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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:

Friday, October 1, 2010

The National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) is the premiere service organization assisting patients and their families in fundraising for uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation or catastrophic injury such as spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries. With more than 26-years of dedicated service, the NTAF deals with the financial challenges faced by patients and their families and offer help in alleviating the financial burden.

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.