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Saturday, May 25, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS University of New Hampshire journalism professor Tom Haines has begun a trans-USA journey to research America's energy frontier, and his journey began this week in Carbon County.

University of New Hampshire journalism professor Tom Haines has begun a trans-USA journey to research America's energy frontier, and his journey began this week in Carbon County.

The 2003 and 2005 Society of American Travel Writers Foundation's Travel Journalist of the Year is visiting the energy epicenters of the US to gather information about energy in America, and plans to write a series of magazine articles and ultimately a book about his journey to America's energy frontier.

Friday, May 24, 2013
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Taps bled into the setting gray haze as the Duty Noncommissioned Officer called out: "Guard mount! Guard mount!" Settle down," the NCO commanded; "get on line: Aliganga; yo, Arthur; here sir, Fitzgibbon ... Fitzgibbon; anyone seen Fitzgibbon?"

"Yes sir," Arthur answered, "his son arrived today."

"Where is the supernumeracy?" (a person identified to stand post in the event someone on the guard roster fails to reort for duty)

"Here sir," Eckfield, replied.

The Guard Officer read the Special Orders reminding everyone tomorrow is Memorial Day.

Friday, May 24, 2013
Sergeant Major Steve Trubilla (USMC RET) spent 30 years in military service to his country, retiring in 2001. He is pictured here in Afghanistan, where he also served as a civilian security consultant.

Once a Marine, always a Marine is one motto that seems to perfectly fit former Tamaqua resident Steve Trubilla. Although retired from the Corps since April of 2001, Sergeant Major Trubilla remembers his fellow Marines every day and hopes his fellow Americans remember the sacrifices made by America's military men and women. With Memorial Day fast approaching, he felt compelled to write an article honoring his fellow patriots and was gracious enough to submit it to what he still considers to be his hometown newspaper.

Friday, May 17, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Pack 20 Scouts Gavin Scott, Mat Semmel, Ben Everett, Collin Green, Shawn Gardner, Braden Gower, Grant Scott, Egan Bellesfield, Dereck Wentz and Jacob Bachert helped build fish habitat structures on May 4. The finished box pictured is for catfish spawning.

Boy Scout Troop 20, Palmerton, chartered by St. John's Church, Fireline Road, was camping at Stoney Ridge Park in Lower Towamensing Township on May 3-4. After the camping gear was packed on Saturday, the boys with some fathers and grandfathers, planned to work on its newest project.

Jimmy Schneck is scoutmaster.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
1945 film inspired by Home on the Range, a song made famous by a David Guion arrangement.

One of America's greatest composers lived in the Lehighton suburb of Big Creek Valley, on an estate called "Home on the Range" along Pohopoco Creek.

From the late 1930s until 1965 when his "Home on the Range" estate was condemned to make way for Beltzville Lake, composer/arranger/musician David Guion made his home in Big Creek Valley.

Friday, May 10, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A $4.75-million investment by the John E. Morgan Foundation was parlayed into a $10-million campus that has turned Tamaqua into a college town.

Twelve years after his death and the closing of his namesake mills, John E. Morgan has a growing influence in his Tamaqua hometown and the region.

The industrialist's philanthropy supports medicine, arts, education, sports and science.

Friday, May 3, 2013
The John E. Morgan Memorial Fountain was unveiled at Tamaqua's Depot Square Park, August, 2002, one year after the industrialist's passing.

It was ten years ago when a town of 7,174 lost several hundred jobs. The end of an era.

The announcement came on November 12, 2002, crashing down on the community like a tidal wave of shock and disappointment.

After 57 years, J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills would fade away and lock the doors, with the loss of 460 livelihoods.

"We're phasing out the textile operations in Tamaqua," said Christopher Romano, then vice president, manufacturing.

The longtime reign of Schuylkill County's largest employer had ended. And everyone felt the hit.

Friday, April 26, 2013
J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills employed 1,500 workers at its peak. The company's flagship plant, shown here, was in Hometown, just 3 miles of where the company began.

J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills was the economic backbone of the area for decades, its name synonymous with Tamaqua. The firm also was the innovator and world leader in thermal underwear.

But that proud status belied the humble origins of an anthracite coal-region business that began on a shoestring by an enigmatic Tamaquan.

John E. Morgan was born in Tamaqua, the son of Danus and Lottie Morgan. He was a simple, private gentleman with conservative values and he founded a company in a modest way.

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Jim Thorpe's twin brother, Charlie, died when they were eight. Jim felt that he inherited his strength from his brother; that Charlie, was with him all the time.

"... and by a sleep, to say we end the heartache, and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished."

William Shakespeare

It sometimes seems that Jim Thorpe is remembered more for what has happened since he died, than for the amazing accomplishments of his life.

Friday, April 19, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS An infusion of $500,000 into the former First National Bank building, Tamaqua, will reinvigorate the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum, which is set to house two permanent collections of national importance, along with other local memorabilia.

A 1/2-million-dollar project spanning two years is expected to result in a new tourist attraction in the center of Tamaqua, giving the downtown business district a substantial shot in the arm.

Plans are under way for major renovations at the 1905 First National Bank building. When completed, the structure will become a center for tours and the anchor for a 'Visit Tamaqua' entertainment venue that will allow guests to stroll through the museum and then walk to nearby restaurants, art galleries and historic sites, such as the nearby 1894 train station.