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Monday, November 9, 2015
On its Motorola Droid Turbo 2. Motorola replaced glass with various forms of plastic to make its 5.4-inch screen shatterproof. The glass can crack if it hits a hard surface with enough force. MOTOROLA VIA AP

NEW YORK — New Android phones appear with regularity, but far too few of them really seem ... new.

Sure, cameras keep getting better and phones keep getting faster. For the most part, though, you’d be hard-pressed to single out many new features that aren’t just tweaks for the sake of tweaking. Though manufacturers frequently customize Google’s Android software to set their phones apart, those alterations often just make things worse by hiding features or breaking some apps.

Monday, November 9, 2015
The 1908 current courthouse with the reviewing stand. From the photo archives of William G. Schwab.

Editor’s note: This is first installment in an occasional column by local historian William G. Schwab.

A mere 14 years after the Lehigh Canal was completed, the economic might of the area was so great that Carbon County came into being.

By Act Number 41 on March 13, 1843, the county was formed from parts of Northampton and Monroe counties.

Reading the statute, there was not a great deal of controversy separating those townships north of the Blue Mountain from Northampton County, but apparently there was some negotiation as to what would be taken from Monroe County.

Monday, November 9, 2015

When I was a child I read a story called “Country Mouse, City Mouse” about finding your place in the world.

The original Aesop’s fable told the tale of a city mouse visiting his country mouse cousin. Appalled at the meager existence of the country mouse, the city mouse invites him to visit his home in the city.

Although country mouse found a rich and delicious metropolitan feast in the city, he was turned off by the perils of city living.

The country mouse was happy to return to his country home where he could bask in a lifestyle more suited to his nature.

Monday, November 9, 2015

It just happened again.

I watched one of those television ads. A woman smiles throughout the commercial while she enjoys family activities and it’s all because she is taking a prescription drug that has apparently given back her life.

A voice in the commercial, however, warns the viewer about possible side effects, everything from diarrhea, constipation, profuse perspiration, kidney failure, suicidal tendencies, blindness and fatal bleeding, just to name a few.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Today’s column features some funny jokes about the honesty of children, plus a few others.

While I sat in the reception area of my doctor’s office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. As she went to the receptionist’s desk, the man sat there, alone and silent. Just as I was thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy slipped off his mother’s lap and walked over to the wheelchair. Placing his hand on the man’s, he said, “I know how you feel. My mom makes me ride in the stroller, too.”

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Saturday, November 7, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Behler Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Behler of Lehighton recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 19, 1953, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe.

Mrs. Behler is the former Frances C. Smith, originally from Jim Thorpe.

They have four children: a son, Robert Jr., and his wife, Daralyn; a son, Martin (deceased); a daughter, Bonnie, and her husband, Neil; and a son, Tyrone, and his wife, Vickie.

They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
The double murder took place at the steps leading up to the parsonage at the former Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, seen here. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

he son of a Palmerton couple gunned down near their church 60 years ago has responded to a recent Times News Spotlight story to provide more accurate information and a firsthand account of what transpired on a day that changed his life.

Matthew and Mildred Daneker lost their lives on Oct. 3, 1954, at the hands of gunman Daniel Falcone. Their son witnessed the tragedy.

Robert M. Daneker Sr. of Fogelsville says he was fully aware that the victims were his mother and father, contrary to published reports.

“I did recognize my parents,” says Daneker, a retired pastor.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Capita

Samantha Thomas, daughter of Gar and Kim Thomas of Lake Hauto, and Michael Capita, son of Michael and Eleanor Capita of Berwick, were united in marriage on May 16 in Bloomsburg.

Officiating the double ring ceremony was Kenneth Phillips of Brockport, New York.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride was attended by Nicole (Thomas) Dunn as maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Brandee Hart, Kaly Lutz, Courtney Rhone and Gabriella Capita.

Friday, November 6, 2015
This massive acrylic on canvas painting of a Jordanian Bedouin girl is the latest portrait piece created by Tamaqua artist Stephen Bennett. Bennett focuses on his subject’s eyes and cultural diversity, reflecting their personality and character through the use of vivid colors. KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

We are all the same, yet, we are all different.

Many of those differences are due to the varied cultures and ethnicities found around the world.

It’s these differences that are important to Stephen Bennett, a world renown portrait painter now living in Tamaqua.

Bennett moved to Tamaqua from New York City after the collapse of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. The atmosphere on the streets of New York had become almost hostile, according to the artist.

Friday, November 6, 2015
The third annual Lehighton Handmade Holiday Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lehighton Area High School. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Lehighton Rotary Club is once again partnering with Lehighton Area High School Interact Club to present the third annual Lehighton Handmade Holiday Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the educational and community programs of the two organizations.

This event will take place at the high school at 1000 Union St. in Lehighton. Admission is free.