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Saturday, December 26, 2015

For needy children of hardworking miners, Christmas wasn’t red and green, it was orange.

That’s because kindhearted Sophia Georgianna Coxe routinely gave youngsters a gift of something they’d not otherwise see — citrus fruit.

Coxe was the wife of coal baron Eckley Coxe, and was known for being caring and compassionate, earning her the nickname “Angel of the Anthracite.”

She knew that miners lived a meager existence. Life was difficult for mining families, including young children, and Christmas could be a difficult time.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

They met by chance.

Tim “Dutch” Yeakel of Carbon County and Dan “Curley” Thompson of Schuylkill County were strangers only a few weeks ago.

But the two hobbyists shared a common dream — to create the perfect motorized, gasoline-powered bicycle.

The two met unexpectedly recently when Yeakel, on a short trip, was diverted through Coaldale after a tractor-trailer crashed at the bottom of the Broad Mountain near Nesquehoning.

“There was a detour,” he said.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Good things happen to James Denny.

As a sixth-grader living in south Jersey, his home was a safe haven for poor kids from Camden who would come to Denny’s house to play basketball and eat meals rather than wander unsafe city streets. He saw at a young age what happens when kindness is offered. The good side of people is what you see in return.

A year ago, he entered a television contest to win a custom tree house for his family. Denny, who lives in Jim Thorpe, wanted to give the house as a gift to his mother who raised a wonderful family mostly on her own.

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.