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Friday Feature

Friday, November 9, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua native R. Thomas Berner, retired PSU journalism professor, shares early career memories and provides advice to budding journalists of the Tamaqua Area High School Blue and White magazine.

Retired journalism professor R. Thomas Berner returned to his alma mater last Friday after an absence of 51 years and offered youngsters sage advice about a secret to success.

"Fall in love," he said. "Love your work. It's a labor of love," explained the former Pennsylvania State University instructor to fifteen staffers of the up-and-coming Tamaqua Area High School Blue and White magazine.

Friday, October 26, 2012
TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/DONALD R. SERFASS Friendly and trusting peddler Jost Folhaber hiked to the top of Locust Mountain, 15 miles northwest of Tamaqua, unaware he was being followed by sheer evil just one step behind. The peddler is represented here by Tommy Symons, village of Black Heath.

His name was Jost Folhaber.

He was a traveling salesman on his way to peddle wares.

He stopped for a short break at a tavern 15 miles northwest of Tamaqua, and continued on his way. Within an hour or two, he was ambushed and savagely butchered. Why? Not for revenge or hatred. But for simple greed.

The cruel homicide is recognized as Schuylkill County's first murder. And the victim is called The Immortal Peddler.

True to the name, the shocking story of the brutal death along the old Catawissa Trail will survive until the end of time.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Put four gallons of cider in a large copper kettle, add cut-up apples to within two inches of the top, cook, and 5-1/2 hours later there is apple butter. This is only one of the many exhibits at the annual Pioneer Day, an event sponsored by the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society and held in New Tripoli on October 6.

This year the stirring was made easier when it was found a rocking chair matched the motion required for the constant stirring.

Friday, October 12, 2012
Goddaughter Brenda and wife Diane pose with a giant pumpkin in the garden.

"It was a poor year for pumpkins," said Maynard Serfass. But his pumpkin patch was good enough to earn the backyard gardener first place at the Allentown Fair.

He said he has a cousin who grows big pumpkins but those were eaten by a groundhog.

Serfass said he had trouble with cucumber beetles on his pumpkin patch. They should have been sprayed with fungicide and insecticide as soon as he moved them to the garden - he starts his plants indoors.

Serfass always had a garden at his Towamensing home and in 2003-2004 he saw some Martha Stewart Big Max seeds at Walmart.

Friday, October 5, 2012
Joan Deering looks at the dolls in a cabinet. She especially like a three-wheeled doll carriage.

It was the fourth year the Monroe County Historical Association held an education day and open house in conjunction with Stroud Fest. The home of the association is in the Stroud Mansion at Ninth and Main streets in Stroudsburg.

Friday, September 28, 2012
Artist Donna Bieren speaks to a group of 40 women during a recent presentation in Barnesville.

Don't ask artist Donna Bieren which medium she likes best.

She'll tell you she likes everything.

And don't ask if she considers herself an illustrator in perhaps the realist style or abstract style.

She'll tell you that she doesn't go for labels.

Labels are for canned vegetables, not artists.

"My thing is not the style, it's the medium and how I can make it work," she explains.

And with that perspective, Bieren has established herself over the past decade as ambassador of the visual arts in the Carbon-Schuylkill region.

Friday, September 21, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The S. S. Kresge mausoleum is an edifice that befits the final resting place of a remarkable man.

If you drive by the Gilbert Cemetery between Long Mountain Road and Gilbert/Effort Road, you'll notice an impressive mausoleum. Inside rests the remains of Sebastian Spering Kresge, July 31, 1867 – October 18, 1966.

Kresge is a very common name to the area. So who was that he could afford such an elaborate burial site?

How about S. S. Kresge. Does that ring any bells?

Friday, September 21, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jeff Hinton of Saylorsburg is the third generation of caretakers at the Gilbert Cemetery and enjoys his job.

A cemetery provides that eternal final resting place. It is usually quiet and peaceful. Silent solid stone markers provide basic information of those who lie beneath, reminders that these faceless names once walked on this earth.

It's Jeff Hinton's job to keep the Gilbert Cemetery mowed and trimmed. Over his many years of maintaining it, he has found the cemetery to be a most interesting place to work.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Karl Jens of St. Peter's Church Road, Schuylkill County, welcomed members of the Palmerton Area Historical Society to a tour of his mill - the Hoppes Mill. It was built in 1845 by the great-great grandfather of Jens' neighbor, Burlyn Hoppes, who lives across the mill race - an unnamed creek.

Jens said Pennsylvania has the most old mills of any of the states.

The grist mill was last used for grinding grain in the early 1950s, but it was used for seed cleaning into the '70s.

Friday, September 7, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Standing, left to right: Devina Fernandez, Gail Oldfield, Melody Kline, Jeffrey Fernandez, Debbie Kaintz, Jeffrey Fernandez, Jr. and front, Ava and Bree Fernandez, pose just before Melody's final recital. All performed, making it a true family affair.

Little girls want to grow up to be teachers, nurses and ballerinas.

Little Melody Paduani wanted to be a dancer. She was born to dance. Her mother, professionally known as Miss Chickie with her own dance studio for 50 years, was a dance teacher who taught her five children to dance from the time they were old enough to stand.

Melody was the youngest of Miss Chickie and David Paduani's five children and began dancing at the age of three years old.

"Mom didn't just teach us. She took us into New York City for lessons as well," says Melody Kline of Kresgeville.