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Friday Feature

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.

Friday, August 31, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson

Do you know this person?

He is a U. S. citizen. He can vote. He can teach. He can be a cop and a leader in society.

He pays his taxes like all other Americans and he can fight and die for his country.

Yet, in return, his country doesn't protect him as it does others. And he's not permitted to marry the one he loves.

Who is he?

He is every man and woman of gay America - and his fight for civil rights is the defining social movement of the 21st century.

Friday, August 31, 2012
History made in May

"I think same sex couples should be allowed to get married."

With those words, President Barack Obama in May became the first sitting president to openly declare support for equal marriage rights for gay Americans.

Immediately, Democratic Party leaders boosted momentum by fashioning a pro-gay marriage plank for September's political convention. The U. S. military has taken a leadership role, too.

Six states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage. Other states have voted it down. But the tide is shifting.

Friday, August 24, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Celie Turner enjoys the day lilies planted where they can be seen when visitors come in the driveway.

Celie and Ron Turner had a huge display of day lilies where everyone can see them as they come into their driveway. Their Jordan View Farm near the covered bridge was on the Parkland Garden Club tour in July.

Celie enjoys the hosta garden which is in the shade and has a bench for refreshing relaxation now and then. She said she is a new member of the club. One of her chief concerns this year, as for other exhibitors, was getting enough water to the flowers to have a colorful display.