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Friday, December 3, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Mary Ann Yeneskie, Grier City, creates spectacular holiday wreaths using scraps of fabric, a skill she recently taught others at a pre-Thanksgiving workshop.

What's the best thing to do with your scrap fabric?

"It's really easy," says Mary Ann Yeneskie, of Grier City. Take a few hours of your time and turn all of your extra fabric into stunning holiday wreaths.

All it takes is a Philips head screwdriver, a circle of straw, and a touch of imagination.

Yeneskie and over a dozen friends gathered recently at the Barnesville manse of Ronald and Lorraine Blickley for an in-depth workshop on creating colorful and unique rag wreaths.

Friday, November 26, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Drew Bonner, 19, Tamaqua, is shown before halftime at the PSU-Michigan football game at Beaver Stadium on Oct. 30. Bonner fulfilled a life-long dream by making the cut for the brass section of the 310-member Blue Band.

Drew Bonner is having a blue Thanksgiving.

He'll also have a blue Christmas.

But that's OK, because having blue holidays means he's fulfilled his lifelong dream.

The 19-year-old Tamaqua college student is grateful to have made the cut, a cut that has nothing to do with roast turkey.

Instead, Drew has been chosen to be part of the brass section of the renowned, 310-member Pennsylvania State University Blue Band.

The PSU freshman was chosen for the prestigious marching unit in August and is now proudly participating in the band's 111th season.

Friday, November 26, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/COURTESY JIM LAWRENCE  The 310-member Blue Band is known nationally and is now in its 111th year.

The PSU Marching Blue Band numbers 310 members, including 260 instrumentalists, 34 silks, 14 Touch of Blue (majorettes), a feature twirler, and a drum major. Members come from virtually all curricula and colleges represented at the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Drew Bonner's personal YouTube

webpage can be accessed at: http://www.youtube.com/drewjbonner

Friday, November 19, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The first step in making apple butter is peeling the apples, something the smallest of the George family can do, like Mason George, 3, sitting on the lap of his daddy, Matt George, as his great-grandmother Margaret George cleans apple slices and his mother, Kristie George looks on.

The Apple Butter Gang strikes again!

They've laid low for the last 18 years.

But somebody in the George family got a hankerin' for homemade apple butter and Dolores and Rodney George of Forest Inn put the word out to the rest of the gang that they were setting aside the weekend of Oct. 9 and 10 to make the delicious Pennsylvania Dutch favorite.

Clair and Margaret George, married 63 years, presided over the whole process.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The George family recipe for homemade apple butter:

50 gallons of apple cider

15 bushels of apples

30-40 lbs. of sugar

ground cloves (2 small 5 oz. boxes)

cinnamon (8 oz.)

Cook about 10-12 hours.

Makes about 130-135 jars.

Friday, November 12, 2010
Mrs. Marian Burkhardt began her teaching career at St. Paul's School, Lehigh Township.

QUOTE: "The children were so nice." Teacher Marian Burkhardt

Cindy Deppe of Lehigh Township was a kindergarten student of Mrs. Marian Burkhardt when she taught at Lehigh Elementary School.

She knew that Burkhardt, born March 7, 1914, had, over the years, taught many students in the township beginning at St. Paul's One-room School.

Deppe contacted her about doing a story and she agreed. In late September her son Barry brought her from West Chester where she now lives to St. Paul's School to provide an oral history for the Lehigh Township Historical Society.

Friday, November 12, 2010

There was a time when daily school lessons were taught in a very basic environment.

Four humble walls cradled a world of knowledge while a potbelly stove warmed body, mind and soul.

The rural, one-room schoolhouse was the foundation for America's educational system, as strong a symbol of Americana as mom's apple pie.

Everything about a one-room school was plain and unadorned, reflecting simplicity in a land of pioneers. No electricity. No running water. Two primitive outhouses, one for boys and the other, girls.

Saturday, November 6, 2010
BRANDON TAYLOR/TIMES NEWS Large stone statues watch over the sacred burial grounds. Throughout the wooded area were large mounds – the burial sites of other Confucian descendants.

It was like many other temples I'd visited in the last 16 months. Red pillars held up a multi-tiered roof of orange tiles. Incense burned in giant vats in front of the main worship hall filling the air with that distinct temple fragrance. A few worshippers were dressed in traditional garb like the monks I'd seen in Beijing. But this place was special, a former teaching ground for one of China's most well-known scholars and historic figures – this was Confucius' hometown, Qufu in Shandong Province.

Friday, November 5, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Storm clouds pass over the quiet corner of Lincoln Drive and Mariner Street in Hometown. Gangland murders at this site 72 years ago sent shock waves throughout the state.

Nobody talks about the mysterious mob murders anymore.

It's an event lost to history's fading memory - almost as if it never happened.

But there was a time, 72 years ago, when big-city crime paid a visit to the quiet, little village of Hometown.

It was a day of mob warfare, bullets, gun smoke, blood and cries. The tragedy shocked the picturesque mountaintop community just three miles north of Tamaqua, and made headlines across the land.