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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Collings Foundation believes nothing tells the story of World War II quite like a chance to get close and personal with weapons of the air.

The nonprofit, educational group from Stow, Massachusetts, was started in 1979 to support living history. Their idea is to allow the opportunity for not just exhibits, but interaction to enable the public to learn more about heritage through direct participation.

In the beginning, the foundation promoted antique car rallies, hill climbs, carriage and sleigh rides, and a winter ice-cutting festival.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Some bend down and kiss it. Some stand and cry. Others simply stare and do nothing.

They’ve all come to see an exact replica of what some believe to be a sacred burial cloth placed over crucified Jesus.

It’s a second coming for the shroud. It visited the same church in Shenandoah in 2013 and drew 10,000 onlookers. With that kind of turnout, the church decided to bring it back for a return visit.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Word has just reached Tamaqua about a gem of a find made in Adams County.

A Gettysburg researcher who happens to be a scholar on the life of John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, has stumbled on what she believes might be a previously undocumented portrait of Booth apparently taken during a visit to Tamaqua.

Michele Behan, a Missouri native and graduate of St. Louis University, discovered the portrait in late October 2015 at a Gettysburg antiques shop. After doing additional research, she contacted the Schuylkill County town last month.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

ll flowers are alluring, but there’s something special about the iris. It comes in different sizes, shapes and colors, just like the people who admire it.

And that’s the way it should be. The iris flower draws its name from the Greek word for rainbow.

The rainbow is a symbol of peace and tranquillity, and that’s the feeling expressed by iris lovers who forge a strong bond through their devotion to the dazzling perennial.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Celebrating the anniversary of coal is a tricky business.

That’s because there are many different interpretations of its history.

If you ask 10 historians for the history of coal, you’re likely to hear 10 different stories.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Editor’s note: To mark the 85th anniversary, we are revisiting a local tragedy.

Life is priceless.

Yet it took only one dime to kill at least seven men.

Nobody talks about it today. But it was one of the darkest days in the Tamaqua area, and Wednesday marks the 85th anniversary.

It happened during the days of Prohibition. Booze was scarce and so was money.

Still, the summer night of Monday, July 13, 1931, provided an opportunity to party.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Route 248 East is closed because of a crash near Palmerton.
We'll update as more details are available.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The mausoleum in the Lehighton cemetery was built during dire economic times.

Despite the Great Depression, 141 of the crypts in the large block building were sold even before construction began in 1930, according to Lamont “Mike” Ebbert, Lehighton historian.

Today, only two of the crypts are empty, but none have been available for purchase for many years.

The space has evolved, with the Lehighton Cemetery Board making room for additional remains, with niches installed for cremation ashes.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Art has no boundaries, a concept even easier to understand thanks to the Internet.

In 2006, four friends living in the Los Angeles area decided the far reaches of the Internet made it unnecessary to deal with media moguls to share their art, poetry, music and films with the public. They left Los Angeles on a 4,000-mile trek by foot, to promote peace, love and self-expression through their various art interests. One of those four, Kevin Smith II, is now living in Tamaqua.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Military vehicle collectors are preserving the artifacts of America’s Greatest Generation during a time when we are unfortunately saying goodbye to many of its members.

Jim Thorpe has become a destination for collectors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and beyond, with the Red Ball Military Transport’s annual swap meet.

This year’s event was held March 5 at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

The show includes some weaponry, but mostly rare parts for the classic military vehicles that the group is known for.