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Saturday, August 3, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tears came to the eyes of a capacity-filled auditorium at Eckley Miners' Village, when on Sunday, July 28, 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, Severin Fayerman, spoke fulfilling his promise to not let the world forget.

Tears came to the eyes of audience members in a capacity-filled auditorium at Eckley Miners' Village when, on Sunday, July 28, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor spoke, fulfilling his promise to not let the world forget.

Severin Fayerman, of Wyomissing, Berks County, who spent his adult years in the United States as owner of the Baldwin Hardware Company, made a promise at Auschwitz. As a family friend was selected to go the gas chamber, he looked at Fayerman and said, "Severin, avenge my innocent death. Don't let the world forget what's going to happen to me today."

Friday, August 2, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Without saying a word, Kyle Hacker looks directly into your eyes and invites you into his world.

Kyle Hacker silently reaches out and holds your hand.

Or he'll approach and take your arm and look into your eyes. Maybe he'll squeeze your finger.

In a moment, he'll smile.

All of it is non-verbal, but it's his way of saying hello.

Even more, it's his way of getting to know you.

If you're perceptive, you'll understand that he's inviting you into his world.

He wants you to join him and to share in what he has to offer.

And what he has to offer is unconditional love.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Question: What's your favorite part about summer?

Friday, July 26, 2013
Hours after his birth in 2010, Bobby Edmonds of MaryD wears a Cool Cap in the NICU at the Janet Weis Children's Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. The specialized pediatric device uses cool water to prevent swelling of the brain in an effort to prevent possible brain damage.

It's been a hectic day, but before you can go home and relax, there's one more stop to make picking up something for dinner. As you approach the cashier, your mind is buzzing with hundreds of little details. Did I lock the office door? Did I turn out the lights? How long is this going to take? What else do I have to do tonight?

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Courtesy Pa. Turnpike Commission Blasting is taking place to create new ramps for the RT. 903/Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange in Penn Forest Township. During the construction, traffic stoppages may occur once per day, on Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for up to 20 minutes, although stoppages of 5 to 10 minutes are more common.

Blasting for the construction of the ramps for the new Penn Forest - Rt. 903/PA Turnpike All-Electronic Interchange may cause traffic stoppages on both roads on Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the end of August.

"We are excavating for the new ramps to connect the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Route 903 for the all access E-ZPass-only interchange that we are constructing," explained Mimi Doyle, Public Information Manager for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. "The blasting is to excavate the ramps so we can widen them."

Friday, July 19, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Stephanie Karmonick rides Frosty as he is led by Amanda Carnes. The sidewalkers are Greg Stewart and Samantha Dale.

Janie Miller, a volunteer coordinator at Horses and Horizons, New Ringgold, said Elaine and Harvey Smith celebrated the 20th anniversary of the farm on Zion's Stone Church Road on June 9. An open house was held from 5 to 6 p.m. Private riding lessons are offered and at 6 p.m. A group lesson is held. At the open house a mother said riding had helped loosen her daughter's muscles and she is better at keeping focused.

A new arena has been built so classes do not have to be cancelled if there is rain. The arena building also has a classroom.

Saturday, July 13, 2013
1944 Minneapolis Millerettes - Courtesy: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association The 1944 Minneapolis Millerettes were part of the composite of teams used to create the fictionalized version of the Rockford Peaches in the 1992 film, A League of Their Own. Photograph lineup is front l-r, Front, L-R: Ruth "Tex" Lessing, Annabelle Lee, Helen Callaghan, Betty Trezza; back l-r, Charles "Bubber" Jonnard (Manager), Dorothy Wiltse, Vivian Kellogg, Audrey Haine, Lavone "Pepper" Paire Davis, Kay Blumetta, Lillian Jackson, Ada Ryan (Chaperone). Middle, L-R: Faye Dancer, Elizabeth Farrow, Marge Callaghan, Audrey Kissel, Margaret Wigiser. Front, L-R: Ruth "Tex" Lessing, Annabelle Lee, Helen Callaghan, Betty Trezza.

It seems that Jim Thorpe was not only the ultimate competitive athlete, he amazingly was at the forefront of the beginnings of professional football, coaching the first and only all-Indian professional football team, and owning an all-female softball team, the Thunderbirds.

Friday, July 12, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Bob Perrin has assembled artifacts and created a showcase display to start what will become the Coaldale Historical Society.

In one unexpected moment, Bob Perrin's direction in life changed.

Incredibly, it happened as he took a bite of pizza.

No, it wasn't a conscious decision; instead, it was a startling medical crisis that took place over Christmas vacation.

"It was December 23, 2003, and I was in Frackville Mall eating pizza when it happened," says the Coaldale resident.

Within a split second, Perrin's eyes rolled back in his head and he lost awareness.

At that point, Perrin, now 48, had suffered a midbrain aneurysm.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Editor's note: This is the first in an ongoing series of individual stories devoted to 'Our Miracle Kids,' children in the TIMES NEWS coverage area who, for one reason or another, are faced with unusual obstacles to their health, well-being, and, at times, their very survival. We invite you to look into the lives of these special youngsters and the remarkable circumstances faced by them and their families as together they assemble building blocks of happiness despite obstacles that challenge the imagination.

Friday, July 5, 2013
Stephen Behun (glasses) races with his younger siblings, Will and Katie, despite what some would consider a handicap - a three chambered heart.

Okay, he turns blue once in a while, but that doesn't stop seven year old Stephen Behun of Tamaqua from doing anything and everything every other boy his age does.

Climbing trees, playing tag, wrestling, swimming, karate and fighting space aliens are just a few of the pastimes of this dynamo. Sounds like your everyday, average first grader, but Stephen is just a teeny bit different. He does it with a three chambered heart, instead of the four chambers like his friends' hearts.