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Saturday, March 31, 2012
Brandon Taylor/TIMES NEWS An old tower and its surrounding older neighborhood are threatened by development in a Beijing gone mad for change. Note the smog caused by an over abundance of cars clogging city streets.

For the better part of those angst-filled teenage years and during summers spent at home in Pennsylvania's Coal Region, between college years, I found myself saying, "God, I can't wait to get out of Tamaqua."

Now, having lived in China for three years among Beijing's nearly 20 million people, three million autos and its domineering buildings and dirty streets, the hypocrite in me now says, "God, I can't wait to go home," not indefinitely, but certainly as a short respite from my busy city life.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Freelance writer, Colleen Davis, launched a Facebook site, "Between the Pond and the Woods-Help for the weary caregiver", to create a sense of camaraderie for caregivers of dementia patients.

"Between the Pond and the Woods" is both the name of a forthcoming book by Colleen Davis of Albrightsville, and the title of a Facebook site that she developed to create a sense of camaraderie for caregivers of dementia patients.

It describes the third character in her art-follows-life story, her home in the Pocono Mountains, on a parcel straddling a wooded forest and Henning Pond, an almost magical place until just a few months ago.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lauri Price, RN, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, talks to residents and students about the the incretin system and its role in type 2 diabetes as well as medication side effects during a class held recently at the Morgan Campus, LCCC, in Tamaqua.

"To learn a lifestyle of change that will make living with diabetes manageable."

That's the explanation Lauri Price, an RN at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, uses to describe the purpose of a new 10-hour diabetes education program being taught at various locations in Schuylkill and Carbon county by members of the St. Luke's Miners Diabetes Education Center.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Front row, left to right: Jim Thorpe National Night Out Logo Contest Winners Alaura Gonzalez and Josh Guth. Back row, left to right: Jim Thorpe Area High School Principal, Thomas Lesisko; NNO Coordinator, Cindy Henning; Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko; Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz; and Jim Thorpe Community Watch Coordinator, Jamie Solomon. NNO is a crime and drug prevention event that takes place in communities all over the country. Jim Thorpe will be having a NNO event on August 7th.

Two Jim Thorpe Area students were the winners of a logo contest for the Jim Thorpe National Night Out. The winners were Alaura Gonzalez, 8th grade student of Penn-Kidder, and Josh Guth, 12th grade student of Jim Thorpe Area High School.

National Night Out (NNO) is a crime and drug prevention event that has taken place in communities all over the country. NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen relationships between the community and law enforcement.

Jim Thorpe will be holding its own National Night Out event on August 7th.

Saturday, February 4, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tyler Black, front left, and Allison Slakoper, front right, students at Our Lady of The Angels Academy in Lansford, hold up The Respect Program activity packets, which students must earn from their teachers. With them are Sister Regina Elinich, IHM, principal of OLOAA; and Nicole Hager, education coordinator for J.P. Mascaro and Sons and The Respect Program.

Respect.

That was the topic of a recent program at Our Lady of The Angels Academy in Lansford.

This week, the students were treated to The Respect Program, sponsored by J.P. Mascaro and Sons of Audubon, Pa. The event was held in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week.

During the presentation, Nicole Hager, education coordinator for J.P. Mascaro and Sons and The Respect Program, taught the children how to respect people, property and the environment.

"We're all about educating the community and children about respect," Hager said.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
Tom McBride will be at a signing for his new book, Civil War Draft Resistance and the Molly Maguires on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Treasure Shop, 44 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Were Civil War draft protestors hung as Molly Maguires?

Tom McBride explores this question in his new book, Civil War Draft Resistance and the Molly Maguires.

McBride will hold an inaugural book signing today from 2- 4 p.m. at the Treasure Shop, 44 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Living behind the Great Firewall

It seems cheap sneakers, iPads and iPhones, and a Christmas wish list of consumer goods won't be China's only exports arriving on America's shores. Censorship and government meddling in a free and open Internet might be turning up, too.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Richard Ockenhouse is not quite sure how many kids he and his late wife, Mary, raised but he thinks it is between 50 and 60. He adopted 12 of them in one day.

Richard Ockenhouse is not quite sure how many kids he and his late wife, Mary, raised but he thinks it is between 50 and 60. He adopted 12 of them in one day.

Richard was born in Lehighton in 1929. He struggled in school with a type of dyslexia that initially had him writing backwards then developed into a short-term memory problem.

Saturday, November 5, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Jyneal Green pins the Eagle badge onto her son, Brent Green, during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmerton, while Brent's father, Mike Green, watches on.

He's climbed the highest of mountains and ascended to a level realized by few.

Joined by family and friends, Brent Green was honored last Sunday with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmerton.

During his speech, Brent thanked all those who assisted him with his project, whereby he installed the playground at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township.