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Saturday, May 22, 2010
The jagged white line is a crack in a sample of a solar cells polycrystalline silicon wafer formed along the boundary of the crystal grains. Tests at Lehighton Electronics, Inc. uncovered micro-cracks in samples that could lead to failures of solar arrays over time.

"With so many people investing in energy conservation," said Austin Blew, "I want to be sure that there are enough precautions and tests being done that failures in the installation over time, don't occur."

Blew is president of Lehighton Electronics, Inc., a 40-year-old Carbon County-based manufacturer of instruments used to qualify solid state materials. In association with an industrial standards organization, LEI had been analyzing samples of polycrystalline silicon, a lower cost material for making solar cells.

Friday, May 21, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Anoopam Mission and Hindu Temple is built on a hilltop where it is "close to nature." Members of the society wait outside for a volunteer guide.

@Quote.Feature:QUOTE: "As a Hindu I believe that God is One but He is worshipped in different ways by different religions of the world. I adore all religions because God is the same for Hindus, Christians, Jews, Muslims and for all humanity." Shree Patel.

For the May meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, members traveled to visit the Anoopam Mission and Hindu Temple built seven years ago on a hilltop at Clearview Road, Coplay. It is a strikingly beautiful building and comes into sight suddenly. People get a "Wow" effect from first sight.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A carcinoid is described as a small tumor, usually found in the gastrointestinal tract, that secretes serotonin.

Serotonin is eventually metabolized by the liver, and excreted by the kidneys. A carcinoid sometimes secretes large amounts of serotonin into the blood, which can cause various forms of the carcinoid syndrome of flushing, diarrhea, and heart problems.

Friday, May 14, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua policeman Matt Bynon, 37, seen here resting at home following surgery, is drawing courage from his family and community in fighting a rare form of cancer.

Goblet cell carcinoid is a cancer so rare that it amounts to less than one percent of all cancers reported every year.

If you know someone fighting cancer, the odds are that it isn't goblet cell carcinoid.

But for a Tamaqua cop, fighting the odds has become a way of life.

Officer Matt Bynon, 37, was strong and healthy until one day last month when he felt a dull pain in his lower back.

"It was March 31 and I started getting pain in my lower back. It was a mild pain. On a scale of one to ten, it was a three," says Bynon.

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.