Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Friday, October 9, 2015

Now that the fair season is wrapping up, the Highland cattle of Bull Run Farm in Lehighton can kick their hooves up and just enjoy the leisure life.

Even with the days shortening and the weather getting cooler the prize winning herbivores are at ease in their double-layered fur coats.

Highland cattle originate from Scotland and are one of the oldest breeds in the world.

Saturday, August 15, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua dancer Amanda Carson performs with a saber on South Swatara Street about 8 p.m. during the peak of the Dear Tamaqua extravaganza.

Tamaqua's summer spectacle was a showpiece of collaboration and the poster child for cooperation.

Dear Tamaqua ... In a New Light was a multimedia walking experience presented by the Tamaqua Community Arts Center on Aug. 4.

The event culminated two years of devotion by 70 volunteers who corralled their own talents and drew on strengths of others.

Saturday, August 15, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS As darkness falls, workers put finishing touches on a 400-foot-long lighted tunnel near the train depot.

The props, stages and imagery of Dear Tamaqua came to life through a wide range of local talent.

Orb construction was done by Ben, Ethan and Ben H. Turrano; mini-stages were engineered by Dave Johns and Stephen Bayer with painting by Owen and Mitchell Sabol.

Pipe sanding and painting were in the hands of Paul Miller and John Szeliga, while construction of a 400-ft. tunnel and art installation was completed by Tamaqua Borough workers Kevin Steigerwalt, Rob Jones, Matt Mateyak, Steve Naylor, Mark Leiby, Aaron Coggiano and Richard Miller.

Saturday, August 8, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The classic rock sound of Sapphire is featured July 30 at the 52 Annual Schuylkill County Fair.

At this event, the legendary occupations in coal mining and railroad take a back seat.

The Schuylkill County Fair salutes the county's number one industry – agriculture.

It's an industry often overlooked.

Many people don't realize the county's 780 square miles include fertile agricultural valleys between the Blue Mountain range in the south and the Susquehanna River to the north, including scenic Lewistown and New England valleys just outside of Tamaqua.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Physicians use a laparoscope, or fiber-optic cable system, to perform surgery via a small incision.

Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery, Band-Aid surgery or keyhole surgery, is a technique in which operations are performed far from their location through small incisions elsewhere in the body.

There are a number of advantages to the patient with laparoscopic surgery when compared with the more common, open procedure.

Pain and hemorrhaging are reduced due to smaller incisions, and recovery times are shorter.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS After losing 132 pounds in just six months, Nancy Meiser of Ginthers can once again perform gardening duties and enjoy advantages of improved health.

Nancy Meiser is on a mission.

Her goal is to continue to lose weight. But even more, she's committed to improving her quality of life and serving as an inspiration to others.

The Rush Township woman is pursuing a diet and exercise regimen as follow-up to laparoscopic surgery.

Meiser underwent a gastric sleeve procedure in January.

According to WebMD, the procedure "makes the stomach smaller and helps people lose weight."

With a smaller stomach, you feel full a lot quicker.

Meiser, 59, says it works.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Children love playing in the water at the Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool (The Bungalow) in Tamaqua. This idyllic scene could change in the blink of an eye, with just one foot slip or friendly shove. While lifeguards are the first line of defense when it comes to water safety, every person at the pool must remain vigilant to ensure a safe swim season.

A recent near drowning at a local pool raised a lot of questions, and Internet critiques, about lifeguard training.

Some people rallied around pool personnel, while others just wanted to lay blame, even though the incident had a successful resolution and the majority of the commenters were not at the pool when the accident happened.

Saturday, July 11, 2015
CPR is just one of the many components of earning lifeguard certification. American Red Cross lifeguard courses also teach patron surveillance, rescue skills, victim assessment and caring for head, neck and spinal injuries. The course is taught over a 25-hour period.

Most children love the water.

They are drawn to its reflective surface and love to jump in rain puddles to watch the waves. It's pretty and it's fun, but it can also be deadly.

Infants and toddlers can drown in as little as 1 inch of water, making even the bathtub a dangerous place.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 14 (motor vehicle accidents are first).

Saturday, July 11, 2015

For a fun-filled summer at the community or backyard pool, follow these safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment. Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Small children can drown in as little as 1 inch of water.

Friday, July 3, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Brian and Angela Faust with two of their dogs, Cooper, right, a black Labrador retriever mix, and Toby, a German shorthaired pointer, along with awards the dogs won in June.

Brian Faust throws an arm around Cooper, a black Labrador retriever mixed breed, who is having a bit of trouble controlling his excitement. Like an Olympic-caliber long jumper, Cooper must perform on the edge of outstanding athletic ability and timing, while his heart pounds like a jackhammer and adrenaline makes his legs shake.

Brian walks him back to the start line and both wait. Then at Brian's signal, and words "get it, get it, get it" Cooper sprints to the edge of the dock and launches up and out to grab a "bumper" suspended nearly 7 feet high over the water.