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Friday, July 19, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Stephanie Karmonick rides Frosty as he is led by Amanda Carnes. The sidewalkers are Greg Stewart and Samantha Dale.

Janie Miller, a volunteer coordinator at Horses and Horizons, New Ringgold, said Elaine and Harvey Smith celebrated the 20th anniversary of the farm on Zion's Stone Church Road on June 9. An open house was held from 5 to 6 p.m. Private riding lessons are offered and at 6 p.m. A group lesson is held. At the open house a mother said riding had helped loosen her daughter's muscles and she is better at keeping focused.

A new arena has been built so classes do not have to be cancelled if there is rain. The arena building also has a classroom.

Saturday, July 13, 2013
1944 Minneapolis Millerettes - Courtesy: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association The 1944 Minneapolis Millerettes were part of the composite of teams used to create the fictionalized version of the Rockford Peaches in the 1992 film, A League of Their Own. Photograph lineup is front l-r, Front, L-R: Ruth "Tex" Lessing, Annabelle Lee, Helen Callaghan, Betty Trezza; back l-r, Charles "Bubber" Jonnard (Manager), Dorothy Wiltse, Vivian Kellogg, Audrey Haine, Lavone "Pepper" Paire Davis, Kay Blumetta, Lillian Jackson, Ada Ryan (Chaperone). Middle, L-R: Faye Dancer, Elizabeth Farrow, Marge Callaghan, Audrey Kissel, Margaret Wigiser. Front, L-R: Ruth "Tex" Lessing, Annabelle Lee, Helen Callaghan, Betty Trezza.

It seems that Jim Thorpe was not only the ultimate competitive athlete, he amazingly was at the forefront of the beginnings of professional football, coaching the first and only all-Indian professional football team, and owning an all-female softball team, the Thunderbirds.

Friday, July 12, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Bob Perrin has assembled artifacts and created a showcase display to start what will become the Coaldale Historical Society.

In one unexpected moment, Bob Perrin's direction in life changed.

Incredibly, it happened as he took a bite of pizza.

No, it wasn't a conscious decision; instead, it was a startling medical crisis that took place over Christmas vacation.

"It was December 23, 2003, and I was in Frackville Mall eating pizza when it happened," says the Coaldale resident.

Within a split second, Perrin's eyes rolled back in his head and he lost awareness.

At that point, Perrin, now 48, had suffered a midbrain aneurysm.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Editor's note: This is the first in an ongoing series of individual stories devoted to 'Our Miracle Kids,' children in the TIMES NEWS coverage area who, for one reason or another, are faced with unusual obstacles to their health, well-being, and, at times, their very survival. We invite you to look into the lives of these special youngsters and the remarkable circumstances faced by them and their families as together they assemble building blocks of happiness despite obstacles that challenge the imagination.

Friday, July 5, 2013
Stephen Behun (glasses) races with his younger siblings, Will and Katie, despite what some would consider a handicap - a three chambered heart.

Okay, he turns blue once in a while, but that doesn't stop seven year old Stephen Behun of Tamaqua from doing anything and everything every other boy his age does.

Climbing trees, playing tag, wrestling, swimming, karate and fighting space aliens are just a few of the pastimes of this dynamo. Sounds like your everyday, average first grader, but Stephen is just a teeny bit different. He does it with a three chambered heart, instead of the four chambers like his friends' hearts.

Friday, June 28, 2013
TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/DONALD R. SERFASS On June 28, 1963, nobody seemed to notice when the final commuter train left Tamaqua for good, a scene recreated in this photo illustration.

The final whistle blew just after 9 a.m.

The day was June 28, 1963.

It was a Friday morning, exactly 50 years ago today. A lone, wailing whistle signaled the end to a way of life.

Eight passengers rode on the final excursion out of Tamaqua.

After 131 years of rail industry, it was the end of an era. A turning point in history. Tamaqua would be forever changed.

But, at the time, nobody noticed.

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Courtesy: DreamWorks SKG Studios In the Lincoln film, Tommy Lee Jones portrayed Pennsylvania Representative and radical Republican abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Because of the success of the film, interest in Stevens has prompted four senators to work together to establish a commemorative stamp honoring Thaddeus Stevens.

Civil War Sesquicentennial fever is sweeping the country, with the most noticeable of its homages being Steven Spielberg's film, Lincoln.

While the Best Actor Oscar went to Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrayed President Lincoln, to many people it was Tommy Lee Jones, in the role of Pennsylvania Representative and radical Republican abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens who stole the film.

His mercurial portrayal of the power behind the Emancipation Proclamation served as a reminder that, as Otto von Bismarck once said, "Laws and sausages are two things you do not want to see being made."

Friday, June 21, 2013
Nick Kershner throws darts made from corn cobs at a hoop.

It was the third year that excited students from Willow Lane School, Macungie, came to Ontelaunee Park, Lynn Township, to learn about Indian culture on the day before the annual powwow, May 17.

Teachers accompanying the kids were Lisa Van Ormer, Lori Merrill, Matt Weimann and Joe Bigley.

The cultural displays were set up in the old pavilion and every 10 minutes students changed stations.

Friday, June 14, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Area Heritage Center's latest display features over 150 hats worn by men and women from the 1800s-1900s. The hats are on loan for the display like this collection of hats from the '40s, 50s and 60s, ranging from a stylish swimming cap, far left, to the pink pillbox, center, that belonged to Helen Halmi and the orange straw hat, right, was worn by Helen Snyder, a teacher at Delaware School.

Hold on to your hats. A great display has come to Palmerton. Come hang your hat at the Palmerton Area Heritage Center and take a walk down Memory Lane and see a delightful hat display.

In the "olden days," a woman would never have left the house without wearing a hat. A man always wore a hat, whether it was a straw bowler, a derby, top hat or cap.

But for some women today, we only remember wearing dressy hats to church and weddings when we were younger. Men wore fedoras to work and straw hats to work outside. Baseball caps started becoming the norm.

Friday, June 7, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the PVSD Hope Initiative helped Polk Elementary students make tee shirts with painted bear paw prints for Field Day and talked to them about positivity, kindness and hope. They are, front, left to right, PVHS juniors Jolene Wolverton, Victoria Soares, Nina Rose Giambalvo, back, left to right, Marquis Brown and Frank Chambers.

As a teacher, you never quite know what seeds you plant.

Mrs. Patty MaClain, a Pleasant Valley High School English teacher had her students read Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. She asked her students what were their dreams and what could they do to change the world?

She never could have imagined how that little seed could have sprouted into something the students and staff at PVHS now call the HOPE Initiative or the HOPE Movement.

McClain says it began in a few different places simultaneously.