal Flour, Lafayette Street.

They're called ghost signs and all towns have them.

We pass them every day, but barely take notice.

They're fading reminders of lifestyles long ago, and they speak in silence, these sentinels printed on the sides of brick buildings.

They loom overhead, beckoning to us and sending the same messages they sent to those who came before.

You'll spot them up as high as the top stories of dominant buildings but also down low, as low as the bottom of river walls.

And you'll find them out in the country, too.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Diane Husic talked about the work of the past 10 years at a Speakers Series talk. One of the researchers is Marla Bianca who is doing metal analysis on the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge.

Diane Husic, a board of directors member at Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge, Slatington, updated the public on many of the things that have been accomplished in the past 10 years.

The land in the Gap was purchased in 2002 and by the following year restoration with warm season grasses was begun.

Eighty years of zinc smelting in Palmerton left the mountain dry, windswept and bare.

Ecological restoration is the intentional process of assisting the recovery of degraded landscape. It enhances biodiversity and attempts to return it back to what it was.

Friday, February 22, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Sisters Betty Ann Flyte and Rose Reese love to talk about their encounter with angels and the miracle of Betty Ann's healing in Medjugorje.

Do you believe you can be touched by an angel?

Two sisters in Jim Thorpe do.

Betty Ann Flyte, 71, and Rose Reese, 60, believe they have been touched by angels many times in their lives. But one angel, a living woman named Susan Reynolds, touched their lives in such a way, that it led to making a pilgrimage to Europe in search of a miracle.

And they found it.

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.