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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.

Friday, October 29, 2010
The 1844 Little White Church in Palmerton with its burying ground was the site of a paranormal investigation.

Cindy Gasper, co-owner of Brony's Hotel, introduced Bob Schaeffer of the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society at a Sunday meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

The church where they gathered is known as the Little White Church on Third Street, Palmerton. It is owned by the historical society.

The Little White Church is the oldest church within the boundaries of Palmerton. It dates to 1844 when it was organized as an Evangelical congregation.

Friday, October 22, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Daniel Tyson, left, and parents Linda and Marlin, park their car in front of the Clamtown Haunted House to celebrate the completion of Ecto 1, their version of the vehicle used in the 1984 movie 'Ghostbusters'.

Some people believe ghosts to be the result of a bored mind. They say ghosts will disappear once you start ignoring them.

One local father and son team has gone one step further. They've found a way to scare away the goblins and chase away the boredom at the same time.

Friday, October 15, 2010
St. John's United Church of Christ, Tamaqua

It's fitting that two Tamaqua congregations will mark their 175th anniversary on the same day - October 24. The two houses of worship have shared bonds since 1835.

Both churches share the name St. John's. Both congregations once worshipped in the same building, and both share a long, proud history of advancing Christian principles throughout the development of the town.

The two St. John's churches trace their start to earliest Protestant preachings in the town.

Friday, October 8, 2010
Stephen Day of Petrified Forest, Blandon, uses real leaves in his pottery creations.

The Pennsylvania Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Festival was featured in mid-September at the Kempton Community Center, where all things green were red hot.

The focus was on alternative sources of energy and organics. There were many booths and lecturers touting these sources of energy and locally grown food.

Entry from the parking lot was through a geodesic dome. Raffle tickets were available for a Martin Guitar and an electric bike.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The story of each transplant is the story of a person looking to lead a full, healthy life. The NTAF recognizes this by providing space at their website for each person's story to be told.

More information about the NTAF, including the story about Lori Reinert and other transplant patients, can be found at: