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Friday, July 2, 2010
Members of the Effort United Methodist Church's Prayer Shawl Ministry displays some of the prayer shawls they have made, stitched and crocheted with prayers of comfort and solace. They are, left to right: Mert Wolfe, Ruth Ann Allen, Joyce Aylsworth, Lorraine Altemose.

Life has many ups and downs. Some are easier to cope with than others. Often people find themselves in need of comfort. Maybe that comfort comes in the form of support from family and friends. Perhaps it comes in the form of a visit, a phone call or a card which can lift the spirit.

Comfort can also come in the form of a soft handmade warm shawl to be wrapped around you like a hug-a hug that has been prayed over. These are called Prayer Shawls.

Friday, June 25, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A cannon ball was found by privy diggers.

Maxine Vermillion, curator of the Summit Hill Museum, was waiting at the door to greet visitors from the Palmerton Area Historical Society which was on its annual mystery trip planned by Betsy Burnhauser.

On this day, the Palmerton Historical Society paid a visit to the Summit Hill Historical Society.

Vermillion said the building had an earlier life as a drug store. The shelving is original and some of the other furnishings are reproductions.

Friday, June 18, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Using the Magna Carta as a resource, genealogist Bob Kunkel has traced his family lineage back to 1379.

When it comes to the family tree, nobody can climb branches better than Bob Kunkel.

Kunkel, 48, a Tamaqua native, has spent the last 26 years not only searching his family tree, but developing his own special method of archiving relatives.

He's assisted other genealogists and has provided assistance to the popular online database Ancestry.com.

His method, the Kunk system, keeps track of ancestors and allows for "new finds" along the way. It also provides a way to add births that occur in the family as time goes on.

Saturday, June 12, 2010
PRESS PHOTO BY ARA BARLIEB Wally Ely with his book, "Images of Rail Auto-Train."

When it comes to the subject of trains, Wally Ely has few equals.

Since his father worked on trains, he had the train bug early in life.

Ely retired from the banking industry and is now a volunteer and past president of WK&S Railroad, Kempton, Berks County, which offers seasonal weekend excursions on what is known as its Hawk Mountain Line.

"Officially, Amtrak claims the train is three-quarter-mile long, made up of 18 passenger cars and 33 auto carriers, plus two engines," Wally Ely says of the Auto Train, the subject of his book, Images of Rail Auto-Train.

Friday, June 11, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Emel Rasim of Palmerton was one of 25 chosen out of a 1,000 young people who auditioned at the The Talent event in Philadlephia to continue the next phase in Florida. Here she is showing off her official The ID as she prepares for the competition held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando.

Emel Rasim has stars in her eyes.

Someday, she hopes to see her name in lights.

It is a dream this Palmerton 12-year-old has had for as long as she can remember.

"When I was very young, I would dance a lot and hum. I like to sing so much," says Emel, who likes to be called Emy.

Her mother, Gulnar Rasim, says that ever since Emy got a karaoke machine a few years ago, it seems the microphone is always in her hand. To her and her husband, Reggie, owners of Palmerton Pizza, Emy, is already a star in their eyes.

Friday, June 4, 2010

A large crowd gathered around the Civil War Memorial in Union Cemetery, Slatington, on Memorial Day 1909.

The memorial had been provided by Samuel H. Kress, nephew to Samuel Kress, who died during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Samuel H. was born in nearby Cherryville on July 23, 1863.

Samuel and some friends enlisted in Company I, 153rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.

They saw action at Chancellorsville, Va., and on July 1 they reached Gettysburg. Kress was shot in the thigh and tried to get up when a second shot hit him in the chest.

Friday, June 4, 2010
The Sons of the American Legion cleaned and painted the Parrott cannons.

Samuel H. Kress donated the Civil War Memorial to the Union Cemetery, Slatington, in honor of his uncle, Samuel Kress, who was killed at Gettysburg on the second day of battle.

The memorial was 100 years old in 2009. Nancy Stott, historian at St. Paul's Indianland Church, said the Civil War Memorial had been in the cemetery longer than the well-known firemen's memorial. From her position as historian she learned the Kress family history.

Saturday, May 29, 2010
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Friday, May 28, 2010
U. S. Army Sgt. Charles W. "Dutch" Kleinhagen

Maybe we shouldn't have made that promise.

But, since it was made, we were determined to do our best to keep it, despite the red tape and logistics. In the end, we had to depend on a friend, who fulfilled that promise way beyond our dreams.

Let me get to the beginning, if I can determine where that is exactly.

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.