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Friday Feature

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.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Hours after his birth in 2010, Bobby Edmonds of MaryD wears a Cool Cap in the NICU at the Janet Weis Children's Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. The specialized pediatric device uses cool water to prevent swelling of the brain in an effort to prevent possible brain damage.

It's been a hectic day, but before you can go home and relax, there's one more stop to make picking up something for dinner. As you approach the cashier, your mind is buzzing with hundreds of little details. Did I lock the office door? Did I turn out the lights? How long is this going to take? What else do I have to do tonight?

Friday, July 19, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Stephanie Karmonick rides Frosty as he is led by Amanda Carnes. The sidewalkers are Greg Stewart and Samantha Dale.

Janie Miller, a volunteer coordinator at Horses and Horizons, New Ringgold, said Elaine and Harvey Smith celebrated the 20th anniversary of the farm on Zion's Stone Church Road on June 9. An open house was held from 5 to 6 p.m. Private riding lessons are offered and at 6 p.m. A group lesson is held. At the open house a mother said riding had helped loosen her daughter's muscles and she is better at keeping focused.

A new arena has been built so classes do not have to be cancelled if there is rain. The arena building also has a classroom.

Friday, July 12, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Bob Perrin has assembled artifacts and created a showcase display to start what will become the Coaldale Historical Society.

In one unexpected moment, Bob Perrin's direction in life changed.

Incredibly, it happened as he took a bite of pizza.

No, it wasn't a conscious decision; instead, it was a startling medical crisis that took place over Christmas vacation.

"It was December 23, 2003, and I was in Frackville Mall eating pizza when it happened," says the Coaldale resident.

Within a split second, Perrin's eyes rolled back in his head and he lost awareness.

At that point, Perrin, now 48, had suffered a midbrain aneurysm.