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Friday, May 7, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Don Bonett talks with fellow Palmerton Camera Club member Bob Reinhart following the presentation at the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

When Don Bonett of Towamensing Township saw the bluebirds near his new home he thought they would take him to the next level of photography.

He brought many of his photographs of bluebirds and other avian visitors to the April meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

Bonett is a member of the Palmerton Camera Club and was accompanied to the meeting by fellow club members Bob and Connie Reinhart.

Saturday, May 1, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Clockwise from top left: Grandfather Irv Mesher, mom Myra Mesher, and granddaughter Halsie (Mesher) Shoemaker in front of Irv's Rolls-Royce insignia golf cart at Palmerton's Sunny Rest Resort. The three generations have run the resort since 1978. On Memorial Day Weekend, Sunny Rest celebrates its 65th anniversary.

Carbon County's Sunny Rest Resort has discovered the secret of drawing guests year-after-year, for 65 years. As the resort prepares for its 65th anniversary celebration on the May 29 Memorial Day weekend, the family-owned operation is anticipating its biggest season ever.

Friday, April 30, 2010
The steeple of Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church in this picture taken from the 250th anniversary booklet is covered with wood shingles. The ball on top received a new coating of gilt as part of the most recent restoration.

Each year the Monroe County Historical Society holds a preservation contest for buildings with categories of residential, commercial and non-profit.

For 2010 the non-profit chosen was Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church and Cemetery, Hamilton Square near Sciota. It is the "Preserve, Enhance, Promote Historic Resources Award."

Friday, April 23, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Kathryn Davies, Tamaqua, displays a photo of her pen pal Iris Masling and family. Kathryn and Iris have been writing to each other for 60 years, starting when Davies was a junior at Tamaqua High School.

There was a time when having a pen pal was a good way to learn about people and places far away.

The process was simple. High school students would randomly select the name of another youngster from a different part of the country, or maybe even abroad.

They'd then write and introduce themselves, and hopefully, strike up a pen pal friendship.

Saturday, April 17, 2010
Naomi Betancourt (in black) leads Zumba class in the Reggaeton, a Reggae/Hip Hop hybrid dance step at the Dance With Kim studio in Lehighton.

Zumba, the aerobics-gone-salsa dance craze that is making heads turn and hips gyrate, has transformed what used to be known as an exercise workout into a party.

"It's smiling and sweating without commitment," jokes dance and fitness instructor Naomi Betancourt.

Zumba is an aerobic dance exercise party that's spreading across Carbon County. At Dance with Kim in Lehighton, since the fall of 2009, every Monday night the regulars show up to Zumba with Betancourt.

Friday, April 16, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  The Tamaqua pool water is green from effects of winter, but the pool will be cleaned and filled with crystal clear water in time for Splash Day.

When Tamaqua's hidden oasis reopens June 5 for Splash Day, it'll be much more than another day of swimming, diving and recreation. That date will reinforce a rich tradition, marking some 110 years since the site was first chosen as the ideal spot for summer frolic.

Situated at the extreme north end of Catawissa Street, Bungalow Park sits in a laurel-covered nook of Locust Mountain, where a few local businessmen first identified the location as one suitable for swimming.

Friday, April 16, 2010
Tamaqua Bungalow Park includes a variety of buildings in addition to the Howard F. Buehler Memorial Pool. The buildings alone are valued at $535,959.

The 'Bungy' occupies land in two municipalities, with the pool and pavilion situated in Tamaqua, but the northern laurel trails falling in Schuylkill Township. A magnificent oasis of mountain springs and evergreens, the park can't be seen from anywhere else in town. Adding to the mystique is the fact that, despite its name, no bungalow exists there.

Nobody is around to remember the original, all-natural mudhole, but many local residents recall when the floor of the pool was unfinished.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Joseph Baddick's book 'My Hero, My Son," will be introduced at book signings set for April 17 and 24 at Jim Thorpe Area High School; April 18 at St. Jerome's Regional School, Tamaqua; and April 25 at St. John Baptist De La Salle, Shillington. All signings will run from noon to 4 p.m. Additional information is available by emailing: josephbaddick@gmail.com.

Friday, April 9, 2010
Sgt. A. J. Baddick

Many things in life can't be measured.

For instance, which combination of ingredients goes into making a hero?

Some believe it takes a special blend of environment, upbringing and character.

Joseph Baddick, 58, is a humble man and doesn't claim to have all of the answers. But he's given the subject much thought and he does know a thing or two about heroes.

Seven years ago, the Tamaqua native lost his only son, Sgt. Andrew J. 'A. J.' Baddick, in an act of heroism in Iraq.

A. J. drowned while taking heroic measures to save a life.

Friday, April 2, 2010
John Lahutsky's story about the obstacles he overcame being raised in a Baby House in Russia, chronicles the efforts of a handful of people who cared enough to try to help him find a family in a book written by Alan Philps, a British journalist, and John.

In September 1998, Paula Lahutsky of Bethlehem was reading her church bulletin about a child in Russia who had cerebral palsy and needed to be adopted. If not, his future looked bleak.