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Friday, February 24, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/COURTESY WILLIAM MORGANS In the only known photo of Morgan Morgans, he is seen standing in the rear, fourth from the left, wearing a white football uniform.

William Morgans, grandson of slain Officer Morgan Morgans, has studied the tragedy for years. He believes the reputed Molly Maguires had a direct hand in his grandfather's death. The Mollies were Irish immigrant coal miners accused in a string of murders and assaults throughout the southern coalfields beginning about the time of the Civil War.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
David Altrichter, a member of American Legion Post 16, explains traditions of the American flag.

Four Girl Scouts troops came to Hope Lutheran Church on January 23 to see a presentation about the American flag by Dave Altrichter and Richard Sosoka. It was sponsored by the Lehigh Township Historical Society.

The troops were Junior Troop, 8187 of Hope Lutheran, Junior Troop 6156 of Friedens, Brownie Troop 675 of Slatington and the Mixed Level Troop 6343 of Emerald.

Beverly Putt, a member of the historical society, thanked everyone for coming and gave a special welcome to the scouts.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The actual first two folds are lengthwise into half and then into quarters. Starting at the end with the stripes, it is folded in triangles.

1.The first fold is a symbol of life.

2. A symbol of our belief in eternal life.

3. In honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to obtain peace.

4. Represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in time of peace as well as in times of war for divine guidance.

5. A tribute to the United States.

Friday, February 10, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua native Susie McHale Brockel discusses the advantages of almond oil during a recent educational session on aromatherapy held in Rush Township.

Essential oils might be the right gift to give the Valentine who has everything.

On the other hand, essential oils might be the right gift to give yourself to help attract the Valentine of your dreams.

Friday, February 10, 2012
The wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

A form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy is gaining momentum. It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.

There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with unique healing properties.

Saturday, February 4, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tyler Black, front left, and Allison Slakoper, front right, students at Our Lady of The Angels Academy in Lansford, hold up The Respect Program activity packets, which students must earn from their teachers. With them are Sister Regina Elinich, IHM, principal of OLOAA; and Nicole Hager, education coordinator for J.P. Mascaro and Sons and The Respect Program.

Respect.

That was the topic of a recent program at Our Lady of The Angels Academy in Lansford.

This week, the students were treated to The Respect Program, sponsored by J.P. Mascaro and Sons of Audubon, Pa. The event was held in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week.

During the presentation, Nicole Hager, education coordinator for J.P. Mascaro and Sons and The Respect Program, taught the children how to respect people, property and the environment.

"We're all about educating the community and children about respect," Hager said.

Friday, February 3, 2012
For 50 years, Tamaqua's John 'Sonny' Trudich, Jr., and his siblings have wondered what happened to kind-hearted Aunt Mary. Mary Chizmar Trudich was savagely attacked and bludgeoned to death in the area's most brutal unsolved murder.

A kind-hearted widow is brutally murdered in the quiet village of South Tamaqua.

The killing is so savage that people are shaken to the core. But so far, the culprit hasn't been identified and answers have been hard to come by.

Sgt. George Durilla, deceased, headed the Pennsylvania State Police probe and kept in touch with the victim's family. A Tamaqua resident, Durilla was diligent in pursuing the case, even if leads were few.

Friday, January 27, 2012
COURTESY LARRY NEFF COLLECTION River Run Inn on Route 309 in South Tamaqua served as a tavern and cafe, and was site of the Tamaqua area's most brutal murder, still unsolved.

Mary Trudich had no enemies.

An innkeeper, she was the perfect hostess.

In fact, people around South Tamaqua say her heart was as big as the mountain behind her warm roadside cafe.

If you were hungry, she fed you. If you were in a jam and needed a few dollars, she'd reach into her apron pocket to help you out.

"She'd give you the shirt off her back," says nephew John 'Sonny' Trudich, Jr., of the Owl Creek section of Tamaqua.

Mary never had children. But in many ways, the gracious 56-year-old widow was seen as a motherly type.