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Friday Feature

Friday, November 4, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Balloon-flying Ada Bauchspies, 90, Lehighton, is matriarch of five generations.

Many people have a bucket list of things they want to do in life.

But for Ada Bauchspies, it's a basket list - a heavy, woven basket attached to an 80-foot balloon.

On Sunday, October 23, the 90-year-old Lehighton grandmother tackled one of her wildest dreams when she soared on inflated gossamer wings, drifting into the horizon aboard a hot air balloon.

Friday, October 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Donna Coleman, left and Pat Held, right, enjoy reminiscing about the Western Pocono Women's Club's 40 years.

The Western Pocono Women's Club (WPWC) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala event on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Chestnuthill Township Park Building, transformed into a delightful Tea Room.

The ladies served their guests tea and sandwiches. Some looked elegant in Victorian attire and many wore hats. It could have been a scene from many years ago when a lady never left the house without wearing a hat.

Friday, October 21, 2011
A group prepares to leave for Bake Oven Knob. Ron Kline, who is passing out papers, led the group.

Kathy Romano, a member of the board at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, bought a plastic osprey that flies in the wind. She thought it would be a great way to greet guests at the Migration Festival during September at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Since she does not fish she had to go out and buy swivels, line and a pole. It was eyecatching.

Friday, October 14, 2011
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Bishop John Barres will be the main celebrant and homilist at the 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Tamaqua.

Concelebrants will be Father William Linkchorst, pastor; and Msgr. Daniel Yenushosky, parish son of SS. Peter and Paul and pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Whitehall.

Friday, October 14, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS SS. Peter and Paul Church, rectory and social hall, Pine Street, SR309, Tamaqua.

A special service set for Sunday - open to the public - will celebrate 100 years since the founding of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Tamaqua.

The parish has a long, proud history in the Schuylkill County community.

Families of a Lithuanian settlement set up in Tamaqua in 1898 and formally organized the church in 1911. Prior to that, the settlement's worship services had been taking place through leadership of the Rev. M. Durickas and the Rev. V. Dargas, starting in 1910.

Friday, October 7, 2011
@$:It was suggested that the Birds of a Feather quilt would complement the wall hanging which also has a bird.

Brenda McCandless of Moore Township presented a quilt program at a September meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society - a timely topic as colder weather looms just around the corner.

McCandless said she has been quilting since 1987 - a hobby she began when she was looking for an outside interest. She took classes at The Quiltery in Nazareth and is now a teacher at Northampton Area Community College and several other sites.

Friday, September 30, 2011
Susan Stine, Tamaqua, displays a Flight 93 memorial flag inside her Dutch Hill house. Stine, a certified nurse's aide, has traveled to the Shanksville crash site on 9-11 for the past ten years.

Every year around September 11, Susan Stine leaves her warm, cozy house on Dutch Hill and makes a 200-mile pilgrimage to a grassy field in western Pennsylvania.

There, she spends a few days sorting through thoughts and feelings deep inside.

She's been doing it for a decade, and never misses the trip, regardless of what might be happening in her busy life.

Stine is drawn to the serene setting where she ponders a sequence of events that challenge the imagination.

Friday, September 23, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS @$:A crown of thorns feeds on coral. The white areas have been cleaned and are dead.

Colin Cope of Towamensing Township returned from eight weeks in Indonesia doing wildlife research just in time to return to Penn State Aug. 21. He studies wildlife and fishery science and hopes to find a job as a wildlife biologist.

Operation Wallacea offered a presentation about opportunities to do terrestrial and/or marine research in Indonesia.

The program is based in the United Kingdom and, as a result, Cope made a lot of friends from Ireland, Scotland and England whom he is keeping in touch with.

Friday, September 16, 2011
Stained glass window inside the former Methodist Church in Cressona, the new home of the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Unitarian Universalists keep an open mind regarding all of the the world's religious writings, and have great respect for all. According to a UU statement of principles:

Friday, September 16, 2011
How did it start?

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition formed from the consolidation of two religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. Both began in Europe hundreds of years ago. The Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association, 1825.