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Friday, May 20, 2011

May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month which hopes to make everyone aware of the symptoms, prevention and treatment of Lyme disease.

Ticks are everywhere. You can be exposed to them as easily as a walk outside your home or petting the family dog. They can be found in lawns, shrubs, gardens and edges of woodlands.

How can you reduce the chances of a tick bite?

*Educate yourself about tick-borne diseases.

Friday, May 20, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kristina Corbo, center, has been battling debilitating effects of Lyme disease for six years. With the help of her parents, Lenny and Linda Corbo of Reeders, they are hoping she will find the help she needs after seeing a Lyme disease specialist next week.

Kristina Corbo, 22 of Reeders woke up one March morning in 2005 dizzy, off balance and nauseous.

"I thought I had the flu," the pretty young brunette says.

She wishes that was all it was because the last six years have been "horrible!"

Her symptoms lasted about a week. All went away except for the dizziness. Her doctor referred her to an ear, nose and throat specialist because the dizziness had become so severe. He found nothing wrong with her.

She went to see a cardiologist to see if it was heart-related. He found nothing wrong with her.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Artists Victor Stabin of Jim Thorpe and Mary Kocher of Palmerton in front of a painting by Kocher of her daughter's wedding day discuss their common Oak Ridge, Tennessee history. Stabin's father and Mary and her husband worked there on the Manhattan Project.

Two Carbon County artists, who had never previously met and are a generation apart in age, have one thing in common.

They are both connected to the town that didn't exist.

Friday, May 13, 2011
The Monroe County Historical Association museum is housed in this 1795 building at Ninth and Main St., Stroudsburg

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The Monroe County Historical Association museum is located at 900 Main St., Stroudsburg. It is open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. There are one-hour guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Friday, May 6, 2011
Before Hometown Hill highway became today's SR309, seen here, it was a narrow, meandering road called Route 29, climbing Hometown mountain slightly west of the current route.

Life is priceless.

Yet it took just ten cents to kill seven men. It was one of the darkest days in our region, and it happened 80 years ago this summer.

It was during the days of Prohibition, when booze was scarce and so was money. Still, the summer night of Monday, July 13, 1931, provided an opportunity to party, and so a group of coal region men decided to gather together. They figured they'd build a campfire and secretly enjoy a few drinks at time when the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol was illegal.

Friday, April 29, 2011
Heidi  Secord of Cherry  Valley Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, checks  the early season growth of the farm's garlic crop.

Growing up, Heidi Secord thought someday she'd be a businesswoman. So this Connecticut girl went to the University of Rhode Island and earned a degree in business management.

But upon graduation, she just couldn't quite see herself in a business suit sitting behind a desk, so instead, she joined the Peace Corps.

Friday, April 22, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  It took Georgine Postupack Borchack three years to complete this pysanky masterpiece written on an ostrich egg.

Georgine Postupack Borchack sits in prayer. She sits and meditates from deep within.

For an hour or more she talks to God. She reflects on her strong Ukrainian heritage and rich ethnic traditions. She offers thanks for family, love, life and health. She asks the Lord to bless those here and those departed. And she does it with sincerity and conviction.

Then something wonderful happens.

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.