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Saturday, March 30, 2013
A Republic of Ireland highway sign gives directions in the country's two languages: English and Irish (Irish Gaelic).

In the wake of St. Patrick's Day, a Lehighton woman couldn't keep herself from sharing an old family fable. Connie Cunningham tells the story of her great-grandfather, Joseph Michael Cunningham, and how he taught Gaelic to the Irish.

Joseph Michael Cunningham grew up on a farm west of the midlands of Ireland, just outside the town of County Galway, Ireland. The town's name, Tuaim, is derived from the Latin "tumulus"which means "burial mound".

Friday, March 29, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Bunny Trail sign leads the way to the woods behind Bruce and Wanda George's Kunkletown home where lots of Easter surprises wait for the Georges' family, friends and grandkids.

Wanda George adores her family. And holidays. And decorating. Collecting. Nature ...

Being a very loving and creative person, she finds ways to combine all her passions into special events as her gift to family and friends.

Wanda enjoys visiting flea markets. She can always find treasures to fit every holiday. In unique and clever ways, she showcases her antique and flea-market-found treasures in her charming home in Kunkletown.

Friday, March 22, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Joseph T. Whalen, pastor, St. Richard's Roman Catholic Church, performs a traditional blessing on items in an Easter food basket.

A rich Eastern European tradition centers on having a basket of food blessed on Holy Saturday. The food is then enjoyed on Easter Sunday, maybe for breakfast, or maybe saved and eaten for Easter dinner.

The ritual is especially prevalent in families with Slovak background - Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, Russian and others.

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.

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
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.