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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.

Saturday, August 17, 2013
AL zagofsky/special to the times news Jazz vocalist Sue Giles, in front of her family's Abstract Room shop in Jim Thorpe, discovered the music of Ella Fitzgerald when she was nine years old. She is performing Ella tribute concerts, and is now writing and composing a musical play about Ella Fitzgerald and her mentor, bandleader Chick Webb.

It's been 40 years since, at the age of nine, Sue Giles of Jim Thorpe discovered the music of Ella Fitzgerald. Not only does Giles sing jazz so much in Ella's style that she has performed Ella Fitzgerald tribute concerts around the world, she is writing a musical play about Ella in the period from 1934, when she was first discovered as a singer, to 1939, when her mentor, Chick Webb, died.

Friday, August 16, 2013
Gavin Clouser of Tamaqua weighed in at 1 pound, 13 ounces when he was born prematurely in 2005. Within minutes of birth, he was placed on a ventilator.

The sudden high pitched wail pierced the tense silence, startling the crowd gathered around the hospital bed. Totally unexpected, the cries brought smiles to the faces of the medical staff and tears of relief to the expectant parents. This young man, so determined to enter the world early, wasn't supposed to have the strength to cry. In fact, the doctors didn't expect him to survive the birthing process, coming almost five months earlier than his due date. Yet, Gavin Clouser of Tamaqua surprised them all. Something he continues doing today, eight years later.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A full term pregnancy is descibed as being a full 37 weeks. Between 34 and 37 full weeks is considered late pre-term. During those final weeks, the infant's internal organs, including the brain, lungs, intestines and liver are still growing.

Friday, August 9, 2013
Cierra Hoagland serves food at the Victorian tea.

The hall at the Chestnuthill Township Community Park was transformed to a place of color and light as the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society waited for guests at a Victorian Tea.

Tables were swathed in tablecloths with brightly colored placemats and napkins. Each place had a teacup and saucer - many of them from the collection of Nancy Christman, who organized the event. Each table had a bright pink peony.

A raffle was held in conjunction with the tea.

A table was filled with artifacts of local history from 10,000 years ago to the early 1900s.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Norman Burger, chairman of the Chestnuthill Township's 250th anniversary committee, said since the tea was presented by the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society, he was providing some of the history.

Pennsylvania was begun when William Penn received land given to his father in payment of a debt owed by the king. Penn made a treaty with the Lenape Indians for the land that was to become the three counties of Bucks, Philadelphia and Montgomery. Missionaries visited the area north of the Blue Mountain.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tears came to the eyes of a capacity-filled auditorium at Eckley Miners' Village, when on Sunday, July 28, 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, Severin Fayerman, spoke fulfilling his promise to not let the world forget.

Tears came to the eyes of audience members in a capacity-filled auditorium at Eckley Miners' Village when, on Sunday, July 28, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor spoke, fulfilling his promise to not let the world forget.

Severin Fayerman, of Wyomissing, Berks County, who spent his adult years in the United States as owner of the Baldwin Hardware Company, made a promise at Auschwitz. As a family friend was selected to go the gas chamber, he looked at Fayerman and said, "Severin, avenge my innocent death. Don't let the world forget what's going to happen to me today."

Friday, August 2, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Without saying a word, Kyle Hacker looks directly into your eyes and invites you into his world.

Kyle Hacker silently reaches out and holds your hand.

Or he'll approach and take your arm and look into your eyes. Maybe he'll squeeze your finger.

In a moment, he'll smile.

All of it is non-verbal, but it's his way of saying hello.

Even more, it's his way of getting to know you.

If you're perceptive, you'll understand that he's inviting you into his world.

He wants you to join him and to share in what he has to offer.

And what he has to offer is unconditional love.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Question: What's your favorite part about summer?