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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.

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.

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.