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Friday, September 20, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Nadalyn Imbriaco, Palmerton, has triumphed over a series of serious adult illnesses. The challenges have helped to shape the young woman she's become.

Nadalyn Imbriaco's early years have been topsy-turvy.

Before age six, she dealt with illnesses more commonly known to happen after age 60.

The experiences have left the 16-year-old Palmerton gal with the insight and maturity of a seasoned adult.

She is poised and gracious, and speaks with ease to people from all social strata.

Friday, September 13, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The color guard of the American Legion Post 927 of Gilbert led the Chestnuthill Township 250th Anniversary parade.

It was a bright sunny morning and a beautiful day in the neighborhood. There was the cadence of drums and the striking up of music. There's just something about hearing a marching band that stirs the heart. Those sounds of the Pleasant Valley High School marching band, led by James DeVivo, were the perfect start for the Chestnuthill Township's 250th Anniversary Celebration parade on Saturday as the color guard from the American Legion Post 927 of Gilbert led them around the perimeter of the West End Fairgrounds.

Friday, September 13, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER A memorial display was placed in the Everett Building honoring David Fleetwood.

At noon, Sept. 7, following the anniversary parade, the Main Stage at the West End Fairgrounds was taken over by officials, some of whom presented proclamations honoring the milestone.

Norman Burger, president of the committee, began with a request that people reflect on the life of David Fleetwood and the others who were hurt mentally or physically at Ross Township a month ago.

Saturday, September 7, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton borough employees, l-r, Levi Stern, Mike Andrews, and Jeff Smith nail the roof into position on the D&L Trailhead pavilion in Lehighton.

Carbon County has been the recent focus of progress on the D&L Trail.

Beginning in Lehighton, a new trailhead, parking lot, and pavilion is being completed on the northeast side of the Route 209 Bypass - Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard and Maiden Lane near Dunbar's Beverage.

At the new trailhead, there are curb cuts and there will be an improved crossing at Maiden Lane. From the south side of Maiden Lane, the trail will follow the existing paved service road that follows the west side of the Lehigh River to the Mahoning sewage treatment plant.

Friday, September 6, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWSHard as it may be to believe, months old Haley Ginder has a huge smile, despite just undergoing a chemotherapy treatment at Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia.

Sometimes, you just know. Despite the advice from the professionals, sometimes a mother just knows when something is seriously wrong with her child. Whatever you want to call it intuition, instinct or just a mother's love, you know there is a problem.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Neuroblastoma is a rare type of cancer that presents itself as a solid tumor formed by special nerve cells called neuroblasts. Approximately 700 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, mostly in infants and children. In neuroblastoma, immature cells grow abnormally instead of maturing into nerve cells. Although tumors sometimes form before a child is born, most aren't found until they begin to grow and affect the body, usually by the time a child has reached the age of five.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Editor's note: This is the sixth 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 setbacks faced by them and their families as together they assemble building blocks of happiness despite unique obstacles that challenge the imagination.

Friday, August 30, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Norman Burger of Gilbert wrote and compiled the history of Chestnuthill Township in a book titled "Monroe County's West End: A Quarter Millennium 1763-2013." It includes information about Chestnuthill, Ross, Eldred and Polk townships because at one time, they were all a part of Chestnuthill Township. The book was written to be a part of the commemoration of Chestnuthill's 250th anniversary.

Norman Burger has seen and done a lot in the world. But when it came time to retire, for him there was no place like home.

Burger was born and raised in the Kresgeville area of Monroe County. The son of Norman and Jennie (Diehl) Burger, he is one of eight children. He graduated from Polk High School in Kresgeville in 1958 and then graduated from East Stroudsburg State College with a degree in math and physics and a minor in chemistry.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The historical societies in the West End are working together to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Chestnut Hill Township. It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 (rain date Sunday, Sept. 8) at the West End Fairgrounds, on Fairgrounds Rd. in Gilbert. A parade will begin at 10 a.m. There will be music, food, displays, games and more immediately following.

The 250th Anniversary Committee encourage social, business and religious organizations, plus citizens interested in preserving and celebrating the joint history to help make it a success.

Friday, August 23, 2013
Little Rayne Shellhamer dreams of one day becoming a princess.

When at play, little Rayne Shellhamer might as well wear a crown.

She is cute as can be and is adored by everyone. That's because she is comfortable playing with boys as well as with girls. That kind of diplomacy might come in handy one day because Rayne dreams of becoming a princess. In a way, it's a typical, alluring fantasy for girls her age.

But for the past few years, Rayne has been suffering from something not so typical - recurrent headaches.

The pain wasn't at the front of her head. It was at the rear, at the base of her skull.