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Saturday, April 6, 2013
For the 50th anniversary of the 1963 graduating class of Jim Thorpe High School, Jeanne Sterling Radley donated three scrapbooks of the events of her 1962-1963 senior year. Her brother, Jack Sterling, suggested donating them to the Dimmick Memorial Library where his wife, Susan Stirling, is the librarian.

Fifty years ago, sports were all the rage, and at Jim Thorpe High School, basketball was king. In 1962, the Olympians won their league's state championship, and in 1963, came within two points of bringing home a second state title.

As Jeanne Sterling, now Jeanne Sterling Radley, was entering her September 1962 - June 1963 senior year at Jim Thorpe High School, she felt this year would be special, and so she began a scrapbook that by the end of the school year grew to three volumes.

Saturday, March 30, 2013
A Republic of Ireland highway sign gives directions in the country's two languages: English and Irish (Irish Gaelic).

In the wake of St. Patrick's Day, a Lehighton woman couldn't keep herself from sharing an old family fable. Connie Cunningham tells the story of her great-grandfather, Joseph Michael Cunningham, and how he taught Gaelic to the Irish.

Joseph Michael Cunningham grew up on a farm west of the midlands of Ireland, just outside the town of County Galway, Ireland. The town's name, Tuaim, is derived from the Latin "tumulus"which means "burial mound".

Saturday, March 16, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS This sign greeted Julian Gonzalez of Slatington at the Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center in Allentown as part of a celebration to honor Julian, who recently graduated from Pediatric Therapy at Good Shepherd.

No matter what life throws our way, it's important to keep on keepin on.

With all he's had to endure, Julian Gonzalez of Slatington ought to be the poster child for that train of thought.

It was over a decade ago when Julian, then 8, sustained a traumatic brain injury after he was hit by a car.

Rather than wilt under the pressure of adversity, Julian persevered through hard work, sacrifice, and determination.

The fruits of his labor paid off in a big way for Julian, who defied the odds when he graduated from Pediatric Therapy at Good Shepherd.

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Aiden Sell and Joseph Zerecie spread the boards that will make a birdhouse.

Bluebirds commonly nested in cavities in trees or fence posts, said Lehigh Gap Nature Center Director Dan Kunkle. Each year the Center holds a bluebird house-building project. Today, orchard trees are small and posts are metal so there are fewer natural nesting sites and a decline in the number of Bluebirds occurred.

In the 1960s Bluebird housing was begun to be provided. A house occasionally was occupied as soon as it was put up.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Diane Husic talked about the work of the past 10 years at a Speakers Series talk. One of the researchers is Marla Bianca who is doing metal analysis on the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge.

Diane Husic, a board of directors member at Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge, Slatington, updated the public on many of the things that have been accomplished in the past 10 years.

The land in the Gap was purchased in 2002 and by the following year restoration with warm season grasses was begun.

Eighty years of zinc smelting in Palmerton left the mountain dry, windswept and bare.

Ecological restoration is the intentional process of assisting the recovery of degraded landscape. It enhances biodiversity and attempts to return it back to what it was.

Saturday, February 9, 2013
"I like to read," said Diane Luicana. "I'm social, so just reading quietly alone doesn't always do it for me. So I thought this would be a way to read something that other people might also like, and then have a chance to meet people who also like to read. I just thought it would be fun."

If you love to read and would love to share what you've read and discuss it with others, then you, like Diane Luicana, can look forward to the first meeting of the Jim Thorpe Book Club on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library House at 58 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Historical Society volunteer Jim Barron, left, and photographer Scott Herring pause Tuesday after hanging the first in a series of classic street scene images of 1987 Tamaqua.

A special collection of iconic Tamaqua scenes caught in color will be unveiled in the coming days, heralding the local arrival of 'The Hardcoal Chronicles,' the work of Tamaqua native Scott Herring.

The photos are expected to be in place at gallery space inside the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce office, West Broad Street, within the next two weeks.

Saturday, January 26, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Model, actress, singer Toni Reid of Jim Thorpe is revitalizing her singing career with the hopes of producing a jazz album

If any woman could be called a chick in the 1960s, it would have been Toni Reid. Although she never smoked a cigar, Toni was the White Owl girl - the face and voice for the White Owl cigar campaign.

Dressed in a costume with a headdress, tunic and wristlet cuffs covered with white chicken feathers, in 1967 and 1968, Toni represented the company in personal appearances, magazine and newspaper advertising, and a dozen television commercials.

Saturday, January 12, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Janet Hermann, president of the Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library (right) talks with Veronika Sostak, a visitor on a getaway from New York City. "I saw the sign 'Book Sale Today'. I love books so I came in. We go to different places to look for book sales. I'm looking to find things I can't find at home."

"I like to work the book sale. I like to be around books. I like to see that we are doing something to support the library."

"I would like to find a way to attract more local people. That's why I'm here on Thursdays," said Janet Hermann, president of the Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library.

Every Saturday, and on Sundays on festival weekends, from noon to 4 p.m., the Friends Annex of the Dimmick Memorial Library, two doors over at 58 Broadway displays its "Book Sale Today" sign on the porch of its quaint Victorian homestead.

Saturday, January 5, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Grace Wilson (right) and Connie DiJohn kick their heels line dancing at the Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder Senior Center where Wilson teaches line dancing on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., except for holidays and bad weather. Classes are free and the public is invited.

Grace Wilson of Albrightsville is not only looking to dance in all the right places, she's taken up the proverbial baton, or whatever is its equivalent in dancing, and teaches line dancing at the Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder Senior Center.

Not bad for a 79-year-old who didn't know the first thing about line dancing when her friend introduced her to it in 1999. "A group used to meet at the Albrightsville firehouse," Wilson said. "My friend loved line dancing and talked me into trying it with her."