Monday, August 21, 2017


Friday, May 6, 2011
Before Hometown Hill highway became today's SR309, seen here, it was a narrow, meandering road called Route 29, climbing Hometown mountain slightly west of the current route.

Life is priceless.

Yet it took just ten cents to kill seven men. It was one of the darkest days in our region, and it happened 80 years ago this summer.

It was during the days of Prohibition, when booze was scarce and so was money. Still, the summer night of Monday, July 13, 1931, provided an opportunity to party, and so a group of coal region men decided to gather together. They figured they'd build a campfire and secretly enjoy a few drinks at time when the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol was illegal.

Friday, April 29, 2011
Heidi  Secord of Cherry  Valley Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, checks  the early season growth of the farm's garlic crop.

Growing up, Heidi Secord thought someday she'd be a businesswoman. So this Connecticut girl went to the University of Rhode Island and earned a degree in business management.

But upon graduation, she just couldn't quite see herself in a business suit sitting behind a desk, so instead, she joined the Peace Corps.

Friday, April 22, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  It took Georgine Postupack Borchack three years to complete this pysanky masterpiece written on an ostrich egg.

Georgine Postupack Borchack sits in prayer. She sits and meditates from deep within.

For an hour or more she talks to God. She reflects on her strong Ukrainian heritage and rich ethnic traditions. She offers thanks for family, love, life and health. She asks the Lord to bless those here and those departed. And she does it with sincerity and conviction.

Then something wonderful happens.

Friday, April 22, 2011
Designs are painted onto a raw egg using beeswax. (A process repeated).
Friday, April 15, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A headcovering scarf is worn by married women. Wendy Kleintop models the one she brought back from the Holy Land.

The Dead Sea and the Wailing Wall were only two of the Holy Land places seen by Wendy Kleintop and her family. But the one making the strongest impression was the Garden of Gethsemene.

The Women United for Christ of St. Paul Indianland United Church of Christ, Lehigh Township, had invited Kleintop, a township resident, to speak at its April 5 meeting.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The historic Moser log home served as Tamaqua's first tavern, church, hospital, dwelling and stagecoach stop.

Moreover, it was the site of the first birth, death, wedding and religious ceremony.

The cabin saw Tamaqua's first birth in the settlement in 1809 when Mary Kershner was born, daughter of John Kershner who Moser employed at his sawmill. The first wedding also took place in the cabin on Christmas Day, 1820, when Moser's daughter Barbara married John Whetstone, another early settler.

Friday, April 8, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  The 1801 Burkhardt Moser log home is Tamaqua's first house.

If Tamaqua preservationists have their way, the 1801 Burkhardt Moser log home will no longer be hidden.

The local historical society is considering demolition of a vacant wood-frame residence at 307 East Broad Street that obstructs the view and limits access to Tamaqua's first home.

Saturday, April 2, 2011
Last spring, my cousin Megan had a baby: Bentley. I was a little nervous meeting him for the first time, since he's had a whole year to get to know everyone else in the family and choose favorites, but I think he liked me.

With shovel in hand and Penn State winter cap on my head, I looked at the fluffy white sidewalk at the side of my house in Tamaqua. Three inches of fresh snow had greeted me that morning, begging to be cleared from the pathway. This was three inches on top of the roughly foot of snow that was left over from the winter's numerous other snow showers.

Friday, April 1, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Cathy Wells is an admitted "Gourd Lady." Her passion is taking dried gourds and turning them into works of art. She is working on a gourd bowl with a butterfly design with a removable lid in her home workshop in Saylorsburg.

Some days Cathy Wells thinks she's going out of her gourd. Especially when she's surrounded by all the unpainted gourds in her workroom in her Saylorsburg home.

"I wait until they 'speak' to me. They tell me what they want to be," explains the avid gourder.

Some want to be birdhouses. Others want to be bowls. Then there are some that want to be vases, lamps and even purses.

Gourds became Cathy's passion when she could no longer work in her garden.

Friday, March 25, 2011
Nicole Kuehner, 9, a third grader at Polk Elementary School, takes a fortune cookie while visiting the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Poconos at PVSD's "A Night of Unity."

"What we need to do is learn to respect and embrace our differences until our differences don't make a difference" is a quote by Yolanda King, human rights activist and eldest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pleasant Valley School District's staff, students, parents, family, friends and members of the community celebrated the 10th annual "A Night of Unity" in the high school gym.