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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.

Friday, August 31, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson

Do you know this person?

He is a U. S. citizen. He can vote. He can teach. He can be a cop and a leader in society.

He pays his taxes like all other Americans and he can fight and die for his country.

Yet, in return, his country doesn't protect him as it does others. And he's not permitted to marry the one he loves.

Who is he?

He is every man and woman of gay America - and his fight for civil rights is the defining social movement of the 21st century.

Friday, August 31, 2012
History made in May

"I think same sex couples should be allowed to get married."

With those words, President Barack Obama in May became the first sitting president to openly declare support for equal marriage rights for gay Americans.

Immediately, Democratic Party leaders boosted momentum by fashioning a pro-gay marriage plank for September's political convention. The U. S. military has taken a leadership role, too.

Six states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage. Other states have voted it down. But the tide is shifting.

Saturday, August 25, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Approaching Sand Island in Bethlehem. Larry Rafes completes the first half day of his 200-mile odyssey from Allentown to Cape May to raise organ donor awareness.

Larry Rafes is on the journey of a lifetime. A journey he never expected to make. An odyssey he hopes will serve as an inspiration to others.

Just 18 months ago, Rafes could hardly walk or even breathe. His kidneys were failing and every day that he waited for his name to be called for a transplant seemed longer than 24 hours.

Rafes received a kidney transplant at Allentown Hospital, and after several months of recovery, felt so healthy and hearty that he wanted to give something back.

Friday, August 24, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Celie Turner enjoys the day lilies planted where they can be seen when visitors come in the driveway.

Celie and Ron Turner had a huge display of day lilies where everyone can see them as they come into their driveway. Their Jordan View Farm near the covered bridge was on the Parkland Garden Club tour in July.

Celie enjoys the hosta garden which is in the shade and has a bench for refreshing relaxation now and then. She said she is a new member of the club. One of her chief concerns this year, as for other exhibitors, was getting enough water to the flowers to have a colorful display.

Saturday, August 18, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A soldier with the Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment marches past the Tomb of the Unknowns, located in the center of the cemetery. The soldiers, who guard the tomb 24 hours a day, routinely perform a Changing of the Guards ceremony at the Tomb.

Serving as the most hallowed burial ground of our Nation's fallen, the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia honors those men and woman who have served our nation and their families by providing a sense of beauty, patriotic respect and peace.

Arlington serves as a final resting place for over 300,000 American military servicemen or women. This total does not include veterans who've not been found. Those people are represented by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located in the center of the cemetery.