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Friday, August 29, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Members of American Hose Company #1, Tamaqua, march down Center Street in Pottsville Saturday on their way to first place as best appearing fire company marching unit with music.

They're the unsung heroes of our communities.

The volunteer firefighter, the man or woman who puts a life on the line in service to others, is a special breed.

Each is an individual story of courage and sacrifice.

Each day he or she accepts responsibility for the noble cause of protecting life and property no matter the risk.

It takes a spirit above the norm and unending devotion to always be at the ready, to live a life devoted to the call of duty.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Elissa M. Garofalo, president and executive director of the D&L National Heritage Corridor, addresses members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

It spans 165 miles from the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, along rivers, through the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County.

Even closer to home, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is in our backyard and winds through our towns, main streets and parks.

Exactly how the corridor benefits local communities was the topic of discussion at a recent Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Elissa M. Garofalo, president and executive director of the D&L National Heritage Corridor, opened things up with a brief promotional video.

Friday, August 22, 2014
Jeremy Wo, vice president of the Shawee Preservation Society, said it monitors streams, gathers historic facts, preserves buildings, and brings people together to celebrate this beautiful valley. He signed the treaty.

The signing of a Treaty of Friendship was held in the River Sanctuary Pavilion at Shawnee Inn on Aug. 12.

A sign in the pavilion read: "The Indians considered this valley a sanctuary to which they returned each year. While here, they were peaceful and reverent. The Great Spirit had provided such beauty and abundance."

At 4 p.m. an Indian song, "Gotcha," floated down the Delaware River ahead of the canoes and kayaks that were bringing the Lenape to Shawnee. The singer was Dan Reese, a professional singer with a drum (musical group) in New York.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Jordan Reabold/Times News Jeff Stansbury, who has taken his first full-time position as pastor, said members of Bethany ECin Lehighton have graciously welcomed him.

For Jeff Stansbury, the new pastor at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church in Lehighton, leading a church means more than standing at a pulpit, reading Scripture and shaking hands on Sunday morning.

He's a people person, and he hopes to establish rapport with not only his congregation, but the general public as well.

"Relationships are very important," Stansbury said.

After graduating from Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown this May, he served as assistant pastor for First EC Church in a town called Palmyra, near Hershey.

Friday, August 15, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Restoration of the 1874 Tamaqua train station took ten years and $1.5 million.

Ten years ago, a spirited group of volunteers showed what can be done when a community decides to build rather then destroy.

The Tamaqua Save Our Station committee set their sights on the town's 1874 train station with a promise to return it to glory as hub of the community.

The never-say-die band of rail fans made sure the 1874 Philadelphia and Reading Passenger Depot would re-emerge as the shining jewel of Schuylkill County's largest borough.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Justin Carlucci/Times News Crowds gather at Mahoning Valley Speedway on Saturday nights.

If you're a local fan of racing or simply looking for a new experience, the Mahoning Valley Speedway is the place to be on a Saturday night.

Locals and race enthusiasts from all over northeastern Pennsylvania venture out to the racetrack on a weekly basis.

Friday, August 8, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A "chimney" is used to pre-heat the charcoal.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a summer picnic near Lehighton in conjunction with its annual Pioneer Day.

Carrying out the pioneer theme, which celebrates the move to Utah when the Mormons were persecuted in Illinois, cooking was done in Dutch ovens.

The event also celebrated the 35th anniversary of the branch (church).

Gary Schoenberger, who was taking a turn cooking the hot dogs and hamburgers over an open fire, said heat can be controlled in the Dutch ovens by how many pieces of charcoal are used both under and on top of the oven.

Friday, August 1, 2014
ROY ACKERMAN PHOTO 1954: Rush Township Police Chief William Klotz, right, demonstrates a two-way radio with Tamaqua patrolman Harry Dornblaser. The historic image was taken on Aug. 1, 1954, on West Rowe Street near the Tamaqua police station.

How does a cop arrest a culprit if there's no place to lock him up?

The answer is to find a nearby police station that has a jail.

But how does an officer do that when his access to communications is limited?

These were some of the questions facing William B. Klotz, Rush Township's first policeman and advocate for two-way police radios.

It's hard to imagine, but there was a time when police had no easy way to communicate between patrol cars and police headquarters.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Best friends and biking buddies, Anne Messick, left, and Tracy Smith, are in training as they prepare for a 150-mile bike Ride to Conquer Cancer in October.

Tracy Smith of Palmerton is in training.

She's biking her heart out and is planning on participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 150-mile bike ride Oct. 11-12.

Conquering cancer is a personal crusade for Smith. Her father, Manuel Muniz, recently lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Even closer to home, her husband of 27 years, Scott, is currently battling the incurable multiple myeloma, which he was diagnosed with four years ago.

Friday, July 25, 2014
ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, principal, Marian High School, is flanked by Ralph Cipko, left, and brother Daniel on June 1, 2001, on occasion of a Cipko donation, one of many.

They were rich and mysterious.

Caring and kindhearted.

And without question, eccentric.

In fact, on an eccentricity scale of one to 10, they scored a 20.

Daniel and Ralph, the brothers Cipko, were Carbon County's dynamic duo of donations.

Some believe they gave away the lion's share of $10 million, or maybe more.

In the process, the black-garbed pair became a media sensation. The men were subject to intense scrutiny, even controversy. At one point, they spawned a fan club which had its own newsletter filled with Cipko trivia.