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Friday, October 1, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Helen Arnold Correll, Tamaqua, is the mother of Lori Reinert. She says Lori has had medical issues since she was two years old, but nobody realized that Lori had only one functioning kidney.

Is it possible to go through life with only one kidney but never know it?

The answer is yes.

And in the case of Lori Correll Reinert, the long wait for good health might finally be over.

The 1980 Tamaqua Area High School graduate is expected to undergo a kidney transplant on Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Transplant Center.

For Reinert, 48, the surgery will correct problems that began when she was two years old.

Friday, September 24, 2010
The body takes shape as Harvey Beers continues the restoration.

Harvey Beers and his wife Janet are proud of their 1923 Chevrolet delivery van which has won a roomful of trophies. The body had been built by Martin and Parry Carriage Company, York, for Chevrolet.

The reason for the excessive pride is that he rebuilt the body "from the engine back" with just a pile of boards, many of which were rotted into powder. The few decent ones that remained were enough to give him measurements to create templates to restore the body.

Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wayne Troxell, Andreas - "It doesn't bother me."

"Because of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, are you more wary of eating seafood that's been caught along the Gulf Coast?"

Friday, September 17, 2010
Bridgette Devney waits at the gate on Sassy for class 8, English walk-trot pleasure 13-18 year olds.

Appaloosas and paints, chestnuts and bays - a variety of colors filled the show grounds of the Getz Farm in Albrightsville on September 5.

Charles and Carol Getz host two shows every year and this one was to benefit Special Olympics.

It was cool and breezy, which beats hot weather any day for a horseshow, and cool and breezy is what the Special Olympics show had.

"The weather is perfect," said Penny Kleintop, who helped organize the show.

Saturday, September 11, 2010
Vertel Martin was investigative coordinator of the 9-11 NYPD Missing Persons Task Force.

Vertel Martin, an associate professor of criminal justice and co-coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program at Northampton Community College, was the investigative coordinator of the 9-11 NYPD Missing Persons Task Force.

She was well qualified to handle the position. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, she served as a lieutenant with the New York City Police Department, from which she retired in 2002. But nothing could prepare a person for such an incredibly difficult task at hand after 9-11.

Friday, September 10, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of Salem-St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Kresgeville, youth group and their adult leaders and chaperones spent a week in Cherokee, North Carolina, as a part of TEAMeffort, an organization that helps people around the country fix up their homes. They are, standing left to right: Matthew Miller, Karinsue Miller, Katey Smith, Christian Harding, Ken Jablonski, Spencer Yeakel, Adam Jablonski, Brijanna Dunlap, Sally Jablonski and Kim Perry. Sitting, front, left to right: Brittney Gonzales, Katie Green, Taylor Miller, Tommy Tabzres, Jacob Miller and Ruby Dunlap. Kylene Slater was on the trip but not present for the picture.

On Karinsue Miller's first day of her weeklong vacation, she tore down walls, carried out garbage, hung Sheetrock and spackled.

Just another day in Paradise?

Well, it was for Karinsue because she watched young people grow in faith and understanding.

Miller, a confirmation teacher and youth group leader at Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Kresgeville, and four other adults accompanied twelve of SSP's youth on a mission trip to Cherokee, North Carolina the week of July 10-17.

It was hard word, hotter than all get out, and one of the best week's of her life.

Friday, September 3, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Paranormal researcher Tim Heckman of Tamaqua discusses oddities such as Bigfoot and Giganopithicus. Heckman travels extensively in search of answers to many of today's mysteries.

For Tim Heckman, life is all about finding answers. Not just any answers. The big answers.

Heckman, 40, has been devoting himself to researching all things unusual.

His avocation has taken him to 25 states, including thousands of miles of travel this year alone.

Friday, August 27, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Kathy Augustine displays samples of items she has dyed.

When introducing Kathy Augustine at the July 29 program at the Kibler School, Towamensing Township, Kay Gilbert, president of Friends of Kibler, said Augustine had been there before to make a presentation. That time it was a program about spinning. Her mother-in-law, Connie Bieling, said Augustine spun wool to have something to dye.

"Tonight is all about color," said Augustine. "Color is defined by how the brain responds to light. Everyone perceives color in a slightly different way."

It was Sir Isaac Newton who saw how a prism broke color into the rainbow colors.

Friday, August 20, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pam Hubbard of Astolat Farm in Effort, welcomes visitors to her English Cottage Garden, broken up into several smaller gardens. She is ready to enter the Shade Garden.

As an elementary school principal, Pamela Hubbard, of Effort, knew that when she retired, she wanted a less stressful existence. She imagined spending her golden days tending an English cottage garden, just like her grandmother's and the ones she grew up with in her native country of England.

Some dreams do come true because that's just what she has been doing for the last five years.

"I retired to garden," says Pam, with a gentle English accent.

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Steve Boyd, the Volunteer Re-entry Coordinator for the Carbon County Correctional Facility is looking for volunteers to help with a developing Re-entry Program.

"When I went to the prison, doors started opening for me," said Steve Boyd, a director for Yokefellowship Prison Ministry and the Volunteer Re-entry Coordinator for the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

After searching for a lifetime for the meaning of life, at the age of 62, Boyd retired to his Lehighton farm from a career as an operations manager at the Automatic Switch Company in New Jersey.