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About TamaquaArea.com

“Bringing Good People Together”

Your Local Website For Tamaqua Area News, Events, Photos, Videos, Links, Community Information, Organizations, Businesses and More Great Stuff!

Andrew Leibenguth (3)

Hello all.  My name is Andrew Leibenguth.
I created and maintain TamaquaArea.com as a hobby.
I use this website, local charities, social media postings, my Tamaqua signage, and video/photo coverage as time-consuming ways to overcome personal issues I deal with since my return from Iraq.
This website was made to help bring all the great people, families, organizations, and businesses in and around Tamaqua together in one place to share stories, events, photos, and much more.
TamaquaArea.com community website isn’t your normal boring or non-updated community website. I routinely upload and maintain my site by adding events, photos, videos, community news, organizations, businesses and much more.
And best of all… My website (to include all my photos and videos) are all free for everyone to use!


 

Below is a quick explanation about why I do what I do:

Since my return from Iraq over 10 years ago, I battle with anxiety, depression, PTSD and sever control issues.
During the last month of my long tour in Iraq in 2003, I was a victim of a violent assault and transported to a military hospital in Kuwait after a fellow Marine tried to take my life. Sadly, the Marine was not charged with any serious crime in my assault.
Upon my return to the states, I found myself hating the Marine Corps and everyone in my life. I was unable to accept that I had no control over what happened to me.
Despite numerous prescribed medications via doctors, my depression worsened to a level of constant fear, paranoia, and anger. I was eventually medically discharged from the Marine Corps for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and other issues in late 2004.
I found myself becoming more and more angry at everyone and everything and became a hermit crab. On the verge of taking my life in 2009, something snapped in my mind that told me to always stay in complete control of my life, no matter what.
Suffering from worsening depression, I needed something that gave me complete control and non-depressive independence. Wanting to get my life back to the way it was and wanting to help victims of unjustified tragedies (like myself), I chose to focus my time on helping organizations that help victims or struggling families (IE Salvation Army, Red Cross and Toys For Tots). Wanting to help each organization further, I made a simple website for each one using an easy online website making tool. That eventually resulted in me starting a community-wide website (old TamaquaArea.com) which incorporated all non-profit organizations. Since my mental issues made me feel worthless, this website provided a way for me to stay in control of my thoughts and life.
That worked for a number of years, but the level of positive satisfaction wore out over time as I felt like I couldn’t help enough. That led to me also submitting related photos and short news stories to the news medias in hopes of helping affected victims of disasters. It did. So I chose to keep submitting non-profit photos to the news media.
In appreciation for news stations using my non-profit photos, I also chose to take photos of all types of community events and submit them to all news media free of charge. The is provided me a better level of control in my life and eventually led to a paid freelance reporter position with the Times News newspaper in 2008.
Due to the passing of the Times News newspaper’s Tamaqua borough news chief in early 2010, I was asked by the paper if I wanted to fill his full-time position. At first I said no since I still suffered greatly with many medical issues. Hoping for the best, I accepted the position and served as full-time photographer. Sadly, this resulted in me sleeping 1 to 2 hours a day and turned into a workaholic. Although the job provided me a time-consuming way of ignoring my depression and anxiety issues, it didn’t help me. Unable to slow down or say no to anyone asking for a story, I eventually made the decision to leave the Times News and focus my efforts on my community website.
Still realizing the positive impact my community website can have over helping people, organizations or the community, I opted to upgrade my TamaquaArea.com community website to include short articles rather than only photos and videos. My community website, my photo-taking and my constant community involvement give me the control of my life. They also provide me the independence I need to stay sane, as my mental status won’t let do anything else.

12 replies

  1. Great work Andy, If only more people would show the passion you have for the area it would be a much better place to live. Keep up the good work!

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  2. We moved to Hometown about 3 years ago now and always struggle to find out when and what events are happening in the area. This is a great website and the calendar function is a nice way to see what is going on in the town. Keep up the good work.

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  3. You rock Andrew! Thank you!

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  4. best way to keep up with what`s happening.

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  5. I get so much enjoyment from this…..Thanks Andy….You are the best!

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  6. Thank you Andrew! Your hard work and dedication is such an asset to the community of Tamaqua … your site is so ‘real time’ and because of you, two little lost puppies found their way home to their owners in lickity split time!!!! (the little doggies were so happy to see their human mama!!!) We are all lucky to have you Andrew. Thank you very much for all you do!!!!

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  7. Thank you Andrew for doing such a great job. You are one of the best and a rare breed. Please keep up the good work.

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  8. Thank you so much for your service. You work and dedication allow the most positive aspects of Schuylkill County to shine and are an inspiration to those who may be struggling. Wishing you all the best!

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  9. My brother in law passed away suddenly. In the process of coming from NJ to Pa to empty his home, I need to locate a shelter or a food bank to donate clothing(good condition-menus) and canned goods. I also have a large number of books, and DVDs. I would be happy to donate to any organization that would like them. Thank you.

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  10. Thank you so much, Andrew, for your wonderful coverage of our Horses & Horizons’ Open House last Sunday. We really appreciate all that you do for our community.

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  11. I just found your site and cannot adequately express how impressed I am with what you are doing. I grew up in Lansford and now live in Colorado. I do genealogical research on my ancestral lines which include Schuylkill County and many ties to Tamaqua.
    Thank you for what you have created.
    Bronwyn Tippett Bauer

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