Sunday, October 23, 2016


Saturday, July 28, 2012
Brandon Taylor

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora.

When are we going to learn?

Reading about the recent tragedy in Colorado, the story of a man gone mad and a defenseless crowd of theater-goers forced to play witness to their own horror film, was saddening, depressing. But it wasn't surprising.

Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012

Flowered hats and fancy tea cups were to be seen throughout Wesley Hall of Effort United Methodist Church when it held a Victorian Tea.

Dee Juris and Rosalie Juris were the co-chairs for the tea. Dee said they held one last year but the number of guests doubled as people were invited from other churches for the 2012 event.

Someone comes in the door and is congratulated on the beauty of her hat. She said she just brought a cheap hat and glued flowers on it. Others seconded that source for their hats, but some came from attics and a horseback rider had a pink cowboy hat.

Friday, July 13, 2012
COURTESY NO. 9 MINE MUSEUM In this early image, the LCN offices are seen to the right. The dark tunnel entrance is visible to the far left, carved into solid rock beneath Edgemont Road.

Lansford and Hauto are only a mile apart. Yet the travel distance is ten to twelve miles.

But for 122 years, such wasn't the case. There was a time when an engineering marvel called the Lansford-Hauto Railroad Tunnel provided a straight-line locomotive route through Nesquehoning Mountain, the geographic obstacle separating the two communities.

Friday, July 6, 2012

A field filled with inflatables provided a colorful backdrop for the registration and information tents at Jambo 2012 held in May at Kutztown University. The colors stretched far across the campus in tents and the shirts of Boy, Cub, Venture and Explorer scouts who had traveled to the college town for the biennial event.

The Kutztown Jambo is sponsored by the Minsi Trails Council but people come from as far away as Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Long Island, Baltimore and places in between, said Paul Oswald, organizer for Jambo.

Friday, July 6, 2012
Pack 007 of Weatherly awaits a turn on one of the inflatables at Jambo 2012.
Friday, June 29, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Retired art teacher and football coach Joe Evanousky, Barnesville, has spent a lifetime illustrating the culture of the coal regions, a passion he shares with wife Rochelle, artist, educator and former swim coach.

Joe Evanousky is telling the rich story of anthracite coal and the people who mined it. But he's not using a single sentence.

Instead, the Barnesville man speaks through his hands, relaying every intricate detail through the eloquence of a charcoal pencil.

At age 58, it's a passion he's had all of his life, even though his earliest artwork focused on other subject matter.

Truth be told, the former football coach and art instructor at North Schuylkill School District began doodling as a child while spending time one-on-one with his father.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
PHOTOS BY BRANDON TAYLOR Built between 950 and 1050 A.D. by the Chandela, the ruling clan of much of the central jungles of India, the temples showcase some of the most intricate stone carvings and statues in the world.

(This is the sixth in a series of columns on Brandon Taylor's recent trip to India.)

Sex sells. It sells very well. For the relatively sleepy and secluded town of Khajuraho in central India, sex drives the tourist industry, just not in the same way that it lures many an individual to places like Las Vegas. In Khajuraho, it's the heavily advertised erotic statues and "sex temples" that draw in crowds. From across the globe, people come to ogle at, blush over and take photos of the busty carvings of bodacious, scantily clad sandstone babes and bros.

Friday, June 22, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Right, Karen Fusco, family advocate at the Head Start West End site, loves working with the rest of the staff and children. Staff members are, left to right, second row: Mary Jane DaSilva, lead teacher Rainbow Room; Francesca Musacchia, classroom assistant, Erika Vera, classroom assistant Rainbow Room; Joann Raio, lead teacher Shooting Stars. Left to right standing: Christi Schwartz, classroom assistant; Stephanie Kelly, cook/classroom helper; and Fusco.

Karen Fusco admits she likes to play. She can't wait to get to work where she is surrounded with 3, 4 and 5-year-olds who like to play with her.

As a Head Start Family Advocate, she believes every child should have an opportunity to learn but to also have fun.

She began working with Head Start in the West End 19 1/2 years ago for the federally funded Head Start program for 3, 4 and 5 -year-olds of low income families. The West End site is located at the Monroe Plaza along Rt. 209, Brodheadsville.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pocono Services for Families and Children (PSFC) began 45 years ago from a six-week pilot program with 12 children on the campus of East Stroudsburg University to now serving over 200 children and their families. There are six classroom locations throughout Monroe County. It provides supportive services for young children and their families to promote success in school and life.