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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:

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.