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Saturday, October 13, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tim Dugan (standing in left foreground) from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources led the planting project, the fourth program in their Tree Vitalize Program-previous programs have taken place in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton and over 2,000 trees have been planted.

A partnership of organizations with three dozen volunteers planted 520 trees as part of a project to transform a former hazardous waste site into a riparian meadow park which already has a boat launch and bike trail.

The site, along the Lehigh River, immediately south of the Rt. 873 bridge, was the location of one of the area's 19th century industries. In 1858, Robert Prince began processing the local iron oxide ore as a paint primer and established the Iron Ore Metallic Paint Company. The plant prospered and in 1879, was relocated to Bowmanstown.

Friday, October 12, 2012
Goddaughter Brenda and wife Diane pose with a giant pumpkin in the garden.

"It was a poor year for pumpkins," said Maynard Serfass. But his pumpkin patch was good enough to earn the backyard gardener first place at the Allentown Fair.

He said he has a cousin who grows big pumpkins but those were eaten by a groundhog.

Serfass said he had trouble with cucumber beetles on his pumpkin patch. They should have been sprayed with fungicide and insecticide as soon as he moved them to the garden - he starts his plants indoors.

Serfass always had a garden at his Towamensing home and in 2003-2004 he saw some Martha Stewart Big Max seeds at Walmart.

Saturday, October 6, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mari Gruber in the alley behind the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary at the burn barrel where she, without warning, became engulfed in flames.

Always the teacher, within seconds of removing her flaming apron and extinguishing her charred shirt, Mari Gruber thought to herself, "Oh God. What about kids with scarves and puffy coats around bonfires?"

Gruber, the proprietor of the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in the Penn Forest Township suburb of Jim Thorpe came very close to becoming a burn victim.

"I was in the alley behind the Butterfly Sanctuary building, burning paper and cardboard in my burn barrel," she said. "I burn trash at least once a day.

Friday, October 5, 2012
Joan Deering looks at the dolls in a cabinet. She especially like a three-wheeled doll carriage.

It was the fourth year the Monroe County Historical Association held an education day and open house in conjunction with Stroud Fest. The home of the association is in the Stroud Mansion at Ninth and Main streets in Stroudsburg.

Friday, September 28, 2012
Artist Donna Bieren speaks to a group of 40 women during a recent presentation in Barnesville.

Don't ask artist Donna Bieren which medium she likes best.

She'll tell you she likes everything.

And don't ask if she considers herself an illustrator in perhaps the realist style or abstract style.

She'll tell you that she doesn't go for labels.

Labels are for canned vegetables, not artists.

"My thing is not the style, it's the medium and how I can make it work," she explains.

And with that perspective, Bieren has established herself over the past decade as ambassador of the visual arts in the Carbon-Schuylkill region.

Friday, September 21, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The S. S. Kresge mausoleum is an edifice that befits the final resting place of a remarkable man.

If you drive by the Gilbert Cemetery between Long Mountain Road and Gilbert/Effort Road, you'll notice an impressive mausoleum. Inside rests the remains of Sebastian Spering Kresge, July 31, 1867 – October 18, 1966.

Kresge is a very common name to the area. So who was that he could afford such an elaborate burial site?

How about S. S. Kresge. Does that ring any bells?

Friday, September 21, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jeff Hinton of Saylorsburg is the third generation of caretakers at the Gilbert Cemetery and enjoys his job.

A cemetery provides that eternal final resting place. It is usually quiet and peaceful. Silent solid stone markers provide basic information of those who lie beneath, reminders that these faceless names once walked on this earth.

It's Jeff Hinton's job to keep the Gilbert Cemetery mowed and trimmed. Over his many years of maintaining it, he has found the cemetery to be a most interesting place to work.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Karl Jens of St. Peter's Church Road, Schuylkill County, welcomed members of the Palmerton Area Historical Society to a tour of his mill - the Hoppes Mill. It was built in 1845 by the great-great grandfather of Jens' neighbor, Burlyn Hoppes, who lives across the mill race - an unnamed creek.

Jens said Pennsylvania has the most old mills of any of the states.

The grist mill was last used for grinding grain in the early 1950s, but it was used for seed cleaning into the '70s.

Saturday, September 8, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Giuseppe Puddu's wood-fired brick pizza oven on wheels is parked beside his L'antico Caffé Italian cafe in the Penn Forest Township suburb of Jim Thorpe.

A wood-fired brick pizza oven on wheels?

Why would anyone build a wood-fired brick pizza oven on wheels?

This was the question put to Giuseppe Puddu who built the wood-fired brick pizza oven on wheels that is parked besides his L'antico Caffé Italian cafe on Rt. 903 at 4 Danner Road in the Penn Forest Township suburb of Jim Thorpe.

Friday, September 7, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Standing, left to right: Devina Fernandez, Gail Oldfield, Melody Kline, Jeffrey Fernandez, Debbie Kaintz, Jeffrey Fernandez, Jr. and front, Ava and Bree Fernandez, pose just before Melody's final recital. All performed, making it a true family affair.

Little girls want to grow up to be teachers, nurses and ballerinas.

Little Melody Paduani wanted to be a dancer. She was born to dance. Her mother, professionally known as Miss Chickie with her own dance studio for 50 years, was a dance teacher who taught her five children to dance from the time they were old enough to stand.

Melody was the youngest of Miss Chickie and David Paduani's five children and began dancing at the age of three years old.

"Mom didn't just teach us. She took us into New York City for lessons as well," says Melody Kline of Kresgeville.