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Friday, December 17, 2010
Sophia Natividad was all dressed up in a pretty pink dress to talk to Santa.

Toys for Tots and Dream Come True have been the most important events for Nick Hawkey in his role as Santa Claus, or rather as his helper who talks to people and takes their Christmas orders to be forwarded to the North Pole.

He's now in his 40th year spent this way and he looks forward to many more.

A wall in his house is filled with plaques honoring him for his work with those two organizations as well as Lions, the Marine Corps League and his efforts to have Route 248 renamed the POW-MIA Highway.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Joyce Steigerwalt of Tamaqua needs a kidney transplant.

A kidney transplant places a healthy kidney into a person with kidney failure. It is one of the most common transplant operations in the United States. One donated kidney is needed to replace the work previously done by two kidneys.

A person needs a kidney transplant when she has end-stage kidney disease which occurs when the kidneys no longer remove wastes and excess fluids, and manage (such as sodium and potassium) and minerals. They also no longer make hormones that keep bones strong and blood healthy.

Friday, December 10, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Joyce Steigerwalt of Tamaqua shows how she prepares to hook herself up to peritoneal dialysis in her home. She will have to continue doing this for the rest of her life if she does not receive a kidney transplant.

'Tis the season for making holiday wish lists.

There's only one item on Joyce Steigerwalt's list. All she wants for Christmas is a new kidney.

Santa might have a hard time filling her stocking with that one.

So instead, she's praying to God for one. Her deep abiding faith in the Lord is what gets her through each and every day.

Joyce is one of over 85,000 people in the United States who is waiting for a kidney transplant. Only about 25,000 are done a year.

Joyce came so close to being one of those lucky ones earlier this year.

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.