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Friday, June 3, 2011
Kids can't resist fresh baked chocolate chip cookies

If you travel along an old country road in Kunkletown, it's not unusual to pass by a barn now and then. But there's one old dairy barn that no longer gives shelter to some of God's four-legged creatures. Instead, it offers shelter to some of God's children who have doubts, fears, questions about life and their own place in this world. It is a sanctuary for many each Thursday night.

It is known simply as The Barn.

It is a ministry to youth that began as a dream of a young couple many years ago.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
BRANDON TAYLOR/TIMES NEWS Dai residents gather for a re-enactment of a water splashing festival, usually held every April during the Dai's New Year celebrations In Dai culture, water symbolizes purity or the ability to wash away the past and start anew. Splashing water is a gesture of goodwill toward one's family, friends, neighbors or anyone who happens to get in the way of a water-filled bowl.

(Editor's Note: This is the first column in a four-part series on Taylor's recent trip to south China's Yunnan province.)

Yunnan, one of China's southernmost provinces, means "south of the clouds." It's a name fit for fairy tales and other childhood stories, one that hints at hiding something behind its cloudy veil. The name couldn't be more spot on.

Friday, May 27, 2011
Curator Ed Pany of the Atlas Cement Museum

When the Atlas Portland Cement Company closed in 1982 Ed Pany went to homes, churches and newspapers to get the names of 2,376 people who worked at the plant. It was to remember these people that he started the cement museum in the municipal building of Northampton Borough. The names were placed on stainless steel plaques in the lobby.

Five cement companies remain in the area but all are foreign-owned: Keystone, LaFarge, Heidelberg, Essoc and Hercules.

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.