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Friday, April 22, 2011
Designs are painted onto a raw egg using beeswax. (A process repeated).
Friday, April 15, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A headcovering scarf is worn by married women. Wendy Kleintop models the one she brought back from the Holy Land.

The Dead Sea and the Wailing Wall were only two of the Holy Land places seen by Wendy Kleintop and her family. But the one making the strongest impression was the Garden of Gethsemene.

The Women United for Christ of St. Paul Indianland United Church of Christ, Lehigh Township, had invited Kleintop, a township resident, to speak at its April 5 meeting.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The historic Moser log home served as Tamaqua's first tavern, church, hospital, dwelling and stagecoach stop.

Moreover, it was the site of the first birth, death, wedding and religious ceremony.

The cabin saw Tamaqua's first birth in the settlement in 1809 when Mary Kershner was born, daughter of John Kershner who Moser employed at his sawmill. The first wedding also took place in the cabin on Christmas Day, 1820, when Moser's daughter Barbara married John Whetstone, another early settler.

Friday, April 8, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  The 1801 Burkhardt Moser log home is Tamaqua's first house.

If Tamaqua preservationists have their way, the 1801 Burkhardt Moser log home will no longer be hidden.

The local historical society is considering demolition of a vacant wood-frame residence at 307 East Broad Street that obstructs the view and limits access to Tamaqua's first home.

Saturday, April 2, 2011
Last spring, my cousin Megan had a baby: Bentley. I was a little nervous meeting him for the first time, since he's had a whole year to get to know everyone else in the family and choose favorites, but I think he liked me.

With shovel in hand and Penn State winter cap on my head, I looked at the fluffy white sidewalk at the side of my house in Tamaqua. Three inches of fresh snow had greeted me that morning, begging to be cleared from the pathway. This was three inches on top of the roughly foot of snow that was left over from the winter's numerous other snow showers.

Friday, April 1, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Cathy Wells is an admitted "Gourd Lady." Her passion is taking dried gourds and turning them into works of art. She is working on a gourd bowl with a butterfly design with a removable lid in her home workshop in Saylorsburg.

Some days Cathy Wells thinks she's going out of her gourd. Especially when she's surrounded by all the unpainted gourds in her workroom in her Saylorsburg home.

"I wait until they 'speak' to me. They tell me what they want to be," explains the avid gourder.

Some want to be birdhouses. Others want to be bowls. Then there are some that want to be vases, lamps and even purses.

Gourds became Cathy's passion when she could no longer work in her garden.

Friday, March 25, 2011
Nicole Kuehner, 9, a third grader at Polk Elementary School, takes a fortune cookie while visiting the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Poconos at PVSD's "A Night of Unity."

"What we need to do is learn to respect and embrace our differences until our differences don't make a difference" is a quote by Yolanda King, human rights activist and eldest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pleasant Valley School District's staff, students, parents, family, friends and members of the community celebrated the 10th annual "A Night of Unity" in the high school gym.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The population of the United States is becoming increasingly diverse, with the minority population reaching 98 million by 2005, one-third of the total population.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's information released in 2006, Hispanics remained the largest minority group in the United States, numbering almost 43 million. They are also the fastest growing segment of the population, having increased their numbers by more than 1 million in the year from 2004 to 2005 alone.

Monday, March 21, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/times news Lisa Spahr reads the letter from Flavius Jankauskas. On the screen is one of the letters from the book.

A seldom-mentioned aspect of World War II was found in a cigar box inside a trunk.

The contents were written about by Lisa Spahr, granddaughter of a German prisoner of war. She brought the letters and the book she wrote from those stories to Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown on March 4.

Carrie Shafer, activities director, said Spahr contacted her. Whenever she is in the area she tries to schedule appointments either at homes such as Mrs. Bush's or at veterans' events. She was to speak at a convention near Philadelphia.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Daniel Pearson wrote for the New York Times. When he moved to the local area he switched to the Morning Call. That was his life for 28 years, writing everything from hard news to reviews.

Pearson was born in New York City. He said he was following his interest in life and it led him to Pennsylvania.

But before that, "I was in World War II but not in combat," he said. He was trained on the tanks and jeeps as part of the mechanized cavalry but was never called to go to war.

He enjoys the speakers that come to Mrs. Bush's "especially if they are good."